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Best 90'sTV Shows

Updated on February 14, 2013

A Look At the Best 90s TV Shows

The 1990's had a lot of great television shows, so I decided to put together a list of the best 90s TV shows. The list has everything from comedies to dramas.

I basically grew up in the 90's and am attached to lots of these shows and actually have several of them on DVD. It's always fun to look back at some of the shows and see how much things have changed already. To me, most of these shows are classics and most of the shows that are made nowadays may never compare.

Without, further ado, here are the best TV shows from the 90s. Be sure to let me know which ones are your favorites in the comments below!

Friends (1994-2004)

Friends follows 6 friends (Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe) as they navigate through life from their 20's into their 30's. Each person has their own distinct personality and they all worked so well off each other. This show was a great comedy that could definitely made millions of people laugh in the 90's.

Seinfeld (1989-1998)

Seinfeld features Jerry along with his friends George, Kramer, and Elaine as the live their life in New York. A lot of people say that Seinfeld was a show about nothing, but with classic episodes like the Soup Nazi and The Contest, this show is one of the most popular TV comedies of all time.

Full House (1987-1995)

Full House follows widower Danny Tanner as he raises his 3 daughters, DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle with some help from his buddy Joey and brother-in-law Jesse. The show aired on TGIF Friday nights, which was geared towards families and kids. In fact, I remember watching Full House all the time on Friday nights with my siblings. This show was a great family sitcom that had comedy but also taught serious lessons as well.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996)

Will moves from West Philadelphia out west to Bel-Air to live with his Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv in their mansion, which is a big change from what Will is used to. The shows chronicles Will along with his cousins Hillary, Carlton, and Ashley as they get into the normal "teen" stuff and deal with family issues as well. The biggest appeal to this show had to be the relationship between Will and Carlton and just how different they are.

Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-2000)

Beverly Hills, 90210 was the ultimate teen and young adult show that set the precedent for any future shows of this type. It starts out with Brenda and Brandon moving to Beverly Hills and following them as they meet new friends and experience your typical teen stuff. The show branched out more and followed more characters which included, Donna, Dylan, Steve, David, and Kelly. The show lasted 10 years and showed the "teens" all grown up getting married and having kids.

ER (1994-2009)

ER lasted an amazing 15 years and although the main cast changed quite a bit over the years, the TV show still had die-hard fans who would tune in every week to see the new medical cases as well as the personal stories that the characters experienced. ER was probably the best drama show in the 90's.

Home Improvement (1991-1999)

Home Improvement was so popular in the 90's because it appealed to not only adults but also to kids and teens. I mean, what girl didn't have a Jonathan Taylor Thomas poster on her wall? The show featured Tim and his "Tool Time" show as well as dealing with family matters with his wife and 3 sons, Brad, Randy, and Mark. Another unique point of the show was when Tim's neighbor Wilson (who was never completely seen behind the fence) gave him advice since Tim always seemed to be messing up or needing some good advice.

Saved by the Bell (1989-2003)

Saved by the Bell aired on Saturday mornings in the 90's and was a huge hit with kids and teens. The show featured a group of 6 friends, Zack, Kelly, Jessie, Lisa, Slater, and Screech, as they grew up in high school. Bayside High was the main location of the show which featured everything from writing a new school song to gong to the prom.

Boy Meets World (1993-2000)

A classic show that may be a little cheesy at times, but watching what happens to Cory, Shawn, and Topanga as they grow through junior high into college will have you reliving your teen years as well. And who can forget all the great advice that Mr. Feeny gives as well. The show ran for 7 seasons and was very popular with pre-teens and teens in the 90's.

Dawson's Creek (1998-2003)

Dawson has always had a thing for his friend Joey, but as the two go through high school and into college, it appears that they may have other plans in their life. Along with Dawson and Joey, the show follows Jen and Pacey as all 4 friends liv their teen years.

3rd Rock From the Sun (1996-2001)

3rd Rock from the Sun was a fun sitcom that featured 4 extraterrestials that came to earth to do research about humans. They take the shape of a human family to blend in but comedy ensues when they try o learn about human society and remember they are humans.

Party of Five (1994-2000)

Party of Five was another great 90's show that appealed to teens and young adults. It featured the siblings of the Salinger family (Charlie, Bailey, Julia, Claudia, and Owen) as they try to deal with the death of their parents and stay together as a family. The show touched on a lot of different aspects of growing from a teen into a young adult.

My So Called Life (1994-1995)

Although My So Called Life was short lived it still remains a cult classic more than 15 years later. The show featured Angela, a teenager who along with her friends are trying to find their identity in the world. The program showed more of a realistic side to problems that teens face instead of like other shows that were unrealistic.

The Drew Carey Show (1995-2004)

I may have just included this TV show because I am from Cleveland, but really this show lasted for 9 seasons and was quite popular with adults. The show centered around Drew along with the people he worked with such as Mimi and his boss as well as his friends Oswald, Kate, and Lewis. It was sort of the average guy's show but much funnier than most people's life.

Touched By an Angel (1994-2003)

Touched by an Angel was a nice drama that could warm your heart. It followed a new angel named Monica along with her supervisor Tess as they help people on Earth and bring them messages from God. Each episode featured a new person who needed help or were in a crossroad in their life.

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    • Breanne Ginsburg profile image

      Breanne Ginsburg 

      3 years ago


      You list some great shows here, especially Friends, Dawson's Creek, and Seinfeld. You also gave some great recommendations for shows I can try to watch. Thanks!

    • camera-lover profile image


      5 years ago

      Thanks for reminding me those old days :)

    • poldepc lm profile image

      poldepc lm 

      5 years ago

      nice selection of 90's movies...


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