See Where Your Favorite 90s Situation Comedy Ends Up On Our List, If It Makes It…
The 1990s was perhaps one of the best decades for television when it comes to sitcoms. However, that’s always up for debate, right? Some might say it’s the 1980s or even the 1950s. Instead of debating that though, we are counting down our Top 20 favorite sitcoms of the 1990s. See if your favorite comedy makes the list and if it does, where it ranks!
#20 – Murphy Brown (1988-1998)
Airing on ABC for nearly 300 episodes, this comedy follows an investigative journalist and news anchor working for FYI, a fictional television news organization. Murphy Brown is a sharp-tongued driven professional woman who shatters glass ceilings. This type of character was a groundbreaking element all in itself.
#19 – Wings (1990-1997)
From the creators of the iconic 80s sitcom Cheers, this NBC sitcom followed a fictional two-airline airport operation and its hilarious staff. Wings even takes place in the same universe as Cheers. Frasier, Cliff, Norm, and others often visit Nantucket and use the Wings airport for their travel.
#18 – Married… with Children (1987-1997)
The FOX sitcom, Married…. with Children is the longest lasting live action sitcom the network has ever had. It’s also the first to broadcast in their primetime programming slot. Many of us grew up with the quirky misfit family of Al and Peggy Bundy and their awkward kids Kelly and Bud. This is likely the only show to have the main character with his hands in his pants in every episode.
#17 – Seinfeld (1989-1998)
This NBC show is about self-centered characters living in New York complaining about just about everything and getting themselves into hilariously awkward social situations. Seinfeld ran for nine seasons before its strange final episode. Many fans were sad when it was over. As you can tell by our ranking, we weren’t that upset.
#16 – Frasier (1993-2004)
Frasier, another show in the Cheers universe, has its origins to thank for its early success. This spin-off is the longest lasting sitcom of the 90s, beating out Friends by one season. It aired on NBC for eleven seasons and won 37 Emmy’s during that run. Game of Thrones just knocked Frasier off the podium for the Emmy record when it won its 38th in 2016.
#15 – Coach (1989-1997)
This show follows a Division 1 college football coach and his group of assistants. In 2015, NBC ordered a sequel to this hit sitcom with Craig T. Nelson reprising his role of Coach. Sadly for fans of the show, it never made it into production.
#14 – Dinosaurs (1991-1994)
Not the mama, not the mama! I’m the baby gotta love me! This sitcom from Jim Henson’s production company aired on ABC for four seasons. Dinosaurs is one of the few shows in the last three years to feature puppets and garner success. Sadly, Henson never saw the show’s success, passing a year before it premiered.
#13 – Living Single (1993-1998)
Lasting five seasons on Fox, Living Single centers on the lives of six friends living in a Brooklyn brownstone. The show became one of the most popular African-American sitcoms of its era. This comedy was behind the launch of Queen Latifah’s acting career.
#12 – Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1993-2003)
What says TGIF more than a witch and her newfound magical powers creating all kinds of issues in her teenage life? Unlike Boy Meets World we haven’t seen any spin-offs from Sabrina the Teenage Witch. However, there’s always hope for the future.
#11 – Full House (1987-1995)
Full House is a show that still sees plenty of eyes in syndication thanks to kids watching even 30 years after it began. Not only can you watch this show on Nickelodeon just about any time of the day but there’s also Fuller House! The spin-off of this classic family sitcom is in its second season as a Netflix Original series.
#10 – Mad About You (1992-1999)
This NBC sitcom follows a newlywed couple through their day-to-day challenges that face all newlyweds. Lasting five seasons, Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt were able to connect with audiences thanks to their on-air chemistry. The results make the Mad About You funny and addicting.
#09 – Boy Meets World (1993-2000)
Boy Meets World chronicles the everyday life and major events of Cory Matthews and his best friends. The show spans their experiences from junior high all the way through college. Part of ABC’s TGIF lineup, Boy Meets World is still going strong in syndication and its spin-off Girl Meets World can be seen on The Disney Channel.
#08 – Step by Step (1991-1998)
Another part of the ABC TGIF line-up, this ‘Yours, Mine, & Ours’ blended family sitcom is full of teenage drama. It shows the challenges of raising six children in a mixed family. Step by Step ran seven seasons and with many of the characters changing over the years.
#07 – Roseanne (1988-1997)
Roseanne is unapologetically brash and brings to life the low-middle income families that so many blue-collar towns that make up the Midwest. Lasting nine seasons on ABC, this show put John Goodman on the map. The actor has seen a lot of success lately in Hollywood on the big screen.
#06 – Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1990-1996)
Originally airing on NBC with a theme song that almost any 90s kid can recall word for word. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air made Will Smith an all around star as a comedic actor, singer/rapper, and just a loveable goof-ball. Yo homes smell ya later!
#05 – Home Improvement (1991-1999)
Eight seasons with Tim the Tool Man Taylor will never be enough. This ABC show was the key to launching Tim Allen’s acting career and was also the start of the television career of Pamela Anderson. Before Baywatch! Home Improvement also gave teenage girls of the 90s plenty to drool over with JTT and Zachary Ty Bryant.
#04 – Family Matters (1989-1998)
Another great ABC show in the TGIF lineup. TGIF is one concept I wish networks would bring back. It seems like all the best 90s sitcoms were TGIF shows. This Cosby like family features one of TV’s most iconic nerds, Steve Urkel. ”Did I do that?”
#03 – The Wonder Years (1988-1993)
Lasting six seasons on ABC, The Wonder Years features a groundbreaking mode of storytelling using narration. The main character narrates, but it’s narration from his future self, looking back on his life. This show pulls at the heartstrings of baby boomers, echoing common themes from their own 1960s and 70s upbringings.
#02 – Saved by the Bell (1989-1993)
NBC’s Saved by the Bell ran for four seasons and had a few unsuccessful spin-offs. What 90s kid didn’t grow up matching themselves with one of these characters? All girls could see themselves as either the Lisa, Kelly, or Jessie of their social circles. All guys would hope they were the Zach or Slater of theirs when really most of us were probably more like the Screech.
#01 – Friends (1994-2004)
Lasting ten seasons on NBC, Friends is the story of six 20-30 something besties living in Manhattan. This is without a doubt the most iconic sitcom of the 90s, if not the most iconic sitcom in television history. Everyone still wants to be friends with Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe.
So that’s our list. What do you think of it? Did we snub any of your favorites or not give your favorite a better rank? Let us know in the comments below.