The ’90s were a magnificent era for television. Ratings were through the roof, new shows were popping up everywhere, and many of the shows from that era remain beloved classics that are still in syndication.
90s television shows gave birth to some iconic trends, tackled serious issues, and were the launching pad for the careers of many celebrated stars. It was an era in television that deserves to be celebrated.
And that’s just what we’re gonna do now. Here are the best old TV shows 90s edition you’ll want to go back and watch over again ASAP.
Widely considered the greatest sitcom of all time, Seinfeld almost didn’t make it off the ground. The infamous “show about nothing” had no traditional storylines, had unlikable main characters, and didn’t tackle serious issues. It was all about the trivial lives of self-involved jerks in New York.
But somehow the very things that made Seinfeld seem like a recipe for disaster ended up making it one of the most influential sitcoms of all time. The show was original, it was real, and regardless of the characters being jerks, audiences often saw a bit of themselves in them. It was a different kind of sitcom, but one that was fresh and funny.
Fran Drescher starred as a woman working in a bridal shop in Flushing, Queens whose boyfriend kicks her out in one of those crushing scenes. But her style and flair help her become the outrageous nanny to a wealthy theatre producers children. Hilarity and warm moments ensue from there.
The Nanny cast did an excellent job delivering the shows funniest and most tender moments. Drescher and Charles Shaughnessy made Fran and Mr. Sheffield’s unconventional yet somehow perfect blossoming romance compelling, Daniel Davis and Lauren Lane exchanged hilarious barbs as Niles and C.C., and all the young actors delivered their own unique personalities as the Sheffield children. It’s humor and it’s sweetness make The Nanny a beloved show even among the new fans who are discovering it today.
Technically this is one of the best 80s and 90s TV shows since it premiered in 1987 and ran until 1995.
While critics were never fond of Full House, home viewers couldn’t get enough of the Tanner family. The three comedic leads (Bob Saget, John Stamos, and Dave Coulier) gave us some laugh out loud moments. However, Full House really stands out for its emphasis on family values and its willingness to tackle serious issues from abuse, drunk driving, and death.
Even though those were touchy subjects to tackle, Full House was able to deliver in a way that still made you smile in the end. Few shows can pull that off the way this one did.
One of the most popular 90s TV shows, Friends remains so popular it still earns Warner Bros. $1 billion in revenue every year. The show about five friends simply trying to live their lives leaning on each other in New York City is one of the most quotable shows of all time, and it fan base only continues to grow after it ended 17 years ago. Even Generation Z is discovering Friends and identifying with the 20-somethings of the 90’s as they themselves navigate through young adulthood.
The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air
To not include this one on the list would be unjust for many reasons. For one thing, it launched the career of one of the most celebrated African-American stars of all time. Will Smith’s career is showing no signs of slowing down, and he can thank this show for it.
But more importantly, this show was one of the few shows that featured a successful black family that rose above a society that was against them. Futhermore, it managed to be funny while touching on serious matters facing the black community such as drug use, gun violence, and parental abandonment. The show one of the best 90s TV shows for its iconic star and for its willingness to touch on matters that needed to be addressed.
The Best 90s Television Shows
Many other 90s television shows deserve honorable mentions. Such shows include Boy Meets World, Family Matters, and of course the golden era of The Simpsons. To feature all of them would require an entire book to explain what makes them so iconic. Thankfully, many of the above shows are available to stream, so you should go revisit them now.
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