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What shows were running in the 90’s? While people of all ages enjoy watching Netflix, 81% of people with Netflix accounts are between the ages of 18 and 35. ’90s kids (or teens or adults or whatever you were during that time) make up a majority of Netflix users.
So are there any ’90s shows available? Of course there are! Here are the best TV shows that were running in the 90s. These classics could (and should) be watched again and again.
We even included videos of their best (or funniest) moments so you can take a walk down memory lane.
1. Saved by the Bell, 1989-1993
Although this series was short lived, with only four seasons, it was one of the more memorable ’90s shows. This show follows the lives of six students of Bayside High School and their principal, Mr. Belding.
Saved by the Bell is lighthearted and funny, but at times offers important life lessons. If you’re looking for a show that truly represents the ’90s, this is the one for you!
2. Frasier, 1993-2004
A spin off of the classic TV show Cheers, Frasier is another popular ’90s show. Frasier, a psychiatrist, recently moves back to his hometown of Seattle, Washington, after his marriage fails.
He hosts a call-in radio show where he gives people advice, however he fails to take it in his own relationships. With its eleven seasons, this witty show will give you plenty of time to reminisce!
3. Friends, 1994-2004
One of the most popular shows of all time, Friends is the epitome of ’90s shows! Over ten years, the ten seasons of friends displayed all sorts of situations in a hilariously relatable way. This group of six friends go through their 20s and 30s together and are just trying to figure it all out. People of all ages love this show and it’s sure not to disappoint!
4. Full House, 1987-1995
Full House is a sitcom that was originally set in San Francisco, but many episodes were shot in other locations. The show was filmed at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles, including season three and its finale. It aired for eight seasons, and even had its own spinoff, Three Bachelors, which follows three bachelors who try to reign in their three precocious daughters.
Despite the title, the show was not only fun to watch, but also centered around the struggles that come with growing up.
Danny Tanner and his daughters are a hilarious and fun family. Danny Tanner’s wife, Pam, died in a drunk driving accident, so he takes up the mantle of raising his three daughters. To do this, he enlists the help of his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis, a motorcycle enthusiast, and his childhood friend Joey Gladstone.
All three men have their own unique personalities, and the girls learn to adapt to having three father figures in their lives.
5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1997-2003
If you were a teenage in the late ’90s, then it’s almost guaranteed that you watched this show (and probably loved it).
The show follows Buffy, a teenage vampire slayer. She’s the most recent in a long line of “Slayers”. With the help of her Watcher and friends, she spends her high school years fighting vampires.
Watch all seven seasons and remember just how awesome she was!
6. That ’70s Show, 1998-2006
As far as the decades go for this show, it’s a little confusing (but we love it anyway). That ’70s Show takes place from 1976-1979, but was filmed in the late ’90s. So it’s a ’90s and ’70s show?
Something like that!
Anyway, this show follows the lives of a group of teenagers in Wisconsin. Enjoy the shows eight seasons full of comedy, love, and everything else you’d expect from the ’70s!
7. The West Wing, 1999-2006
If you’re a fan of drama and politics, then The West Wing is the show for you! This show takes place in the West Wing of the White House, where the Oval Office and the other offices are housed.
The whole series is fictional, but it does give the viewer an accurate idea of what it would be like to work in the West Wing. You’ll love this dramatic and intense series!
8. Freaks and Geeks, 1999-2000
Although this show only had one season, it was a great one! Freaks and Geeks helped actors like James Franco, Seth Rogan, and Jason Segel start their acting careers.
The show follows a brother and sister who attend the same high school, but have completely different friends and are on different ends of the social spectrum (hence freaks and geeks). Many people wish the show would’ve continued, but at least you can still enjoy their one and only season.
9. The Magic School Bus, 1994-1997
Now on a completely different note, if you were a little kid in the ’90s then you definitely remember The Magic School Bus and all of the amazing adventures they went on! This educational cartoon shows Ms. Frizzle and her students as they travel anywhere their imaginations take them.
Throughout the four seasons of the show, they learn about many different subjects as well as different life lessons. If you like the original, Netflix also came out with their own version of The Magic School Bus!
10. Bill Nye the Science Guy, 1993-1998
Another educational show, Bill Nye the Science Guy makes science fun! As a kid, it was a good day whenever my teacher decided to show us one of these episodes. With humor and awesome experiments, Bill Nye truly made science enjoyable.
This is another great series to show your kids! Or if you’re a teacher, show it to your class and teach a whole new generation about Bill Nye and his awesome experiments!
11. The X-Files, 1993-2002
In the early 90s, television series created by Fox Mulder and Dana Scully fused scientific thought with the paranormal to make a show that changed television drama forever. Fox and Dana would investigate cases involving unnatural creatures and otherworldly beings.
They worked together, but their differences allowed them to have an excellent rapport. The series also gave viewers the opportunity to see two sides of the same story.
“The X-Files” was a sci-fi series that had its share of bizarre characters and a compelling plot. Its most notable episode is “D.P.O.”, which features a vampire that kills people. The episode is a fan favorite and features several memorable characters.
The X-Files was so popular in the 90s that it inspired two feature films. The 1998 film took place in the continuity of the TV series, while the 1999 stand-alone movie “I Want to Believe” was released six years after the original television run. Both of these films are excellent and worth watching.
They offer a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the characters and the world of the X-Files.
While many of the most famous television series from the ’90s don’t hold up very well, “The X-Files” was an incredibly influential show for Fox. It was one of the first science fiction series to tap into the growing mistrust of governments and embraced spirituality and conspiracy theories.
It became the longest running science fiction series in U.S. television, and even spawned two spin-off series.
12. Twin Peaks, 1990-1991
If you like horror and supernatural shows, you should check out Twin Peaks. Created by David Lynch, the series follows the murder investigation of Laura Palmer. The series was cancelled after two seasons, but it had already built a loyal fan base.
It was resurrected on Showtime in 2017 with many of the original cast reprising their roles. The first two seasons are still available for streaming on the internet.
The series was a hit, gaining a cult following from its first episode. Despite only a two-season run, the series has already had a huge impact on modern television, bringing a dark, mysterious edge to network television. Even the music industry has incorporated the show’s themes, with many artists launching careers with songs that use Twin Peaks themes.
Although it starred David Lynch and Mark Frost, it also sparked a trend in television dramas. Its avant-garde style combined with melodrama made the show stand out and capture the imagination of viewers. The series was so ahead of its time that even ABC was forced to reveal the answer to the age-old question, “Who killed Laura Palmer?”
13. Designing Women, 1986-1993
Before designing women’s outfits, Jean Smart achieved television royalty in the 1950s. She gained prominence as Esmeralda on Bewitched, which she starred on for three seasons. Her major pre-Designing Women credits also include the Andy Griffith Show spinoff Mayberry R.F.D. and a number of film and television roles, including Grease and To Kill a Mockingbird.
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, the creator of the show, based the concept on the chemistry of four actresses without auditions. It turned out that her hunch was right. When she pitched the idea to CBS executives, the show was only half-baked. The show eventually received 18 Emmy nominations. A new production will follow this show. In the meantime, you can catch it on television this fall.
Judith Ivey was a powerful actor in the early 1980s. Her roles in Steaming and Hurlyburly earned her a Tony Award. She went on to star in films and TV series including Down Home and Search for Tomorrow. In 1991, she starred in the acclaimed television series The Chisholms. In 1992, she joined the cast of Designing Women, playing the newly wedded millionaire Sugarbaker’s new partner. However, she did not stay on the show after the fifth season and was replaced by actress Diana Rubio.
“Designing Women in the 90s” tackled many issues that were prevalent in the 1980s, including feminism. During the original run, episodes delved into issues such as domestic violence, AIDS, racism, and the stigma surrounding the body and gender. The show even tackled societal issues, such as the role of women in society. You might be surprised at how many of these issues were touched upon by the show!
14. Dawson’s Creek, 1998-2003
Dawson’s Creek is a TV series about a group of high school friends. Set in the 1980s, the series follows the lives of Joey, Pacey and Dawson as they try to figure out who they really are and what they want from life. Throughout the series, the characters are surprisingly relatable and the show’s quirky tone and satirical plotlines keep viewers entertained.
The series was also a success in its own right, with a cast of stars that included Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, Van Der Beek, and Michael Jackson. It’s also unique because of its locations and unique characters, such as the fictional Minnesota State college football team.
The show’s characters had to resolve problems and sort out a lot of squabbles – mostly relating to their college-aged daughter, who had to deal with a number of teacher disputes, among other things.
Besides being a great TV series, it was also a cultural touchstone in the ’90s. The 1990s were a decade of outrageous fashions and pop music, and teenagers were taking center stage. Their voices dominated the airwaves, and they were the most influential demographic in the household. In response to this trend, television networks started producing shows featuring adolescents, primarily about their struggles, in order to attract loyal viewers.
The explosion of teen-oriented series changed the face of television forever, introducing many young actors to stardom.
15. Seinfeld, 1989-1998
The popularity of Seinfeld is due in part to the fact that the show was not only a hit, but it also helped change the way we view television. Before, sitcoms were all about good protagonists and grand life lessons.
Now, shows like Seinfeld are geared towards a younger, more urban audience. Despite this, the show still manages to entertain a wide range of audiences.
“Seinfeld” was also notable for its strong sense of continuity. Characters from earlier episodes are frequently referenced and plots are often extended throughout the show. As a result, some plots last for multiple episodes and even a season. For instance, “The Stake Out” introduces Jerry’s girlfriend Vanessa, while “The Stock Tip” ends their relationship.
The same holds true for Elaine, who runs the Peterman catalog. The focus on consistency and minor details allowed Larry David to make many actors famous later on in their careers.
16. In Living Color, 1990-1994
“In Living Color” is one of the most enduring shows of the ’90s. It was the longest-running series on Fox, produced by Keenen Ivory Wayans and starring a cast of mainly African-American performers. The show poked fun at movies, television shows, political figures, commercials, and even black stereotypes.
While the show was not the first Black sketch comedy series, it is one of the best of its kind.
The series’ snappy dialogue inspired hit shows like Gilmore Girls and Parks and Recreation. It’s the only modern sketch comedy that compares to Saturday Night Live, and its first season won an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Series.
The series was created by Keenen Ivory, and the ensemble included Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, and David Alan Grier. Jennifer Lopez got her break on this show.
17. Darkwing Duck, 1991-1992
For those looking for a good cartoon series with a unique storyline, look no further than Darkwing Duck. A pastiche of pulp hero characters, the character was a blend of Batman, the Green Hornet and Shadow.
He was a fearless hero, but his ego often got in the way of saving the day. Its humorous portrayal of superheroes and adventure genres kept audiences glued to the screen for nearly 100 episodes.
Although the show is no longer on television, Darkwing Duck remains a classic in the Disney vault. It’s the creative and funny cartoon that has been praised by fans worldwide. The first volume lasted for six seasons and was distributed worldwide through Disney. The second volume of Darkwing Duck contains episodes 28 through 54, presented in airdate order. You can easily watch the entire series in one sitting or watch episodes one after the other.
Aside from a memorable theme tune, Darkwing Duck is also known for its hilarious antics. The show follows the adventures of a suburban dad, Drake Mallard, who fights crime under the moniker Darkwing Duck, along with his sidekick Launchpad McQuack.
The series also occasionally features the characters of the popular Disney television series DuckTales. So, even if the show was not a hit during the ’90s, it has remained one of the best cartoon series of the decade.
18. The Sopranos, 1999-2007
Many critics consider The Sopranos to have launched the golden age of television. James Gandolfini plays the role of mobster Tony Soprano, who struggles to balance his family life with his shady business.
The show quickly became a critical favorite and even members of organized crime groups called the actor to compliment his performance. It’s easy to see why The Sopranos is still one of the best television series from the 1990s.
Enjoy your favorite Show that was Running in the 90’s and check back to see other decades of Top Shows!