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10 Best ’90s TV Shows and Sitcoms | Television Shows From the 1990s

TV sitcoms from the ’90s, whether family-oriented or not, are still iconic and evoke a nostalgic feeling. Many of us can agree on our favorite picks in this category, and these series serve as the foundation for today’s new shows thanks to their unique plot lines and endings.

We at Bright Side compiled a list of some of the most famous series from the past that let us walk down memory lane each time we watch them.

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer was initially broadcast as a sitcom 2 decades ago, and it ran from 1997 through 2003 and won 2 Primetime Emmys. The role of Xander Harris was close to Buffy, and it was first offered to Ryan Reynolds before being played by Nicholas Brendon. But Reynolds declined the offer because he had just graduated from high school and thought it would be a bad start because of the vampire theme, which reminded him of his high school years.

2. Frasier

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Frasier was a family-friendly sitcom that aired from 1993 to 2004 and won 37 Primetime Emmys. It was revealed that the production’s prop team spent nearly $500,000 on the furniture for Frasier’s apartment alone. However, not all of the items seen on the show were purchased; some were rented due to their high cost. The couch mentioned in episode one, for example, was also purchased at a high cost.

3. Boy Meets World

One of the most beloved ’90s family TV shows was called Boy Meets World, and it won multiple awards. During that time, the show’s young cast members were also studying in real life. One of the cast members, Danielle Fishel mentioned, “When we started the show, we had little sectioned-off areas for each one of us to try to focus and work with our own individual teachers, but it always ended up being more like a regular school classroom with all of us chiming in and learning little bits of what everyone else was learning.”

4. All That

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One of the best ’90s TV shows was All That, and it was a children’s comedy show that aired from 1994 to 2020 and won numerous awards. Emma Stone was just 12 years old when she auditioned for a role in this series, but she was unaware that she needed to create her own character during the audition. Unfortunately, even with the creative character she came up with, she was not cast in the show.

5. Full House

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Full House is a ’90s family-themed show in which Mary-Kate and Ashely Olsen were part of the main cast. The show aired from 1987 to 1995 and received numerous awards and nominations.

The famous twins auditioned for the show and were hired since they didn’t cry at all during it. However, while filming, they began to cry a lot, which nearly got them fired. Even one of their co-stars admitted that getting things shot was difficult.

6. Friends

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Friends is one of the best ’90s shows out there. This sitcom began in 1994 and ran until 2004, and it won 6 Primetime Emmys as well as other nominations and awards. However, despite the show’s success, its famous theme song was disliked by the cast.

Jennifer Aniston said, “No one was really a big fan of that theme song. I don’t mean to say that, but we felt it was a little, I don’t know. Dancin’ in a pond, or like, a fountain, felt a little odd. But we did it.”

7. Sister, Sister

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Sister, Sister is another popular sitcom from back in the day. It was about twins who were separated at birth and eventually reunited as teenagers. The show ran from 1994 to 1999, winning one Primetime Emmy and being nominated for several others. Tia and Tamera Mowry are real-life twins who were discovered when they were present at the taping of Full House. A producer approached them and their own show was born.

8. Mad About You

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Mad About You was a popular sitcom that centered around marriage and its challenges. This show received 12 Primetime Emmy nominations as well as other awards and nominations, and it aired from 1992 to 1999. However, the show was not originally named Mad About You — the creator wanted it to be known as Reiser or The Paul Reiser Show. But the executives of the company didn’t like it because it was about a couple, not just the husband, so it was changed in the summer before the show premiered.

9. Seinfield

Seinfield is a ’90s TV show that aired from 1989 to 1998. The show ended up winning 10 Primetime Emmys. Seinfield is about a comedian and his friends who go on many adventures and face all sorts of problems. The 2 directors came up with the idea for the show while shopping in a grocery store. Their vision of having a one-of-a-kind show made this series possible and pushed it forward.

10. Melrose Place

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Melrose Place is another popular TV show from back in the day. This show aired from 1992 to 1999 and received numerous awards and nominations. This show is about a circle of friends that occurred in an apartment complex known as Melrose Place in Southern California. A little-known fact is that the apartment was actually shot in a different location and not on Melrose Ave.

Which of these shows is your absolute favorite? If you haven’t seen any of these, which ones would you like to try watching? Tell us in the comments.

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