The Best TV Shows Of The 90’s
I'm feeling pretty nostalgic lately thanks to NetFlix adding some of my favorite shows from the 90's to their instant package. I have been eating them up. It got me thinking, what was the best show from the 90's? There are so many to choose from. Sitcoms, dramas, cartoons where do you even begin. So using my own personal interest and looking at some of the more memorable shows of the decade I was able to come up with a list I think is pretty good.
I know most would probably disagree with this one, but 'Home Improvement' was easily one of my favorite shows of the 1990's. It's probably because it was easy to relate too seeing as the kids on the show were my age and basically watched them grow up as I did. Tim Allens character Tim "the tool man" Taylor is one of the best TV dads in history, not to mention Patricia Richardson as his lovely wife and anchor that kept the family grounded from Tim's antics. Great supporting cast too with Richard Karn as Al and the late Earl Hindman as the mysterious neighbor Wilson. Week in and week out we got to watch Tim blow stuff up and abuse himself in an attempt to do his own Home Improvement show. It was great and hands down a staple of the 90's.
One of the many primetime soap operas to hit the air in the 1990's, 'Melrose Place' was one of the more memorable. One of the highlights of that show was Heather Locklear as the wicked hot a devious Amanda Woodward. She was technically never a main character but she should of been since she was a 'special guest' from 1993-1999. The ladies had plenty of eye candy too, and lets not forget that sex sells people. Other notable hotties from that show, Daphne Zuniga, Kristin Davis, Alyssa Milano and Marcia Cross. I think it may have been the steamiest show of the 90's.
The first gem by writer/creator Bill Lawrence. He would later bring us 'Scrubs' and 'Cougar Town' but his first real success was 'Spin City'. It almost a come platform for Michael J. Fox, who was in 4 of the shows 6 seasons. Another show with a fantastic supposrting cast. You can tell that Lawrence likes to work with these guys because they pop up on his other shows frequently. It puts a funny spin on the office of the Mayor of NYC, Barry Bostwick's character Randal Winston. Charlie Sheen would join for the last 2 seasons, but the vibe just wasn't the same. This was another one that allowed us to see the lovely Heather Locklear every week, and for that we thank you.
Beavis and Butthead
One of the best shows from MTV programming in the 90's. 'Beavis and Butthead' had every immature person in the world laughing along with their stupidity. A slew of minor characters added to their crazy adventures in laziness and a major motion picture would follow as well. It totally opened up the door for creator Mike Judge who would go on to do 'King of the Hill' and lets not forget about 'Office Space'. Finally MTV got their heads out of their asses and are finally bringing back this duo and now a whole new generation can experience it.
Back before we all hated Andy Dick, or maybe not, he was part of one of the most underrated sitcoms of the decade. 'NewsRadio' was simply put, awesome. Dave Foley, Phil Hartman, Joe Rogan, Maura Tierney, Jon Lovitz, it was all comedy gold. Most of the time it flew under the radar of most people, but those of us lucky enough to discover it were in for a real treat.
Law & Order
One of the most loved shows of all time. There was a reason why it lasted for 20 years before calling it quits last year. It even inspired several spin offs that were just as successful. I think what I liked the most about 'Law & Order' was that there wasn't any kind of played up drama, it was real detective work which is something that the 'CSIs' and 'Criminal Minds' of the world can't do.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
This was a show most people were afraid to admit that they liked, but 'Buffy' was one of the most popular shows of the decade. It introduced us to the adorable Sarah Michelle Gellar and was the start of some successful series' by creator Joss Whedon. 'Buffy' took us into the weird supernatural world through the eyes of teenagers. Sure the series started off kind of corny, but it got so much better in the later seasons. It still remains a very popular show in syndication and on DVD. There are even Buffy Conventions that fans can go to.
If anyone says that they aren't a fan of this show, they are lying. 'Friends' was one the quintessential shows of the 90's. Over the course of 10 years we got to know these 6 friends and see their relationships and lives grow and evolve. Without this show we may have never gotten to see Jennifer Aniston, one of the most beautiful women in the world. This show inspired phrases, clothing and hair styles. You know there was at least one character you could relate to on this show whether it was Joey, Chandler or Monica, they were around for 10 years and there was no way you could of missed out it.
How could you not include 'The Simpsons' on a list of the greatest shows of the 90's. This one will go down as one of the best shows ever, let alone the 90's. Over 400 episodes and a movie later "The Simpsons' is still alive and kicking. No end in site for one of the worlds favorite families. They love 'The Simpsons' so much in South America that they even have their own Duff Beer factory, if that's not love I don't know what is.
Was there a more popular show in the 90's? 'Seinfeld' is still so heavily referenced to this day, 13 years after it's final episode hit the airways. The 'show about nothing' held strong from 1989-1999 and was a big part of the NBC 'Must See TV' lineup. We all loved the main characters, Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer, but it was characters like Georges parents, the Soup Nazi, Puddy(high five), and the Maestro that made certain episodes memorable to this day. It is very rare that a show comes around with the kind of staying power that 'Seinfeld' has, and that is why it is the best show of the 1990's.