The 90s were a great time filled with kids still playing outside, CD players, and actually hanging up the phone when you were done with a call. The 90s gave us so many great games, fashion, bands, and TV shows. Sitcoms were everywhere in the 90s with shows like Friends and Seinfeld becoming pop culture icons.
But those weren’t the only two series that had fans quoting lines, copying outfits and hairstyles, and laughing at the characters’ shenanigans. The sitcoms of the 90s were filled with teen angst, family dynamics, and workplace drama. There truly was something for everyone to relate to and laugh at. Here are 10 sitcoms from the 90s everyone forgot about:
10 Saved By The Bell
In the 90s every boy wanted to be Zack Morris and every girl wanted to be Kelly Kapowski or any of the other characters from Saved by the Bell, except maybe Screech. Saved by the Bell was a favorite among teenagers in the 90s as the series was all about high school students having to deal with teachers, homework, parents, and dating.
The series ran for 4 seasons from 1989 to 1993. The sitcom centered around six friends who all have different interests and backgrounds but somehow manage to stay bonded at California’s Bayside High School. Along with the six teens, the show also starred the high school principal, Mr. Belding, who tries his hardest to keep them all on the path of the straight and narrow.
9 Step By Step
After Suzanne Somers starred as the lovable blonde nitwit, Chrissy, on Three’s Company, she went on to star in another sitcom series. This time around Suzanne Somers portrayed Carol Foster, a widowed mother of three who marries a man who also has three kids and must learn how to mesh the two families together in the series Step by Step.
The sitcom aired from 1991 to 1998 with a total of seven seasons. Step by Step was a heartwarming sitcom about the bond and love of a family and how every family can be blended to create a loving home.
8 News Radio
Not all sitcoms in the 90s were about friends just hanging out at their favorite coffee shop or diner, some of them actually depicted the characters working. News Radio aired from 1995 to 1999 and showed what life was like working in a news radio station in New York.
Fans loved watching the hilarious antics of the staff and giggled as Dave Nelson tried to keep his wacky colleagues in line. The series had an all-star cast including Joe Rogan who now hosts his own popular podcast, Lauran Graham, Dave Foley, and Jon Lovitz.
7 Grace Under Fire
Many people might believe sitcoms are simply silly shows about goofy characters and have no real deep meaning to them. That is not the case in many sitcoms as they often discuss difficult topics in a lighthearted way that people can digest. One of the sitcoms that mastered the art of being a serious yet funny and relatable show was Grace Under Fire.
Grace Under Fire aired from 1993 to 1998 and was one of the highest-rated sitcoms in its first season. The series was about a single mother who recently divorced her abusive husband and is also a recovering alcoholic. Grace Kelly, played by Brett Butler, was a strong woman who was trying to prevent her children from making the same mistakes she made.
6 Mad About You
Every decade has to have a sitcom about a funny married couple and for the 90s that was Mad About You starring Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser. The sitcom had a total of 7 seasons and aired from 1992 to 1999. Mad About You was set in New York City and focused on a married couple, Paul and Jamie Buchman, who go through the ups and downs and learn what it means to be committed to a marriage.
Many talented actors graced the screen in Mad About You including Richard Kind, Carol Burnett, and Jeff Garlin. And here’s a fun ’90’s sitcom connection, Lisa Kudrow was actually on the series as a waitress named Ursula Buffay.
5 The Wonder Years
Many decades are fascinated by the decades that came before them and feel the need to make a sitcom about it, and the 90s were no different. The Wonder Years aired from 1988 to 1993, but the series was set in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.
The Wonder Years starred Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold a young boy who learns about first loves and the trials and tribulations of life as he grows up with the help of his best friend Paul, played by Josh Saviano. The series is narrated by adult Kevin and fans can’t help but laugh along as he narrates the ups and downs of his childhood.
4 Living Single
Queen Latifah is the true queen in the 90s sitcom Living Single which aired from 1993 to 1998. The series was about six friends who go through the struggles of building careers and relationships in a Brooklyn brownstone.
Each character had their own careers such as an editor and publisher, a costume designer, an aspiring actress, a stockbroker, an attorney, and a handyman. Fans loved the friendship between the characters and their determined ambition, along with their witty remarks and comebacks. Eventually, though, the sitcom became overshadowed by the series it inspired, Friends.
3 Sabrina The Teenage Witch
Long before the haunting Netflix series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, there was a ’90’s sitcom about a teenage witch who had to go through high school trying to fit in as a normal student. Every girl in the ’90’s wanted to be a witch with two awesome aunts and a black cat thanks to the bewitching ’90’s sitcom Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.
The sitcom aired from 1996 to 2003 with a total of 7 seasons. Sabrina, The Teenage Witch was one of the most beloved teen sitcoms of the ’90’s as Sabrina was not only a witch but she was also a relatable character who had to deal with bullies, struggling to fit in, and high school dating.
2 Caroline in the City
Before there was Carrie Bradshaw the sex columnist, there was Caroline the cartoonist. Caroline in the City aired from 1995 to 1999 and had a total of 4 seasons. Caroline Duffy is a cartoonist in New York City who often gets inspiration from her zany friends such as her best friend Annie.
Caroline goes through the struggles of dating all while keeping her upbeat outlook on life and maintaining a successful career as a cartoonist. Her cartoon not only gets her a park dedicated to her but it also gets its own balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and there is no higher honor than that.
1 3rd Rock From The Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun was the wacky sitcom that had the whole family laughing in the 90s. The series aired for 6 seasons from 1996 to 2001. When looking at the photos of the sitcom, many people might suspect it was simply about a middle-class family.
But the show was actually about an alien commander who lands on Earth along with a few of his fellow aliens. The extraterrestrials are forced to disguise themselves as a normal human family in order to observe the strange behavior of these creatures called human beings.
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