The Best 1990's TV Shows

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1. Northern Exposure (1990–1995)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A newly graduated doctor is required to set up his practice in an eccentric Alaskan town.

Stars: Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin, John Cullum

Votes: 13,218

2. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 143,481

3. The X-Files (1993– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 175,260

4. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 230,922

5. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 9,212

6. Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A police homicide investigation unit investigates violent crimes in the city of Baltimore.

Stars: Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto, Kyle Secor

Votes: 9,983

7. Flying Blind (1992–1993)

30 min | Comedy

This short-lived FOX sitcom featured Neil, a shy repressed guy who meets the girl of his dreams, Alicia, who is gorgeous and wild. Amazingly, they begin to date and the striking contrast ... See full summary »

Stars: Corey Parker, Téa Leoni, Robert Bauer, Clea Lewis

Votes: 261

8. Millennium (I) (1996–1999)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A former FBI profiler with the ability to look inside the mind of a killer begins working for the mysterious Millennium Group whose interest lies in cases involving doomsday cults and killers obsessed with the end of the millennium.

Stars: Lance Henriksen, Megan Gallagher, Terry O'Quinn, Brittany Tiplady

Votes: 8,661

9. Family Guy (1998– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another.

Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 269,488

10. Angel (1999–2004)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

The vampire Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and aids people with supernatural-related problems while questing for his own redemption.

Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 56,854

11. Frasier (1993–2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle, where he lives with his father, and works as a radio psychiatrist.

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

Votes: 63,040

12. Due South (1994–1999)

TV-PG | 46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

The cases of a cynical American police detective and a upright Royal Canadian Mounted Police constable in the city of Chicago.

Stars: Paul Gross, Beau Starr, Tony Craig, David Marciano

Votes: 5,252

13. The Riff Raff Element (1993– )

50 min | Comedy, Drama

Down-on-their luck, upper-class family rent out a wing of their stately home to a lower-class family.

Stars: Pippa Guard, Richard Hope, Celia Imrie, Shelley Sykes

Votes: 71

14. Takin' Over the Asylum (1994– )

50 min | Drama

A salesman starts to run a hospital radio station inside a facility for people with mental heath needs.

Stars: Ken Stott, Katy Murphy, David Tennant, Ruth McCabe

Votes: 654

15. A Mug's Game (1996– )

50 min

Three part series that studies the personal lives of folk in a remote Scottish fishing village that is coming to terms with rationalisation, and globalisation of it's fishing industry.

Stars: Sally Kinghorn, Ken Stott, Ewan Stewart, Brian Alexander

Votes: 19

16. Wild Palms (1993– )

300 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A multi-national corporation attempts to take over America while small pockets of resistance hold out against rampant technology.

Stars: Jim Belushi, Dana Delany, Robert Loggia, Kim Cattrall

Votes: 1,816

17. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

A young woman is forced to fulfill her destiny of fighting vampires and demons with the help of her friends all the while struggling to live a normal teenage life of heart break and drama.

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head

Votes: 113,375

18. NYPD Blue (1993–2005)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Detectives from NYPD's 15th squad investigate homicides within their precinct.

Stars: Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

Votes: 10,021

19. The Green Man (1990– )

50 min | Comedy, Horror

Maurice Allington, the alcoholic, sexually promiscuous, and unappealing lead character owns a country inn called "The Green Man." He frightens and regales his guests, when he's not trying ... See full summary »

Stars: Albert Finney, Linda Marlowe, Sarah Berger, Nicky Henson

Votes: 345

20. American Gothic (1995–1996)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

The show is set in the town of Trinity, South Carolina. Lucas Buck, the local sheriff, has supernatural powers. He uses these powers to manipulate people into making evil choices. Lucas ... See full summary »

Stars: Gary Cole, Lucas Black, Paige Turco, Brenda Bakke

Votes: 3,646

21. The Larry Sanders Show (1992–1998)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

A comedic behind the scenes look at a late night talk show.

Stars: Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Wallace Langham, Rip Torn

Votes: 6,620

22. Seinfeld (1989–1998)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York City stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York City friends.

Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander

Votes: 207,780

23. 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A group of aliens are sent to Earth, disguised as a human family, to experience and report life on the 3rd planet from the sun.

Stars: John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart

Votes: 41,834

24. Dark Skies (1996–1997)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

In 1960s America, a young couple struggle to expose the truth about a hidden alien invasion, while a secret government organization follows its own agenda in dealing with the threat.

Stars: Eric Close, J.T. Walsh, Lackos, Megan Ward

Votes: 1,570

25. I'll Fly Away (1991–1993)

60 min | Drama

Forrest Bedford is a Southern lawyer in the late 1950s, generally content with his privileged life. But the winds of change are blowing, and he becomes increasingly involved with civil ... See full summary »

Stars: Sam Waterston, Regina Taylor, Jeremy London, Ashlee Levitch

Votes: 659

26. Law & Order (1990–2010)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.

Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 27,811

27. Party of Five (1994–2000)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Family

Five siblings are left to find their own way in the world when their parents are killed by a drunk driver. The series revolves around the struggles of raising each other and the struggles ... See full summary »

Stars: Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell, Lacey Chabert

Votes: 8,237

28. Joking Apart (1991–1995)

30 min | Comedy

A stand-up comic talks about his failed marriage.

Stars: Robert Bathurst, Fiona Gillies, Tracie Bennett, Paul Raffield

Votes: 136

29. The West Wing (1999–2006)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama

Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, John Spencer

Votes: 52,715

30. The West (1996– )

537 min | Documentary, History, War

Stephen Ives' "The West" is a PBS 4-Video Series co-produced by Ken Burns: - "Death Runs Riot" 85 min. - "Fight No More Forever" 85 min. - "Ghost Dance" 58 min. - "The People" 82 min.

Stars: Peter Coyote, N. Scott Momaday, Murphy Guyer, John Trudell

Votes: 1,140

31. Ultraviolet (1998– )

300 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Michael Colefield is unwillingly thrust into the nightmarish world of vampires when he discovers a secret government organisation operating undercover within the police when his friend Jack... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Davenport, Susannah Harker, Idris Elba, Philip Quast

Votes: 2,364

32. Spin City (1996–2002)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Mike Flaherty, the Deputy Mayor of New York City, and his team of half-wits must constantly save the Mayor from embarrassment and the media. Mike is later succeeded by Charlie Crawford.

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear, Richard Kind

Votes: 23,495

33. G.B.H. (1991– )

567 min | Drama

Michael Murray is an ambitious and charismatic politician, Jim Nelson is a much loved headmaster of a local school for disturbed children. When the paths of these two men cross, things are ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Lindsay, Michael Palin, Dearbhla Molloy, Alan Igbon

Votes: 555

34. Our Friends in the North (1996– )

623 min | Drama

A nine part series depicting the varying fortunes of four friends, Nicky, Geordie, Mary, and Tosker, from the optimistic times of 1964 to the uncertainties of 1995. Taking nine pivotal ... See full summary »

Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Mark Strong, Gina McKee, Daniel Craig

Votes: 1,290

35. Father Ted (1995–1998)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

Three misfit priests and their housekeeper live on Craggy Island, not the peaceful and quiet part of Ireland that it seems to be.

Stars: Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon, Frank Kelly, Pauline McLynn

Votes: 30,971

36. ER (1994–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance

The lives, loves and losses of the doctors and nurses of Chicago's County General Hospital.

Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, Eriq La Salle

Votes: 44,506

37. Drop the Dead Donkey (1990–1998)

Comedy

Political satire about a television news company.

Stars: Neil Pearson, Jeff Rawle, David Swift, Stephen Tompkinson

Votes: 1,033



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