Favourite shows (non cartoon) from my youth

by fool_tcat | created - 29 Jun 2013 | updated - 29 Jun 2013 | Public

Mostly after school stuff, TGIF of course...half-hour shows

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1. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Kevin Arnold recalls growing up during the late 60s and early 70s; the turbulent social times make the transition from child to adult unusually interesting.

Stars: Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern, Alley Mills

Votes: 30,692

2. Roseanne (1988–2018)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of a working-class family struggling with life's essential problems: marriage, children, money and parents-in-law.

Stars: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman

Votes: 36,022

3. Boy Meets World (1993–2000)

TV-G | 23 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Adolescent Cory Matthews grows up, and faces problems with friends, family, and school.

Stars: Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels, Betsy Randle

Votes: 34,781

4. Family Matters (1989–1998)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The Winslow family deal with various misadventures, many of them caused by their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel.

Stars: Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams, Darius McCrary

Votes: 20,952

5. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–1996)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

A streetwise, poor young man from Philadelphia is sent by his mother to live with his aunt, uncle and cousins in their Bel-Air mansion.

Stars: Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali

Votes: 101,790

6. Step by Step (1991–1998)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

Frank Lambert is a construction worker and a single father of 3 kids: J.T., Alicia "Al", and Brendan. Carol Foster, a beautician, also has 3 children: Dana, Karen, and Mark. After Frank and... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, Brandon Call, Staci Keanan

Votes: 10,324

7. Home Improvement (1991–1999)

TV-G | 22 min | Comedy, Family

The daily trials and tribulations of Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor, a television show host raising three mischievous boys with help from his loyal co-host, loving wife, and eccentric neighbor.

Stars: Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman, Taran Noah Smith

Votes: 34,547

8. Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (1992–1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

American comedy with the larger-than-life teacher and his housemates.

Stars: Mark Curry, Holly Robinson Peete, Sandra Quarterman, Marquise Wilson

Votes: 2,122

9. Sister, Sister (1994–1999)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell are twins separated at birth who learn of each other's existence and come together as teenagers.

Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry, Tim Reid

Votes: 8,920

10. In the House (1995–1999)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Once famous football player must rent part of his house in order to support himself. A single mother and her two kids are the latest tenants. He also owns a sports clinic that he barely manages to run with a little help from his friends.

Stars: LL Cool J, Maia Campbell, Alfonso Ribeiro, Kim Wayans

Votes: 691

LL Cool J, Alfonso Ribeiro...

11. Martin (1992–1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sassy sitcom centering on radio and television personality Martin Payne. Series focuses on his romantic relationship with girlfriend Gina, her best friend Pam and escapades with best friends Tommy and Cole.

Stars: Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Thomas Mikal Ford, Carl Anthony Payne II

Votes: 6,126

12. The Cosby Show (1984–1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

The goings-on in the life of a successful African-American family.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Votes: 27,775

13. ALF (1986–1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with the Tanner family after crashing into their garage.

Stars: Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright, Anne Schedeen

Votes: 26,843

14. Harry and the Hendersons (1991–1993)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

The Hendersons were a typical family living in the Pacific Northwest who owned an unusual pet: a real live Sasquatch. While on a camping trip, the Hendersons found Bigfoot, and brought him ... See full summary »

Stars: Bruce Davison, Molly Cheek, Zachary Bostrom, Carol-Ann Merrill

Votes: 979

15. A Different World (1987–1993)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

A group of students at a historically Black university struggle to make it through college.

Stars: Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy, Darryl M. Bell

Votes: 4,690

16. The Golden Girls (1985–1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times.

Stars: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

Votes: 25,680

Watched this with my Gram!

17. Murphy Brown (1988–2018)

30 min | Comedy

A modern-day revival of the sitcom 'Murphy Brown', which chronicled the personal and professional life of a woman working as a TV journalist.

Stars: Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli, Faith Ford

Votes: 5,977

...remember the painter guy and Corky?!

18. 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: 23,403

19. Perfect Strangers (1986–1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A high strung and cynical man's life is never the same when his naive but good-natured cousin comes to America to live with him.

Stars: Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker, Melanie Wilson, Rebeca Arthur

Votes: 7,169

BALKI!!

20. Mad About You (1992–1999)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

Paul and Jaime Buchman are a recently married couple in New York City. They point out the gentle humor of domesticity and in the everyday situations of life.

Stars: Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow, Leila Kenzle

Votes: 17,571

21. 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: 206,227

22. Ready or Not (1993–1997)

23 min | Drama, Family

Two teenage friends come of age while going through life's struggles together.

Stars: Laura Bertram, Lani Billard, Gerry Mendicino, Gail Kerbel

Votes: 2,173

Yep...loved this show. Canadian :)

23. Dinosaurs (1991–1994)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Dinosaurs follows the life of a family of dinosaurs, living in a modern world. They have TVs, fridges, etc. The only humans around are cavemen, who are viewed as pets and wild animals.

Stars: Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter, Jason Willinger, Leif Tilden

Votes: 13,950

...this could have been on my cartoon list I guess...but I remember it being a bit more mature...

24. Full House (1987–1995)

TV-G | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

After the sudden death of his wife, a young father enlists the help of his brother-in-law and his childhood friend to help him raise his three daughters.

Stars: Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure

Votes: 46,497

25. Saved by the Bell (1989–1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

A close knit group of six friends try to make to make it through their teens while attending Bayside High School in Palisades, California.

Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond, Lark Voorhies

Votes: 27,439

26. The Wayans Bros. (1995–1999)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The wacky escapades of brothers Shawn and Marlon Williams, along with their wise but eccentric father.

Stars: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, John Witherspoon, Anna Maria Horsford

Votes: 3,646

27. Mr. Bean (1990–1995)

TV-G | 350 min | Comedy, Family

Life is a difficult challenge for Mr Bean, who despite being a grown adult, has trouble completing even the simplest of tasks. Thankfully, his perseverance is usually rewarded, and he finds an ingenious way around the problem.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler, Matthew Ashforde

Votes: 80,297

28. Ghostwriter (1992–1995)

TV-Y7 | Family, Fantasy, Mystery

A group of teenagers solves local crimes, capers, and mysteries in their neighborhood, with the help of a ghost who can only communicate through writing and words.

Stars: David López, Blaze Berdahl, Todd Alexander, Marcella Lowery

Votes: 1,981

29. The Nanny (1993–1999)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

After being fired from her job and dumped by her boyfriend, a cosmetics saleswoman becomes the nanny to the three children of a rich English widower. As time passes, the two fall for each other.

Stars: Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis, Lauren Lane

Votes: 32,157

30. Bill Nye, the Science Guy (1993–1998)

TV-Y | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy, Family

Scientist/comedian Bill Nye explores various aspects of science for young viewers.

Stars: Bill Nye, Pat Cashman, Michaela Leslie-Rule, Jaffar Smith

Votes: 5,757

31. Ellen (1994–1998)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

Ellen Morgan is a neurotic bookstore owner who deals with life through comedy and extensive rambling.

Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, David Anthony Higgins, Joely Fisher, Clea Lewis

Votes: 4,354

32. NewsRadio (1995–1999)

23 min | Comedy, Romance

The workplace sitcom "NewsRadio" explores the office politics and interpersonal relationships among the staff of WNYX NewsRadio, New York's #2 news radio station. Beleaguered news director ... See full summary »

Stars: Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick, Maura Tierney

Votes: 11,580

33. The Drew Carey Show (1995–2004)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Drew is an assistant director of personnel in a Cleveland department store and he has been stuck there for ten years. Other than fighting with co-worker Mimi, his hobbies include drinking ... See full summary »

Stars: Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Kathy Kinney, Ryan Stiles

Votes: 13,786

34. 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: 62,741

35. 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: 41,705

36. Moesha (1996–2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A teenager struggles to come to terms with everything life throws at her.

Stars: Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young, Marcus T. Paulk, Lamont Bentley

Votes: 2,559

37. Breaker High (1997–1998)

30 min | Comedy

A group of students attend high school on a cruise ship.

Stars: Rachel Wilson, Terri Conn, Kyle Alisharan, Wendi Kenya

Votes: 983

38. Blossom (1990–1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A teenage girl living in a house run by men dreams what life would be like if she lived in a more conventional family.

Stars: Mayim Bialik, Jenna von Oÿ, Joey Lawrence, Ted Wass

Votes: 5,661

39. Who's the Boss? (1984–1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

Tony Micelli, a retired baseball player, becomes the housekeeper of Angela Bower, an advertising executive in New York. Together they raise their kids, Samantha Micelli and Jonathon Bower, with help from Mona Robinson, Angela's man-crazy mother.

Stars: Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano, Danny Pintauro

Votes: 8,748

40. Charles in Charge (1984–1990)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Charles, a college student, is a live-in housekeeper in the Powell household. Charles, along with his friend Buddy, attempts to juggle his studies, friendships and duties to the family.

Stars: Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Nicole Eggert, Josie Davis

Votes: 4,399

41. Growing Pains (1985–1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a family with a home business father and a journalist mother.

Stars: Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron, Jeremy Miller

Votes: 11,430

42. Mr. Belvedere (1985–1990)

30 min | Comedy, Family

The humourous adventures of an English housekeeper working for an American family.

Stars: Christopher Hewett, Bob Uecker, Ilene Graff, Rob Stone

Votes: 3,093

43. Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (1998–2001)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

Three twenty-somethings share a Boston apartment and hang around (and work) at a pizza place.

Stars: Traylor Howard, Ryan Reynolds, Richard Ruccolo, Suzanne Cryer

Votes: 14,361

44. That '70s Show (1998–2006)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

A comedy revolving around a group of teenage friends, their mishaps, and their coming of age, set in 1970s Wisconsin.

Stars: Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson

Votes: 132,759

45. Married with Children (1986–1997)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Al Bundy is a misanthropic women's shoe salesman with a miserable life. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse

Votes: 85,774