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Top Ten TV Shows I Grew Up With in the 90’s

I rarely watch TV on my actual TV set anymore.  There is just too much junk and too many commercials.  Lately I’ve been watching all of the great shows that I grew with. I was born in 1986 and I’ve got to say that the 90’s was the decade for great TV.  Here are my Top Ten:

#10. ER 1994-2009

ER is an American medical drama television series created by novelist Michael Crichton that aired on NBC from September 1994 to April 2009. It was produced by Constant c Productions and Amblin Entertainment, in association with Warner Bros. Television. It is set primarily in the emergency room (ER) of fictional County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. The show ran for 15 seasons, becoming the longest-running primetime medical drama in American television history. It won 23 Emmy Awards, including the 1996 Outstanding Drama Series award. It received 124 Emmy nominations, the most of any television show in history.  – Wikipedia

Getting a tv show to run for 15 years is no small feat.  This has everything you’d want: drama in relationships, weird medical cases that freak you out but hook you in, Funny moments, tragic moments, and life lessons. What else could you ask for?

#9 Mad About You 1992-1999

Mad About You is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 23, 1992, to May 24, 1999. The show starred Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt as a newly married couple in New York City. Reiser played Paul Buchman, a documentary film maker. Hunt played Jamie Stemple Buchman, a public relations specialist. Near the end of the show’s run, the couple had a baby daughter, whom they named Mabel.

The series focused mainly on the newlyweds while they dealt with everything from humorous daily minutiae to major struggles. The show’s willingness to find comedy in realistic situations and observational dialogue garnered it comparisons to Seinfeld, another NBC comedy about thirty-somethings in New York City. – Wikipedia

This show is hilarious and heartwarming. There is real chemistry between the costars.  The theme song says it all, “I’m Mad About You Baby”

#8 Frasier 1993-2004

Eminent Boston Psychiatrist, Frasier Crane, last seen gracing the bars of Cheers has left his life there to start afresh in Seattle. He now has a spot as a popular radio Psychiatrist, giving him the chance to spread words of wit and wisdom to the masses. He shares his apartment with his retired cop father, Martin, and his father’s physical care assistant, Daphne Moon. Add in brother Niles, Eddie the dog, some bizarre situations and plenty of humour and you’ve got all the ingredients for an excellent show and worthy successor to Cheers. Written by Mark Harding <mah@imdb.com>

This is one of THE FUNNIEST shows I have ever watched. Who could be more neurotic that a talk show psychiatrist?

#7 The Fresh Prince Of Bell-Air 1990-1996

The Banks family, a wealthy Californian family, take in a relative – Will Smith, a street-smart teenager from Philadelphia. The idea is to make him respectable, responsible and mature, but Will has got other plans. – IMDB

This is a great show. It’s where Will Smith really made his mark. Very funny, and a favorite of mine forever.

#6 Boy Meets World 1993-2000

Boy Meets World is an American comedy-drama series that chronicles the events and everyday life lessons of Cory Matthews, played by Ben Savage, who grows up from a young boy to a married man. The show aired for seven seasons from 1993 to 2000 on ABC, part of the network’s TGIF lineup – Wikipedia

Oh the memories . . . Average predictable Cory, his best friend the rebel and up to no good Shawn, Goofy brother Eric, cosmically in tune girlfriend Tapanga, and who could forget the timeless life lessons of Mr. Feeny. Good times.

#5 Star Trek Voyager 1995-2001

Star Trek: Voyager is a science fiction television series in the Star Trek universe. The show was created by Rick Berman, Michael Piller, and Jeri Taylor and is the fifth incarnation of Star Trek, which began with the 1960s series Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry. It was produced for seven seasons, from 1995 to 2001, and is the only Star Trek series with a female captain, Kathryn Janeway, as a lead character. It ran on UPN, making it the first Star Trek series to air on a major network since the original series which aired on NBC. It was the only TV show on UPN to have seven seasons, making it the network’s longest running show.

Set in the 24th century from the year 2371 through 2378, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet vessel USS Voyager, which becomes stranded in the Delta Quadrant 70,000 light-years from Earth while pursuing a renegade Maquis ship.[1] Both ships’ crews merge aboard Voyager to make the estimated 75-year journey home. – Wikipedia

OK, I admit it. I am a pretty big star trek fan. No I don’t go around wearing the uniforms or Vulcan ears. I just think it is a great platform, and there are some great stories. I love Voyager.  You’ve got a female captain stranded 80 years from home, fighting aliens, and trying to keep hope alive. It’s the best.

#4 DR Quinn Medicine Woman 1993-1998

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman was an American western/drama series created by Beth Sullivan. Dr. Michaela Quinn, played by Jane Seymour, is moved to leave Boston, due to the close-mindedness of its citizens. She goes West to Colorado where she establishes herself as doctor, advisor, and a stand-up citizen in this post-Civil War, 19th-century drama. -Wikipedia

What’s that? A woman doctor making a life for herself in the heart of the American West and falling madly in love with a hunky mountain man .  . . I’m there!

#3 Full House1987-1995

Full House is an American television sitcom that originally ran in primetime from September 22, 1987, to May 23, 1995, on ABC. Set in San Francisco, California, it chronicles widowed father Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), who, after the death of his wife following the birth of their youngest daughter Michelle Tanner, enlists his best friend Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier) and his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) to help raise his three daughters, D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron), Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin), and Michelle (Mary Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen). Later on in the series, Danny’s cohost (and later Jesse’s wife), Rebecca Donaldson Katsopolis, (Lori Loughlin) joins the household. Finally, Jesse and Becky’s twin sons, Nicky and Alex Katsopolis, become additions to the family. Another notable character of the show is Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), D.J.’s best friend and the Tanner family’s neighbor. – Wikipedia

The ultimate show about family relationships. Three single men raising three daughters.  The best part, Uncle Jesse. . . Have Mercy!

#2 The Cosby Show 1984-1992

The Cosby Show is an American television situation comedy starring Bill Cosby, first airing on September 20, 1984 and running for eight seasons on the NBC television network, until April 30, 1992. The show focused on the Huxtable family, an affluent African-American family living in Brooklyn, New York.

According to TV Guide, the show “was TV’s biggest hit in the 1980s, and almost single-handedly revived the sitcom genre and NBC’s ratings fortunes”.[1] Originally, the show had been pitched to ABC, which rejected it.[1] Entertainment Weekly stated that The Cosby Show helped to make possible a larger variety of shows based on African Americans, from In Living Color to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.[2] The Cosby Show was also one of the first successful sitcoms based on the subject matter of a standup comedian’s act, blazing a trail for other programs such as Roseanne, Home Improvement, The Drew Carey Show, Seinfeld, and Everybody Loves Raymond. The Cosby Show is one of only three American programs that have been #1 in the Nielsen ratings for five consecutive seasons, along with All in the Family and American Idol. The show spawned the successful spin-off A Different World. – Wikipedia

I am a huge Bill Cosby fan, one of the funniest people on the planet, and the best part is that he is clean. This show has strong family values and mostly focuses on the great but simple moments of every day life. Only two years of it ran during the 90’s but thanks to re-runs I’ll be watching this show until I’m 90.

#1 Star Trek The Next Generation 1987-1994


Set in the 24th century and decades after the adventures of the original crew of the starship Enterprise, this new series is the long-awaited successor to the original “Star Trek” (1966). Under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the all new Enterprise NCC 1701-D travels out to distant planets to seek out new life and to boldly go where no one has gone before. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

I know, I know. Another Star Trek? But really people. This is real entertainment. What kid doesn’t look at the stars at night and dream about what’s up there? The cast is amazing with real chemistry. The stories are compelling. Each character is well developed and grows throughout the show. It captures your imagination.I started watching Star Trek The Next Generation with my grandmother when I was little, and I’ve loved it ever since. Even if it makes me a nerd, I have to say Star Trek rocks! Check it out before giving into the stereotype. You’ll be hooked too.  Who wouldn’t be with the timeless opening:

” Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the star ship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before. . .”

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