The top TV shows that defined the '90s

If you think that 1990 was about 10 years ago, you’re not alone.  It’s hard to comprehend that we were watching Rachel and Ross and their unresolved sexual tension on Friends, over TWENTY years ago. But we were.

In the ’90s, flip phones, baggy pants and grunge dominated our lives, and for better or worse, so too did the ‘Rachel’ hair style. Technically, it was still a fairly simple time where we were only on the cusp of understanding the life-changing impact of the ‘world wide web’. The likelihood of carrying a palm-sized computer in our pockets was about as likely as riding a golden unicorn bareback.

Try this: I haven’t been bored since the ’90s

Despite the enormous amount of TV shows on offer during the ’90s, only a select few of these truly epitomised the decade and more than likely, our memories will depend on whether we were children, teenagers or adults at the time. With that in mind, we’ve put together this definitive list of the top 23 TV shows that defined the ’90s..

WARNING: we suspect our number one may be somewhat contentious.

23. Xena Princess Warrior


22. Mad about you

21. Northern Exposure

20. The Nanny

19. JAG

18. ER

17. SeaChange

16. Cheers

15. Charmed

14. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

13. E Street

12. The X-Files

11. Fraiser

10. Ally McBeal

9. Dawson’s Creek

8. Party of Five


7. Sex and the City

6. The Simpsons


5. (Beverly Hills) 90210

4. Melrose Place

3.Twin Peaks


2. Friends


1. Seinfeld

Do you agree or was one of your favourite '90s TV shows robbed?