Thanks to Netflix, there are many TV shows from the ’90s that have found a second life through streaming. Friends is so popular among the iGeneration that any little bit of trivia never fails to go viral. Frasier, the smartest show on television, is being considered for a reboot, no doubt in part thanks to the success of the revival of Will and Grace. And Seinfeld, which is available on Hulu, has a timeless humor that can never grow old.
But for all of the shows that continue to live on, there are countless others that have fallen through the cracks of time. Here, we invite you to revisit some of the most beloved ’90s shows that no one remembers anymore. And for more ’90s nostalgia, check out 20 Photos Only Kids Who Grew up in the 1990s Will Understand.
Mad About You (1992 to 1999)
In this seven-season (1992–1999) sitcom, Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser play a New York couple experiencing the joys and trials of married life. And for more TV shows worth re-watching, check out the 30 Funniest Sitcoms Of All Time.
Caroline in the City (1995 to 1999)
It only ran from 1995 to 1999, but Lea Thompson’s portrayal of a successful cartoonist living in Manhattan was enough to make you seriously consider following the same career path.
Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place (1998 to 2001)
Long before he was the Merc with a Mouth, Ryan Reynolds played a slacker who worked in a fictional Boston pizza parlor from 1998 to 2001.
Step by Step (1991 to 1998)
This sitcom, which ran from 1991 to 1998, was sort of like an updated version of Brady Bunch in that it dealt with a blended family consisting of six children from previous marriages. Despite being on the TGIF lineup, it never enjoyed the cult following of similar, family-oriented shows like Boy Meets World or Full House.
The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994 to 1998)
Do you vaguely remember a show in which a teenage girl constantly turns into a puddle? That was a Nickelodeon series that ran from 1994 to 1998 and starred Larisa Oleynik as an average girl in junior high who gets accidentally doused with a top secret chemical which gives her special powers like telekinesis and the ability to shoot electricity from her fingertips and dissolve into liquid. Despite the fact that it overlapped with Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which it bore a striking resemblance to, it never lived on in memes.
Angel (1999 to 2004)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is getting a remake, has enjoyed a massive cult following with a whole new audience in its Netflix rerun. But only diehard fans remember its late-’90s (and, technically, early 2000s) spin-off show, Angel, in which Buffy’s tortured vampire lover took on the forces of darkness in L.A.
My So-Called Life (1994 to 1995)
Long before 13 Reasons Why, teens who wanted to relate to the angst of high school had this short-lived but heavily-acclaimed show to watch. In addition to being a breakthrough part for Claire Danes, it introduced us to the slice of heaven that is Jared Leto. For more on 13 Reasons Why, read our revealing interview with star Ross Butler.
Freaks and Geeks (1999 to 2000)
It ran for just one glorious season, and spawned the careers of everyone from Seth Rogan to James Franco, but this show about a bunch of misfit high school students in the early ’80s was praised for hiring actors who were actually age-appropriate for their roles.
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995 to 2001)
Back in the ’90s, a show that featured a strong female protagonist in a fantasy land and spent most of the episodes yodeling her signature battle cry and hurling a chakram was pretty groundbreaking. It may have been forgotten, but the six-season (1995–2001) show has achieved a cult following, especially in the lesbian community, thanks to the sexual undertones of the warrior princess’s relationship with her sidekick, Gabrielle.
The Nanny (1993 to 1999)
Fran Drescher played a a flashy girl from Queens who wound up being the nanny of three children in the upscale household of widower Maxwell Sheffield. Despite their class differences, she turned out to be just what the family needed, and her signature laugh on the show is, these days, iconic.
Just Shoot Me! (1997 to 2003)
Starring David Spade, this late ’90s (it wrapped in 2003) sitcom followed the inner workings of a fictional high fashion magazine in NYC, and was so popular it got the coveted slot on NBC between Friends and Frasier. And to find out which ’90s series finale was the most watched television episode of all time, check out 30 Facts That Will Overwhelm You with 1990s Nostalgia.
Dharma and Greg (1997 to 2002)
Free-spirited yoga instructor Dharma (Jenna Elfman) and conservative lawyer Greg (Thomas Gibson) are proof that opposites can not only attract but also make things work despite their differences.
Felicity (1998 to 2002)
Keri Russell is nowadays better known as a Soviet spy in the hit FX show The Americans, but for anyone who was around in the ’90s, she will forever be a college student navigating the dating woes and career confusion of that period of young adulthood. If you’re a fan of this talented actress, you might be pleased to hear Russell is actually joining the cast of the next Star Wars movie. For more on this, check out Here’s Everything We Know about Star Wars: Episode IX.
Spin City (1996 to 2002)
From 1996 to 2000, Michael J. Fox played the Deputy Mayor running a fictional local government running New York City. Fox had to leave the show in 2000 due to his battle with Parkinson’s Disease, and was replaced by Charlie Sheen for the final two seasons.
Ally McBeal (1997 to 2002)
The only remnant of this show about a young attorney who joins a prestigious law firm that includes her ex-boyfriend is the dancing baby that has lived on in the form of a GIF. (As a reminder, “Baby Cha Cha” was an unsettling hallucination that represented her ticking biological clock.)
Sister, Sister (1994 to 1999)
Real-life identical twins Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley explore the intimacy and rivalry that come with reuniting with your long-lost twin as teenagers. Fans of the forgotten sitcom might be pleased to hear that a reboot is currently in the works.
Two of a Kind (1998 to 1999)
It only aired for one season, from 1998 to 1999—probably because it bore too much of a resemblance to Full House and The Nanny—but the presence of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, who played the daughters of a widowed college professor who invariably falls in love with their quirky babysitter, made the show a must-watch during its brief run.
Family Matters (1989 to 1998)
Anyone who was around in the ’90s can’t look at a pair of suspenders or hear the phrase “Did I do that?” without thinking of Steve Urkel (Jaleel White), the frequently unwanted guest in the house of family man Carl Wilson (Reginald VelJohnson). Seriously, did no one in the ’90s lock their doors? For more sitcom hilarity, check out The 30 Funniest Sitcom Jokes of All Time.
Married with Children (1986 to 1997)
Modern Family fans may not even be aware that, before Ed O’Neill played patriarch Jay Pritchett, he was Al Bundy, the father of a dysfunctional family living in Chicago.
Party of Five (1994 to 2000)
After their parents die in a car crash, five siblings (including Matthew Fox and Neve Campbell) have to learn how to be a family. Much as I love ’90s sitcoms, going through this list, you can’t help but think that many of the shows dealt with the same material (an upper middle class couple or family living in NYC or San Francisco) over and over again. So perhaps this is one of the 17 Things You’re Nostalgic for But Shouldn’t Be.
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