Great TV shows of the 90s

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Was gonna do it as a top ten, but couldn't think of ten I'd consider great - whether this is down to my memory or the 00s being better than the 90s for TV I couldn't say, though I wouldn't be surprised if the latter is the case. Anyway:

Day Today/Brass Eye
The Simpsons
I'm Alan Partridge
Father Ted
The House of Cards Trilogy

chap, Friday, 18 September 2009 12:25 (eleven years ago) link

Adam & Joe?

alien vs the smiths (country matters), Friday, 18 September 2009 12:26 (eleven years ago) link

Northern Exposure! To me that was the best one of the Twin Peaks inspired "small town with odd inhabitants" subgenre, at least until Joel left.

Tuomas, Friday, 18 September 2009 12:29 (eleven years ago) link

friends

What are the benefits of dating a younger guy, better erections? (darraghmac), Friday, 18 September 2009 12:35 (eleven years ago) link

Also:

Downtown
* A short-lived MTV animated series where the main character was comic book/RPG geek. Does anyone else remember this? It was pretty funny, at least if you were among the geeks it mocked.

The Maxx
* The best American animated series ever! At least after The Simpsons.

Tuomas, Friday, 18 September 2009 12:36 (eleven years ago) link

I forgot about Beavis and Butthead! How could I?

chap, Friday, 18 September 2009 12:37 (eleven years ago) link

I was about to say Beavis & Butthead. Oh yes I was.

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Friday, 18 September 2009 12:38 (eleven years ago) link

teenage mutant hero turtles ftw

What are the benefits of dating a younger guy, better erections? (darraghmac), Friday, 18 September 2009 12:38 (eleven years ago) link

TMWRNJ

...and it's good for the environment! (aldo), Friday, 18 September 2009 12:38 (eleven years ago) link

the word

What are the benefits of dating a younger guy, better erections? (darraghmac), Friday, 18 September 2009 12:39 (eleven years ago) link

"TMWRNJ"?

Tuomas, Friday, 18 September 2009 12:39 (eleven years ago) link

The Fast Show!

Nathalie (stevienixed), Friday, 18 September 2009 12:40 (eleven years ago) link

The Mary Whitehouse Experience

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Friday, 18 September 2009 12:40 (eleven years ago) link

"TMWRNJ"?

This Morning With Richard Not Judy - sketch/stand-up show with Stewart Lee and Richard Herring.

chap, Friday, 18 September 2009 12:40 (eleven years ago) link

Fist of Fun, especially Simon Quinlank

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Friday, 18 September 2009 12:41 (eleven years ago) link

The Fast Show's a good one.

chap, Friday, 18 September 2009 12:41 (eleven years ago) link

The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer.

chap, Friday, 18 September 2009 12:42 (eleven years ago) link

Can anyone think of any really good dramas? So far we've only got House of Cards and Northern Exposure.

chap, Friday, 18 September 2009 12:43 (eleven years ago) link

Cracker (UK drama never topped imo)

The Cops
Eastenders (i didn't start hating it properly until '99)
This Life lol
KYTV
Shooting Stars
Later With Jools Holland
Mirrorball
Spaced s1

unban dictionary (blueski), Friday, 18 September 2009 12:43 (eleven years ago) link

Morse if that's your thing.

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Friday, 18 September 2009 12:44 (eleven years ago) link

also A Touch Of Frost

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Friday, 18 September 2009 12:44 (eleven years ago) link

still rep for The X-Files up until season 5

unban dictionary (blueski), Friday, 18 September 2009 12:46 (eleven years ago) link

buffy
rugrats
simpsons

Like BANG! Bust 'em in the wang like it aint no thang (a hoy hoy), Friday, 18 September 2009 12:46 (eleven years ago) link

I was totally hooked on Neighbours throughout the 90s, don't think it qualifies as great though.

chap, Friday, 18 September 2009 12:53 (eleven years ago) link

Seinfeld

herb albert, Friday, 18 September 2009 12:59 (eleven years ago) link

oh, you Brits.

The Kids in the Hall
The Larry Sanders Show

A Patch on Blazing Saddles (Dr Morbius), Friday, 18 September 2009 13:10 (eleven years ago) link

we never got KITH

unban dictionary (blueski), Friday, 18 September 2009 13:11 (eleven years ago) link

Do you mean never 'got' it, or that it was never aired here? The latter is certainly not true.

chap, Friday, 18 September 2009 13:12 (eleven years ago) link

About half of the "Cracker" scripts were absolute shite.

A Patch on Blazing Saddles (Dr Morbius), Friday, 18 September 2009 13:14 (eleven years ago) link

The latter is certainly not true

oh OK, no idea when it was on (Sky? early C5?)

unban dictionary (blueski), Friday, 18 September 2009 13:21 (eleven years ago) link

C4 back in the mid 90's?

What are the benefits of dating a younger guy, better erections? (darraghmac), Friday, 18 September 2009 13:21 (eleven years ago) link

or maybe late night BBC2. definitely caught a few shows when i was 14-6 (at a guess)

What are the benefits of dating a younger guy, better erections? (darraghmac), Friday, 18 September 2009 13:22 (eleven years ago) link

how did i miss it

About half of the "Cracker" scripts were absolute shite

example?

unban dictionary (blueski), Friday, 18 September 2009 13:22 (eleven years ago) link

KITH was C4, tucked away in a graveyard slot.

chap, Friday, 18 September 2009 13:24 (eleven years ago) link

BBC Adaptation of Our Mutual Friend was epic.

this must be what FAIL is really like (ledge), Friday, 18 September 2009 13:27 (eleven years ago) link

Quantum Leap and Star Trek TNG. Even though they started in the 80's.

Jeff, Friday, 18 September 2009 13:28 (eleven years ago) link

Homicide: Life On The Street

murda mo not mo murda (some dude), Friday, 18 September 2009 13:38 (eleven years ago) link

Oh right! Homicide. Awesome. But I only saw season one so far. Must pursue the rest.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Friday, 18 September 2009 13:44 (eleven years ago) link

FORD SUPER SUNDAY (nod to a hoy hoy)

What are the benefits of dating a younger guy, better erections? (darraghmac), Friday, 18 September 2009 14:57 (eleven years ago) link

pox

simpsons
kids in the hall
law and order (first seven or so seasons, at leasy)
homicide
beavis and butthead
twin peaks
batman: the animated series
oz
ren and stimpy (until john k. got fired)
mst3k

strongohulkingtonsghost, Friday, 18 September 2009 15:08 (eleven years ago) link

the amount of BAD tv i watched in the 90s makes me want to weep

strongohulkingtonsghost, Friday, 18 September 2009 15:09 (eleven years ago) link

big cosign on KITH, MSTK and Batman

bitches love me on friendster (some dude), Friday, 18 September 2009 15:11 (eleven years ago) link

No one said Get A Life yet, fuck this place

drakeula vs the roflman (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 18 September 2009 15:29 (eleven years ago) link

big cosign on Get A Life, no cosign on the bizarre hostility

bitches love me on friendster (some dude), Friday, 18 September 2009 15:32 (eleven years ago) link

this is the theme to garry's show the opening theme to garry's show garry called me up and asked if i would write his theme song this song is halfway finished how do you like it so far how do you like the theme to garry's show?

Philip Nunez, Friday, 18 September 2009 15:36 (eleven years ago) link

Shandling's Show was great, never got around to seeing Larry Sanders

bitches love me on friendster (some dude), Friday, 18 September 2009 15:41 (eleven years ago) link

Original run September 10, 1986 – May 25, 1990

^^ guess IGSS isn't really a good fit for this thread though, eh

bitches love me on friendster (some dude), Friday, 18 September 2009 15:42 (eleven years ago) link

TRL

dorroughmac (k3vin k.), Friday, 18 September 2009 15:53 (eleven years ago) link

^^totally.

Plus The X-Files and most things on this thread: One of the best things about Youtube is listening to the intro tunes of old cartoons.

Roz, Friday, 18 September 2009 16:04 (eleven years ago) link

uh at least the things on that thread that was from the 90s.

Roz, Friday, 18 September 2009 16:05 (eleven years ago) link

eek! the cat
space ghost coast to coast

good call there andrew m.

the cartoon Tick was classic too.

huh (latebloomer), Saturday, 19 September 2009 10:39 (eleven years ago) link

Not enough love for South Park. Really annoys me how no TV station over here shows it anymore.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 19 September 2009 12:05 (eleven years ago) link

I liked Northern Exposure a lot, Tuomas, you just mentioned it so early in the thread that I never felt the need to bring it up.

Man, Dr. Katz! Another good one.

some dude, Saturday, 19 September 2009 13:01 (eleven years ago) link

Think these have all been mentioned already but anyway . . .

US

Northern Exposure
Quantum Leap
Twin Peaks
The State
Clarissa
Space Ghost
MST3K
KITH
Ren and Stimpy

UK

The Day Today/Brass Eye
Father Ted
The Fast Show

\(^o\) (/o^)/ (ENBB), Saturday, 19 September 2009 14:47 (eleven years ago) link

Also, Spaced.

\(^o\) (/o^)/ (ENBB), Saturday, 19 September 2009 15:34 (eleven years ago) link

wonder years

DAN P3RRY MAD AT GRANDMA (just1n3), Saturday, 19 September 2009 17:35 (eleven years ago) link

freaks and geeks, or was that the OOs

DAN P3RRY MAD AT GRANDMA (just1n3), Saturday, 19 September 2009 17:36 (eleven years ago) link

seaquest dsv

huh (latebloomer), Saturday, 19 September 2009 19:33 (eleven years ago) link

(j/k)

huh (latebloomer), Saturday, 19 September 2009 19:34 (eleven years ago) link

RIP J. Brandis

\(^o\) (/o^)/ (ENBB), Saturday, 19 September 2009 19:34 (eleven years ago) link

shit i forgot he died :-( RIP

huh (latebloomer), Saturday, 19 September 2009 19:42 (eleven years ago) link

cartoon sushi

If I'm posting, I'm drunk. (PappaWheelie V), Saturday, 19 September 2009 19:56 (eleven years ago) link

wonder years

― DAN P3RRY MAD AT GRANDMA (just1n3), Saturday, September 19, 2009 1:35 PM (2 hours ago)

shit i've always thought of this as an 80s show for some reason but yes, duh

k3vin k., Saturday, 19 September 2009 20:01 (eleven years ago) link

Like the Simpsons, Wonders was great only at certain stages.

If I'm posting, I'm drunk. (PappaWheelie V), Saturday, 19 September 2009 20:03 (eleven years ago) link

xp i just checked and it did start in the 80s, so that's probably why

DAN P3RRY MAD AT GRANDMA (just1n3), Saturday, 19 September 2009 20:04 (eleven years ago) link

Dan, wasn't it you years ago that pointed out how Simpsons started in 89 and stole Milhouse's look from Paul?

If I'm posting, I'm drunk. (PappaWheelie V), Saturday, 19 September 2009 20:05 (eleven years ago) link

The Simpsons -- if only because of the family connection
Aeon Flux
Batman: The Animated Series
The Tick
Twin Peaks
Sports Night
Millennium
Freaks and Geeks
Star Trek: Deep Space 9
Star Trek: The Next Generation

I hope that the Saturday morning/after school cartoons Golden Age isn't driven purely by nostalgia. Also, Gargoyles was rad (KEITH DAVID!!!!).

nowhere man

I'd say this too but I've heard it doesn't hold up, and I also its connection to 24 kind of takes the shine off it.

Leee, Saturday, 19 September 2009 22:14 (eleven years ago) link

oh damn, The Tick!

some dude, Saturday, 19 September 2009 22:26 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

The Days And Nights Of Molly Dodd -- totally remember loving this, though I'm not sure how many episodes I saw, or whether I'd still like it if I saw it now. Apparently ran 1987 to 1991, though I haven't thought of it much since. Does not appear to be available on DVD, at least via Netflix, though if anybody knows otherwise please say so.

xhuxk, Friday, 6 November 2009 15:28 (ten years ago) link

Apparently they couldn't license all the songs for a DVD release.

So instead I've been watching Caroline In The City lately. (1995 - 1999). Like it a lot, though I bet Molly was better.

xhuxk, Friday, 6 November 2009 15:41 (ten years ago) link

And I'd also probably put Home Improvement toward the bottom of a Top 25 if somebody did a poll (hey, it was based in Keego Harbor, Michigan! and Tim's Tool Time partner Al Borland was funny), so I might as well mention it (since it looks like there's gonna be one.)

xhuxk, Friday, 6 November 2009 16:33 (ten years ago) link

I'm totally doing a poll fellas. Noms thread on Monday.

OK Abacus (chap), Friday, 6 November 2009 16:34 (ten years ago) link

are Buffy, Sopranos and F&G going to be included? i'm not saying they should be excluded but, you know

Nhex, Friday, 6 November 2009 18:23 (ten years ago) link

Home Improvement is the worst artifact of human civilization.

jaymc, Friday, 6 November 2009 18:24 (ten years ago) link

Some shows I didn't see mentioned yet: The Critic, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, King of the Hill, Sifl & Olly, Home Movies, Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Oh, and Jeopardy.

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I think all three should be included, Nhex.

Jouster, Friday, 6 November 2009 20:41 (ten years ago) link

Home Movies aired 5 episodes in the '90s, and it seems kinda pointless to put them in them in another poll after it fared to place in one for the decade that it aired 50 episodes.

lindsay goham (some dude), Friday, 6 November 2009 20:56 (ten years ago) link

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

lindsay goham (some dude), Friday, 6 November 2009 21:08 (ten years ago) link

i remember a pretty fine cbs show called 'ez streets' which was saddled with a shitty name but had a pretty dope cast and was vv serious and grim.

jØrdån (omar little), Friday, 6 November 2009 21:17 (ten years ago) link

The John Larroquette Show

lindsay goham (some dude), Friday, 6 November 2009 21:18 (ten years ago) link

homicide, my so called life, simpsons. those are probably my top three. but i'll need this thread to jar my memory. last half of 30something's run would make it too in my top five. cuz that's how i roll. but i'm probably forgetting a zillion shows. kids in the hall definitely.

scott seward, Friday, 6 November 2009 21:22 (ten years ago) link

are Buffy, Sopranos and F&G going to be included? i'm not saying they should be excluded but, you know

― Nhex, Friday, 6 November 2009 18:23 (3 hours ago) Bookmark

was just about to ask this.

i always think about buying my so called life but decide against at the last minute. maybe i should find a torrent.

autogooner (a hoy hoy), Friday, 6 November 2009 21:26 (ten years ago) link

Home Movies aired 5 episodes in the '90s, and it seems kinda pointless to put them in them in another poll after it fared to place in one for the decade that it aired 50 episodes.

I don't think low number of episodes aired should disqualify it. Point taken on the other thing, though.

Jouster, Saturday, 7 November 2009 01:09 (ten years ago) link

I think any show with any episodes airing during the '90s should qualify for a nomination.

Now I need to work up my list!!!!

I HEART CREEPY MENS (Deric W. Haircare), Saturday, 7 November 2009 01:48 (ten years ago) link

Not enough Dawson's love on the 00's thread, so I'm upping it for the 90s as well. Also, Taking Over The Asylum, which I already know is vying with Cracker and Queer As Folk for my number one (until other people post things I haven't remembered about yet).

ailsa, Saturday, 7 November 2009 01:57 (ten years ago) link

I think the Sopranos and F&G should be excluded because of their showing in the other poll as well as Sopranos being mostly in the 2000s. Buffy should qualify, however, because the lower average of voting came, in many cases, because people felt the best of the series was broadcast in the 90s.

The Devil's Avocado (Gukbe), Saturday, 7 November 2009 01:58 (ten years ago) link

honestly it would be pretty fucking ridiculous if F&G finished top 5 in one poll for its last 12 episodes, and then finished high in another poll for its first 6 episodes -- how many victory laps does it need, leave room for other 90s shows already

lindsay goham (some dude), Saturday, 7 November 2009 02:12 (ten years ago) link

i mean Buffy and Sopranos, sure, that at at least makes sense

lindsay goham (some dude), Saturday, 7 November 2009 02:12 (ten years ago) link

yeah, f&g was my #1 in the other poll, and would STILL be my #1 in the 90s poll probably, so i'd feel kind of dickish about that

Nhex, Saturday, 7 November 2009 03:05 (ten years ago) link

Just include them, so that Sopranos fans can whine again that they're show is too low.

Leee, Saturday, 7 November 2009 03:50 (ten years ago) link

Prompt your memories:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:1990s_television_series

Not the real Village People, Saturday, 7 November 2009 07:05 (ten years ago) link

Harry & Cosh!

Not the real Village People, Saturday, 7 November 2009 07:07 (ten years ago) link

I wonder if "The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand De Bargos" stands up still? I remember it seeming like a work of genius at the time, but it's been imitated too many times since then, and probably bettered in the process.

ailsa, Saturday, 7 November 2009 08:28 (ten years ago) link

Was Jim Henson's The Storyteller nineties? That was pretty cool.

Number None, Saturday, 7 November 2009 17:20 (ten years ago) link

Some nominations:

120 Minutes
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
The Ben Stiller Show
Cheers
The Chris Rock Show
Dream On
Drew Carey Show
Emmanuelle in Space
Felicity
Fishing with John
Get a Life
The Jerry Springer Show
The Langoliers (TV miniseries)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Law and Order
Liquid Television
Married... with Children
Mr. Show
NewsRadio
Northern Exposure
Parker Lewis Can't Lose
The Real World
Short Attention Span Theater
Spin City
Sports Night
The State
Twin Peaks
Upright Citizens Brigade
Whose Line Is It Anyway

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Saturday, 7 November 2009 19:20 (ten years ago) link

Apologies for repeat noms.

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Saturday, 7 November 2009 19:21 (ten years ago) link

arsenioooooooooooo hall

barack ochocinco (daria-g), Saturday, 7 November 2009 19:27 (ten years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwCVBfk9fC8

scott seward, Saturday, 7 November 2009 19:45 (ten years ago) link

RE the Sopranos/Buffy/F&G controversy - I don't really see that there's any fair way to do it other than to include every show nominated that had any episodes aired in 90s. But do try and base your votes on the particular show's 90s output - and remember they'll all be up against a new array of great TV, including prime Simpsons! That is all. New thread tomorrow.

OK Abacus (chap), Sunday, 8 November 2009 22:43 (ten years ago) link

Animated series (w/some repeats from above):

Aeon Flux (duh)
Liquid Television
The Maxx
MTV Oddities: The Head
Batman: The Animated Series
Superman: The Animated Series
X-Men
Spider-Man
Ren & Stimpy
Animaniacs
Tiny Toon Adventures
Dexter's Laboratory
The Powerpuff Girls
Space Ghost: Coast 2 Coast
The Tick
The Critic

Anime (other better heads can help me out, I'm sure there were other great ones):
Neon Genesis Evangelion
The Vision of Escaflowne
Cowboy Bebop

Nhex, Sunday, 8 November 2009 23:05 (ten years ago) link

ten years pass...

Ignoring the "great" for a sec, did anyone see anything from the two seasons Cleopatra 2525 got before being cancelled?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2ZRSwul7cE

"An exotic dancer, cryogenically frozen in the year 2001, is accidentally thawed out in 2525 by two female warriors who are fighting against evil robots which have taken over the world."

lukas, Thursday, 15 October 2020 21:14 (two weeks ago) link


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