Have your attention yet? If the picture above doesn’t grab it then nothing will. I’ve compiled a list of the Top 50 TV characters of the 90s. Grant you this list may be a little bias but hey, it’s my list! Being born in 85′ has given me the privilege to watch a wide variety of shows, the 90s being the bread and butter of them all. Now I didn’t get to watch everything in the 90′s but every character on this list is one that I think you’ll appreciate, and hopefully it’ll remind you of some good memories along the way. Whether it be because they were cool, goofy, nerdy, beautiful, or a dumb ass, this list has it all.
Pictured above is one of my child hood crushes (and yours) Topanga Lawrence. Of course she made the list but there’s a lot of characters that didn’t. I found it surprisingly hard to narrow it down to 50 but I did my best. Before we get into, let me give credit where credit is due. Below is a list of some honorable mentions that include (but of course aren’t limited to)…
ALL wrestlers from the 90′s!! You could go on and on by mentioning the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Brett Hart, Vince McMahon, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash or Scott Hall. This is a whole other list in itself which is why they weren’t included in the top 50.
Also not making the cut were any members of the South Park or King of the Hill cast. I know both shows gained popularity when they originally started airing in the late 90′s but I’m afraid I didn’t watch either so I can’t speak honestly about any of the characters. At least they made the honorable mentions right?
Another character that didn’t make it was Gaarry Shandling of The Larry Sanders Show. A comedy that centered around the behind the scenes action of a talk show host. Unfortunately it was just too far ahead of it’s time for me but it’s popularity can’t be denied. I just wish they’d air reruns of it now, I’ve heard nothing but good things.
I’m afraid the cast of Cheers falls into the honorable mentions category as well. I’m sure it had many memorable character but it’s not something that I personally watched. However Kelsey Grammer does make an appearance on this list, just not for Cheers. Oh and have you seen Ted Danson lately? He’s making some amazing cameos on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Shout out to Larry David!
Two more shows didn’t make the cut because it just didn’t seem fair. Now I remember Alf quite well but the series didn’t last long and ended in 1990 so I just couldn’t justify putting him on the list. With that being said, I remember having an Alf binder as a kid so thanks for the memories Alf!
The other characters that didn’t make the cut were from Family Guy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an awesome show with a lot of great characters to choose from but the series didn’t start airing until 1999 and didn’t gain any real momentum until the 2000′s so I just couldn’t validate letting them dominate this list.
Oh and shout out to the characters on most of the TV shows on Nickelodeon in the 90′s. Salute Your Shorts, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Double Dare, The Adventures of Pete and Pete, Guts (do do do do you have it? GUTS!) Rocko’s Modern Life, What Would You Do? and many, many more.
This list is compiled of characters that really left their mark in the 90′s, names that’ll make you smile to this day. With that being said, enough bullshit, time to get down to it. It was impossible to put these in order so don’t have a heart attack if you’re favorite isn’t at the top. Now, lets take a trip down memory lane and relive some awesome memories of some kick ass characters…
This article was first posted on December 27, 2012