10 Most Groundbreaking TV Shows Of The '90s

TV would be very different today if not for these gems.

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With networks like HBO, AMC, BBC and Showtime producing quality shows - not to mention streaming service giants like Netflix and Hulu creating award-worthy drama on-demand - viewers are spoilt for choice when it comes to TV.

But of all the shows on the air, the best ones are those that are considered groundbreaking. Current hits like The Handmaid's Tale and Pose are what people like to describe as revolutionary for unapologetically exploring political and social issues, while at the same time managing to maintain an excellently written narrative.

But it's not just the TV newcomers that have broken new ground. While serialised storytelling has improved in today's TV era, it's important to remember that drama has always been breaking the boundaries and exploring uncharted territory. The '90s, for example, were home to some of the biggest and most groundbreaking series' of all time. Much like it still is now, television was a changing landscape back then, and a lot of the shows produced during the '90s are single-handedly responsible for some of the great content we're seeing today.

Some of the show's on this list are timeless, and others are quintessential '90s, but their impact on the television landscape is still evident to this day.


Stephen Patterson is an experienced writer and reviewer. He's also a TV addict.