90’s television arguably produced some of the best television shows in tv history. The shows were adored by a generation of kids that would wake up to the Saved by the Bell theme song and eat breakfast while watching the love triangle of Zach, Kelly and Slater. Kids everywhere would be jumping on their big red couch for Nickelodeon’s Friday night programming, SNICK!
There were some amazing television shows and what made them so great were the characters! You laughed with them, cried with them, even went on 1st dates with them! We sorted through dozens of our favorite 90’s shows and pulled up the all-time Top 12 Best 90’s television characters, and without further ado, here they are!
12. Al Bundy, Married…with Children
Who could forget Al Bundy from Married…with Children?! Al Bundy was the world’s most lovable pig. He was unhappy and miserable but always kept a sense of humor. He loved his family more than anything, especially his gorgeous red haired wife, Peggy. He couldn’t keep his mouth shut for anything and that often got him in heaps of trouble.
Al was a most gifted bowler and master of the BBQ grill. Al was portrayed by the talented actor, Ed O’Neill for nearly a decade.
11. Alex Mack, The Secret World of Alex Mack
The Secret World of Alex Mack ran from 1994-1998 and starred Larisa Oleynik as Alexandra Mack. Alex accidentally became coated with a new experimental chemical that gave her incredible superpowers such as turning into puddles to slide under locked doors and moving things with her mind.
Alex was super cool and had a trusted sidekick in her best friend, Ray. She also leaned on her science-enthusiast sister, Annie Mack for help in navigating her new powers.
10. Fran Fine, The Nanny
You either loved Fran Fine or you hated her, there was no in-between. Fran was a beautiful nanny hired to look after the three children of an upper-crust single father. Fran often found herself getting into a lot of mischief and trouble. She had a very thick Queens accent and was an outspoken Jewish fashionista. Her wardrobe was just as impressive as her witty comebacks to her employer, Mr. Sheffield. You never knew what she was going to pull out of her closet. Fran Fine was played by comic actress, Fran Drescher.
9. Xena, Xena: Warrior Princess
Xena: The Warrior Princess ran from 1995-2001. It starred Lucy Lawless as Xena and Renee O’Connor as her trusty sidekick, Gabriella. Xena did some major butt kicking of bad guys in lands reminiscent of ancient Rome. Xena was well-recognized for her trademark “Ayayayayaya!”.
Xena was actually a spin-off of Hercules but it actually surpassed Hercules in popularity and ratings! “Ayayayayaya!”
8. Tim Taylor, Home Improvement
Tim The Toolman Taylor was played by Tim Allen. Home Improvement ran from 1991-1999. Tim played the host of a tool Mr. Fix-it type show along with his co-host, Al. Tim was a funny guy who knew an awful lot about tools but always managed to bungle the simplest of fix-it jobs. His wife, Jill, was patient and loving as her husband managed to break apart dishwashers and vehicles. They had three boys who were a handful. All three were chick magnets like their father, of course. The Taylors’ neighbor, Wilson, would never show his face. You could only see part of his face. It was obscured by a fence, bushes, anything. It wasn’t until the final episode where it was revealed.
Tim was known for his grunt-howl thing he did when he was really excited about something, like a new tool. He was also a huge football fan.
7. Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Before Bella Swan and the Cullens, there was Buffy. A normal everyday high school cheerleader who suddenly finds out her calling is to be a vampire slayer. She has a killer wardrobe and can kick butt wearing platform boots and a miniskirt!
Buffy Summers was portrayed by Sarah Michelle Gellar. Upbeat and always optimistic but most of all she looked after the ones she loved. She had a huge heart. The show ran from 1997-2003. It spun off hundreds of books and copycat television shows.
6. Clarissa Darling, Clarissa Explains It All
Clarissa Darling was portrayed by Melissa Joan Hart and was part of Nickelodeon’s Friday night SNICK lineup. It ran from 1991-1994. Clarissa Darling had a quirky family and an even quirkier wardrobe. She mix-matched all sorts of things but made it work.
Clarissa’s brother, Ferguson, was a big pain in the butt and a super geek. Clarissa’s best friend was a guy and would always visit by climbing up a ladder into Clarissa’s bedroom (Every teenage girl’s dream was to have a boy come visit by climbing through her bedroom window, right?). Clarissa’s parents were pretty oblivious to their children’s mischief but they were caring and catered to their every whim. “Na na na na na” is part of the theme song that is known to get stuck in your head.
5. Steve Urkel, Family Matters
Urkel was such a well-known character that his name has actually taken off and become sort of a word for ‘nerd’ or ‘socially awkward’. Jaleel White played Steve Urkel and Stephan Urkel to perfection. If you remember, Stephan was the experiment gone-wrong. The suave double of Urkel.
Urkel had the hots for his one true love, Laura Winslow. He was always up to something to get her to go on a date with him. Usually this involved him ticking off Laura’s dad, a police officer, Carl Winslow. Carl and Urkel had many hilarious run-ins with each other.
4. Will Smith, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Will Smith portrayed Will Smith on the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. If you grew up in the 90s, you know the theme song, right? “Now this is a story about how my life got flipped, turned upside down…” Every 90s kid knows that theme song unless they were living under a rock!
Will was living with his upper-class aunt and uncle and trying to find his way but never lost himself in the process. Will stayed true to himself which made for funny social situations and encounters with his cousins, especially Carlton (known for his dance moves).
3. Angelica Pickles, Rugrats
Oh Angelica Pickles, this list would NOT be complete without Angelica Pickles. Angelica thought she was the star of the cartoon Rugrats. Angelica was the prima donna cousin of Tommy Pickles and the apple of her parents’ eye. Her mother was always talking on the phone and never paid her any attention and her dad gave her everything she wanted.
Angelica became something of a spoiled little brat. She entertained herself by commanding her little cousin and his friends around. She had them bring her cookies. Go fight dinosaurs. Drive cars. Angelica also had wonderful fashion sense and was always dressed to the nines.
2. Kimmy Gibbler, Full House
The Gibbler. Everyone loved Kimmy Gibbler. Kimmy was played by actress Andrea Barber. She was the annoying neighbor who never knew when to go home. Kimmy was best friends with DJ and was known to get DJ in a little bit of trouble now and then, everything always turned out okay, though.
Kimmy was super friendly and loved the entire Tanner family. They basically adopted her into their household, begrudgingly. Kimmy and Mr. Tanner would bump heads in some pretty hilarious moments but he really did love her! Kimmy was the best friend every girl wanted to have.
1. Zach Morris, Saved By the Bell
Zach or Slater? That was the question on every 90s girl’s mind. Zach was the blonde, good-looking, well dressed guy who had his own cell phone. Slater moved to the school from being on a military base with his father. He was muscle bound and a wrestling champion. The Zach, Kelly, Slater love triangle made for some pretty dramatic pre-teen morning television!
Saved by the Bell would come on around 7-8am, just in time to see kids off to school. Principal Belding, Miss Bliss, Screech and Lisa were some of the other unforgettable characters. Zach was played by Mark-Paul Gossellar. “When you wake up in the morning and your…”