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Genevieve Van Voorhis

There's just something about these 10 most awesome '90s TV shows that just never gets old. Whether you grew up in that decade or are just looking for something nostalgic to stream, these live-action classics are all worth another watch. From dramas to comedies to shows about magic, there's something for everyone on this list, no matter what decade you're from.

10. Clarissa Explains It All (1991–1994)

Melissa Joan Hart stepped into the spotlight at the tender age of 15. She starred in this beloved '90s TV show as Clarissa Darling, an all-American teenager coping with family, school, social life, and growing up. In every episode, Clarissa breaks the fourth wall for real-time talk with the audience, hashing out all the typical problems of adolescence. Her best friend Sam Anders (Sean O'Neal) is the optimistic sidekick we all wished would climb through our bedroom window, and the ever-present sibling rivalry was incredibly refreshing for anyone that ever fought with their brothers and sisters.

The second Nickelodeon sitcom ever, Clarissa Explains It All made a massive impact on young audiences and continues to hold a special place in the hearts of the adults that grew up on it.

9. Sister, Sister (1994–1999)

Tia and Tamara Mowry starred in Sister, Sister as twins separated at birth. In the very first episode, they find each other in a serendipitous and hilarious encounter in a mall. Then Tia and her single mom Lisa (Jackée Harry) end up moving in with Tamara and her widower father Ray (Tim Reid).

Outspoken Lisa and straightlaced Ray make for ridiculous odd-couple-style roommates, and brainy Tia and fun-loving Tamara are an instant match. Lighthearted and easy to watch, this show is sure to become a fast favorite.

8. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)

Basically the original teen vampire/werewolf romance, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's titular character (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) was one badass heroine. High school student by day, vampire hunter by night, she was the leader of the Scooby Gang, a group of teens who fought against the forces of evil.

Of course, none of this stopped her from having a torrid affair with the vampire Angel (David Boreanaz). Angel was a major character throughout the '90s seasons, before leaving to star in his own titular spinoff series.

7. Dawson's Creek (1998–2003)

From the creator of The Vampire Diaries, this prime-time drama made TV history with its frank discussion of teen sexuality, drugs, and copious amounts of hormones. The friendships and romance that blossomed within the group of Dawson (James Van Der Beek), Joey (Katie Holmes), Pacey (Joshua Jackson) and Jen (Michelle Williams) reflected the lives of teenagers (and adults) throughout the '90s, and continues to strike a chord in the hearts of audiences today. And now you can stream the entire series on Netflix and watch each episode over and over again!

6. Sabrina The Teenage Witch (1996–2003)

This sitcom starred Melissa Joan Hart as the funny and lovable teenage witch trying to navigate high school in the normal world while dealing with her magic abilities. Sometimes her powers made everything a whole lot easier — like when she needed a quick costume change — but sometimes it made things twice as complicated — like when a leprechaun fell in love with her and tried to steal her away from her dreamy boyfriend Harvey (Nate Richert).

But with plenty of heartwarming advice from aunts Hilda (Caroline Rhea) and Zelda (Beth Broderick) and quippy one-liners from everyone's favorite talking cat Salem (voiced by Nick Bakay), this adorable classic still has us enchanted after all these years.

5. Full House (1987–1995)

Full House showcases John Stamos at his finest, along with the Olsen twins at the very beginning of their career. An after-school staple for most American kids in the '90s, we welcomed the entire Tanner family into our hearts, and in return we got to share in the laughs, the tears, the catchphrases and many a touching life lesson from the ultimate TV dad Danny Tanner (Bob Saget).

Modern Spinoff

You can catch the spinoff, Fuller House, on Netflix now. The show follows adults DJ (Cameron Candace Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) as they all move in together to help DJ raise her three sons after her husband's death.

4. Seinfeld (1989–1998)

It's a show about nothing. Or, so they say. In reality, it's a sitcom about comedian Jerry Seinfeld living in New York City surrounded by his uptight friend George Costanza (Jason Alexander), his crazy neighbor Kramer (Michael Richards), and his girlfriend-turned-buddy Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus).

The show opens and closes with clips from Jerry's comedy routines and is filled with equally funny real-life scenarios. Watching these four strong personalities interact and navigate work and romance is always entertaining. As far as '90s sitcoms go, these characters have pretty relatable neuroses that get them into highly entertaining situations with a ton of quotable lines.

3. Boy Meets World (1993–2000)

Cory Matthews is just a regular kid, trying to figure out life. He's got a loving family, and a bad-boy best friend who was basically the first true love of any girl born circa 1993. The show is funny and endearing, with plenty of touching life lessons, yet somehow manages to shy away from being too cheesy. Although mostly light-hearted family fun, the show handles serious subjects with a high level of talent, comedy and ingenuity.

Modern Spinoff

You can catch the spinoff on Netflix now. It features the same beloved cast, but Cory and Topanga are now grown up and raising a daughter of their own.

2. The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air (1990–1996)

Now this is a story, all about how ... Will Smith went from being a rapper to a teen heartthrob to one of the greatest actors of all time. The story follows a high-school-aged Big Willy playing a character by the same name who moves from West Philly to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in affluent Bel-Air, Los Angeles.

The loud and hilarious main character adjusts to his posh new life, alongside a cast of equally funny family members. While the outfits might look pretty dated by now, this show just never gets old. And it has the absolute greatest theme song of all time.

1. Friends (1994–2004)

Friends consistently tops lists of best '90s TV shows for one main reason: It's completely brilliant. The jokes are still laugh-out-loud funny, even though we've heard them all a thousand times, and there hasn't been a new one in over 10 years. The characters are beyond lovable, and watching the show actually feels like hanging out with your friends. One of the most watched series in the world, it's almost impossible not to fall in love with Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe.

Will We Ever Get A Friends Reunion?

Tragically, creator Marta Kaufman has blatantly stated that there will never be an official Friends reunion episode. However, you should check out this clip from the James Burrow Tribute, where (almost) the whole cast got back together to pay homage to one of the show's directors. It will give you all the feels.

The cast of "Friends."
The cast of "Friends."

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"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

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