Sitcoms became more political and lifestyles changed in the 1990s. There were blue collar families and the erudite, but none resembled classic family situations. Sometimes relationships were important, sometimes not. It was the decade of the sitcom comeback. Several have become classics.
Experts have chosen what they consider to be the ten best. Here they are:
10. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1990-1996
The show that made Will Smith a star.
9. Home Improvement 1991-1999
Something to watch if you like things blowing up all the time.
8. Married…with Children 1987-1997
A hot wife who wouldn’t do housework.
7. Mad About You 1992-1999
A nutty family with everyday problems.
6. Roseanne 1988-1997
An average blue collar family with Roseanne’s acerbic tongue.
5. Murphy Brown 1988-1998
The show that confronted hot political topics.
4. The Simpsons 1989-Present
One of the most beloved families in television history, and they aren’t even real.
3. Frasier 1993-2004
Cheers offshoot with 37 Emmys. This writer’s vote for #1.
2. Friends 1994-2004
Loving New York.
And, according to the experts, the best sitcom of the 1990s:
1. Seinfeld 1990-1998
Sitcom about nothing.