1990’s Best TV Show Characters
There were a lot of great television show characters from the 1990’s. Many are comedic, some dramatic, and a few are just simply people who kept you tuned in to their program every single episode. “Friends” and “Seinfeld” both displayed casts with multiple candidates for this list. So, for “Friends” I picked my favorite female character, and then grouped my two favorite male characters together. For “Seinfeld” I picked my favorite one, and then put the other three in one group to make the list as well. So, that leaves six more spots. Who made the list for the best tv show characters of the 1990’s?
10. Billy Cranston, “The Blue Ranger”
TV Show: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
I, as I’m sure many boy power ranger fans growing up, had a crush on Kimberly Hart, “The Pink Ranger”. However, my favorite color has been blue for most of my life, so that’s probably why Billy was my favorite. Also, I think the human version of this character had glasses, which, starting in 3rd grade, I did as well. These kind of seem like somewhat stupid reasons for him being my favorite power ranger, but that’s just the way it is.
9. Kevin Arnold
TV Show: The Wonder Years
Ok, since this show ran from 1988-1993, and I was born in 1990, I obviously did not see the show the first time through. I don’t think there were many toddlers who made sure to tune in each week to see how Kevin and Winnie’s romance was progressing. However, I did see some re-runs, and this was a great show. I actually just discovered online that the voice of the Kevin narrator was Daniel Stern. Yes, that Daniel Stern. The Daniel Stern who was in a previous blog post of mine, playing the dim-witted Marv, from Home Alone.
8. Steve Urkel
TV Show: Family Matters
“Urkel”, amazingly was initially supposed to be a one-episode only character. Obviously, Family Matters would have been a very different show without him.
7. Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek
TV Show: Saturday Night Live
Beginning in the 90’s, and all throughout the 2000’s, Ferrell has become one of the funniest men on the planet. Whether it be Anchorman, Old School, or Step Brothers, Ferrell is always at his funniest. It all began though, with his stint on SNL. One of his funnier skits was his portrayal of Alex Trebek on Jeopardy.
6. Phoebe Buffay
TV Show: Friends
Honestly, I probably could have put all six main characters from Friends, and then the four from Seinfeld on this list, and then BAM, list is done. However, some other shows need some love. I feel that out of Rachel Green, Monica Geller, and Phoebe, that she is the funniest. She plays “smelly cat” on guitar, has an alter ego named “Regina Phalange”, and use to be a mugger on the streets.
5. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
TV Show: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
I don’t know whether I like Will Smith the actor, or his character in this show better. This character provided countless hilarious moments, and from the first note of the classic opening theme song, until the closing credits, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a great show and character.
4. Homer Simpson
TV Show: The Simpsons
If Family Guy was a 90’s show, this spot would definitely belong to Peter Griffin. However, Homer Simpson is to the Simpsons what Peter is to Family Guy. Homer is stupid, hilarious, and although sometimes has good intentions, he somehow manages to turn every situation sour.
3. Joey Tribbiani and Chandler Bing
TV Show: Friends
Absolutely no disrespect to Ross Geller here. Some days I feel like Ross was my favorite guy character. The next day, it’s Joey, and the next day it’s Chandler. Today, I’m going with a Chandler/Joey tie. Joey’s “how you doin?” catchphrase, his lack of intelligence, and his hilarious encounters as a struggling actor are what made him great. With Chandler… it’s pure comedy. His sarcasm never got old or annoying. Also, the two together, their relationship was almost as special as Ross and Rachel’s, as evidence by this video.
2. Cosmo Kramer, Elaine Benes, and Jerry Seinfeld
TV Show: Seinfeld
I know, I know. I just did a post on the best Seinfeld moments. But, I would not have been able to live with myself if I did not put these three on this list. Like with “Friends”, I had to include multiple characters from the show, and in this case, I placed these three just barely below the number one TV character of the 1990’s.
I am sure many of you can guess it… but here we go… the number one television show character from the 1990’s is…
1. George Costanza
TV Show: Seinfeld
For those Curb Your Enthusiasm fans reading, it’s not hard to see that the George character was based on Larry David himself. George is described numerous times as a “short, stocky, slow-witted, bald man.” Hey, if those are the qualities that it takes to be that much of a boss… I am willing to sacrifice.
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