’90s TV Shows That Helped You Transition Into Adulthood

We’re looking back at some of the best ’90s TV shows. While shows like Seinfeld and Friends were obviously iconic, we are focusing on some of the more underrated series that definitely don’t always get the recognition that they deserve. There were so many amazing shows in the ’90s to choose from, but here are some of the very best.

Sister, Sister
It's tough being a teenager but, having to also deal with a twin sister who is the complete opposite of you takes things to a whole other level. Tia and Tamara Mowry starred in Sister, Sister as twins who were separated at birth and then brought together at the beginning of their teen years. Though the duo didn't always agree, they certainly were always eager to get rid of their annoying neighbor, Roger.
My So-Called Life
Not much in life is more difficult than being a teen girl. With raging hormones and feeling constantly  misunderstood, it's not a time that many would want to revisit. Though it scarcely lasted a full season, My So-Called Life shed a ton of light on what it mean to be a teen girl in the '90s. It's definitely worth the watch just to see a young Claire Danes and Jared Leto.
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Before Harry Potter, there were only a select few teens with magical powers among us, and Sabrina was one of them. Whether one of her spells was backfiring or she was hanging out with her aunts and her boyfriend Harvey, Sabrina was the coolest teenage witch on television. If that's not enticing enough, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is a much-watch because of her sarcastic cat Salem.
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Freaks and Geeks
Everyone doesn't have the best experience in high school and Freaks and Geeks definitely showed why. A short-lived sitcom stuffed full with appearances from today's best comedians, Freaks and Geeks was a treat for television in the 90s, and its even better to watch today.
Living Single
Before Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda were figuring things out as successful single women in Manhattan; Sinclaire, Khadijah, Régine and Maxine were doing the same thing in Brooklyn. Though Living Single is not quite as sexy as Sex and the City, it is way more humorous. The show also helped fuel Queen Latifah's superstar status.
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World was one of those rare television shows where the audience gets to see the cast grow up on screen. During those pivotal years, Corey, Topanga and Shawn learned lessons about friendship family and most importantly love. Boy Meets World was so iconic that a spin-off Girl Meets World was recently aired for a 21st century audience.
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Family Matters
Before it became the thing to do, Steve Urkel showed people that being yourself was the best thing you could do. Though he was initially supposed to be a supporting character in the Chicago based sitcom, Urkel was so well-loved that the show shifted to center around him. While the Winslows dealt with his well-meaning but almost always disastrous antics, Family Matters helped its '90s audience fall in love with nerds and nerd culture.
Everybody Loves Raymond
Even in adulthood you may not always be able to escape your parents. Ray Romano starred in Everybody Loves Raymond as a man who found himself constantly stuck in the middle of his wife and parents. Despite Romano playing the clueless Ray effortlessly, it was Peter Boyle and Doris Robert's performances as Ray's parents Frank and Marie that really kicked the show up a notch.
Adolescence and teenhood was a common theme in 90s television. However, Moesha was a fantastic show because it captured the nuances of what it meant to be an African-American teen girl during the period; something still rarely seen on television or in film. Starring singer/actress Brandy Norwood, Moesha was dramatic, funny and relatable. The show also had amazing guest stars including, TLC and Usher.
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Sex and the City
Who had more relationship drama than Carrie Bradshaw and her group of friends? While Carrie was trying to figure out how to navigate New York City as a successful single woman, she also learned a lot about herself and relationships. The show also had that perfect mix of comedy and sex.
Dawson’s Creek
No show on television better defined what it meant to be a teen at the turn of the 21st century than Dawson's Creek. Though the dialogue could get a bit robust; the angst, relationships and growing pains that Dawson and his friends experienced in fictional Capeside, Massachusetts made for an amazing show.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
There was almost no other woman on television in the '90s that was more kickass than Buffy. Though her studies sometimes fell by the wayside, her determination and abilities certainly didn't. While she was taking on vampires or whatever other monster of the week was threatening her friends and family, she was also falling and love and learning what it meant to be an adult.
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
It's amazing when a television show can still garner big laughs after being off the air for almost twenty years. Despite having no acting experience prior to signing on to the show, Will Smith helped make The Fresh of Bel-Air one of the best and most beloved sitcoms of the 1990s. From jokes about Uncle Phil's appetite to the iconic Carlton Dance, Fresh Prince helped shaped TV as we know it.
Will & Grace
Will & Grace was and still is iconic television. It was a television show before its time that spoke not only to the LGBTQ community, but also to people as a whole. The show was sitcom comedy at its finest. Debra Messing and Eric McCormack are fantastic in the leading roles, but Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland and Megan Mullally as Karen Walker are what make the show legendary.


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