This Sunday, CNN debuts their new documentary series “The Nineties”, and the first episode focuses on the TV shows that dominated during the decade. Here are 10 of my favorites that either began, or were prominently featured, in the 90s. And many of them still have a great impact on TV today:
“EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND”
It’s a TV comedy about a family, but it’s not about the kids. Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle all shined.
Kelsey Grammer was just sensational as Seattle radio host Frasier Crane in what many consider the most successful TV spinoff series of all-time.
This “updated” version of “The Brady Bunch” ran from ’87-’95. Reruns on Nickelodeon and ABC Family helped keep its popularity high – and the third season of sequel series “Fuller House” will debut on Netflix in September.
Tim Allen’s family comedy isn’t necessarily a “classic”, but his chemistry with TV wife Patricia Richardson and TV show co-host Richard Karn made each episode fun.
“THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW”
I recently “discovered” this highly influential HBO series. The late Garry Shandling’s parody of a late night talk show is nothing short of brilliant. And it paved the way for every single camera comedy NOT recorded in front of a live studio audience that has aired ever since.
Where would we be without “Seinfeld”? From the characters, to the iconic one-liners and memorable situations – nearly every episode is easily identifiable and quotable. But like the rest of the world, I’m not a fan of that Finale.
The longest-running primetime scripted series in TV history actually debuted with a Christmas-themed episode on Dec. 17, 1989, but it took the 90s by storm. The FOX animated comedy will kick-off its 29th season on Oct. 1.
Nickelodeon’s most successful series began in May 1999 and was recently renewed again. Season 12 and Movie No. 3 are coming in 2019.
“WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?”
ABC’s phenomenon game show hosted by Regis Philbin was the No. 1 show in the 1999-2000 season. “Is That Your Final Answer?” is one of the most identifiable phrases in American pop culture. Now with host Chris Harrison, “Millionaire” will began its 16th season in half-hour weekday syndication this Fall.
“WILL & GRACE”
NBC’s groundbreaking comedy ran for 8 years (’98-’06). But The Peacock is gearing-up for the highly-anticipated revival, with all four stars (Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally) returning, on Sept. 28.