These are the characters that stand out the most from the 1990s
It’s hard to imagine it’s been over 25 years since characters like Steve Urkel and Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor ruled the airwaves.
It was an era before streaming and reality television. Heck, even cable TV had yet to reach its full power. Our television viewing was centered around the networks and millions tuned in every week to see some of the most memorable characters ever presented on the medium.
Here are 15 of our favorites from that period.
Steve Urkel — "Family Matters"
Jaleel White’s nerdy character became so big in the ’90s that he even had his own cereal.
Kimmy Gibbler — "Full House"
Andrea Barber’s character and comedic timing was tops among the iconic cast.
Theo Huxtable — "The Cosby Show"
Cliff and Clair’s only son was memorably played by Malcolm Jamal-Warner.
Zack Morris — "Saved By The Bell"
Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s “preppie” character was the engine for NBC’s cult teen classic.
Kramer — "Seinfeld"
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Michael Richards’ career never recovered from his racist tirade in 2006, but there were few more iconic stars than Kramer in the late ’90s.
Topanga Lawrence — "Boy Meets World"
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The love interest of “Boy Meets World’s” Cory Matthews, Danielle Fishel was a crush-worthy character for countless viewers of a certain age.
Martin — "Martin"
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“Martin” was a hit for Fox for five seasons and was a hilarious show as hip-hop culture began growing bigger in America.
Homer Simpson — "The Simpsons"
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Tony Soprano. Archie Bunker. Lucille Ball. Homer Simpson. You can’t write the history of television without any of them.
Cody Lambert — "Step By Step"
The Lambert family headed by Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers had six children in this Brady Bunch update and yet Sasha Mitchell’s dopey cousin Cody ended up being the show’s main draw.
Mike Seaver — "Growing Pains"
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Kirk Cameron was such a big heartthrob that he spanned two decades — both the ’80s and ’90s.
Fran Fine — "The Nanny"
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Fran Drescher’s nasally-voiced ‘Nanny’ was a hit on CBS for six seasons.
The entire cast — "Friends"
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Choose just one character from one of the most iconic ensemble casts of all time? Yeah, right.
Lowell Mather — "Wings"
“Wings” may have been lost to time a little bit more than some of the entries on this list. But Thomas Haden Church’s eccentric plane mechanic character remains one of our favorite characters of the decade. The show was never the same after Church left.
Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor — "Home Improvement"
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Tim Allen’s show was such a big hit that even former Presidents wanted to stop by his shop.
Will Smith — "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
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Will Smith was also the character’s name, though it’s hard to remember if anyone referred to him as anything but “The Fresh Prince.”