Some popular television shows of the 1990s were "Seinfeld," "Friends," "Family Matters," and "Law and Order." These shows mirrored the social issues of the last decade of the 20th century and also made household names of many of their cast members, including Jennifer Aniston, Jerry Seinfeld, Sam Waterson and Fred Thompson.Continue Reading
"Seinfeld" was a cutting-edge comedy that ran from 1989 to 1998. Centered around a stand-up comedian played by Jerry Seinfeld and his friends, portrayed by Michael Richards, Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the show won a number of Golden Globe and Emmy awards.
"Friends" debuted in 1994 and ran until 2004. The cast of Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry played a group of close friends living in New York, although the characters played by Cox and Schwimmer were siblings and those played by Cox and Perry ended up getting married during the course of the show.
"Family Matters" ran from 1989 to 1998 and centered around the Winslows, a middle-class African-American extended family and their nerdy neighbor Steve Urkel, played by Jaleel White. Carl and Harriet Winslow lived with their three children, Harriet's sister and her little boy, and Carl's mother.
"Law and Order" began in 1990 and ran for 20 seasons. Many cast changes occurred over the years, but the ripped-from-the-headlines stories kept the series fresh and popular. The show portrayed a mixture of law enforcement and the judicial system, tracing crimes through the investigation and prosecution phases. Created by Dick Wolf, the show was a springboard for several spin-offs and featured numerous famous guest stars during its run.
A science fiction horror drama, the first episode of “The X-Files” aired on Sept. 10, 1993. Created by Chris Carter, the show had David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson playing the lead roles. It had a total of nine seasons consisting of 202 episodes. The final episode of the show aired on May 19, 2002.Learn more about Art & Literature