Before the internet took hold, TV comedy was at its prime in the 90s. So, if you’re feeling nostalgic, these are the ten funniest 90s TV shows we all knew and loved.
Remember the good old days when the whole family would gather around the television for the weekly screening of their favourite show?
Before the days of streaming and social media, there was an allotted time that would be set aside by everyone to catch their favourite series of the time.
TV comedy was truly the highlight of our week. With tame comedy to cater to the kids and crude jokes that will have gone right over the little ones’ heads to keep the adults entertained, catching your favourite show was a true family occasion.
So, if you’re feeling nostalgic for the time before our heads were stuck in our smartphones, read on. We are counting down the ten funniest 90s TV shows we all knew and loved.
10. Mr Bean – everyone’s favourite funnyman
People of all ages were tickled by the hilarious antics of Mr Bean. So much so that the show enjoyed various spin-offs, including an animated series and even a feature-length movie.
Personally, we’ll never forget the hilarious Christmas episode where Mr Bean manages to get his head stuck in the turkey. 90s comedy gold!
9. Frasier – one of the funniest 90s TV shows
Airing for almost a decade between September 1993 and May 2004, Frasier starred Kelsey Grammer as psychiatrist Dr Frasier Crane as he moves to Seattle to start afresh.
Enjoying a whopping 11 seasons, the US sitcom was started as a spin-off of Cheers but ended up gaining an impressive audience on its own.
8. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – Will Smith’s big break
While most of us now will recognise Will Smith from hit movies such as Men in Black, I Am Legend, and The Pursuit of Happyness. However, in the 90s, he was best known for his role as Will in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Heartfelt and hilarious, the series still has a huge following to this day.
7. Dinnerladies – a workplace sitcom
Starring the hilarious Victoria Wood, Dinnerladies aired from November 1998 to January 2000.
Following a group of dinner ladies serving the workers in a Manchester-based manufacturing company, the sitcom centres around a hilarious cast of characters and their comic antics.
6. The Royle Family – a classic comedy
First aired in September 1998, The Royle Family is a hilarious sit-com following the unusual Royle family from Manchester.
Following the lives and day to day situations of Jim and Barbara and their kids, Denise and Anthony, this show was a truly hilarious hit.
5. Keeping Up Appearances – one of the funniest 90s TV shows
Following the life of the irritating yet loveable Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet, don’t you know), Keeping Up Appearances was certainly one of the funniest TV shows to hit our screens in the 90s.
Stuck between her middle-class upbringing and her aspirations to live among the rich and famous, Mrs Bucket reminded us all of someone we knew in real life.
4. Seinfeld – asking life’s most important questions
One of the most popular 90s shows, Seinfeld still boasts an impressive following to this day.
Following stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld as himself, alongside a cast of fictional characters, this US sitcom sees the comedian grapple with the most perplexing yet trivial questions of life.
3. Father Ted – Ireland’s favourite sitcom
Set on the so-called Craggy Island, Father Ted follows three unconventional priests as they try to manage the parish on the island.
First aired in April 1995, the hilarious Irish sitcom was a hit with audiences both in Ireland and further afield. Some of the best Father Ted episodes featured famous faces such as Graham Norton, Tommy Tiernan, and Claire Grogan.
2. Men Behaving Badly – one of the best things to come out of the 90s
British sitcom Men Behaving Badly starred big names such as Martin Clunes and Caroline Quentin to bring together one of the most hilarious TV comedies of the 90s.
Following the lives of flatmates Gary and Dermot as they get themselves into some questionable situations, Men Behaving Badly was true 90s comedy gold.
1. Friends – everybody needs friends
Topping our list of funniest 90s TV shows is the hilarious ten season classic Friends. Following the lives of six 20-somethings living in New York City, the show seemed to have a relatable situation for everything in life.
Somehow the show has gained popularity throughout the past 30 years, with new generations falling in love with the hilarious friendship group.