FRIENDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
(Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

FALL 2019 TV SURVEY: 20 TV Shows That Defined the 1990s

For Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked thousands of our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past.

They’ll be there for you — unless you’re assembling a giant TV survey, in which case Jennifer Aniston, Courteney CoxLisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlancMatthew Perry, and David Schwimmer are nowhere to be found! (That joke has never been made before.)

Friends celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, so we couldn’t help but give a little cheer when you voted the comedy as the defining series of the 1990s. The cast also took top spot in our list of stars who ruled the decade.

The series won 64% of your vote. Seinfeld came in second with 51%, then The X-Files with 50%, ER came in fourth with 47%, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer took 44%.

The show’s cast nabbed 32% of the vote when we asked which star ruled the decade, followed by Jerry Seinfeld with 17%, Will Smith with 10%, the ER cast with 7%, and the Beverly Hills, 90210 cast came in fifth with 6%.

Disagree with the survey results? Tell us in the comments who you think should have made the list or have been ranked higher.

Synopsis: A new crew boards a revamped USS Enterprise in the first spin-off from the '60s cult classic.... [More]

Will & Grace (1998)

#19
Synopsis: Snappy hit about a straight woman and a gay man who are best friends.... [More]

South Park (1997)
81%

#18
Synopsis: An animated adult series about foul-mouthed primary school children living in a Colorado town. Rude, crude and seriously funny, it... [More]

Baywatch (1989)

#17
Synopsis: Bouncy babes and sculpted hunks posed as L.A.'s finest lifeguards in this wildly popular series that was eye candy for... [More]

Full House (1987)

#16
Synopsis: Comedian Bob Saget stars in this heartfelt comedy series as Danny Tanner, the widowed father of three young and rambunctious... [More]

#15
Synopsis: Live from New York, celebrity hosts join an ensemble cast to perform comedy on Saturday nights. Capturing the pop-culture zeitgeist,... [More]

Ally McBeal (1997)
61%

#14
Synopsis: A quirky show about a wistfully idealistic lawyer and her chaotic life at a Boston firm.... [More]

Roseanne (1988)
76%

#13
Synopsis: A loving but imperfect working-class family led by its `domestic goddess' mother was the basis of this classic, long-running sitcom.... [More]

#12
Synopsis: Comedy tale of Tim a family man and the show revolves about fix-it-up missions, hardware garages and similarly.... [More]

Synopsis: Teenage Will moves from the tough streets of West Philadelphia to a posh mansion in Bel-Air, California.... [More]

Synopsis: Ray Romano hit the sitcom stratosphere with this gem based on his stand-up routine. It's about a Long Island sportswriter... [More]

Synopsis: This lowbrow hit about the Bundys, TV's first family of raunch, made the new Fox network a player. The long-running... [More]

Frasier (1993)
94%

#8
Synopsis: Brilliant 'Cheers' spin-off in which psychiatrist Frasier Crane returns to his native Seattle, where he hosts a call-in radio show... [More]

The Simpsons (1989)
85%

#7
Synopsis: Matt Groening's subversive, animated satire about Springfield's hapless first family became a cult favorite when it premiered on Fox in... [More]

Synopsis: The trendy, long-running drama about pretty kids with ugly problems followed a pack of Gen-Xers from high school to post-collegiate... [More]

#5
Synopsis: A cheerleader is chosen to battle the forces of evil as she weathers the storms of young adulthood in an... [More]

ER (1994)

#4
Synopsis: The multiple Emmy Award-winning ER explores the inner workings of an urban teaching hospital and the critical issues faced by... [More]

The X-Files (1993)
74%

#3
Synopsis: 'The truth is out there,' and FBI agents Scully and Mulder seek it in this sci-fi phenomenon about their quest... [More]

Seinfeld (1989)
88%

#2
Synopsis: Seinfeld follows the neurotic adventures of Jerry Seinfeld and his neighbour in New York.... [More]

Friends (0)
78%

#1
Synopsis: One of television's top-ranked series and the recipient of numerous Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, "Friends" is a... [More]


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