10 '90s Sitcoms You Can Stream for a Fun Flashback

Ready for a dose of nostalgia?

ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

(SPOT.ph) It's a fact of life: sitting back with an episode (or five) of a good sitcom is always an excellent way to shake the day off. It's right up there with getting a rush of endorphins through a good home workout, playing online games with friends, or even checking out museums all over the world from the comfort of your own home. The '90s had several oldies-but-goodies, and here are some of the best ones you can watch right now.

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Stream these '90s sitcoms for a fun look back at the decade:

Frasier (1993-2004)

Where to stream: Amazon Prime 

Psychiatrist Frasier Crane leaves Boston (a.k.a. the set of Cheers) and returns to Seattle, his hometown, to get a fresh start in life. He shares his wisdom and gives advice on his radio talk show, and while he helps people get their life together, he also has his own issues with his retired father, younger brother Niles, and producer Roz. Semi-functional family relationships and witty barbs that make you think? Yes, please.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996)

Where to stream: Netflix

Actor Will Smith plays a fictionalized version of himself named, well, Will Smith in this sitcom. The street-smart Will moves into his uncle Phil (James Avery) and aunt Vivian Banks’ (Janet Hubert-Whitten) posh Bel Air mansion after he gets involved in a brawl in West Philadelphia. Take the upper class Banks family—which includes his cousins Hilary (Karyn Parsons), Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro), and Ashley (Tatyana M. Ali)—and add the working class Will to the mix and you end up with a pretty fun take on the differences between the haves and the have-nots. Fun fact: The title comes from Smith’s rapper name The Fresh Prince.

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Seinfeld (1989-1990)

Where to stream: Amazon Prime 

Sometimes, you just want a funny and relatable show without the seriousness and structure of a plot. Seinfeld is a sitcom that’s about nothing and everything all at once, with episodes centering around the mediocre events of daily life injected with the comedy of stand-up comic Jerry Seinfeld (played by Jerry Seinfeld, natch). 

Full House (1987-1995)

Where to stream: Netflix

Your family’s got its own problems and odd arrangements, and Full House features a family dynamic that’s just as unique. Sports anchor and widowed father Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) asks brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) and best friend Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier) for help with raising daughters D.J. (Candace Cameron), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and Michelle (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen). Though the show was not popular among critics during its first season, it still went on to become one of the most beloved shows in sitcom history.

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That '70s Show (1998-2006)

Where to stream: Netflix 

That '70s Show is set in the fictional town of Point Place, Wisconsin, and follows six teenagers— geeky Eric Forman (Topher Grace), spoiled Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis), handsome Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher), defiant Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson), girl-next-door Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon), and flirty foreign exchange student Fez (Wilmer Valderrama)—as they navigate hormones, relationships, and mishaps in the '70s. Fun fact: Husband-and-wife Kunis and Kutcher first met on the set of this show!

Kenan & Kel (1996-2000)

Where to stream: Amazon Prime

High school student Kenan Rockmore (Kenan Thompson) is fond of brewing plans that’ll get him rich quickly or help him weasel his way out of trouble with his family, but his schemes often fail due to the carefree nature of best friend Kel Kimble (Kel Mitchell). The Nickelodeon show is known for breaking the fourth wall and having celebrity guest stars like Britney Spears.

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The Nanny (1993-1999)

Where to stream: Amazon Prime

You might have seen screencaps of The Nanny floating around the Internet for Fran Fine’s (Fran Drescher) stylish ensembles. It all starts when Fran knocks on Broadway producer and single father Maxwell Sheffield’s (Charles Shaughnessy) door to sell cosmetics, but finds herself becoming the nanny of the three Sheffield children (Nicholle Tom, Benjamin Salisbury, and Madeline Zima). Fran’s bright and chic outfits and butler Niles’ (Daniel Davis) sharp remarks add a refreshing zing to the show, making for a fun and enjoyable watch that will have you in stitches.

Saved by the Bell (1989-1993)

Where to stream: Amazon Prime

High school is no walk in the park and a squad of Bayside High School students—troublemaker Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), nerdy Samuel "Screech" Powers (Dustin Diamond), dreamboat Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani Thiessen), feminist Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley), jock A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez), and stylish Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies) try their best to survive the challenges of adolescence. Saved by the Bell catalogues some crazy antics and fun adventures, and while the jokes will make you laugh, the show also covers serious topics like environmental issues and women’s rights.

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Family Matters (1989-1998)

Where to stream: Amazon Prime

Family Matters—a spin-off of the 1986 show Perfect Strangers—follows the lives of the Winslow family members: police officer and dad Carl (Reginald VelJohnson), elevator operator and mom Harriette (Jo Marie Payton), and kids Eddie (Darius McCrary), Laura (Kellie Shnygne Williams), and Judy (Jamie Foxworth), along with grandma Estelle (Rosetta LeNoire). Pesky teenage neighbor Steve Urkel (Jaleel White) adds to the show's comic appeal.

Friends (1994-2004)

Where to stream: Netflix

This list wouldn’t be complete without Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Monica (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudroz), Ross (David Schwimmer), Chandler (Matthew Perry), and Joey (Matt LeBlanc). Six friends come together at Central Perk in this celebrated show that explores the romantic escapades, career highs and lows, and generally just life in the Big Apple. All episode titles start with “The One With” or “The One Where” so it’ll be easy to remember certain moments and series highlights. The show was a hit from the '90s up to the '10s and it seems like it’ll still be a fave in the '20s.

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