Before reality television made a dramatic breakthrough, television series involving "real" actors were popular. In the '90s, television consisted of nail biting cop dramas as well as comedies that infused a little science fiction with real life, such as "Third Rock from the Sun." Other popular '90s television series included orphaned kids and a girl that slew vampires and saved the world---and all before the school bell rang.
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Some may argue that the NBC comedy sitcom, "Friends," started the career of Jennifer Aniston. The hit television show featuring trendy 20-somethings in the big city was also a career platform for Courtney Cox and Matthew Perry, who are currently starring in television sitcoms.
Roseanne Connor was a sassy housewife and mother. She ruled the family with a if-it-doesn't- kill-ya-do-what-you-want-attitude. "Roseanne" aired on ABC.
"In Living Color" was one of the first television shows to bring back the old school slapstick comedy sketch. Keenan Ivory Wayans was at the helm of this show, which aired on the Fox network. The show boasted such stars as Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Lopez.
"Seinfeld" was a '90s show that combined three quirky guys with one peculiar girl. The show was about everyday life, which for these friends included dating a girl with man hands and wearing a puffy shirt on national tv. The show aired on NBC as part of the "Must See TV" campaign.
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" featured Sarah Michelle Gellar as the vampire chick. For Buffy Summers, it was high school by day and sending the undead to hell by night. The show aired on the WB network.
"Beverly Hills 90201" began on the Fox network in 1990 and ended its run 10 years later. The show followed two mid-western teens that move to the affluent zip code and had to deal with social issues amongst their peers.
"Ally McBeal" was the quirky lawyer who was tough in the courtroom, but when it came to her personal life---not so much. Calista Flockhart played the title character, who worked alongside a plethora of eccentric lawyers. The show aired on the Fox network.
Some may say MTV's reality show, "The Real World" was ahead of its time. The first episode aired in 1992 and placed "real" people from different religions, races and beliefs into one household. The show, which is the longest running show on MTV, is currently still in production.
"Sex and the City" told the story of four women in the big city. The show aired on HBO and during its run, it tackled such storylines as AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and of course, finding love in the big, bad city.
"Party of Five," "Northern Exposure," "The Larry Sanders Show," "Homicide: Life on the Streets," "Mad About You," and "Home Improvement."
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