We’re living in the age of streaming television now, which happens to be more convenient for us in our everyday, busy lives. From Netflix dropping full series of popular shows (like Stranger Things) so we can binge all in one relaxing weekend, to Hulu releasing original programing that drops once a week (like The Handmaid’s Tale), there is no shortage of good television, even if we have to pay a little extra for it.
But remember back in the day when we were young and would drop down in front of the TV on Friday nights in order to catch our favorite shows? It was a fun and carefree time. However, there are a handful of shows that you managed to forget, ones chalked with either good or bad memories.
Here are 15 90’s sitcoms that pretty much everyone ignores (or forgot about) now.
15 Caroline in the City
This one seemed like a Walmart-brand version of Sex and the City but in a more creative fashion. The show was about Lea Thompson’s character, Caroline Duffy, a cartoonist who lives in the city of Manhattan. Yeah, it sounds a little familiar there, only Caroline has a comic strip instead of a column. It lasted only four seasons.
14 Step By Step
The ABC sitcom Step by Step was actually a gem that came on during the network’s TGI Fridays. It mainly was a very updated version of The Brady Bunch that starred Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers who marry each other and merge their two families. Of course, both families are vastly different and clash in different ways.
13 Out of This World
This show was actually extremely creative for its time. The show revolves around Evie (Maureen Flannigan) who discovers on her thirteenth birthday that she is half-alien and has the power to actually stop time. Of course, Evie misuses her powers a lot and her mother and friends have to step in in order to help. It lasted four seasons despite negative reviews.
12 The Secret World of Alex Mack
A majority of you will remember the SNICK lineup on Nickelodeon in the 90s, and The Secret World of Alex Mack was a big part of that. When walking home from school one day, Alex (Larisa Oleynik) is doused in a top-secret chemical that gives her powers like telekinesis among other things. Only, she can’t really control them and only a few close friends know of her powers.
11 Just Shoot Me!
Ah yes, what could go wrong with shows that have exclamation points on the end of the titles? Just Shoot Me! revolved around a fashion magazine called Blush (which was like a version of Vogue, minus Anna Wintour) and the lives of the people who ran the magazine, including Jack Gallo (George Gallo), the magazine’s owner and publisher, and his daughter Maya (Laura San Giacomo).
10 Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place
Luckily, this show that started Ryan Reynolds' entire career dropped the “pizza place” part of the title after the first two seasons. Basically, it’s about 20 somethings owning and running a pizza parlor…only they decided to drop the pizza place entirely in the third season in order to focus on a character’s medical residency. Sure thing.
9 My So-Called Life
If you were an older teen attempting to survive adolescence during the 90s, you definitely were a fan of My So-Called Life. The show launched Claire Danes’ career. Danes played Angela, who struggled with some very adult problems despite being only a teenager herself. The thing is, it was a little too ahead of its time and lasted only a single season.
8 Spin City
During the tail end of the 90s, all the political shows were taking off (like The West Wing), so a show called Spin City starring Michael J. Fox was making the rounds. It was about a fictional New York City mayor’s office, and Fox was Mike Flaherty, the Deputy Mayor. It had the staying power of six seasons, but ratings dropped after Fox left.
7 Two of a Kind
The show was created in order to fill the void left behind at ABC after Full House ended (not really, but you might wonder as much). Like Full House, we have a widower attempting to raise his twin daughters (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) while working as a professor in Chicago. The series didn’t have the staying power of Full House since it was canceled after only one season.
6 Party of Five
Ah yes, Neve Campbell before the Scream franchise kicked off her career and Matthew Fox before he was stranded on a deserted island with polar bears and smoke monsters. This show was about five kids who have to raise themselves after losing both their parents. It was one of the 90s' better tear-festivals, though we all have to ask what the heck happened to Scott Wolf?
Again, this show that aired in the early 90s (that used only puppets) was ahead of its time as well. It was actually Jim Henson who came up with the idea for the show in 1988 who said that he wanted to do another puppet themed show, but it is solely dinosaurs. It ran for four seasons and had one of the saddest final episodes ever.
4 Sister, Sister
Sister, Sister starred real-life twins Tia and Tamera Mowry and was about sisters who were separated at birth. One sister was adopted by a couple (though the father became a widower a short time later) while the other was raised by a single mother. Much like how they did in The Parent Trap, the two sisters are reunited by accident at 14.
Man, 90s TV did NOT like having mothers on sitcoms, apparently. This theme continues with Blossom, a show revolving around Mayim Bialik’s title character, her father, and two older brothers who all deal with life after Blossom’s mother left the family to pursue her own career. Blossom, of course, wears a bunch of stylish hats.
2 My Two Dads
Continuing that no mom thing, here we have the failed My Two Dads that starred Paul Reiser and Greg Evigan as two men who were in love with the same woman (who, in weird 90s tradition, has died) and end up getting custody of her 12-year old daughter (Staci Keanan) after her death. It was a really bizarre plot and only lasted three seasons.
1 3rd Rock From The Sun
This was one of the best sitcoms of the 90s thanks to an extremely creative plotline. It revolves around aliens who, while posing as human beings, study and learn about human life in Cleveland, Ohio. It starred John Lithgow (and his pitch-perfect comedic timing), Kristen Johnston, French Stewart, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the curious aliens trying to fit typical human molds.
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