In the 1990s there was an explosion of choices for television viewers. By the end of the decade more than 200 channels available were available.
Niche channels became increasingly popular. Viewers could tune in to channels devoted to golf, history, biographies and food.
Satellite dishes came on the market in the early 1990s. In the early years the pictures were somewhat fuzzy but became sharper as the technology improved. Today more than 18 million people subscribe to satellite TV services which offer hundreds of channels to choose from.
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Top TV Shows of the 1990s - Ally McBeal
Ally McBeal ran 112 episodes over five seasons from 1997 to 2002. The quirky characters and plot were a large part of the shows popularity.
Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart
Richard Fish Greg Germann
Elaine Vassal Jane Krakowski
Georgia Thomas Courtney Thorne-Smith
Nelle Porter Portia de Rossi
Ling Woo Lucy Lui
Ally McBeal is set in a fictional law firm which claims to be very modern, including unisex toilets, but there is constant sexual tension amongst the main characters.
McBeal is a young lawyer with a vivid fantasy life and a habit of falling down every time she sees an attractive man.
The gang hangs out at a local bar and enjoys the music of Vonda Shephard which in itself is a great reason to tune in.
Top TV Shows of the 1990s - China Beach
Lieutenant Colleen McMurphy Dana Delaney
Cherry White Nan Woods
Samuel Beckett Michael Boatman
K.C. Koloski Marg Helgenberger
Captain Dick Richard Robert Picardo
Wayloo Marie Holmes Megan Gallagher
Holly Pelegrino Ricky Lake
China Beach is set in a fictitious evacuation hospital during the Vietnam War. The show had all the warmth and humanity of M.A.S.H. without the laugh track.
China Beach follows the life of Colleen McMurphy, a nurse from Kansas, as she deals with the stress of caring for trauma patients in a war zone.
The show was gritty and at times gruesome. Producers took the advice of real Vietnam nurses to create a realistic and compelling series.
The Top TV Shows of the 1990s - Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks ran from 1990-1991 and produced 3o episodes. The show was a combination of psychological thriller and dark humor. It's theme song was "Falling" by Angelo Badalamenti. Twin Peaks received 18 Emmy nominations and won a Golden Globe for best television show.
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper Kyle MacLaughlan
Sheriff Harry S. Truman Michael Ontkean
Bobby Briggs Dana Ashbrook
Donna Marie Hayward Laura Flynn Boyle
Dr. William Hayward Warren Frost
Norma Jennings Peggy Lipton
Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer. Evidence suggests the murderer is from Twin Peaks.
Cooper soon discovers that many people in the quiet town lead double lives and every seems to have a secret.
Top TV Shows of the 1990's -Murphy Brown
Murphy Brown ran on CBS from 1988 to 1998 for a total 0f 247 episodes. The show won ten Emmys and three Golden Globe awards. Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown won five Emmys and then withdrew her name from the competition.
Murphy Brown Candice Bergen
Corky Sherwood Faith Ford
Jim Dial Charles Kimbrough
Frank Fontana Joe Regalbuto
Eldin Bernecky Robert Pastorelli
Miles Silverberg Grant Shaud
">Murphy Brown is a hard-nosed journalist who is also a recovering alcoholic. Much of the tension in the show is caused by her relationship with co-worker Corky Sherwood, a former Miss America who has no sense of current events.
The show tackled social issues and story lines ripped from the day's headlines.
Throughout the decade the audience was treated to remarkable character development from the cast including the changes in Murphy Brown as she becomes a single mother.
Top TV Shows of the 1990s - Frasier
The comedy show Frasier ran from 1993-2004 and produced 264 episodes. The program was a spin-off of the very popular sit-com Cheers. Dr. Frasier Crane maintains his Cheers character but the series is set in a new location with a new cast of supporting actors.
Frasier won 37 Emmys and three Golden Globe awards.
Frasier Crane Kelsey Grammer
Niles Crane David Hyde Pierce
Martin Crane John Mahoney
Daphne Moon Jane Leeves
Rox Doyle Peri Gilpin
Frasier Crane is a Seattle based psychiatrist with a call in radio show. He is much better at giving advice to strangers than tackling his own issues.
Frasier lives with his father Martin, a disabled former police officer who is mystified by his extremely intelligent and occasionally snobbish sons.
Niles is Frasier's younger brother. Niles is high strung, pretentious and secretly in love with Frasier's British housekeeper Daphne.
The Top TV Shows of the 1990s - Quantum Leap
Sam Beckett Scott Bakula
Al Calavicci Dean Stockwell
Guest appearances by Jennifer Aniston, Jason Priestly, Marcia Cross and Tia Carrere.
Sam Beckett is a scientist who finds himself leaping through time after a failed time travel experiment.
Each week he leaps into a new body and life in an attempt to resolve problems.
The only one who can see Sam is his coworker Al who jumps back and forth into Sam's news lives to figure out why Sam is there.
Top TV Shows of the 1990's - The Golden Girls
Empty Nest was a spin-off of the Golden Girls.
Dorothy Zbornak Bea Arthur
Rose Nylund Betty White
Blanche Deveraux Rue McClanahan
Sophia Petrillo Estelle Getty
The Golden Girls follows the lives of four elderly women who share a home in Miami. Dorothy is a no nonsense retired school teacher. Blanche is a highly sexually charged southern belle and Rose is a charming innocent.
Dorothy's mother Sophia has a quick mind and a sharp tongue.
The show explores the themes of frindship and family.