10 forgotten TV shows from the Nineties

One of these shows featured guest stars from The Andy Griffith Show, M*A*S*H and Batman.

The 1990s delivered a TV lineup full of crime dramas, teenage angst and family sitcoms. Many of these shows we still know and love today, but what about the forgotten series of the '90s? We put on our flared jeans and Converse sneakers to travel back to the decade and found these 10 great, yet short-lived or often forgotten shows. With shows like Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Seinfeld and Boy Meets World - it's hard to remember the underdogs of the decade. 

Do you remember any of these oh, so '90s shows?

1. Are You Afraid of the Dark?

 

1990-2000

What is more classic than telling ghost stories around a campfire? Are You Afraid Of The Dark? was a show that first aired in 1990. It tapped into the nostalgia of a group of kids telling stories around a campfire. From a lonely ghost to scary wizards and aliens - this show filled kids, teens and adults with imagination and instilled fear in many viewers. Did you watch this spooky '90s show?

2. Eerie, Indiana

 

1991-1992

Eerie, Indiana only made it to 19 episodes, but many fans wish it would have lasted longer. Because of its short run it is one of the most forgotten '90s gems. It was The Stranger Things of the '90s in a sense, because it followed the story of a teenage boy who moves to Eerie, Indiana and starts to investigate the town's paranormal acivity. It was apart of the teen supernatural craze in the mid-to-late '90s. Who wants a remake?

3. My So-Called Life

 

1994-1995

My So-Called Life only lasted one season but made a lasting impact on fans who watched. It was an angst filled '90s show starring Claire Danes, who attempted to navigate her social life, love life and school. Not to mention the fashion choices featured more denim, Doc Martens and plaid than any popular store out there, making it feel very vintage '90s. Jared Leto played Jordan Catalano, which was one of his first big roles ever. What's not to love?

4. Dark Skies

 

1996-1997

Dark Skies was a sci-fi drama that focused on government conspiracies, aliens and 1960s pop culture icons. Three topics many fans would not think to connect. Dark Skies took influence from The X-Files. If you loved '90s sci-fi, Dark Skies may have been in your weekly rotation. Many historical figures were portrayed in the show, including The Beatles' first ever appearence on The Ed Sullivan Show. This show had a short run and is often forgotten, but those who remember will always remember. 

5. Burke's Law

 

1993-1995

This was a short revival of the 1960s cop show. Burke's Law first aired in 1963 and lasted a few seasons. The '90s revival was a continuation of the adventures of Amos Burke, a senior Los Angeles police officer. The continuation had a few big-name guest stars too. Some of them include: Gavin MacLeod, Don Knotts, Howard Hesseman, Buddy Ebsen, Loretta Swit and Adam West. Did you watch this show both in the '60s and the '90s?

6. Murder, She Wrote

 

1984-1996

Murder, She Wrote may not be as forgotten as some other shows on the list but it is worth mentioning. This crime drama was centered around Jessica Fletcher, played by Angela Lansbury. Fletcher was a famous mystery novel writer who solved real cases on the side. Fans of classic TV enjoyed the many guest stars who came to the set. They included: Adam West, Janet Leigh, Max Baer Jr. and more. 

7. Living Single

 

1993-1998

Living Single lasted five seasons and was a favorite sitcom during the '90s. Although it had many overlapping themes with other hit shows at the time, Queen Latifah helped make this the hit show that it was. The show tackled everything from boyfriends, coworkers and marriage. The show was known for the cast members incredible chemistry. 

8. Just Shoot Me!

 

1997-2003

Just Shoot Me! lasted for several seasons. It was a popular sitcom but did not have the staying power like Friends, Seinfeld or Fraiser. Because of the amount of award-winning sitcoms in the '90s, this sitcom came to be one of the more forgotten of the bunch. The show was about a fashion magazine and its' employees. It starred George Segal, Wendie Malick and David Spade. Do you remember this quirky workplace sitcom? 

9. Northern Exposure

 

1990-1995

Northern Exposure was a unique prime time drama about the eccentric residents of a fictional small town in Alaska. It ran five years and eventually led to over 50 award nominations. Did you watch Northern Exposure

10. The Ben Stiller Show

 

1992-1995

Before huge movies like Meet the Parents, Zoolander and Night at the Museum, Ben Stiller had his own sketch comedy show named after him. Most people probably don't remember The Ben Stiller Show, but those who do probably miss it. It was created by Judd Apatow and featured some of the biggest names in '90s comedy such as David Cross, Bob Odenkirk and Dana Gould. 

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FloridaTopCat 14 months ago
Wendie Malick made a very funny joke during her time on "Hot In Cleveland", 2010 or so. She was the aspiring actress in the show. She was going thru the DVD's on a bookshelf in a friends apartment. She looks at one, and says "If I'm Still Doing Sitcoms in 20 years, Just Shoot Me!"
OlgaBagley 22 months ago
Why are you changing the Tv Programing. In September. I am devastated. You going to take Andy Griffith show & Gomer Pyle why The nightly shows are great please don’t take Them off
PilotTom OlgaBagley 20 months ago
We have "NEVER" had Andy or Gomer in Northeast Florida on MeTv channel 30.2 in Jacksonville Florida. I have written and called many times about this!!!! They finally threw a bone at us and show two Andy episodes on Sunday afternoon at 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm.
JDnHuntsvilleAL 23 months ago
"MURDER SHE WROTE"? "NORTHERN EXPOSURE"? You Millennials think these shows are FORGOTTEN? Maybe at MeTV, but "Murder She Wrote" is on cable regularly. I'd love for someone to reshow "Northern Exposure", which I considered a comedy instead of a drama. I was also a big "EERIE" fan.
Taffee JDnHuntsvilleAL 10 months ago
Murder, She Wrote is on 8 hrs a day right now on two cable channels. I'd hardly call that forgotten. It's better than 95% of network shows today and 90% of MeTV fare.
Greg 23 months ago
If you liked comedian Dana Gould look up hanging with Dr. Z on you tube
Snickers 24 months ago
Calls them forgotten sit coms but yet I remember watching them all
JDnHuntsvilleAL Snickers 23 months ago
Who called them "forgotten sit coms"?
Snickers JDnHuntsvilleAL 23 months ago
I'm bad, should have said forgotten T.V shows. Some times my fingers move faster than my senior citizen brain.
sanderful 25 months ago
Parker Lewis can't Lose, Herman's Head, Picket Fences, Sisters, Dream On!, Get a Life, Fridays
Randall sanderful 25 months ago
How about LIFE GOES ON and MAJOR DAD?
Michael sanderful 25 months ago
With the death of Naomi, I was thinking about Sisters last week. I'msure that was where I first saw Ashley Judd, playing Reed.
LalaLucy 25 months ago
Don't really think most of these classify under forgotten. I can remember well when they were out. Just never really watched any of them. Didn't really interest me. Still don't. If I had to pick one, though, probably Ben Stiller. I do enjoy some of his movies. 🙂
WilliamJorns 26 months ago
I watched "Just Shoot Me!" on a regular basis. I loved the off-the-wall characters who worked for that magazine!
I've downloaded the series -- watch it for Laura San Giacomo. Va va va BOOM.
mojomoonjo 26 months ago
I still love watching reruns of Living Single! One of the Best cast line-ups and well-written comedy still holds up.

"In a nineties kinda world,I'm glad I got my grrrls"....
sistervic 26 months ago
Murder She Wrote, one of my favorite, I wish it was on, and Touched By an Angel, Perry Mason, Hogan Heroes. These are a few of my favorites. Thank you, and God bless you all.
JDnHuntsvilleAL sistervic 23 months ago
Don't you get Hallmark Movies and Mysteries on your cable? It's shown there all the time.
Taffee sistervic 10 months ago
Hallmark Movies and Mysteries has it on 5 hours a night and StartTV has it on 3 hrs a night. When Great American TV ends it's summer Christmas schedule and goes back to regular schedule, it will have it on 5 hrs a day.
zman47240 27 months ago
Murder She Wrote, forgotten?…C’mon MeTV, do you think your viewers all suffer from dementia? You can surely ( and don’t call me Shirley 🤣) come up with a better list than this one as these shows seem to have been fairly popular back in the day.
sistervic zman47240 26 months ago
I love any shows that are respectful, the Lord would appreciate this.
Taffee zman47240 10 months ago
And some still are popular.
AnnieM 27 months ago
I'm wondering if this article is merely a 'fishing expedition' for whomever is in charge of programming at MeTV to get a feel for public opinion. How's this: Please stick with shows from the 50's, 60's, & 70's!
timothys71 AnnieM 27 months ago
Just a thought: 50's/60's/70's shows on MeTV, and 80's/90's shows on MeTV+? Nexstar, which owns Antenna TV, created a spinoff network called Rewind TV last summer and did just that: Antenna TV now focuses mainly on the 50's, 60's, and 70's, and Rewind TV focuses on the 80's and 90's. (Shows that straddle the 70's and 80's can potentially end up on either network.)
MarianneCoon 27 months ago
How can they think these are forgotten shows? I didn't even watch them except Murder she wrote-which is still on, but I still remember them.
TheSentinel 27 months ago
I watched My So-Called Life when it first started (and I was in college at the time), but remembering back on it, I don't care so much for it now as I did then.
Rob 27 months ago
My wife and I watched Northern Exposure, and Just Shoot Me.
Inrodwetrust 27 months ago
The Ben stiller show was absolutely hilarious. What a cast.
MichaelSkaggs 27 months ago
All but 5, 6, and 9 are forgotten for a reason.
Jeffrey 27 months ago
Most of those shows/series I've never heard of, or watched. My favorites were Murder, She Wrote and Northern Exposure. I watched those two every week.
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