Every time I click into an article about sitcoms, these ones are never mentioned, and it’s a travesty! Hey, I love The Office and Friends as much as the next guy, but these sitcoms are worthy of another watch.
1. Raising Dad (2001-2002)
Do you remember the sitcom Raising Dad? It starred Bob Saget as a widowed father trying to raise his two daughters with the help of his father-in-law.
While Saget was known for his role in Full House, this series didn’t quite capture the same level of popularity. Despite its short run, the show had its moments of humor and heartwarming family moments that made it worth watching.
2. My Two Dads (1987-1990)
My Two Dads was an ’80s sitcom revolving around a teenage girl, Nicole, who finds herself in the care of two men claiming to be her biological fathers after her mother’s passing.
The show explored the dynamics between the two very different men as they tried to raise Nicole together. It’s a classic example of the kind of quirky, unconventional family dynamics that were a hallmark of ’80s sitcoms. It was popular, but I never see it on TV sitcom lists.
3. Caroline in the City (1995-1999)
I love love, loved Caroline in the City. It followed the life of a successful comic strip artist, Caroline Duffy, played by Lea Thompson. The show’s humor revolves around Caroline’s romantic escapades and her interactions with her quirky group of friends and colleagues. While it garnered a dedicated fan base during its run, it’s rarely mentioned in conversations about ’90s sitcoms today.
4. Dharma & Greg (1997-2002)
Dharma & Greg was cute! It featured Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson as a mismatched couple who impulsively get married after just one date. The show explored their contrasting personalities and the humorous situations that arose from their unconventional relationship. Although it received critical acclaim during its time, it has faded into relative obscurity compared to other ’90s hits.
5. Mad About You (1992-1999)
Another adorably hilarious watch is Mad About You, starring Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser as a married couple navigating the ups and downs of married life in New York City. The show was critically acclaimed and even won multiple Emmy Awards. However, it often gets overshadowed by other popular ’90s sitcoms like Friends and Seinfeld.
6. Major Dad (1989-1993)
Do you remember Major Dad? I loved it so much. It was a military-themed sitcom starring Gerald McRaney as a stern Marine major who marries a liberal journalist. The show blended comedy with themes of family and patriotism. It may not be as well-remembered as other ’90s comedies, but it offered a unique premise and humor.
7. NewsRadio (1995-1999)
NewsRadio was a workplace sitcom centering around the quirky employees of a news radio station. With a talented ensemble cast, including Dave Foley, Andy Dick, Joe Rogan, and the legendary Phil Hartman, the show had its moments of brilliance but often flies under the radar in discussions of ’90s comedy.
8. Get a Life (1990-1992)
Get a Life was a surreal and offbeat sitcom that starred Chris Elliott as a 30-year-old paperboy who still lived with his parents. Airing from 1990 to 1992, it was known for its bizarre humor and unconventional storytelling, making it a cult favorite among fans of unconventional comedy.
9. 3rd Rock From the Sun (1996-2001)
3rd Rock from the Sun was a quirky ’90s sitcom that followed a group of aliens disguised as a human family on Earth. Starring John Lithgow and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the show’s unique premise and eccentric characters garnered a dedicated following during its six-season run, but it’s often overshadowed by other ’90s hits and shouldn’t be! Love, love, love this show!
10. Herman’s Head
Herman’s Head explored the inner workings of a man’s mind by personifying his thoughts and emotions as distinct characters. While it had an intriguing concept, it didn’t achieve the same level of recognition as some of its contemporaries.
But I loved it! Plus, it stars famous voices from The Simpsons: Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson) and Hank Azaria (Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Snake Jailbird, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Lou, Carl Carlson, Bumblebee Man, and more).
11. Strangers With Candy (1999-2000)
Strangers With Candy was a dark and irreverent comedy starring Amy Sedaris as Jerri Blank, a 46-year-old high school freshman. The show was a satirical take on after-school specials and often pushed the boundaries of humor, earning it a cult following.
12. Spin City (996-2002)
Spin City was a political sitcom starring Michael J. Fox as the deputy mayor of New York City. Although it received critical acclaim and had a successful run, it’s often overlooked when discussing Fox’s career.
13. Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper (1992-1997)
Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper is a seriously underrated ’90s sitcom featuring Mark Curry as a retired NBA player turned substitute teacher. It offered a blend of comedy and heartwarming moments but has largely faded into obscurity.
14. In the House (1995-1998)
I swear that no one remembers In the House, but it was a funny sitcom starring rapper LL Cool J as a former football player who opens his home to a troubled student. While it had a solid fan base during its run, it’s rarely mentioned in discussions of ’90s TV today. It also stars Alfonso Ribeiro, who plays Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. And Kim Wayans from In Living Color.
15. Blossom (1990-1995)
One of my all-time favorites, Blossom, follows the life of a teenager named Blossom Russo, played by Mayim Bialik. That’s right. Before The Big Bang Theory, she was a hilarious teen starring opposite Joey Lawrence. “WHoa!” The show tackled various teen issues and family dynamics, but it’s often overshadowed by other ’90s teen sitcoms like Saved by the Bell.
16. Two Guys, A Girl, And A Pizza Place (1998-2001)
Two Guys, A Girl, And A Pizza Place featured Ryan Reynolds in one of his early roles. The show revolved around the lives of three friends working at a Boston pizza parlor. While Reynolds has since become a Hollywood superstar, this sitcom is seldom remembered in the context of his career. Do you remember?
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Featured Image Credits: NewRadio -Sony Pictures Television. Major Dad – Universal Television. Caroline in the City – Barron/Pennette Productions and CBS Productions.
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