Once the 1990's just about all
televisions were cable ready & most had remotes. In 1993 a
25 inch remote control TV cost $297 and a 41 inch big screen
TV which was the latest thing in TV's in the 1990's cost
Vcr's cost between $150 & $300 and a 3 pack of blank
Vhs tapes cost $5.97.
Some TV Shows from the 1980's were still the top shows in
19990 when the decade began. These shows included Cheers,
Cosby Show, Roseanne, Golden Girls and 60 Minutes.
The Fox TV Network was now running shows 5 days a week in
Primetime. Fox was airing Married With Children, The Simpsons,
& Beverly Hills 90210.
New shows for 1990 included Parker Lewis Can't Loose,
Blossom, Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, Law & Order, Evening
Shade, China Beach & others.
Up to this point the 1990's was the weakest decade for
exciting TV Shows.
In 1991 shows such as Murphy Brown, Full House, Home
Improvement, Coach & Murder She Wrote made it into the Top
New shows included The Commish, P.S. I Luv U, Step By Step,
Brooklym Bridge & Nurses.
Not much changed in the TV Ratings for 1992. New shows
included Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Picket Fences, Melrose
Place, Mad About You, In The Heat Of The Night and others.
In 1993 the long running CBS News Sweries 60 Minutes became
the number 1 show on TV. Seinfeld, Frasier, Grace Under Fire
and Home Improvement also made the top 10.
New shows for 1993 included Lois & Clark, Dave's World,
John Larroquette Show, N.Y.P.D. Blue, Boy Meets World and The
Fox TV is now airing shows 7 nights a week in 1993.
Some shows worth mentioning in 1994 included The Martin
Short Show, an updated version of Get Smart, Hearts Afire,
Northern Exposure, an updated version of Burke's Law and the 5
Mrs. Buchanans all were welcome additions to TV viewing in
Seinfeld is the new #1 show on TV in 1994 and newcombers ER
& Friends are already in the Top 10.
1995 saw a major change to Daytime Television as the O.J.
Simpson Murder Trial aired on all the networks. This killed
all the Soap Operas that were running, the trial lasted 10
months and the Soaps finally got back on the ratings dropped
substntually and they never rebounded, the ratings are still
low today because of the O.J. Simpson trial.
There are now 2 new Networks running shows in Primetime.
The WB Network airs shows Sunday and Wednesday and UPN Network
is now on Monday & Tuesday.
New shows include 3rd Rock From The Sun, Naked Truth,
Boston Common, Single Guy, Caroline In the City and the Bonnie
In 1996 some new shows to make the Top are Touched By An
Angel, Suddenly Susan. Naked Truth, Fired Up, & Single
Guy. ER & Seinfeld are the two top shows.
In 1997 shows such as Everybody Loves Raymond, Mad About
You, Just Shoot Me, Dharma & Greg, Union Square,
Veronica's Closet are starting to make their way to the Top
In 1998 these shows debuted that would be popular for the
next few years, they include That 70's Show, Becker, Will
& Grace, King Of Queens, & Charmed.
ER, Friends & Frasier are the Top Shows for 1998.
In 1999 the big new hit show was Who Wants To Be A
Millionaire. Hosted by Regis Philbin these Primetime Game Show
shot into the Top 10 overnight.
The show was so popular it aired 3 nights a week, it
occupied the Top 3 positions in the ratings, the show still
airs in some markets today with a different host in
Other shows to mention for the 1999 season included 7th
Heaven, Spin City, Judging Amy, Dawsons Crrek & Early
In 1999 the WB Network is now running shows in primetime 6
days a week and UPN is now on Monday - Friday with primetime