TV in the 90′s was remarkably different from the fantasies of the 80′s. Realism (in some cases a paranoid reality) was back in force. Comedies were also big in the 90′s as some of the finest television series were created.
Frasier featured two professional brothers, both psychiatrists. Vain and self-obsessed, the Crane’s were a curious duo. The complicated storylines and the mishaps that would happen the two brothers were inevitably a result of their inability to tell the truth for fear of losing face. These situations were always hilarious.
Frasier was such a well-watched show because it managed to appeal to both the intelligentsia and those who simply liked good comedy. Kelsey Grammar, as Frasier Crane, and David Hyde Pierce, as Niles, were both superb.
The X-Files (1993-202)
The X-Files followed two FBI detectives, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, as they discovered that government conspiracies were afoot.
The X-Files matched riveting scripts with a unique cinematography that reinforced the sinister presence of unknown people watching the movements of the two protagonists.
Friends was one of the most popular series on TV. It featured a group of six friends and followed their New York city lives.
Unlike Frasier, the characters of Friends were two-dimensional and too poorly defined to be considered real people but this didn’t matter. The series was light and fun. As a result millions of people from around of the world tuned in to each episode.
The West Wing (1999-2006)
The West Wing, one of the most popular and critically received series of the 1990′s, was a fictional behind-the-scenes look at the White House and the politics behind it.
The West Wing wove an intricate web of storylines that involved a large cast of characters. Its unique style of filming was more close to documentary than a TV programme and because of this the viewer felt like a fly on the wall.
The West Wing won a huge total of 27 Emmy Awards throughout its lifespan, fourth behind, Cheers, Mary Tyler Moore and the record-holder, Frasier.
The Sopranos (1999-2007)
The Sopranos was drama like it had never been told on television before. It followed the lives of a mafia family, the Sopranos, as they engaged in both illegal activity and family life.
The Sopranos featured some of the greatest scriptwriting ever on TV and a fine cast of highly competent, well-cast actors.
Perhaps the ultimate success of the series was due to the fact that it was a HBO production, which unfettered by ratings, could produce quality programming for its subscribers.