20 cult series of the 90s that will give odds to modern

For television serial shows, the 90s were the years of revolution. A wave of foreign soap operas poured onto Russian screens and overwhelmed the audience, who were just mastering the remotes from imported TVs. New items attracted the whole country to the screens, looking forward to the release of each series. We invite you to experience nostalgia and plunge into the world of the best series of the 90s if you are over 30 years old, or meet unexpectedly cool characters for the first time if you are younger.

Friends (1994 – 2004)

Our top series of the 90s will open with a project that has become popular all over the world and is recognized as one of the best comedy shows in the history of American television. The action of the sitcom takes place in Manhattan, where six friends live in two apartments located on the same site. Spoiled Rachel, pedantic Monica, eccentric Phoebe, witty office worker Chandler, handsome aspiring actor Joey, and divorced paleontologist Ross. The guys quarrel, make up, share secrets, fall in love – in short, live life to the fullest and learn to be real friends .

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
Friends

Genre:
Comedy, romance

Actors:  
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 9.3, IMDb – 8.8

Age Limits
16+


X-Files (1993 – 2018)

The cult detective series from the nineties has earned high ratings around the world and has become the basis for many books, magazines and fan fiction. In the FBI unit devoted to cases related to the paranormal, two partners begin to work. Special Agent Fox Mulder, confident that UFOs exist, and his sister was abducted by aliens . And Agent Dana Scully is a professional doctor, a skeptic and a strong woman . Together, the heroes will hunt down monsters, uncover plots and take risks, gradually becoming closer than just partners.

Original title:
The X Files

Genre:
Fantasy, detective, horror

Actors:
Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Mitch Pileggi …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Sex and the City (1998 – 2004)

According to the plot of a female series from the 90s about love and friendship, four unfamiliar and completely different girls come to conquer New York. Carrie Bradshaw is an aspiring journalist , emotional and impulsive person. Future business shark , extravagant and scandalous Samantha Jones. Conservative and romantic Charlotte York and independent lawyer Miranda Hobbs. These four ambitious personalities formed the perfect quartet. Having crossed the line of 30 years, they are still friends, share their secrets, look for love, a dream man and go forward towards their goal.

Original title:
Sex and the City

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Twin Peaks (1990 – 2017)

The rating series, which became popular among viewers in the 1990s, is worth a watch for all fans of mystical detectives and thrillers with a famously twisted plot, interesting characters and a shocking final twist. A small town is shaken by terrible news – the body of a teenager, Laura Palmer, has been found. Agent Cooper, along with the sheriff, will have to explore the hidden sides of a quiet town and pull out all the skeletons from the closets of its inhabitants in order to find the culprit. And the further the agent goes in search, the more devilry will be revealed during the investigation.

Original title:  
Twin Peaks

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime, detective, fantasy

Actors:
Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkin, Sheryl Lee, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn…

Country:  
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.5, IMDb – 8.8

Age restrictions:  
18 +


Charmed (1998 – 2006)

The three Halliwell sisters meet at their grandmother’s old mansion in San Francisco. The youngest and most agile of them – Phoebe – finds a magic book of spells in the attic. She reads the first thing that comes across and awakens the powers of all the sisters. It turns out that the girls are powerful witches and each has its own special superpower. Prue can move objects, Piper can control time, and Phoebe can predict the future. Now the girls have an important mission on their shoulders – to protect people from uninvited guests from the other world.

Original title:
Charmed

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, detective

Actors:
Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Rose McGowan …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Wild Angel (1998 – 1999)

This foreign series from the 90s is a well-known soap opera that has received rave reviews from viewers in more than sixty countries, showing a Latin American melodrama. Milagros is an orphan, a pupil of a church orphanage. A lively girl who loves to play football gets a job as a maid in the house of a wealthy family. There, the rebel meets Ivo, the son of the hostess. Young people begin to feel sympathy for each other. Will they be able to keep the nascent feelings, despite all the difficulties that fate has prepared for them?

Original title:
Muñeca brava

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Natalia Oreiro, Facundo Arana, Arturo Mali…

Country:
Argentina

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Mr. Bean (1990 – 1995)

The good old English series introduces the viewer to Mr. Bean – an eccentric man, a naive child in the body of an adult. Episodes of the comedy show demonstrate numerous funny situations in which the careless hero finds himself. After all, even the most ordinary everyday activities, be it shopping in a store or parking a car, Bean performs with his characteristic carelessness and in a special comical way.

original title :
Mr. Bean

Genre:
Comedy, family

Actors:
Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Commissioner Rex (1994 – 2004)

German Shepherd Rex, an “employee” of the Vienna police, serves in the homicide department. The fearless dog easily solves crimes, not forgetting about dog pranks, for example, quietly stealing a sandwich with sausage from the table of a two-legged colleague. Together with Detective Moser, the furry policeman will stand guard over the city and not a single intruder will hide from his sensitive scent.

Original title:
Kommissar Rex

Genre:
Action, crime, detective

Actors:
Tobias Moretti, Gedeon Burkhard, Gerhard Seeman …

Country:
Austria, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Ambulance (1994 – 2009)

The list of the best foreign series that were shown on TV from 1990 to 2000 will continue with an exciting movie about the everyday life of doctors in a Chicago city hospital. The medical staff of the institution saved many human lives by providing emergency assistance and making vital decisions every second. Different in character, but all as a selection of realistic and interesting characters fall in love, break up, weave intrigues, make mistakes, make friends.

Original title:
ER

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Noah Wylie, Laura Innes, Laura Seron…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2003)

In addition to studying at college, Buffy Summers manages to hunt and exterminate the most cunning messengers of evil – vampires. Under the guidance of her custodian, school librarian Rupert Giles, the 16-year-old girl battles demons. However, like all young creatures, she is disturbed not only by battles with unusual opponents, but also by internal experiences – quarrels with relatives, problems in school, the desire to please the opposite sex and other teenage problems.

Original title:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Drama

Actors:
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 8.2

Age Limits :
12+


Xena – Warrior Princess (1995 – 2001)

The popular foreign series of the 90s in the fantasy adventure genre takes the viewer to the ancient era. The plot tells about the adventures of the fearless warrior Xena. Together with her comrade-in-arms Gabrielle, an invincible woman in a spectacular suit will fight for justice, challenging the gods themselves . They are waiting for epic fights, sword fights, clashes with tyrants and bands of robbers.

Original title:
Xena: Warrior Princess

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Drama

Actors:
Lucy Lawless, Rene O’Connor, Ted Raimi …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age Limits :
16+


Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996 – 2003)

15-year-old Sabrina is the daughter of a mere mortal and a sorcerer, raised by witch aunts Zelda and Hilda. Soon the girl will turn 16 and on this day she must follow her destiny, having received the “Book of Sacraments” as a gift. However, the teenager does not want to give up his usual life and decides to combine magic with studying at a regular school, despite the fact that the talking cat Salem and various magical things are waiting for her at home.

Original title:
Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Genre:
Fantasy, Comedy, Family

Actors:
Melissa Joan Hart, Nick Buckeye, Caroline Rea …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.7

Age Limits :
12+


Beverly Hills 90210 (1990 – 2000)

The plot of the serial drama revolves around teenagers who moved to Minneapolis, where they ended up in the glamorous world of the golden youth of Beverly Hills, completely unfamiliar to them. For ten seasons, the company of young people will go through a difficult period of growing up with all its youthful problems. In addition to family and love ups and downs, the guys will face more dramatic events – bullying, early pregnancy , AIDS, alcoholism , sexual abuse and even suicide .

Original title:
Beverly Hills, 90210

Genre:
Drama, Romance

Actors:
Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green…

Country:
Country

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
12+


Streets of Broken Lanterns (1997 – 2019)

The action of the cult Russian TV series of the 1990s, a strong male movie, takes place in gangster Petersburg, overflowing with motley brothers and other criminal elements. A team of professional cops works in the beautiful city on the Neva: Kazantsev, Larin, Dukalis and Volkov. Every day, fearless partners stand guard over law and order, without losing their sense of humor and brutal charm.

Genre:
Action, drama, crime

Actors:
Alexey Nilov, Alexander Lykov, Alexander Polovtsev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


The Amazing Journeys of Hercules (1995 – 1999)

Costumed fantasy plunges the viewer into the wonderful world of ancient Greek mythology, filled with fairy-tale characters and epic battles. Hercules and his faithful companion Iolaus set off on a fantastic journey towards feats and encounters with wondrous creatures. A spectacular dynamic series tells about a brave hero who has not lost his compassion for people, despite his semi-divine origin.

Original title:
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Genre:
Fantasy, action, drama

Actors:
Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst, Kevin Smith…

Country:
USA, New Zealand

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Miracles of Science (1994 – 1998)

Fantastic youth comedy , based on the film of the same name, introduces the viewer to two 15-year-old teenagers – Harry and White. Guys dream of a fun life, beautiful girls and endless fun, but in return they receive only ridicule from classmates. One day, friends with extraordinary mental abilities create a cyber-woman – the beautiful Lisa, who can help them in any business using cyber magic.

Original title:
Weird Science

Genre:
Fiction, fantasy, comedy

Actors:
Michael Manasseri, John Mallory Asher, Lee Tergesen …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.8


Parallel Worlds (1995 – 2000)

Young budding student Queen Meloni goes missing in his basement after a couple. At night, he tries to create an anti-gravity machine, but instead he receives a device that can move a person to a parallel world. Together with the teacher , girlfriend and another teenager they go on a trip . With the next jump, the timer in the device breaks – now the company cannot return home, and does not even know where it will end up on the next move.

Original title:
Sliders

Genre:
Fiction, fantasy, adventure

Actors:
Jerry O’Connell, Cleavant Derricks, Sabrina Lloyd …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.4


Helen and the guys (1992 – 1994)

One day, in a student canteen, three guys who dream of becoming famous artists meet charming girls from their university. One of the new acquaintances – Helen – turns out to have an amazing voice, and the guys organize a musical group . Romantic feelings quickly flare up between boys and girls, and the company is divided into three couples in love. And then the viewer is given the opportunity to watch the everyday life of friends who will quarrel, put up and make music.

Original title:
Hélène et les garçons

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Helen Rolle, Patrick Pyudeba, Rochelle Redfield …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 5.7


Highlander (1992 – 1998)

The plot of the series takes place in a universe inhabited by immortal warriors. Connor Macleod once lived in the tribe, but almost lost his life in another battle. However, he managed to get out and become immortal. Now he is doomed to forever wander the earth and defend himself from the attacks of those doomed like him. After all, you can still kill an immortal – you just need to cut off his head and then all his strength will pass to you.

Original title:
Highlander

Genre:
Fiction, fantasy, action

Actors:
Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch, Jim Burns…

Country:
Canada, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Cool Walker (1993 – 2001)

Cordell Walker, in his invariable cowboy hat and shiny belt buckle, is a Texas Ranger known for his principles. Brutal fair man administers justice over criminals. In his work, he uses classical methods of investigation, relying on intuition, which the hero inherited from his Indian ancestors . His partner James does not always agree with Cordell, but, despite this, he is ready to lend a shoulder to his friend at any moment. The series at one time went to fans of martial arts and lovers of the world of the Wild West with its picturesque saloons, cowboys and duels.

Original title:
Walker, Texas Ranger

Genre:
Action, drama, crime

Actors:
Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Shiri J. Wilson …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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