From catching sitcoms when they were on TV after school to always watching the latest episode of a favorite show, many people who were kids during the 1990s have the happiest memories of TV comedies from this time period. Countless shows from friends to full-house were “must see TV” and now that episodes are available to stream on several different services, fans have had a lot of opportunities to catch up on the catchphrases, funny moments, and favorite episodes.
When looking back on the most memorable quotes from 1990s sitcoms, fans can find a few lines that are still as funny, sweet, and/or intelligent as they were when the shows aired.
“We were on a break!”
There are some hilarious quotes from friends but nothing stands out as much as Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) telling Rachel Greene (Jennifer Aniston) “we where on a break!”
Ross says this to Rachel in the season 3 episode “The One With The Morning After” when she discovers that Ross slept with Chloe (Angela Featherstone), who works at a Xerox shop. Ross says that he didn’t cheat as they were on a break and Rachel says that wasn’t true at all. Fans know that the couple can’t really agree on this and it becomes a massive problem.
Frasier: “I, for one, happen to believe in the kindness of strangers.” Roz: “Well, I believe in the strangeness of strangers.”
The idea of a traditional family sitcom might be finished but back in the ’90s, there were many sitcoms about friends who cared about each other and treated one another as family members. One such sitcom was Fraserwhich aired for 11 seasons from 1993 to 2004.
In the season 3 episode “The Friend,” Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) and Roz Doyle (Peri) have a hilarious conversation where Roz shows fans that she’s super smart, tough, and not into small talk with strangers. It’s easy to remember this quote because it’s such a funny take on the classic “kindness of strangers” saying.
“You know I always wanted to pretend that I was an architect.”
From George’s best Seinfeld episodes to George’s relationship with his parents, there’s so much about George Costanza (Jason Alexander) to enjoy and adore. George might have some of the best lines from any sitcom that has ever been created, as fans love quoting him constantly.
Fans like the season 5 episode “The Marine Biologist” because George saves a whale and then shares his story later on, but this storyline is also solid because George says that he has thought about acting as an architect. This is classic George as he doesn’t want to actually put in the work, he just wants people to think that he has a high position.
Sam: “I’ve never met an intelligent woman I’d want to date.” Diane: “On behalf of all the intelligent women in America, may I just say: whew.”
the cheers cast members are wealthy now and it’s no wonder since the ’90s sitcom is one of the most famous. Fans still recall the romance between server Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) and bartender Sam Malone (Ted Danson). They had a classic “will they/won’t they?” relationship, and part of the draw of the show was tuning in to see what flirty comments they would make to one another and when they would finally start dating.
While sometimes it can be boring to watch characters dance around the idea of dating each other, cheers excelled in showing that these characters had great chemistry and a lot of witty banter. This memorable quote sees Diane showing her smarts and putting Sam in her place, a dynamic that fans like.
“You yelled at me. But I’m Topanga.”
There are some nostalgia-inducing ’90s horror kids shows, and fans still feel warmly toward Boy Meets World. The series aired from 1993 until 2000 and over seven seasons, Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) and his friends got older, learned more about life and love, and generally had a good time.
Topanga Lawrence (Danielle Fishel) is one of the most popular characters, as she and Cory fall in love at a very young age and go through many changes together. Topanga is a bit stuck-up at first, as she’s smart and knows it, and she often wants special treatment. Topanga has a great quote in the season 5 episode “The Eskimo” when she tells Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) that she should never get in trouble. Of course, Topanga is totally wrong, but fans know that she can’t help herself.
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