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8 Must-See Shows Like This ’90s Show

January 20, 2023

A spin-off of the 1998 series That 70s Show, That 90s Show brings a whole new group of teenagers to Point Place, Wisconsin. It tells the story of teenager Leia Forman, who spends the summer of 1995 with her grandparents, Kitty and Red. Leia is your typical virtuoso, waiting for her life to turn into an adventure – and it does as she meets the coolest, weirdest people she’s ever met. Gwen, Jay, Ozzie, Nate, and Nikki are the neighborhood kids she befriends soon after arriving at Point Place.

The teenage sitcom was developed by Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner, Gregg Mettler and Lindsay Turner. If you grew up watching That 70s Show, brace yourself for a nostalgia boost as you’ll get a glimpse of the older versions of most of the characters on the show, be it Leia’s parents, Eric and Donna, or her neighbor, Michael and Jackie. If you’re craving more of the warmth and coziness of ’90s sitcoms after this series, we’ve made a list for you. You can watch most of these programs similar to That 90s Show on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

8. Welcome Freshmen (1991-1993)

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The Welcome Freshman series, which followed the daily mischief of Hawthorne High’s first years, began as a sketch comedy that was later presented in sitcom format. Created by Robert Mittenthal, the Nickelodeon series consisted of short sketches that addressed the group’s challenges in specific situations. She resembles the teenage characters of That 90s Show in her humor and misadventures.

7. Moesha (1996-2001)

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The title character, Moesha (Brandy Norwood), is no ordinary teenage girl. After the death of her mother, she takes on the role of the mother figure in her family. However, when her father remarries, she finds it difficult to resign and leave the household to her stepmother. Underneath it all, Moesha is just someone trying to find themselves, much like Leia from That 90s Show. Over the five seasons of Moesha, we witness her navigate humorous situations that arise during her painfully confusing teenage years.

6. Fifteen (1991-1993)

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If you want to see the mini-me version of Ryan Reynolds infinitely endearing, then you have Fifteen, a four-hour teen drama about the students at Hillside School. Although the series deals with serious issues such as alcohol abuse, the impact of divorce on children and infidelity, it is a rather innocent illustration of the inner life of teenagers. The series showcases similar stereotypes to That 90s Show, making it another comfort series to count on.

5. Full House (1987-1995)

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Created by Jeff Franklin, Full House centers on Danny Tanner, a single father with three daughters, DJ, Stephanie and Michelle. Together with his best friend Joey and his brother-in-law Jesse, Danny manages to raise his children as well as possible. There’s something very satisfying about watching the child characters on the sitcom grow older and develop just like real people you know, and that’s something this series offers over the eight years that it’s aired . Just as the older version of the teenagers are shown on That 70s Show in its spin-off taking care of their children like they once did.

4. Salute Your Shorts (1991-1992)

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Teenage drama only intensifies when it’s set at a summer camp, like in ‘Salute Your Shorts’. It is based on the novel ‘Salute Your Shorts: Life at Summer Camp’ by Thomas Hill and Steve Slavkin, who is also the series creator and narrator. The series follows the daily banter and power games of boys vying for the ladies’ attention at Camp Anawanna. They have to pull off the biggest prank right under their upright but simple-minded caretaker’s nose.

The two-season series is far more innocent and childish than contemporary teenage sitcoms, which gives it a distinct appeal. Still, it’s about the confusion and pain of growing up that defines the life of every teenager, regardless of the time they live in, and that’s exactly what That 90s Show claims.

3. Boy Meets World (1993-2000)

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The popular series Boy Meets World takes us on the journey of Cory Matthews as he navigates the world of a teenager with the support of his teacher/neighbor George Feeny, his best friend Shawn Hunter and his lover Topanga Lawrence. Created by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly, the coming-of-age series is packed with valuable life lessons for coping with growing up. The series resembles That 90s Show in its portrayal of the main characters’ exciting new love lives as they explore teenage romance in all its glory.

2. Saved by the Bell (1989-1992)

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Sam Bobrick’s original series ‘Saved by the Bell’ follows a group of high school students from Bayside High School in LA. The series chronicles their daily pranks and challenges, punctuated by lighthearted moments as the friends help each other through the rough patches in their lives. Serious issues such as women’s rights, drug abuse, homelessness and death are also addressed. Similar to That 90s Show, the bonds between the friends grow stronger as the series progresses.

1. That 70’s Show (1998-2006)

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At the risk of making the countdown list anticlimactic, we can’t help but put That 70s Show first simply because it deserves it (especially if you haven’t seen it yet). The star-studded series, starring young Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Topher Grace and Laura Prepon, is the definitive ’90s teenage sitcom. It focuses on the group’s struggle to find meaning in their tumultuous teenage life, similar to That 90’s Show.