How many of these did you watch?
Remember back in the ‘90s when, if you wanted to binge watch a show, you had to have recorded it every week for its entire run on VHS? Well, with the advent of streaming services, rewatching your favorite series is mostly effortless. Though bingeing is a way of life now, some of your favorite shows didn’t make the leap to the digital age until very recently (heck, Hulu just picked up ER) so you probably prioritized the new season of that hot original series in your queue over the old show you wanted to revisit. And though, sure, the ‘90s weren’t deemed the golden age of television, television was actually really good.
In hopes of compiling what retro TV shows were off our radar, we asked our Facebook audience what their favorite show from the late ‘90s/early 2000s was that they really wish they could binge right now. We were flooded with more than 600 comments—all very passionate—about their favorite nostalgic series. We tallied the votes (each comment equaling a vote), to create a list of the twelve most bingeable television shows that aired during the ‘90s. Here, your favorite shows. While some of them are still unable to stream, we’ll let you know where you can catch the ones that are available.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Being a teenager is hard enough—and surprisingly, being a powerful witch with magical powers doesn’t make growing up any easier. Thankfully Sabrina has two awesome aunts who have been there themselves to guide her, as well as a snarky black cat to provide much-needed comic relief. Watch all seven seasons on Hulu or Amazon Prime Video before Netflix’s darker reboot The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina starring Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka airs later this year.
The Wonder Years
It might have been awhile since you’ve heard Joe Cocker’s iconic rendition of “A Little Help From My Friends” and followed Kevin and Winnie’s trials and tribulations of growing up in suburbia during the late ‘60s. Eight of our fans were itching to queue up this nostalgic sitcom, but sadly, it’s unable to stream at time of writing after Netflix pulled it in October 2017.
What could be more bingeable than a gripping, gritty procedural with twelve seasons? This classic police drama that turned heads when it first premiered in the ‘90s, follows the detectives working in the 15th Precinct of Manhattan, all of which are working through issues of their own. Though it’s unable to stream via any service, at least ten of our readers might be persuaded to buy seasons and individual episodes on Amazon.
Sex and the City
If you haven’t binged Sex and the City yet, have you really binged at all? The iconic representation of dating as a thirty something in the late ‘90s is still kicking as millennials stream over and over again via HBO Go. We can guarantee at least 11 of our readers have hard and fast opinions on which one of the fab four they “are.”
Party of Five
This critically-acclaimed family drama introduced many teens of the ‘90s to some of the harsher realities of life as it followed the Salinger siblings, learning to live on their own after their parents die in a tragic car accident. It made a lasting impression of at least 11 of our readers, who mentioned it on Facebook. Stream the entire series on Netflix while you wait for the newly announced reboot that will air on Freeform sometime in the future.
Mad About You
At least 12 of our readers were mad about this sitcom starring Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser as the Buchmans, living and loving in Manhattan. If you’re a Starz subscriber, you can watch all seven seasons via Amazon.
If you hear the blues a-callin', just queue up the hilarious hijinks of the pretentious Crane family for a feel-good romp. All 11 seasons of this Seattle-set Cheers-spinoff are available to stream on Netflix.
If there’s one word to describe this drama following the residents of a West Hollywood apartment building, it‘s watchable. All eight seasons of this steamy soap-opera are available on Hulu.
In the poll, 14 of our readers want to believe that an X-Files binge-a-thon is in their future this weekend. The truth is out there—all you have to do is watch the 11 seasons of this cult sci-fi drama that deals with the paranormal (and the will-they, won’t-they relationship between Scully and Mulder), which is all available to watch on Hulu.
What does it mean to be thirty? This television show tried to answer that question as it followed a bunch of, well, thirty-somethings dealing with the angst and the ennui of being neither young nor old in a rapidly changing culture. Getting to stream this late ‘80s, early ‘90s favorite will be somewhat of a herculean task itself, as some episodes are available via TV Guide, depending on your cable provider.
Who doesn’t love a smart, eccentric show about lawyers with a love triangle at its center? All 112 episodes are available to watch on Hulu—yes, even the one with the iconic dancing baby.
Don’t wait for your life to be over before you queue up this quintessential late-‘90s teen drama that premiered twenty years ago. A lot has happened since Dawson, Joey, Pacey, and Jen graduated from college, but there’s something so sweet about witnessing where the lifelong friendship between Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps began. It’s all available to creek… I mean, stream.. on Hulu.
Feeling nostalgic to relive the late ‘90s and college? Dive into the four-season series about Felicity Porter, a college co-ed who moves across the country to attend the University of New York in hopes of getting closer to her high school crush. The J.J. Abrams creation is available to stream on Hulu, which may come as a gleeful surprise to 22 of our readers.
My So-Called Life
While it might have only lasted one season on ABC, this show that launched the careers of Claire Danes and Jared Leto has gained a cult-following since its final episode aired in January 1995. This 19-episode series is easy to binge via Hulu.
An unexpected addition to this list? This fan-favorite show that sleepily passed over the eyes and ears of millennials, but was beloved by a large chunk of our readers. A city slicker doctor opens up practice in a small, quirky Alaska town and at first, is looking for an immediate way out, but then it grows on him. Though it’s unable to stream on any platform as of yet, you can, however, get all six seasons on DVD.
Beverly Hills, 90210
The quintessential teen drama about the lifestyles of the rich and privileged in California’s Beverly Hills ran for an incredible 10 seasons and launched the careers of multiple actors (Hilary Swank!) while drawing in viewers with dramatic storylines featuring their characters. How well the drama translates nearly 30 years later? You’ll have to find out for yourself—all 231 episodes are up on Hulu.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but the most bingeable series, according to our readers? Just a little show about six friends living in New York City (in absurdly large apartments) at the turn of the century. A whopping 45 of our readers mentioned it—far and away taking the top spot. Even if you have watched every episode multiple times, there’s just something so comforting about queueing up another round on Netflix.