Readers' Poll: The 10 Best TV Shows of the 1990s

See what show managed to beat 'The Simpsons,' 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'X-Files'

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2. 'Friends'

At first glance, nothing seemed all that noteworthy about Friends. Beyond the generic title, we'd seen many of these actors bouncing from one lame to sitcom to another. It then became clear that something was special about this one: The ensemble had amazing chemistry, with no one person taking too much of the attention. Before long, women were having their hair cut like Jennifer Aniston, the theme song became an actual radio hit and the cast was everywhere from Oprah to the cover of this magazine. The Ross and Rachel drama dragged on for years longer than necessary, but needless to say they ultimately wound up together. 

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