With the rise of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, the television landscape has undergone major shifts in the last few years. But this isn't the first time the TV industry has seen seismic changes in how people consume content.
Patrick J. Kiger of National Geographic argues that the 1990s also "marked a radical turning point for television." He goes on to note how the number of cable providers and channels expanded during this period, leading to more and more programming choices.
The result was a chance for TV writers and producers to experiment and create some of the most influential shows in TV history. PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, decided to celebrate the '90s by finding the 50 best TV shows from that decade. To create the ranking, the data experts looked at shows with more than 10,000 IMDb votes that had the majority of their episodes air in the '90s. These shows were then ranked on their Smart Rating -- a score out of 100 that takes into account a show's IMDb votes, IMDb rating and the number of Emmy awards won.
Between "Friends," "Seinfeld" and "Frasier," the '90s were a landmark period for American sitcoms. But the decade was also a high point for the sci-fi genre, with shows like the "The X-Files" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation" making a big splash.
Note: TV show descriptions are sourced (with minor edits) from Gracenote.