14 '90s TV Shows to Watch on Max, From "Friends" to "Sex and the City"
Between reboots, reruns, and reimaginings of cult classics through the years, let's be real — the '90s never fully left us. Luckily for us nostalgic TV fans, Max has no shortage of the iconic decade on its streaming platforms. It even has every season of our favorite shows of the time!
Though you'll surely find some of the buzziest new prestige dramas and award-winning TV gems there, the streaming service is also a reliable stop for '90s comfort classics, such as "Friends," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Sex and the City," and more. More of a sketch comedy fan? Get ready to laugh with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and "The Chris Rock Show." Maybe you're looking for an old drama to start — in that case, consider checking out "The Sopranos" or "Oz."
Whatever your '90s TV jam is, Max has plenty of options for you. Ahead, we've rounded up some of the very best '90s shows streaming on Max right now!
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Could there be a more quintessentially '90s show than "Friends"? Between Monica's cleaning sprees and Joey's stints as Dr. Drake Ramoray (slash his evil twin) to Chandler's many comical moments, plenty of funny happenings unfold as the six titular characters sort out their 20s. And yes, you can watch "Friends: The Reunion" on Max as well.
"Living Single" (1993-1998)
"Living Single," the beloved cult classic, follows six 20-somethings who share their lives, loves, and woes in a New York City brownstone. A trio of women — Khadijah, Synclaire, and Regine — share one of the apartments, receiving frequent visits from their fourth gal pal (hey, Max!) as well as their male neighbors, Kyle and Overton, who live one floor up.
"Sex and the City" (1998-2004)
Before "Emily in Paris," Darren Star gave the world "Sex and the City." As you may already know, the series follows sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw and her brigade of fellow single friends — Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda — as they navigate life in Manhattan with lavish outfits. Thanks to Max, there's also a reboot series titled "And Just Like That," which follows the New York ladies (sans Samantha) through the ups and downs of their 50s.
Martin Lawrence's classic self-titled sitcom, "Martin," revolves around the comedian starring as a cocky and wisecracking radio-show host in Detroit who lives with his girlfriend, Gina. Together, the two get into mischief with their friends — Tommy, Cole, and Pam — all while trying to chase their career goals. If you want to see what happened when the cast reunited decades later, check out "Martin: The Reunion" on Max, too.
"Step by Step" (1991-1998)
If you love family sitcoms, then "Step by Step" might be right up your alley. The series follows a divorced contractor and a widowed beautician who meet, fall in love, and quickly get married. With each of their three children, the families move in together and find out they have much to learn from each other.
"ER" follows the professional and personal lives of doctors working out of an emergency room at Chicago's County General Hospital. The medical drama is a bit intense — though perhaps not as bad as "Grey's Anatomy" — so be prepared for a whirlwind of emotions.
"The Sopranos" (1999-2007)
A crime classic, "The Sopranos" follows the life and times of Tony Soprano. Tony tries his best to balance his conventional family life with his less conventional family life — i.e. his involvements as a crime boss in the Italian mafia.
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990-1996)
Follow Will as he moves from West Philadelphia, where he was born and raised, to live in the affluent Bel-Air with his aunt and uncle after his "life got flipped turned upside down."If you're feeling really nostalgic, check out the reunion special on Max as well. Or better yet, tune into Peacock's dramatic reimagining of the classic '90s tale.
"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1998-2007)
Tune into "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" for improv fun! Drew Carey hosts this goofy and freewheeling show where comedians Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady, and a fourth guest panelist play unrehearsed games in front of a live audience.
"The West Wing" (1999-2006)
Before the days of "Scandal," drama ignited in the Oval Office in Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing." Alongside names such as Bradley Whitford, Allison Janney, and Rob Lowe, Martin Sheen stars as Democratic President Jed Bartlet, who balances personal struggles with being the leader of the United States of America.
The gritty "Oz" takes us into an experimental prison ward called Emerald City at the Oswald State Correctional Facility, or "Oz." While promoting rehabilitation and responsibility over punitive measures, Emerald City is actually a very tense environment where wars between different factions break out frequently.
"The Chris Rock Show" (1997-2000)
As Chris Rock rose to legendary comedian status, he launched his own self-titled show on HBO, which dropped a new episode every Friday during its five-season run. "The Chris Rock Show" featured, as you may have already deduced, comedian Rock as he delivered monologues, gave interviews, performed in skits, and engaged in other late-night comedy shenanigans.
"Mr. Show" (1995-1998)
Get your sketch comedy fix with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross as they play semi-fictional versions of themselves on HBO's "Mr. Show." Just like sketch shows today, "Mr. Show" incorporates a mix of live and taped bits into its programming.
"South Park" (1997-present)
Matt Stone and Trey Parker's raunchy and violent satirical series was definitely one of the defining Adult Swim shows of the late '90s and early aughts. Set in the titular fictional Colorado town, "South Park" focuses on the strange lives of four boys (Kenny, Kyle, Cartman, and Stan), putting them through absurd scenarios where biting commentary about political and celebrity culture emerges.