The '90s was a fantastic decade for television, as some of the greatest shows of all time made their debuts during the decade. These shows have since served as inspiration for the programs that we enjoy watching today, and the women in the leading roles on these past shows were largely responsible for their success. These performers were able to make their name by landing perfect roles, and thanks to their dedication and hard work, they have been able to maintain a lifetime of positive notoriety.
The women being featured on this list were all huge in the '90s, and we want to take a look at what they look like today! To no one's surprise, these women are still as gorgeous as ever, and some are still holding it down in huge projects.
20 Melissa Joan Hart
The story of '90s television cannot be told without Melissa Joan Hart, and this is because she was the lead on both Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch back in the day. In more recent years, she has starred on Melissa & Joey and the series No Good Nick.
19 Danielle Fishel
Any person that ever sat down in front of a television in the '90s is all too familiar with Danielle Fishel, and this is because she was a primary player on the series Boy Meets World, which helped raise a generation of people. Fishel was part of the Girls Meets World revival, and she has even directed two episodes of Raven’s Home.
18 Carla Gugino
Spin City was a sitcom that quickly found an audience thanks to having a ton of talent on board, and Carla Gugino was an early member of the series that helped the show achieve a ton of success. Over time, she would appear in hit films like Sin City and Spy Kids.
17 Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis was holding things down in the '90s, as she was appearing on both That ‘70s Show and lending her voice to Family Guy. Both of these shows were massively successful, and Kunis would reap the rewards that came with it. Her appearances in the films Ted and Bad Moms won her a ton of new fans.
16 Mayim Bialik
After making it big in the '90s on the series Blossom, Mayim Bialik decided to pursue her education and focus her efforts elsewhere. Later on, she would make a stunning return to television on The Big Bang Theory and become a massively popular actress for a new generation of fans.
15 Candace Cameron Bure
D.J. Tanner was one of the most popular characters to emerge from Full House, and Candace Cameron was able to leave her brother’s shadow and become a star in her own right. These days, she has been the anchor of the Fuller House revival series that has been a hit with fans.
14 Julianna Margulies
Julianna Margulies has long been considered one of the most beautiful women to make it big in the 90s, and it was her time on the smash-hit series ER and appearances on sitcoms like The Larry Sanders Show and Ellen that helped her become a household name. While she has had success on the big screen, it was her time on the series The Good Wife that helped her conquer Hollywood once again.
13 Tiffani Amber Thiessen
Tiffani Thiessen made a name for herself in the '90s by taking on a lead role in the series Saved by the Bell, and this kept her in living rooms everywhere. These days, Thiessen has been holding down a lead role on the series Alexa & Katie, which has been on since 2018.
12 Heather Locklear
Heather Locklear is a rare example of someone that has found television success in multiple decades, and fans of the 90s remember her best from her time on Melrose Place and Spin City. Locklear’s most recent television appearances have been on Too Close to Home and Fresh Off the Boat several years ago.
11 Pamela Anderson
After landing roles on Home Improvement and Baywatch in the earlier part of the '90s, Pamela Anderson quickly became one of the most recognized women on the planet. As the years went on, Anderson would continue to be a prominent face in the industry, even appearing on season 10 of Dancing with the Stars.
10 Fran Drescher
Fran Drescher began appearing in roles as early as the '70s, but it wasn’t until the early '90s that she truly took off. It was in 1992 that she was cast in The Nanny, which ran for nearly 150 episodes on the small screen. She is slated to appear on the upcoming sitcom Indebted, which is set for release next year.
9 Linda Cardellini
After appearing on several hit shows in smaller roles, Linda Cardellini was able to get a ton of attention coming her way after she was a primary player on the loved Freaks and Geeks. Cardellini is a fantastic performer that made a recent appearance in the film Avengers: Endgame, which is the highest-grossing film ever made.
8 Christina Applegate
Though it technically launched in the '80s, Married…With Children will forever be remembered as a '90s series thanks to it finally hitting its stride in the latter decade. Christina Applegate was a mainstay on the series, and her transition to film in movies like The Sweetest Thing and Anchorman helped her gain legions of new fans.
7 Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker cemented her place in television history thanks to her portraying the iconic Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City for 94 episodes and two films. This role alone would have been enough for most people, but she has continued to land great roles. Years later, Parker is portraying the character Frances Dufresne on the series Divorce, which has aired three seasons thus far.
6 Leah Remini
Leah Remini was landing sizeable roles early on, but things would truly hit another level once she was cast as a lead performer on the series The King of Queens. Once that series reached the end of the road, Remini would appear as a co-host on the series The Talk before appearing on 15 episodes of The Exes.
5 Jennifer Aniston
When it comes to television during the '90s, the argument could be made that there was no one bigger than Jennifer Aniston. Her time on the series Friends made her a legend, and she has since transitioned to the big screen in films like Bruce Almighty and We’re the Millers.
4 Jenny McCarthy
It seemed like Jenny McCarthy was everywhere in the '90s, and many people will point to her time on The Jenny McCarthy Show and Jenny, as well as roles on the sitcoms Wings and Home Improvement as reasons why. She would continue to land work on television and on the big screen, with her time as a co-host on The View being her most notable project.
3 Debra Messing
Debra Messing has been a fixture in the entertainment industry for some time, and this is largely due to her time on the series Will & Grace. She would have big-screen success in films like Along Came Polly, but her return on the Will & Grace revival has been on another level.
2 Karyn Parsons
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air remains one of the most loved shows of all time, and this is largely due to amazing characters like Hilary Banks. Karyn Parsons was the performer that brought Hilary to life, and after taking a huge break from acting, she will be appearing on the upcoming series Fly.
1 Alyssa Milano
After making it big in the '80s, Alyssa Milano would keep the ball rolling in the 90s by landing roles on hit shows like Melrose Place and Charmed and a recurring role on the sitcom Spin City. This success would continue on into the 2000s, and Milano is currently taking on a lead role on the series Insatiable, which just launched its second season.