These ’90s Shows Taught Us That Friends Are Sometimes the Best Family

They say you can’t choose your family, but we disagree. We think that friends are the family you get to choose. We call those super close buddies our “fr-amily” (friends + families, get it?).

And that might be because we saw so many examples of how important a core group of friends can be from all the amazing friends-based content that hit the networks during the ’90s. 

Love ’em, fight with ’em, cry with ’em, rejoice with ’em. Good friends are hard to find, and when you do, you hang on to them forever, just like these original “ride or die” framilies: 

That ’70s Show

A late ’90s sitcom set in the 1970s gives us all the nostalgia – twice! The show introduced us to Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Laura Prepon, Wilmer Valderrama, Danny Masterson, and Topher Grace – half a dozen of the most influential stars from the ’90s to today.

Will and Grace

Will, Grace, Karen, and JUST JACK. This foursome might have had some funny ways of showing it, but their love for each other ran deep. No matter how much nudging, tummy-bumping, or teasing, you knew it was all love with this foursome, and it always would be.

Dawson’s Creek

The luckiest kinds of “fr-amily” just might start back in childhood, as the kids of Dawson’s Creek showed us. Whatever trials and tribulations, whatever the experiment or test, they were always there for each other. Sometimes we even saw love blossoming! 

A Different World

Originally a spin-off show, A Different World took on a completely new life, giving us some of the most memorable college kids in TV history and letting us into the joys and stresses of coming into one’s adulthood away from home, where your friends really do start to become your family. 


It always seemed like these quirky people made for some pretty unlikely friendships, but then again, isn’t tolerating each other’s idiosyncrasies one of the most important things about true “fr-amily,” no matter how off the wall they might be?   

Sex and the City

You couldn’t find a fiercer group of women than Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda, one of the best girl gangs in the 20th century. Through jobs and lost opportunities, love and heartbreak, sickness and health, and many, many Cosmopolitans and brunches, these women showed us that no matter what happens, as long as you have your friends you can take on anything!


The show that had it all: childhood friends, college friends, fights, crushes, and inter-friend romance – even a couple of times when one friend tried unsuccessfully to cut out another. This show proves that true friendship is forever, just like family.