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90s Shows That Ended Way Too Soon

90s Shows That Ended Way Too Soon

Gone but never forgotten. As the ‘90s kids make their way to their 30s, we are taking a look back on the TV shows that ended way too soon.

From just having one season or maybe not even enough multiple seasons, these ‘90s TV shows made viewers think, laugh, and learn life lessons. Here are the top 3 ’90s TV shows that ended too soon.

1. ‘In The House’

Before his longtime stint as Sam Hanna on the hit crime drama NCIS: Los Angeles, LL Cool J was a former professional football player who was learning a thing or two about life in the sitcom In The House. The ‘90s TV show first premiered in 1995 and featured LL Cool J as Marion Hill and Maia Campbell as Tiffany Warren. The duo were the only ones who starred on the show for the entire series, which ended in 1999 after five seasons and 76 episodes.

LL Cool J spoke to LA Times in 1996 about his character Marion Hill not being a stereotypical jock. “In a way, [Marion] is like me in that he’s feeling, loves kids, and is health-conscious,” he said at the time. “But he’s different than me in that I wouldn’t sit around the house just waiting to heal. I would go out and make something else happen.”

2. ‘The Ben Stiller Show’

Prior to taking on the role of Derek Zoolander in his breakout comedy Zoolander, Ben Stiller had his own ‘90s TV show. The Ben Stiller Show was a sketch comedy show that aired on MTV from 1990 to 1991. It also appeared for 12 episodes on FOX in 1992-1993 and the 13th episode of the FOX version aired on Comedy Central in 1995.

Among those who appeared on the FOX version of the show were Andy Dick, Janeane Garofalo, and even Breaking Bad star Bob Odenkirk. The ‘90s short-lived show notably helped the semi-spinoff, The Andy Dick Show, came to be, as it used the same format. 

3. ‘The Adventures of Pete & Pete,’ the Ultimate Short-Lived ’90s Show

Who can forget the Nick Teen that your parents were skeptical about? The show followed two brothers, who were both Pete Wrigley. The duo would find themselves in the most interesting situations. The show ran on Nickelodeon for three seasons, with 34 episodes, from 1991 to 1996. 

In 2021, Michael C. Maronna, who played “Big Pete,” reflected on his time on the ‘90s Show. “I was 11 turning 12 when we first shot the first episodes of Pete & Pete. It was September of ’89 and I had just started a brand-new school,” he said. “I lived in Brooklyn and Queens, and was starting to go to school in Manhattan, so this was a big change for me: being a big fish in a little pond, and then going to be a very little fish in a very big pond. That was sort of my mindset during one of the very first shorts of Pete & Pete in the late ’80s.”