Even though many of us are too young to be nostalgic, there is certainly no harm in recapturing the past—especially when it comes to television. Most people fondly remember 90s TV, and since I am no exception, I have come up with a list of a few shows that I think helped define the decade in being so awesome. Who cares that most of these shows cannot be found when surfing channels today? The beauty of Netflix and YouTube, allows us to view our classic favorites anytime we please.
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990)
The show’s first episode aired before I was even born, but I got into it in high school when they started releasing the seasons on DVD. Time has not been kind to this show, but there is a reason for the spin-off on the CW and why people are still talking about it 23 years after its premiere. The show’s executive producer, Aaron Spelling, left a legendary mark on television, and without 90210, it is likely that there would not have been series like Dawson’s Creek, The O.C, One Tree Hill, and all the other like-minded teen dramas. And where would we be without those?!
Hey Arnold! (1996)
Ah,the cartoon that changed it all. From kind-hearted main character, Arnold, to his crazy but lovable grandparents, to the cold-hearted but secretly gentle Helga (who typically stole the show), there was something about this show that
worked. The characters all had their own stories to tell and the adventures of Arnold only proved to get more interesting during the show’s eight year run.
Freaks and Geeks (1999)
Even though this show only lasted one season, it was still awesome. Featuring Jason Segal and James Franco before they hit their prime, Freaks and Geeks is set in the 1980s and follow siblings Lindsay and Sam Weir through high school and their struggles of fitting in with their friends and peers. I think most people could probably relate to this show, even if they do not admit it. It is absolutely hilarious and a shame it only aired for a year.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
When Buffy Summer moves to Sunnydale, California, she is looking for a fresh start from her vampire slaughtering past. She quickly discovers that is not how it is happening. Before she knows it, she is back in the game of taking down the most offensive vampires and other similar creatures of Sunnydale. **
Kenan and Kel (1996)
When Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell were cast in a spin-off from the beloved sketch-comedy All That, it didn’t take long before these two comedians ruled 90s television. In each episode their characters usually found themselves in a pickle and had to figure out a way to get out of the mess before every show’s end. The dynamic duo even got a few movies out of the deal, including the TV movie Two Heads Are Better Than None and the classic, Good Burger. Nobody was more on top of their game than these two were.
Legends of the Hidden Temple (1993)
Best game show there ever was for kids. Nickelodeon nailed it with this one, and pretty much everyone I knew wished they could have been on the show. Action, adventure, lost treasure— what is not to love?
Porkchop, Skeeter, Patti Mayonnaise—recognize these names? Doug Funnie will likely always be remembered as being simply one of the best cartoons of the 90s. Doug floats in and out of the real world and his fantasy world in Bluffington, Virginia. Along with Kenan and Kel, today, episodes of Doug can be watched as a part of “The ‘90s are All That” on Teen Nick.
Boy Meets World (1993)
This show did not gain much recognition until after it had been cancelled, but whenever I think of my childhood, this show stands out more than most others. Who does not love Eric Matthews’ frequently goofy antics or the fact that Mr. Feeny trailed the gang through their entire school careers? These days you can catch episodes back-to-back on ABC Family, beginning at 6:00 a.m. However, the much-anticipated sequel Girl Meets World is currently in the works, which is said to portray Corey and Topanga’s daughter’s journey, trials and tribulations through junior high. Sounds familiar, eh?
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