Thursday, September 9, 2010

Totally Rad Like, For Sure 90s Week: Day Five - Television

Yes indeedy, it's Day Five of

and it's all about the television. 

The 90s were a great time in TV land.  There were feel-good family shows, dance shows, aliens, beach babes running in slow motion and teen dramas.  Reality television was introduced to the world, and people tuned in to see if they could help solve mysteries, see the craziest 911 calls and watch five strangers forced to live together on MTV.  You know, back when it was cool to stay home and watch TGIF. 

The 90s were a great decade to be a kid, because the entertainment bigwigs decided kids were a profitable target audience for fashion and trends.  Shows about kids and teens ran amok, molding our young impressionable minds.  There was My So-Called Life, Blossom, Clarissa Explains It All, Boy Meets World, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sister, Sister and Daria, just to name a few.  A few shows lingered from the late 80s like Saved By The Bell, Family Matters and Full House. 

Nickelodeon made bank on SNICK at night and shows like Legends of the Hidden Temple, Secret Life of Alex Mack, All That, Hey Dude, Pete and Pete, Rocko's Modern Life, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Double Dare and GUTS. 

There were some really great adult shows, and I often watched prime time TV with my mom when I was younger because I thought it made me cool.  We watched Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, ER, Walker, Texas Ranger, Seinfield, Home Improvement and Frasier.  There was one short-lived prime-time soap we watched called "Savannah" that only ran for two seasons, but my mom, sister and I loved it.  This was a WB show, and speaking of which, the WB was THE channel to watch in the 90s. 

The WB brought us shows like 7th Heaven, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson's Creek, Felicity and Charmed.

Finally NBC, ABC, FOX and CBS got the memo and started adapting their shows to reach younger audiences.  Shows like 3rd Rock from the Sun, Friends and Party of Five drew in both adults and teens. 
To discuss cartoons of the 90s would take days (and I do mean DAYS) to cover, simply because there were so many awesome cartoons that I loved.  Some of the cartoons I remember are Gummi Bears, Darkwing Duck, Pound Puppies, Gem, DuckTales, Doug, Tiny Toon Adventures, My Little Pony Tales, Captain Planet, Beetlejuice, Garfield and Friends and Rocko's Modern Life.

How I miss those awesome cartoons.  At least some of them still air in reruns....I love having my kids as an excuse to watch cartoons again!

Oh and no, I didn't forget Fraggle Rock.  I just hated that show.

What were your favorite cartoons/shows?


  1. Captain Planet! Woo Hoo!!

    Ahem,anyways. I loved and still love Friends. Never really liked Party of 5. I also watched Full House as if my life depended on it! Oh and 7th Heaven was awesome!!

  2. You totally rad like, for sure missed Dinosaurs!

    "Not the mama!"

    (I hope someone else remembers what I'm talking about.)

  3. Cole - I could kick myself, because I kept saying "don't forget Dinosaurs, don't forget Dinosaurs." Then I went and forgot it. My sister and I loved that show!

  4. OMG! TGIF was what I looked forward to ALL WEEK!!!!! And there was Full House, Step by Step, and Family Matters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I had a sleepover party when Boy Meets World ended. I wasn't allowed to invite boys. And we all cried into our Ring Pops and candy necklaces.

    Also - Captain Planet! He's Our Hero! Gonna Take Pollution Down To Zero!




    PLEASE!!!!!! STOP! lol... i still watch full house and save by the bell in cable HAHAHA :)

  7. We truly had the best television. Sunday morning cartoons were actually worth waking up early for. Oh how I loved Boy Meets World, Sabrina and Charmed. I have to admit, Charmed is on TNT and I still watch it on occasion :)

  8. Saturday morning cartoons were the best. Too bad they took that away.
    I used to watch Gummi Bears....I still remember the theme
    I used to record My So-Called Life and watch it over and over...
    And my hair was that un-natural red color at one point also. Red was big back then.

  9. This is the topic I have been waiting for! I LOVED TGIF! The 90s had such great family shows. I feel bad for kids now because there are very few great family shows like we had. I also loved all the NICK shows you mentioned and of course ER, Friends, 7th Heaven, and NYPD Blue. I also love the fact that you can buy them all on DVD now and watch in syndication!

  10. OK, so, seriously, Friends is my favorite ever. But I feel like every kid in my high school watched every WB show religiously!