With the 2013 fall TV season just around the corner, we couldn’t help but think back to a time when TV was more… awesome. Sure, there are some great shows on TV today (“Modern Family”, “Parenthood”, and “How I Met Your Mother” to name a few), but there’s something about 90’s TV shows that we just can’t seem to let go of. Want a round-up of our all-time favorites? You got it, dude!
Full house (1987 – 1995): Though it needs no introduction….A widower (Bob Saget) enlists the help of his hockey loving best friend, Joey Gladstone (Davie Coulier) and rocker Brother-In-Law “Uncle Jessie” (John Stamos) to take care of his three daughters, DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle. Three men and three little ladies all living together under one roof brings plenty of fun and much loved catchphrases that have stood the test of time.
Why we love it: DJ’s style, Stephanie’s middle-child spunk (“How Rude!“), and Michelle’s famous catchphrase, “You got it, dude!” Plus, we commend the dedication of three guys parenting, and their true friendship.
Family Matters (1989 – 1998):A story about Chicago police officer Carl Winslow, his family, and their next door neighbor, Steve Urkel (“Did I do thaaaaat?). Both a genius and a klutz, Urkel creates crazy inventions while driving the Winslow family crazy as he pines after Carl’s daughter Laura.
Why we love it: The unrequited love that Urkel has for Laura (SPOILER ALERT: after much persistence, he DOES get her in the end) and the awesome inventions he creates. We love that no matter what Urkel puts his mind to, he never gives up. Our favorite inventions? “Cool juice” that turns him into the suave Stefan Urquelle, the Transformation Chamber, and the Jet Pack.
Clarissa Explains it All (1991- 1994): Nah nah nah nah nah…. Clarissa Darling (played by Melissa Joan Hart) is a teen girl who talks to the audience like we’re her diary, telling us details of her daily life and pre-adolescent concerns. Clarissa learns to navigate her world (including her ever-present rivalry with little brother Ferguson) with the help of her male best friend Sam and her smart, optimistic, witty, and realistic personality.
Why we love it: So many reasons… Ferguson’s obsession with Dan Quayle, Clarissa’s unmatched style, Sam’s ladder (we think it deserves a spot in the credits), and Elvis, Clarissa’s baby caiman that she kept in a sandbox. Plus, we can’t deny that Melissa Joan Hart’s kids LOVE snacking on GoGo squeeZ.
Boy Meets World (1993-2000): The chronicles of teenage boy, Cory Matthews, and his coming-of-age events and everyday life lessons. The main characters in Cory’s world are his best friend Sean, big brother Eric, first love Topanga, and next door neighbor/teacher Mr. Feeny. Topanga and Cory’s long time romance ultimately ends in marriage. We can’t wait to see how the Cory and Topanga marriage turns out with the upcoming spin-off, Girl Meets World.
Why we love it: Some of our favorite moments include Topanga cutting off her hair, and basically any scene with the lovable nerd Minkus, We also learned from this show that everyone needs a good mentor in their life, a la Mr. Feeny.
Fresh Prince (1990-1996): Now this is a story all about how….a young teen (Will Smith) gets shipped off to the big bad city of Bel-Air to live with his uncle’s family in hopes of a better life. Will’s lifestyle often clashes with his well-to-do relatives. Honestly, the theme song explains it all.
Why we love it: The important takeaway is to never forget where you came from, and to stay true to yourself despite your circumstances. Oh, and Carlton’s dance moves. Enough said.
Honorable Mention: Growing Pains. (1985-1992) This show is about a family and their working mom and stay-at-home psychologist dad raising three kids in Long Island, NY.
Why we love it: Robin Thicke‘s dad Alan plays the dad, and Leonard DiCaprio got his start on this show (and the start at being a teen heartthrob to girls everywhere).
What was your favorite show from back in the day? What new show are you looking forward to for the fall 2013 season? Tell us below! We can’t wait for our pal Jerry O’Connell’s new show “We are Men”.