As a kid who grew up glued to the TV in the 1990s, I was super excited to hear Nickelodeon’s recent announcement of a new channel dedicated solely to their popular 90s cartoons. It got me thinking how great television was during that time!
So, here’s a list of other great television trends from the 90s that I think need to make a comeback:
TGIF on ABC
Friday night was the night to sit in front of the television and watch cheesy family programming! The line-up included classic family fare like Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step, Boy Meets World, Dinosaurs, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Who could ask for a better block of wholesome family entertainment?
And We Can’t Forget About Nickelodeon’s Non-Cartoon Options
Alex Mack, Clarissa and Pete (and Pete), were great friends of mine. I dreamed of playing on Double Dare and going to camp at Camp Annawanna. And watching the jokers of You Can’t Do that on Television get slimed was always hilarious.
Classic Nick at Night
So…those shows that aired on TGIF? Well, they’re what make up the majority of TV Land’s schedule, which is what has become of Nick at Night. But in the 90s, Nickelodeon turned into Nick at Night as the sun began to set. With classics like I Love Lucy, Leave it to Beaver, Bewitched, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Green Acres…the list goes on and on, how are kids today going to learn about television history? These are the real classics, and always will be in my opinion. The antics of Friends will never replace the comic pratfalls of Lucille Ball or Mary Tyler Moore!
Saturday Morning Lineup for the Kids
Back in the day, cartoons weren’t on 24 hours a day. Kids had a designated time slot for their TV…and it was Saturday morning. We gathered on the floor in our PJs with a big bowl of cereal to watch The Muppet Babies, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Saturday Morning Lineup for the Teens
And as we grew up, there was programming waiting for us as well. As the morning wore on, the teenagers of the house could watch Kelly and Zach fall in love on Saved by the Bell, figure out the next place Carmen would travel on Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?, and watch the wacky antics of Pee Wee Herman.
But as I reminisce, I can admit that it wasn’t all great. We can leave behind the “Who’s the daddy?” musings of Jerry Springer and Maury Povich. And they horrible hair…and clothes…and jewelry…and make-up.
How bout you? What 90s TV trends need to make a comeback…and which can we leave in the past?