(Blast from the Past) Favorite TV Shows from High School Years

Last week’s post about High School notes inspired me to start a new series “Blast from the Past” depicting all things nostalgic from the 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s.

Blast from the Past a beautiful little adventure

This week as I was snowed in for a few days and catching up on my DVR (does anyone else get stressed when the DVR gets to be around 98% full?!) I got to thinking about TV. Teen shows have surely changed since the 90’s. Back then there were no vampires, far less sex,  kids weren’t always dressed in unobtainable designer duds, and story lines didn’t revolve around text messages. There I go again, sounding like an old lady complaining about “youth of today”. Sigh. Here are high school Katie’s favorite shows during 1997-2001.

my so-called life 90's tv

1. My So-Called Life


Okay, so I was in middle school for this one, but I watched my VHS’s of the show non stop in high school. I wanted to be Claire Danes like no other and Jared Leto was my biggest crush (behind Leo of course!). The shows depiction of a 15 year-old girls coming of age in the 90’s was raw and real, with no over the top dramas or bubble gum pop music and characters. I guess too real for the teen drama niche of TV as it was canceled after only one season.

PartyOfFive 90's tv

2. Party of Five

1995 – 2000

Five siblings are left orphaned after a tragic car accident. Instead of being split up they decide to stick together and raise one another with Matthew Fox taking over as their immature and womanizing guardian. Scott Wolf was dreamy.

Dawson's Creek 90's tv

3. Dawson’s Creek

1998 – 2003

4 oversensitive teenagers with the largest dialect known to man over analyzed their changing hormones and growing pains. How could I not love this show? My best friend and I toured all of the filming spots in Wilmington, NC one summer, we were obsessed. Pacey and Joey for life!

Boy Meets World

4. Boy Meets World

1993 – 2000

Two words: Topanga’s Hair. I also loved following the journey of the whole gang, Cory, Topanga, Shawn, and Eric into adulthood. The stories were sweet, honest, sensitive with the right level of cheese. Who will be watching Girl Meets World?

Seventh Heaven 90's teen tv

Seventh Heaven

1996 – 2007

Hailed as the longest running family drama ever! I loved sharing in the Camden family’s ups and downs. The show dealt with an array of moral and ethical themes. Who could resist this sweet family? Lucy was my favorite.

3rd Rock from the Sun

3rd Rock From the Sun

1996 – 2001

4 aliens pose as ordinary humans to observe life on earth. The perfect fish out of water tale. This charming sitcom first gave us Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I loved laughing at this killer cast try to understand the human condition.

sister sister 90's tv

Sister Sister

1994 – 1999

The most unlikely plot ever – two twin sisters are adopted by two separate parents and don’t meet again until 14 years later…when both families decide to live together… chaos ensued. Twins are fun. 

What were some of your favorites?

xoxo Katie







  • I LOVED Sister, Sister! And Family Matters. And Full House. And Seventh Heaven. Any family shows that taught meaningful life lessons and ended with a group hug and music. Haha.

    • kwalshmac

      Awe yes that perfect soft music that implied that everything was once again perfect in the sitcom world. I wanted to be like DJ Tanner like no other in elementary school! She was too cool!!

  • YES! All of these. Sister Sister was my favorite, I never missed an episode.

    • kwalshmac

      Sister and Sister made me want a twin so bad – switching identities never got old! And um their clothes!

  • I watched 7th Heaven for yeeears! I thought the oldest brother was just SO cute, and now of course I can’t remember what his name is lol. I also loved Boy Meets World, but I didn’t watch that one quite as religiously. 🙂

    • kwalshmac

      7th Heaven was so good! Matt was the oldest brother (did I just win biggest nerd award for knowing that?) I used to even catch some reruns on the Hallmark channel a few years ago haha

  • I am so on board with Girl Meets World! I still watch Boy Meets World reruns when I catch them on! I looooved Dawson’s Creek til the last season. I got Joshua Jackson’s autograph during the first season and thought I was SO special!

    • kwalshmac

      I hope Girl Meets World is adorable! Oh you got Pacey’s autograph?!!? My teenage self is SO jealous! I’m watching the entire series on DVD while I run on the treadmill in my basement and I still love it…but yeah that last season was a stretch.

  • I was obsessed with Seventh Heaven! I’m excited to follow along with this series!

    Ashley, Married to the Game

    • kwalshmac

      Awesome! I’m glad that you like nostalgia as much as me!

  • I was OBSESSED with most of these! I loved Dawson’s Creek, Seventh Heaven, and Boy Meets World

    • kwalshmac

      Yes! Do I sound terribly old if I say, they just don’t make teen TV shows like they used to?

  • I loved all the ones you listed and still watch some in reruns!! I miss TGIF – it was my favorite night of Tv and completely wholesome!

    • kwalshmac

      Yes! I guess there is still wholesome family TV shows out there? But not like that!

  • Meegan

    I loved My So Called Life. I recently rewatched it on hulu too! Jared Leto is so cute.

    • kwalshmac

      it is seriously so good!

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