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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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
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.
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?