Remember the 90s, guys? As if? Hella? Talk to the hand? Come on, folks!!! What about those ridiculously baggy JNCO Jeans? Reebok Pumps? Teens with pagers? Those creepy Furbies? New Jack Swing? If you were too young to remember or your existence was still just theoretically possible rather than an actual reality, we’re sorry. Those were good times. Mostly. *Single tear on the cheek* Anyway, even if you didn’t get to experience the 90s, at least there are plenty of iconic TV shows from that decade that can help you get acquainted with those weird and wacky times. We’ve decided to take a look at 15 shows that helped define those days, in no particular order since I don’t want fights to break out. Boo-ya!
1. Xena: Princess Warrior
The Xena character originally got her start on Hercules: The Legend Continues and was intended to be killed off after her third appearance, but viewers found her so intriguing that they decided to let her live… and even let her be the star of a spin-off series. For a period of time, this was the most popular TV show in the world and still has a cult following. Ayiyiyiyiyi!!!
2. Family Matters
Part of ABC’s TGIF (Thank God It’s Finished?) lineup, this show followed the exploits of the Winslow family, headed by Carl, an officer in the Chicago PD, his wife Harriette, son Eddie and daughter Laura. Oh, what a zany sitcom. I’m just chuckling thinking about it. Goodness was that show a hoot.
Okay, not technically a TV series. But if you were a huge sports fan in the 1990s, you looked forward to SportsCenter on ESPN when you woke up in order to get those late night scores, at 6:00 pm to get ready for a night of games, and at 11:00 pm before you went to bed. Keith and Dan taking turns with the highlights. Craig Kilborn with his deadpan delivery. In the age of YouTube and instant sports highlights on your smartphone, SportsCenter in its original format is completely obsolete and that makes me sad.
4. Walker: Texas Ranger
Before he was all into believing weird anti-government conspiracies, Chuck Norris was everybody’s favorite badass as Cordell Walker: Guy Who Kicks People In Slow Motion. Here are my personal favorite scene descriptions. Walker is in the woods meditating with his shirt off, revealing his chest hair in all its glory. He gets up from his lotus position and walks on hot coals. Then out of nowhere a helicopter swoops down and starts firing at him. Just as he had expected it would.
5. Saved By the Bell
If you were in middle school in the 90s, this Saturday morning show featuring Zack Morris, Screech, Kelly, Slater, Jessie, Lisa, and of course Zack’s nemesis, principal Mr. Belding. But here was truly a landmark moment in TV history: they made a feature-length made-for-television film Saved By the Bell: Hawaiian Style in which the teens go to Hawaii for vacation and when they showed up – you won’t believe this! – Mr. Belding also happened to be there! Still blows my mind to this day.