Memorable T.V. Shows from the ’90s
By: Rachel Ogle
Great news for everyone born in the ‘90s: Hey Arnold is now on Netflix! After re-watching a few episodes (which were even better than I remembered), it inspired me to write this week’s column about my top-5 favorite ‘90s shows:
1. Hey Arnold (1996-2004)
Hey Arnold was by far my favorite cartoon. First of all, Arnold is the coolest nine-year old around. He’s in fourth grade, wears a kilt, and has a football shaped head—it doesn’t get much better than that. Also, the entire premise of the show is awesome. Arnold lives with his grandparents, who own a boarding house called Sunset Arms in a fictional city that resembles New York. The other characters on the show are hilarious also, like Arnold’s best friend Gerald and the accident-prone nerd Eugene. Another main character is Helga, a fellow classmate at P.S. 118 who is a bully but is secretly in love with Arnold. Another great part of this show is how creepy Helga is. She has an Arnold “shrine” in her closet and carries around a locket with his picture in it.
2. Boy Meets World (1993-2000)
Boy Meets World is another classic ’90′s show. The show is centered around Cory Matthews, who starts off in season 1 as a trouble-making middle-schooler in Philadelphia. By the end of the series, Cory and his friends are in college. Other characters are Cory’s older brother Eric, Cory’s future-wife Topanga, and his best friend Shawn. The school principal, Mr. Feeney, is also Cory’s neighbor. This show is hilarious and is especially great in the first few seasons. Luckily, Boy Meets World is still re-run on ABC Family.
3. The Nanny (1993-1999)
While I get the feeling that this was a less popular show with other ‘90’s kids, The Nanny is definitely worth watching if you haven’t seen it before. The Nanny is about Fran Fine, a Jewish woman from Queens who becomes a nanny for three high-society British children living in New York. Fran works for Maxwell Sheffield, a very famous Broadway producer. Fran and Maxwell are flirtatious for a number of seasons, and eventually start dating and get married. The show is probably best well known for Fran’s super-annoying nasally voice, and Maxwell getting mad at Fran in every episode and yelling “MISS FINE!” Oftentimes, this is followed by Maxwell chasing Fran around his mansion, trying to catch her. Fran’s outfits are usually pretty entertaining as well (see above).
4. Full House (1987-1995)
Full House is about a single dad named Danny Tanner, raising his three kids and living in New York. It’s super cheesy, especially when the music comes on and Danny explains a really obvious life lesson to his daughters D.J., Stephanie, or Michelle. But ignoring the cheesiness, Full House is a classic. Other great characters on the show (who live with The Tanner’s) are Uncle Jesse and “Uncle” Joey, who is actually just Danny’s comedian friend who lives with them. Full House is also fun to watch because it’s when the Olsen twins were really young and not weird yet.
5. All That (1994-2005)
All That was a live-action comedy show, also on Nickelodeon, that I remember watching back in the day. People on this show later became fairly famous, like Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, and Amanda Bynes. One sketch I remember watching was “Everyday French with Pierre Escargot.” Kenan would sit in a bathtub, wearing a raincoat, and play with a rubber duck while muttering French phrases.
Other great ‘90’s shows: Doug, Rugrats, The Amanda Show, Braceface, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Family Matters, Step by Step, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.