I grew up 90’s. So I might be a little biased when I say it was a great time for television and technology. For kids this was a time when Disney and Nickelodeon still had great programming. When channel 5 wasn’t just about sex, drugs, and violence. Unlike today when everyone’s top shows are something like Naked and Afraid or Making a Murderer.
Now I am not saying that today’s TV programs are a horrible thing. Trust me, I get caught up in plenty of shows that would have been considered risky when I was growing up. New Girl and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 were marathoned a time or two on my very own computer. The point is that many TV shows today are missing that cozy home family feel. Though thinking back on it, many had had their share of hidden adult jokes anyway.
There had been a post floating around social media that was circulating among my group of friends. Often the post said something along the lines of “Share if you grew up with these great hits. 90’s kids!” Along with it was the image of popular childhood programs of that time.
What are some of the good old shows that are missed? Personal hits of mine from that era would be: Aw Real Monsters, Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Rocko’s Modern Life, Animaniacs, Doug, Angry Beavers, Pokemon, Ed Edd and Eddy, Loony Toons, Power Puff Girls, Gargoyles, Dexster’s Lab, Arther, Rocket Power, Sailor Moon, Beetle Juice, Family Matters, Cow and Chicken, All That, and Kenan & Kel. This is just to name a few, the list goes on.
Okay, maybe the list above isn’t the best representation of good educational childhood programming, but to many growing up in the 90’s it was life. There is one TV show from our childhood that will surely take the cake. It is also the reason my little sisters first name is Michelle. That is right everyone, Full House.
“When Danny Tanner’s wife dies, the San Francisco sportscaster gets support in the form of two new roommates: brother-in-law and party boy Jesse, and his stand-up comic friend, Joey. The duo helps out with raising the three Tanner daughters: D.J, Stephanie and Michelle.” – wiki
It had been one of the top family programs watch at the time. Every episode was filled to the brim with family love, dedication, and life lessons/morals. As a kid growing up this was my go to show. I remember spending many a night cuddled up next to my Mom, sometimes Dad, watching an episode of the show. Uncle Jessy often reminded me of my father, but not for his playboy ways.
Now many of the 90’s generation kids are hitting up social media to talk about the revival series, Fuller House. It follows the same story line of the original show, but with a modern twist. The best part, it still has that good old family feel. This time its not Danny Tanner who needs the support to raise his family, but his eldest daughter D.J. with her three boys.
The series appears to be a hit, IMDB has a current rating of 7.8 out of 10. There is also news that ratings for regular TV programming was down the night the first episode launched. Social media is still abuzz about how the show is “a blast from the past.” Though it had been buzzing since Netflix announced the project last year.
Right now I am living away from family overseas in Japan. After watching the revival series I am thankful because it brought a little piece of home to me. Watching each episode was nostalgic. Memories of childhood dreams, DQ runs with Daddy, and thoughts on becoming an older sister came flooding back. I hope to laugh out loud while cuddled up to my kids watching a TV program like this one day.
Hope everyone can enjoy.
(NOTE: All images taken from google)