Battling with the '90s and Early 2000's Television Lineup
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Battling with the '90s and Early 2000's Television Lineup

We’re at war with modern Television as we try to revive classic shows.

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Battling with the '90s and Early 2000's Television Lineup

As we enter the New Year, children born in the 1990s enter their late teens and mid-twenties. Simply, that means they have been exposed to the joys of older television. Undeniably so, the 90s and early 2000s lineup will never fail to impact us. Maybe our parents look at the shows we used to watch in the same light as us 90s kids criticize modern TV.

Between Nickelodeon’s Rewind and Disney Channel late night reruns, audiences have seen several attempts at a reviving 90s and other classic television shows. A majority would agree that current broadcasts fail in comparison to earlier produced shows. The perfect line up: a mix between ABC’s TGIF, Nick at Nite, and the old Disney Channel.


Even the Washington Post acknowledges that the “Boy Meets World” spinoff, “Girl Meets World” is not meant for the '90s children.

Although the show features some of the same actors such as Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel (Cory and Topanga, respectively), that seems to be the only similarities. Immediately, a sense of sense of nostalgia swept over every '90s child but when announced that “Girl Meets World,” will premiere on Disney Channel, we all drew the same conclusion--yet another Disney Channel program that merely appeals to the current generation.

I will admit that I have watched several episodes and the show is subpar at best, spelling out lessons for the audience rather than learning from Cory’s teenage mistakes, Shawn’s troubled life and bad boy persona.

Disney Channel once adopted “Boy Meets World,” from the former ABC TGIF lineup. This block consisted of “Family Matters,” “Step by Step," “Full House," and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” Begging your parents to let you stay up until 10 o'clock to watch Michelle Tanner learn some valuable lesson on “Full House” seem to be quite a reoccurrence. If brought back, this lineup would fulfill everyone '90s kid's dream.

Nickelodeon came close with segments of “Clarissa Explains it All,” and “The Amanda Show.” However, a channel devoted to the TGIF lineup along with these reruns would be a huge hit. Anyone can have a debate over which '90s Nick show they favored, whether that be “Cat Dog,” or “Hey Arnold." Despite one’s favoritism, most would deem any one of these shows as classics.

Disney over the years progressed from “Smart Guy” (adapted from The WB, now The CW) to “Austin and Ally.” The classics are the ones that will forever be in our hearts. The '90s included “Sister Sister” and “Growing Pains” which will always be near and dear to fans. Although, “Growing Pains” began in the late '80s, this show set a precedent for the American television family style sitcom.

The 2000s seemed to be Disney Channel’s prime for the pre-teens. “Even Stevens,” “Lizzie McGuire, “That’s So Raven,” and many more.

“Lizzie McGuire,” and “Even Stevens” will always be two personal favorites. In “Lizzie,” we see the classic three best friends where we assume the male lead will end up with at least one of his female best friends.

Through the Aaron Carter Christmas special, or the one where Lizzie's destined to be a cosmetologist, Hilary Duff’s debut as a thirteen-year-old girl with average grades, typical clumsiness, and pure luck (a typical teenager) touched our hearts. In that, everyone who has ever been in Rome seems to quote Ms. Ungermeyer when she says, “David Gordan.

I think that’s Italian for ‘sneaky little brown noser with a hidden agenda.” Some even have the hopes of finding an Italian pop star and becoming famous. The two season series has had more of an impact on us '90s kids than most shows currently on air.

Yet another classic, “Even Stevens,” in which Ren Stevens (Christy Carlson Romano) forced everyone to remember the day that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Although, in this episode this seems to be the only fact she remembers about Apollo 11, no wonder she receives an F. Like Hilary Duff, Shia LaBeaouf’s career sparked as a result of his time on Disney.

Since then, he's gone on to star in the “Transformers” series. However, “Even Stevens” wasn’t quite as friendly when turned into a film, that seemed more inspired by "The Hunger Games" than most DCOM movies.


Currently, television has a tendency to deviate from '90s shows. Luckily, we have “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” and “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” reruns to keep us connected to our classics. Between Carlton dancing to Tom Jones or Rachel Green singing Sir-Mix-A-Lot, we have unforgettable broadcasting moments.

If at any point you didn’t catch the countless media references, then your New Year's resolution should be opening that Netflix account you always wished you bought years ago. Telling someone you love “Boy Meets World” will guarantee immediate friendship.

On that note, if you don’t understand the ‘Pivot’ reference in “Friends," then you need to stop what you’re doing and turn to the internet. With a new generation incoming, we will see yet another Disney lineup that can never match up to the glory of our old days.

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