News is spreading that
Nickelodeon will launch The Splat!, a channel replaying the 90s cartoons our generation loved. I got pretty excited and nostalgic when I found out about this, and it'd
be great if there was another channel showing non-animated shows from the
90s and early 00s too. Hearing about Nick's The Splat!
Of course I have to put this first! Loved by many,
Friends follows the crazy adult lives of Rachel
(Jennifer Aniston), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Monica (Courteney Cox), Ross
(David Schwimmer), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), and my personal favorite, Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow).
They all experience
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Some of the vampires in Buffy
the Vampire Slayer
gave me nightmares when I watched the show, but I always
had faith that Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) would save anyone (even myself)
from being bitten. I couldn’t wait to go to high school at that time, and the show
made high school more exciting than it actually was. With the help of her
She falls head over heels for the “good” vampire, Angel (David Boreanaz). She makes enemies, like bleach-blonde Spike (James Marsters). She realizes that she has a sister (I pretend this never happened). Beneath all that stake-carrying, vampire-ass-kicking Buffy, she makes mistakes and wants to be loved like any of us, which is why I looked up to her.
The original trio: (L to R) Prue, Piper, and Phoebe
After I finished all of my homework on Thursday nights, I would beg my family to change the channel so my sis and I could watch Charmed, a hit series showing us that good witches exist too. Charmed focused on the Halliwell witches, who also happened to be sisters, and their battles against demons and other supernatural forces harming their loved ones and other innocent people around them. In addition to that, the sisters face relationship struggles, marriage struggles, and, you know, the typical life issues. They’re normal people too—but with supernatural powers. I nearly cried when the eldest sister, Prue (Shannen Doherty), died after the ugly demon Shax killed her. Half-sister Paige (Rose McGowan) replaced her when she joined Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), which took me a while to get used to.
The sisters with youngest sister Pai
Though quite repetitive throughout the series, I loved how most episodes start by showing a beautiful view of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and the Halliwell house. The show’s setting, along with the action, drew me into the story. I realized that attics aren’t so scary when the Halliwell sisters were around. In fact, they’re the coolest part of any two-, or apparently three-, storey house.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
I may have been a little too into witches and vampire slayers when I was younger. But it’s awesome that Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a quirky, comedic take on the dark supernatural realm. With the help of her immortal aunts, Zelda (Beth Broderick) and Hilda (Caroline Rhea), and talking cat Salem (voiced by Nick Bakay), teenager Sabrina Spellman (played by the ageless Melissa Joan Hart) embarks a journey to become a “licensed” witch, her magic powers transmitting from her pointing finger. Unlike Buffy and the Halliwell sisters, Sabrina mostly uses magic against normal people who bully her, not against demons or vampires. I remember Sabrina airing earlier in the afternoon, so this show was one I tried hard not to miss.
Aren't they adorbs?
The later se
Despite being deemed as
The Bundys also insulted one
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Not only does The Fresh
Prince of Bel-Air
center on an acclaimed actor’s life, it also
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Malcolm in the Middle
Watching Malcolm in the
made me think about having a brother. Too bad I never got one. This hit
show centers on genius Malcolm, played by the adorable Frankie Muniz, who is
placed in a program for gifted students and has to deal with his dysfunctional family: his parents, Hal (pre-
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston)
and Lois (Jane Kaczmarek), and brothers, Francis (Christopher Masterson), Reese
(Justin Berfield), Dewey (Erik Per Sullivan), and, later, Jamie (James and Lukas
Rodriguez). It’s great how each of the five brothers have their own
personalities — Dewey h
Each character, likeable or not, brings charm to the show, and no matter how dysfunctional Malcolm’s family acts, they are all endearing and caring people. Reese might continue to beat up his little brother Malcolm, but he’ll save him if anyone else harms him. After all, blood is thicker than water.
When talking about boys with your mom isn't so awkward after all.
I recently binge-watched the entire
Gilmore Girls on Netflix, I have a
love-hate thing for young mother Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her
teenaged daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel). They have great taste of movies and
books, but they tend to patronize others an
“Gilmore Girls” is a feel-good show, but a great one. I think the writer/creator Amy Sherman-Palladino did a nice job of pulling us into the small-town setting, and letting resentful daughters know that their mother could be a best friend, too. I could only dream of having all of that. I advise you not to watch the seventh season, which disappoints me so much. Luke Danes (Scott Patterson) is the best character of the show, and when you’re figuring out the man Perfect Miss Rory will end up with in the future, always go for #TeamJess.
Any shows I didn't cover? Let me know which shows made YOUR after-school the best in the comments below!