There are certain shows that leave a void when they end and I would like to share some of the best 90s shows that I miss dearly. There are some shows which become such an integral part of our lives. Either it's because they teach us something or show us that other people go through similar events. Or it's simply the fact that we connect with the characters in some way. Whatever it is, we never forget them and here are some of the best 90s shows that if you haven't watched already, you must.
This is the most obvious show from the 90s and the first four years of the noughties. We all became friends with F.R.I.E.N.D.S and having watched the re-runs over and over again, I practically know it word for word! With the unforgettable characters and their on screen chemistry, it was difficult not to fall in love with the fabulous friends. This is one of the best 90s shows that I miss dearly but that I can still get my fix of, as there is almost always a channel showing it at some point in the day.
Being something of a paranormal enthusiast, this one appealed to the "is there anybody out there" question in me and in most of the TV watching public too. The series ran from 1993 to 2002 and spawned two films to satisfy the public's penchant for the paranormal. The second film wasn't a hit with critics or cinema goers alike, and many questioned whether the protagonists themselves were even bothered whether the truth was out there or not. The show however, with its haunting opening jingle, managed to span nine seasons and a total of 202 episodes, with Mulder the alien believer and Scully the skeptic battling to prove each other wrong.
This show reminds me of sitting around the dinner table with the family, as it happened to coincide with our dinner time when I was growing up. Their family was as dysfunctional, loud and brash as our own and the show had just the right balance of serious and funny to see us through dinner time. I will forever associate this program with family dining, with the theme tune literally signalling our call to the dinner table. But like everything, all good things must come to an end, and after nine seasons of laughs, Roseanne Barr and the rest of the fictional family had time to sit back and admire the many awards they managed to notch up in the nine years that it graced our TVs.
I absolutely adored this show and although there were only two seasons, it managed to seal my adoration of the weird for most of my adolescent and adult life. The "Who killed Laura Palmer" question, literally captivated audiences and the underrated "Fire Walk With Me" prequel to events, answered many of the questions we wanted answered. From the fabulous detective Special Agent Cooper with his love of a damn fine cup of coffee and a slice of that cherry pie and the woman who spoke to her log, it ranged from the fabulously comedic to the surreal and the ridiculous.
When I mention this Twilight Zone-esque show to other people my age, they look at me blankly and I find myself thinking, did I imagine that this show ever existed? The fact that it was only on for such a brief period of time may explain why it seems to have disappeared into the ether. It ran from 1991 to 1992, with just nineteen episodes and I can't, for the life of me work out why. It follows Marshall Teller after he and his family move to the small country town of Eerie, Indiana. It's all a bit weird there, as he discovers people sleeping in Tupperware to stay young and other strange things. It was original, comical and creepy, and definitely worth watching.
Now this is a story all about how Will Smith and the rest of the Bel Air crew made us laugh for a huge portion of the 90s. This tall, attractive (if a little too well-endowed in the aural department), cheeky chappy, had us from the minute he stepped out of that cab and into the lives of his aunty and uncle in Bel Air. The other characters were endearing too, such as the ditzy Hilary Banks, the booming Mr Banks, comical Carlton and of course, Geoffrey, the long-suffering Butler.
I loved this show and I was convinced I was going to marry Sam Becket when I grew up. That was before he entered the Star Ship Enterprise, which is when my crush swiftly dissipated. I watched Sam Becket leaping from life to life, hoping to put right what went wrong and hoping that his next leap, would be the leap home. As a viewer, you never knew where he would end up next. Would it be in the body of a woman? What era would he find himself in? And it was the "Oh boy" at the end of every episode when he realised he was in a quantum pickle, that we all looked forward to.
These are my favorite 90s shows which I miss dearly and that take me back to my younger days. Which are yours?