There are many times when I turn on the television that I’m greeted by reality shows. Of course, there are some new dramas and game shows out, but nothing that really attracts my attention. I still watch shows from the 1990’s and back. Do you remember some of these shows?
Super Market Sweep
Although this game show started in the 1960’s, it didn’t really start becoming popular until the ’90s. Dashing up and down the aisles, contestants had limited time to grab the most expensive items that they could. After awhile, viewers figured out what were the most expensive items and would yell at the shoppers if they didn’t go for them. Normally airing just after it was Shop ‘Til You Drop.
“Not the Mama!” was the ever-popular saying of Baby. Jim Henson’s beloved “Dinosaurs” became a cult classic. The story line was simple: a modernized dinosaur family living just before the Ice Age. Due to it being expensive to run the show, it ended sadly after just four seasons, with the family’s fate unknown if they would survive the Ice Age (although we know the answer to that one). “Dinosaurs” can be found on DVD at Amazon and eBay.
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Nickelodeon dared to try to scare us with “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” Spanning seven seasons with 91 episodes, the show finally called it quits. There was of course the scary clown at the carnival, a best friend turning out to be an alien, and a door that led you into a dollhouse forever if you weren’t careful. Every once and a while this show pops up on TeenNick during its weeknight ’90s run of favorites, titled, The ’90s Are All That. If you don’t catch it, be sure to catch “Goosebumps” that airs on the Hub Channel for a scare or two.
Step By Step
It wasn’t always about “Full House” or “Family Matters” in the 1990’s. From 1991-1998, “Step By Step gave us a closer look to the comical side of divorced families merging together – almost like “The Brady Bunch.” Thankfully, it can be found on DVD now.
I admit I still record this show off of Teen Nick. Who would have thought that watching cartoon babies get into mischief would be well, hilarious? You can still catch “Hey, Arnold!,” “Doug,” and even “Rocko’s Modern Life,” on the same channel. Plus, they’re all out on DVD.
The story is simple: twins are separated at birth and eventually reunited as preteens. We watched them grow up through adolescence and even going to going to college. Tia and Tamara Mowry are doing well these days, with their own reality show, “Tia and Tamara.”
In 1996, we were introduced to the Camden family. Minister father Eric (Stephen Collins) leads his family through the ups and downs of life. The show called it quits after eleven seasons due to rising production costs, but I also think it was because the writers were finally running out of ideas. The show still comes on television from time to time.
Touched By an Angel
This was one of my father’s favorite shows that still comes on today. Two angels – Tess and Monica – are sent to Earth to help people complete tasks and deal with problems. As they help people along the way, they discover more about themselves and morals and issues of the living and the dead.
Of course, we can’t forget “Roseanne;” “Hey, Dude!;” “Global Guts;” “Legends of the Hidden Temple,” “Clarissa Explains It All;” and “Hercules.” Nickelodeon sure put out a lot of favorites of mine, including ABC (remember TGIF?) With so many other great memories, like “Hercules,” “Hanging With Mr. Cooper,” “Home Improvement,” and others, we have ask what has gone wrong with television programming today? Why all the reality shows? Is it because it can be cheaper to produce programs with limited scripting? I don’t know about you, but my heart, when it comes to television, is still hanging tight in the 1990’s.