Not all of us grew up with the endless variety of content on the web, TV and movie theaters that we have today. As a child born in 1980, I first was exposed to television shows with three channels on a TV that didn’t even have a remote control. I actually had to get up out of my chair to change the channel. Worse, if the antenna was not in the right position, I would have to work my magic to get clear reception. I didn’t have Netflix with thousands of shows and movies to pick from either. I watched game shows like The Price is Right in the morning, Soap Operas with my grandma on days off, the Cosby Show after school, and the evening news to cap off the day. It wasn’t exciting, but there were some great shows that I grew to love and I recently relived my childhood this past weekend by checking out those shows from the past on YouTube.
If you’re a child of the 80’s and 90’s, check out these shows from your childhood that are worth revisiting. They might not have the depth and darkness that current shows have, but the nostalgia is priceless. These shows were made before there was such a thing as HD, so bear with the low-grade camera work. The shows are still worth the watch. Most of these links are clips from the shows from the past as full episodes are wholly owned and will need to be rented, bought or watched on video services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video.
Candid Camera – link
COD delivery of flowers! Candid Camera was a great show from the past that showed real people in awkward situations. This show really started before there was color TV but it made specials in the 80s to remind us to keep our sense of humor.
Saved by the Bell – Link
Every kid of the 80s and 90s watched Saved by the Bell. These high school kids lived the ideal life and entertained us before the likes of Glee and Gossip Girl.
Full House – link
The show chronicles the events of a widowed father, Danny Tanner, who enlists his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis and best friend Joey Gladstone to help raise his three daughters, oldest D.J., middle child Stephanie and youngest Michelle in his San Francisco home. It aired from September 22, 1987, to May 23, 1995, broadcasting eight seasons and 192 episodes. – Wikipedia
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air – link
If you grew up in the 90’s you saw Will Smith before he turned into the action hero of today. His first show, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was a classic that showed just how great he was as an actor and rapper. It’s crazy how little Will Smith has aged over the past twenty years.
Seinfeld – link
“A show about nothing.” One of the funniest shows of all time followed the life of Jerry Seinfeld who acted himself in a show about nothing. For a show about nothing, it has some of the best one-liners ever.