Television Secrets

It felt so good to share with you all yesterday. I was relieved to learn that so many of you have the same practice of package stalking that I do. I don’t feel so alienated anymore.

So I thought I would share something else with all of you. One of my guilty pleasures. To be honest, it’s more like guilty pleasures. That’s right, guilt in the plural.

I love teen dramas/comedies.

I know. I’m 28.

Though I guess it isn’t all that shocking. Afterall, I already mentioned reading young adult novels. I guess I’m just a “tween” at heart.

(How terrifying is that?)

For the last 24 hours, I have been marathoning through one of my favorite coming of age TV shows.

Now some of you may be familiar with the Degrassi that airs on The N, but I’m not talking about Degrassi: The Next Generation. I’m talking about the Degrassi Junior High and High series that preceded it back in the 80s and 90s. While the show is actually a Canadian production, I remember being maybe 9 or 10 and watching the original Degrassi on PBS in the afternoons. I just loved their episode topics, the show had a character named Alexa (how often does that happen?) and I was totally into their stylish clothing!


Speaking of fab period clothing…

I was a fan of the original 90210. For the first three seasons. After that, I decided that it wasn’t worth my time. I do remember being in 5th grade when the kids at West Beverly were cruising through their senior year. My mother protested me watching such a show:

Me: Okay! It’s time for 90210! Good night Mom! *gets up to go watch TV in bedroom*

Mom: 90210? Isn’t that show a little….adult for you?

Me: Nope! Bye! *slams door to room*

I remember two thoughts I had while watching that season as it originally aired:

1) OMG! That’s so cool. They’re Class of 1993 and I am Class of 1993!

(Grade level was completely irrelevant. So they were going to college. I was going to middle school, baby!)

2) Luke Perry is the hottest thing. Ever.

Another show I used to lock myself in my room to watch was The Wonder Years. Of course, I didn’t need to lock myself in my room for that, but you know, I was already in the habit thanks to 90210. I always felt bad for Kevin and I always had an intense desire for something really awful to happen to Wayne. What is it with messed up older siblings, huh?

During my angsty years, I was all about My So-Called Life. Though I have to admit, upon viewing it as an adult, it isn’t quite as awesome as I remember. And Jordan Catalano isn’t as cute as I thought he was originally.

Before Melissa Joan Heart was a teenage witch, she was Clarissa, and she was explaining it all. Being a Nickelodeon production, this show wasn’t aimed at teens, but as Clarissa aged, they did cover some topics that were of the teen variety. I wanted her bedroom and her wardrobe. But her brother, her brother she could keep.

An additional fashion inspiration for me as a child was of course, Punky Brewster. While Punky is definitely a quick feel good sitcom and not one of these “racy” programs like 90210 or My So Called Life, like Clarissa, it just has a soft spot in my heart. As a little kid, I had two pairs of Punky Brewster sneakers…a pair of faux chucks, as well as a pair of velcro suede sneakers with a picture of Soleil Moon Frye on the side in the shape of a heart. I had a rule that I had to be wearing my sneakers when I watched the show.

Freaks and Geeks is a show that I found towards the end of its run. I cannot for the life of me figure out why this show only lasted one season. It was very funny. And, well, very geeky, as the title would imply.

Lastly, I do want to touch on a show that doesn’t exactly fit in with the above. It isn’t something I was attached to from my childhood, or something retro that stuck out. Instead it began airing during my first semester of college and I fell in love. It had amazing writing, wonderful acting, quirky characters and settings. It was funny, smart and touching. I faithfully watched all 7 seasons, though it definitely lost something towards the end. What am I talking about? I’m talking about the Gilmore Girls.

I won’t lie. I own all 7 seasons on DVD and I’ve watched every episode a million times. Alvin can attest to my devoutness.

You know, after proof reading this post, I do believe I’ve shared too much…

What are your TV guilty pleasures?

9 thoughts on “Television Secrets

  1. Clarissa Explains it All was so awesome! When I was young I was so impressed that her parents would let her neighbor (what was his name?) just come into the house through her window like that.

    1. Her neighbor’s name was Sam! ๐Ÿ˜€

      I always thought the same thing, like my parents would so not have been down with some random guy just putting a ladder up to my window and climbing up any time of the day or night.

  2. I LOVE freaks and geeks!!! This should definitely be watched by all 20-somethings. I just finished (ahem buying) rewatching the whole season actually! Love it!

    1. I own it too!

      (Actually to be honest, I own all of those series….except for Clarissa…because…you know…it isn’t out on DVD… -_- )

      And I agree, Freaks and Geeks should be watched by all!

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