Sunday, April 10, 2011

Branching out to new areas?

So, after some recent thought, I've decided to maybe branch out from 90's TV shows to other 90's culture, such as movies and music back in the day. My primary focus will still be on shows I loved as a kid, but this transition to a wider spectrum will allow me to expand the audience of my blog and draw more people in. I was thinking maybe one post a week, I will talk about something like a song from the 90's or something along those lines. What do my readers think? Is this a good idea? Bad idea? Or should I wait and post a little more before I throw in a 90's culture day (I  think that's what I would call it.)

Anyways, at long last I have a Pete and Pete review that will be ready for your viewing please by tomorrow, in the meantime, think about the questions I just asked and listen to this song.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

My Top 6 Favorite DCOMs of the 90's

I want to mainly keep this blog focused on TV shows that I loved as a kid, and want to generally divert from going into discussions about the culture or other forms of media form the 90's. There is one area though that does not classify as a TV that I will be briefing on, and the is DCOMs. DCOMs, for those of you that don't know, stand for Disney Channel Original Movies, yes the same format that brought us High School Musical in the like. But believe it or not, before they starting spitting out shit like that, there were pretty good, specifically in the late 90's to early 2000's. Seeing how this is a 90's blog, I will give you my top 6 favorite DCOMs of the 90's.

6. The Thirteenth Year.

The Thirteenth Year told the story of Cody Griffin, your average 12 year old boy. He was popular, a good swimmer, and had a redhead girlfriend, just all around really cool, until he turned the (very old age) of 13. After his 13th birthday, Cody started realizing changes in his body, and I'm not talking about puberty. No, he was turning into a merman. After enlisting the help of the school nerd Jess, Cody learns to deal with his changes and live a dual life of merman and teenage boy. This movie also introduced the world to Kristen Stewart, which latter allowed her to play the awesome role of Bella on Twilight! Yea!

5. Underwraps.

Underwraps was about a group of (really old) 12 year olds who found an ancient mummy who comes to life. Thankfully, the mummy was friendly and just wanted to hang out with the kids. The gang is reluctant at first, but warm up to the idea once they find out they are Harold's only hope to get back into his coffin before midnight on Halloween, a task that must be completed or else Harold will disappear forever. This DCOM had everything I wanted as a kid, action, comedy, superstition, and Adam Wylie.
Such a Bad Ass
4. Smart House

If second grade taught me what math was, Smart House taught me what cool was. The DCOM was about your average everyday family, that won a "smart house," a futuristic house in which everything is automated and done for you. The main character was the son of the family, Ben Cooper. At first, everything is going fine and everyone is enjoying the house, that is until Ben realizes his dad is falling in love with the creator of the smart house. Ben doesn't want his dad to "replace" his dead mom, so he makes smart house feel more human with emotions and less computer-esque. The house takes the family hostage eventually but it all works out. The movie also has cest la vie by Bewitched in it (awesome song), and the most amazing party scene ever.
It's so awesome the person who put it on youtube decided to split it into two videos! Thanks! (second one has the line dancing)

3. Halloweentown

Everyone knows Halloweentown, it tells the story of Marnie Piper and her two younger siblings. They are seemingly normal kids, until one day they find out their Grandma, who they only see on Halloween, is a witch! They learn this by secretly following their grandma to a bus, which takes them to Halloweentown: a city where ghouls, shosts, goblins, and witches live! But luckily all these creatures are nice, well all except the evil Kalabar. Kalabar is freezing everyone in Halloweentown, and he even gets Marnie's grandma! There is no one that can stop Kalabar now, except for a group of three kids apporximately aged 8, 11, 13, who just found out they were witches. Luckily it works, because whenever you can put the fate of an entire city in the hands of three little kids who don't know what they're doing, you gotta do it. This DCOM also spawned off 3 sequels.

2. Johnny Tsunami

Johnny Tsunami was one of my favorite all-time DCOMs. It was about Johnny and his family moving from Hawaii to Vermont. Besides the obvious fact Vermont sucks, what sucked even more for Johnny was leaving behind all his friends and family and the ability to surf. There's no oceans in Vermont. Johnny's transition to his new home/school is tough at first, until he discovers snowboarding. He gets a black friend out of it too. The mountain that he "boards" on is divided by snowboarders and skiiers, with each claiming half of the mountain. At the end of the show, Johnny has to race against the school bully (and skier), Bret, to decide the fate of the mountain. Johnny wins and now there is no more division in the mountain, you can ski or board anywhere.

1. Brink!

Let me start off by saying Brink was just awesome, friggen awesome. It was about soul skating, putting on those blades and hitting the streets because you loved what you did. Brink was about a kid named Brink, and his skating team. They believed blading was awesome, something to be respected and honored, not abused to make money, like what their rival the xblades did. However due to a twist of faith, Brink's family was in financial trouble, and brink being the awesome skater that he was, was offered a spot on team xblades for the insanely high amount of $200 a week, a figure only most could dream to make back in 1998. After some thought, he decides to accept the position, but hides it from his friends/skate team, because he doesn't want them to know he sold out, though they eventually discover that he is on their team. After ignoring his families financial issues and thinking only of his "rep," Brink quits team xblades, joins back up with his old crew and calls it team suds'n'puffs and defeats Val in the big downhill race to win first place at the Xgames competition. Awesome.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Most Memorable Show Intros

Intros are an important part of a show when you are a kid. They draw you into the show and allow you to focus on it. If the show has a bad intro/song, my chances of watching it were slim. Luckily, there were a lot of great intros to shows in the 90's and I decided for nostalgia's sake to show you some of my favorites. This is not a list of the best, just random intros that I remember to this day.

"Whatever happened to predictability? The milk man, the paperboy, evening T.V."

Those opening lines will most likely forever be ingrained into my mind. Awesome song, and awesome intro. Does a great job of introducing the characters one by one.

I remember singing this song as a little kid. It was very easy to learn and fun to go along with, so that is why it's memorable to me.

Nearly everything about Pete and Pete was bad ass, and in intro was no exception. That song was soooo 90's, but it's perfect.

This song was probably the hardest to get out of my head as a little kid. Was so catchy/annoying, that I would always think of it. I even have problems listening to it nowadays without the same thing happening.

I was unable to find an actual video for Salute Your Shorts, but I found the song, which was my favorite part as a kid. I thought it was hilarious how they switched the words of the song around to say fart and such.

Probably the best intro to any show ever, at least the most well-known. Awesome song by the Fresh Prince and is something that probably all of us know all the words to.

Just a sick song and video. I still drive through the streets of SoCal (OC) blasting this song with the windows rolled down creeping slow. It's pretty hardcore, for a white kid originally from Idaho at least.

So, what did I miss? Do you guys have any favorites not mentioned? Tell me in the comments!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Over 100 Subscribers!

Today I hit a personal milestone of mine: 100 subscribers! Thanks to all the readers that made this possible, I wouldn't be here without you guys, you guys are AMAZING! I'll be back tomorrow with a full blog post, in the meantime, stay thirsty my friends.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Top 4 Hottest Character from the 90's

The the 90's will always be a nostalgic theme in my mind, it was when I was born, when I moved states, and when I first went to school. It also brought me some of my first crushes and loves. I thought I would share with you my list for the top 4 hottest characters from 90's tv shows to see if we align on who we believe was the hottest back in the day. Let's begin!

*Honorable Mention: Megan, Are You Afraid of the Dark*
She's the middle one in the back, in between the black guy and fat guy
Now, I know you might be wondering, why would I include an honorable mention on this list? Why not just add Megan to the list as number 5? Well the answer to that is quite simple. First, I had no idea who Megan was back in the day (yes I watched AYAOTD) but she was just an actress that sat around the fire and was on the screen for maybe 3 minutes an episode. So why add her? Because she grew up to be this:

and this:

I believe she deserved some kind of mention, as Elisha Cuthbert is extremely fine today. Now on to the list!

4. Melody Hanson, Hey Dude. 

Melody Hanson was your typical attractive character in Hey Dude. She was spunky, ditzy, and a dance instructor. What gave her appeal over her costar Brad, was her blonde hair and her personality. Brad was a rich and spoiled girl from Michigan that refused to do work, while Melody was the girl-next-door type with a fun personality and didn't mind getting dirty. I'll take that over Brad any day. The actress that played Melody is all grown up now, and married to Ben Stiller! You probably recognize her. 

3. Alex Lambert, Step by Step. 

Though Al originally started on the show as the tomboy out of the three girls, she transformed over the season into an actual woman. Her two older sisters may be considered hotter by some, but I disagree with this notion for two main reasons. First, Al had the most athletic body of the bunch, and I prefer those types of bodies. Second, she had the best personality of the three, with Dana being the annoying feminist and Karen being the ditsy aspiring model. Al was into football and man things, she was one of the guys with a nice body. She grew up quite nicely too.

2. Kelly Bundy, Married with Children. 
Them nips
Kelly Bundy was a goddess in the 90's. Though she wasn't smart, at all, she did have a somewhat attractive personality to her, and besides, look at her. She was promiscuous, which means that we would all have a chance here. There were very few boys in the 90's that did not want to get with this girl. She grew up to be Christina Applegate.

1. Kelly Kapowski, Saved by the Bell. 

Was it really ever going to be anyone else? Kelly was THE perfect girl in the 90's. Great body, good personality, and was the girl-next-door type. Yeah, she did get with just about every popular guy at Bayside, but never had sex. So you can't knock her too much for that. She grew up to be Tiffani Amber Thiessen, who is pretty good in her own right.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Clarissa Explains it All

Year Created: 1991
Seasons: 5

Overview: Clarissa Explains it All told the story Clarissa Darling, an average 14 year old girl growing up in a small suburban town in Ohio. There, she lived with her parents, Janet and Marshall Darling, and her mischievous little brother, Ferguson. The final main character was Clarissa's platonic best friend(zoned?) Sam Anders. The show was known for it's many pop culture references and commentary on the average American teenage life at the time. Typical plot arcs would involve things like drama, sex, drinking, shoplifting, and prostitution (though prostitution is never mentioned in the show, it speculated that the focus in the sixth season would be solely on it.) Throughout the series, the main characters grew up together, experience things such as first crushes, driver's licenses, and going off to college. The show officially ended at the end of the fifth season when Clarissa moved to New York to become a journalist and Sam went to an all-female college. Clarissa Explains it All, perhaps better than any other show at the time, embodies the fashion, sentiment, and culture of the early 90's white American family. It also broke many taboos at the time, such as being the first show on Nick with a lead female character and also that she had a boy for a best friend. A few years ago, Melissa Joan Hart was offered the chance to make a reunion show with the rest of the cast, but turned it down to pursue the role of the crazy teacher who gets raped and impregnated by one of her students on Law and Order:SVU, which she did eventually get.

Most Liked Character: Sam Anders.
What was considered cool back then
Sam was by far the coolest kid on the show, and perhaps the coolest person to ever claim to be from Ohio. He was nice, smart, polite, but even more so than that, a bad-ass with a rebellious streak. He liked to skateboard (presumably even doing so at parks that did not permit it, as he was that cool) and surfing, an activity he did daily since he lived in the beautiful, coastal Buckeye State. Sam went to an all-girl college at the end of the show, pulling in a (presumably) countless amount of tail. He also would always enter Clarissa's room through her window, and did I mention everytime he did a totally awesome guitar riff would play?

Least Liked Character: Ferguson W. Darling.

 The last Video is a perfect segue into the least liked character from the show, Clarissa's little brother Ferguson. Look at him: his frail little body, the red hair, and face only a mother could love, couple that with an annoying know-it-all personality, and it's a surprise only one kid ever truly bullied him on the show. I know I would if I got the chance. 

Who the Show is Good For: White kid's in the 90's (see a trend?), girls, people what watched the show back in the day, people who want to bone up on pop culture, and people who can look at Melissa Joan Heart and not think of her current lazy eye (I can't.)

One of these things is not like the other

 Who Should Avoid the Show: Minorities, people who didn't watch the show back in the day, the lazy eye thing again.

Recommendation: Overall, the show is good and what it is meant for: a foray into the average teenage girl's life in the early 90's, and I would recommend watching it if you did back in the day, but if you didn't watch it back then, this is potentially one to avoid.

Of course, the awesome theme song:

Monday, April 4, 2011

Top 5 Loneliest Lovers (and their loves)

The 90's brought us some killer couples that were meant to last: Corey and Topanga, Jesse and Becky, Zack and Kelly. It seems love was abundant, but not for all. There were also the iconic characters who were hopelessly in love with someone that did not love them back. While sad, these one-sided relationships brought laughs, entertainment, and fulfillment to the viewers, while betas slowly died inside. Here are my top 5 loneliest lovers (and their loves).

5. Jazz (and Hillary Banks)

Hillary was your prototypical Bel-Air woman when it came to things she looked for in a man: wealth and good looks. Jazz had neither. Throughout the duration of Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Jazz's love for Hillary was often brought up through the use of jokes and one-liners. The gag was that Hillary found Jazz completely repulsive, yet, Jazz found her to be amazing. One memorable moment between the two was when Hillary asked her boyfriend to take of his glasses, and Jazz responded by taking off his. That's the kind of relationship it was, not serious, not ever really developed, but just used as a joke, which is the same way Hillary viewed Jazz so perhaps it is best left at that. 

4. Steve Urkel (and Laura Winslow.)

If you follow 90's sitcoms, Steve Urkel's love for Laura is one of the most memorable one-sided relationships in all of television. Spanning over seven seasons, it clocks in as the longest relationship on this list. Urkel's love was a continuously running gag in nearly every episode, and many of Steve's inventions were aimed at getting Laura to like him. Perhaps the most effective was the creation of a "cool juice" that Steve would drink that transformed him in Stefan: a cool, suave, and sophisticated version of Steve. Laura falls in love with Stefan, and even tries to make it so he cannot transform back into Urkel, though he eventually does. Later in the series, Steve accidentally clones himself, and one of the clones transforms into Stefan permanently. The new Stefan proposes to Laura, but she rejects him. The reason being? She finally realizes she is in love with Steve after all these years, which is the reason this duo is not higher on the list.

 3. Kyra Rockmore (and Kel Kimble.)

Though most of Kenan's family (especially his father) may have found Kel to be more than just a little annoying, Kyra was absolutely in love with him. She seemingly overlooked his odd characteristics and lack of attention span, and found him to be a strong, older, attractive man. Kel usually tried to avoid Kyra, as he was a couple of years older and found the situation to be awkward. Kenan did not want any of it either, and often tried to distance Kel from his sister, though on more than one occasion Kenan used Kyra's love to get out of trouble. It seemed to be a non existent relationship unless there was something to benefit from it. Kyra slowly drifted away from the show, and was mostly absent on the last two seasons. For better or worse, the two were never meant to be, and never ended up together, regardless of how much Kyra wanted Kel.

 2. Screech Powers (and Lisa Turtle.)

Screech was always destined to be with Lisa Turtle, at least in his mind. From the beginning of Saved by the Bell to the end of the series, Screech was always asking Lisa out on dates, and she was always replying with a strong and resound no. In one episode, it is suggested that Screech had been asking out Lisa since the two were in kindergarten together. It does make sense why Lisa would always say no, they were completely opposites: she was a materialistic socialite who loved shopping and hot boys and Screech was a goofy nerd that had real no social skills. It would never have worked out. Though to be fair, Lisa did go on a single date with Screech and they also went to senior prom together, but both were out of pity on Lisa's part and nothing ever materialized from them.

1. Bud Bundy (and Everyone Else.)

Bud Bundy was bad with women, historically bad. He was awkward, a perv, short, not good looking, a nerd, socially inept, a loser and, most of all, a Bundy. Throughout the eleven season of Married... with Children, Bud has failed with too many women to count. He usually gets over the pain of being alone by masturbating, which doesn't help his case. To overcome his failures with women, Bud creates a gangster rapper persona named Grandmaster B who wears a backwards Raiders hat and sunglasses. That is how bad he is with women, I do not need to say more.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Favorite 90's show?

Sorry I have not posted yet today, I have had a crazy day with work and rent was due. So I decided to ask all my readers a question, which 90's show was your favorite? Salute Your Shorts? Clarissa Explains it All? Boy Meets World? Whatever it is, I want to know!

Answering the question in the comments will allow me to further enhance your experience on my blog, and I will have some sort of idea of where to go in the future. I will be back tomorrow with a full blog post, until them, comment, follow and let me know your ideas! Thanks.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Saved By the Bell

Year Created: 1989
Seasons: 4

Overview: Saved by the Bell told the story of six high school friends and their zany principle growing up at Bayside High School. The students were Kelly Kapowski (the hot one), Zack Morris (the pretty boy), Lisa Turtle (the black one), A.C. Slater (the jock), Jessie Spano (the feminist), Screech Powers (the genius, and jew?) and the principle Richard Belding (this guy was a hoot). Zack was the main focus of the show through season 1-4, which often (every episode) featured plots in which the gang would get into trouble, Zack would devise a scheme to get out of it, and everyone would get caught in the end, though no major consequences were ever dealt and lessons were learned. For example, in one episode a drunk Zach drives Lisa's mom's car home from a party and gets into a wreck. The gang has to quickly devise a plan to hide the damage to the car, and decide to stash it in Zack's garage. Per usual, the gang's plan is blown at the end, but all that happens is Zach loses the rights to his mobile phone and driving and is grounded, though a week later (the next episode) there is no mention of this at all. Continuity is something that did not exist in the world of Saved By the Bell, as showcased best in the fourth and final season in which a final main character, Tori (the "would be lesbian if this was not made in the early 90's" one), was added. In this season due to contract disputes, Kelly and Jesse are only in half of the episodes. To make up for that, producers hired Leanna Creel Tori moved to Malibu. In the episodes Tori was present, Jessie and Kelly were not, and vice versa. The episodes were staggered, so there would be a Kelly/Jessie episode, then next week a Tori one. As a result, Zach was simultaneously dating Lisa, Kelly, and Tori during the same time period. After the completion of the fourth season and graduating, the characters moved on to a college version of Saved by the Bell, which is horrible, and two movies, which are worse.

Most Liked Character: Zach Morris.
 Zach was by far the coolest kid at Bayside. He got with all the main girls at least once, and even ended up marrying Kelly. He had the ability to stop time ad talk to the camera, a great device to further explain the plot in case you were having problems following. His dad sold computers which brought in large amounts of money, enough for Zach to have his own mobile phone. Zach was also considered a troublemaker, as he was often the reason why the gang would get into crazy schemes at school, but that made him seem even cooler. Every young kid wanted to be Zach Morris at some point in the 90's.

This is what cool looks like

Least Like Character: Jessie Spano/Screech Powers (tie). 
 It is not often that one of my favorite shows would have two characters that I absolutely cannot stand, but for Saved by the Bell I made an exception. Jessie Spano was your typical feminist. She was always quick to point out "social injustices" like the fact that her great-grandparents owned slaves, and Lisa's were slaves. She would always get into it with Slater over sexist remarks (though she would later date him) and exchanges such as this would happen at least once an episode:

Slater: Hey!
Jessie: Hey is for Horses, I believe you meant to say "Oink!"
Elizabeth Berkley continued her feminist ways after the show
She was really just annoying. She also once got addicted to caffeine pills.

Screech had the distinct ability to screw everything up constantly without any repercussions. He was Zack's best friend, but Zack would often get into trouble because Screech would run his mouth on some scheme tat Zack was planning. Honestly, about three out of ever four episodes he did this, yet his ass was never beaten. All it would have taken to shut him up was AC beating him up just once, to teach him a lesson. Unfortunately, it never happened. 


Who the Show is Good For: White kids in the 90's, people who want to be like white kids in the 90's, people who think Tiffany Thiessan is hot. Though there was a black character in the show (Lisa), she was probably the most white of the cast, as her favorite activities were shopping and accessorizing. There really was not much for the minorities here.

That Uni-brow

Who should Avoid the Show: Most minority groups, older people, people who notice plot holes.

Recommendation: 20 years later, this show is still pretty solid. It is a great watch as long as you don't take it too seriously. I'd recommend seasons 1-3, and skip the 4th season and the movies. And Kelly Kapowski is still nice to look at.

Friday, April 1, 2011

A New Blog

I am starting this blog to write about things that most people around my age love: 90's sitcoms. I will review episodes, seasons, and series from all the best shows from the 90's, such as Full House, Family Matters, Dougie Howser M.D., Saved by the Bell, and others in the genre. If you have any requests, please feel free to comment on a blag and tell me what you would like me to review next! Thanks!