Flashback Friday-90’s Television Teens-Sweet Valley High (1994-1998), California Dreams (1992-1997) & Saved By The Bell (1989-1993)

To a certain generation, there are some television shows (as corny or ridiculous as we may think of them now), that take them back to a simpler time and place.

In the 1990’s television for the younger generation was pretty much cookie cutter. In honor of my generation’s younger years, this post takes us back to a time when our lives were not so complicated.

The first show I am going to write about is Sweet Valley High (1994-1998). Based on the books by Francine Pascal, the television show follows the lives of the teenage blonde California twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield (Cynthia and Brittany Daniel). Jessica is outgoing, fashionable sister while Elizabeth is the quiet, literary type.

Let’s face it, this show and the books are not that deep. But there is something other teenage lives that always seem to bring any audience in.

The second show is California Dreams (1992-1997). The show followed a teenage band, The Dreams as they play music and work through the experience that is being a teenager.

Again, this show was not that deep. But for the then teenage generation, the music was cool and the stories were comparable their own lives.

And finally, the show that started it all: Saved By The Bell (1989-1993).  Relying on stereotypes: the charmer, the nerd, the jock, the fashion victim, the cheerleader and the brain, this was must see television for a generation.

Let’s face it. The show is very much part of it’s era. Everything from the clothes to the technology screams early 90’s. But it is a classic and continues to be must see for teenagers, even if reruns.

Do I recommend them? Why not?



Feeling Old

Jimmy Fallon has great taste in television. And he has made me feel quite old. A few years ago, he reunited the California Dreams cast.

This morning, a youtube video was released of a partial Saved By The Bell Reunion. The 90’s child in me did a happy dance.

Happy Thursday!

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