I was so excited about last week’s post (Here) and found that I couldn’t fit all the shows I really wanted too. So I decided to do a follow-up to that post. So here are four more shows that taught me incredible life lessons as a tween growing up.
This show was on Nickelodeon. Doug was an 11-year-old boy who wrote in his journal and falls in love with Patty Mayonaise. I learned journaling is normal, nothing to be ashamed of. His best friend Skeeter Valentine always had his back. The series followed his adventures and various attempts of not making himself look like a loser in front of everyone at school. Doug tries to fit into the “in-crowd” at school. Personally, when I was in middle school there really wasn’t an “in-crowd”, but I still somehow felt like an outsider. I definitely went through phases while trying to find my own identity. From goth to preppy, I tried it all, until I finally landed on me! Doug helped me see that it’s okay to not fit in. That there’s something special about being different.
2. The Secret World of Alex Mack
Alex Mack was a girl who was splashed with an experimental chemical that results in her having uncanny powers such as the ability to shoot electricity from her fingertips and morph into a blob of goo. Unfortunately, Alex Mack has to keep her powers a secret, because the company that manufactured the chemical would love to find out who got doused with it. It doesn’t help that Alex tends to glows when she gets nervous, but her best friend Ray and super-smart sister Annie are there to help out. Plus, the lovely Larisa Oleynik played Alex! What I loved about the show was the friendship between Alex and Ray. I came away from that show understanding that true friends will always have my back. I also think my best friend is a guy partially because of this show. I saw a true friendship between Alex and Ray. There was nothing sexual between them, it was very refreshing to see.
3. All That
This show is probably the reason I’m obsessed with Saturday Night Live as an adult. It was the SNL for Nickelodeon. It was a comedy sketch show, often featuring recurring characters like Goodburger employee Ed and teenage superhero Superdude. Most episodes had a musical guest with some also featuring a guest host. Let’s not forget that Kenan Thompson of SNL was an original cast member of All That. As was Nick Cannon, Amanda Bynes, and comedian Gabriel Iglesias. I learned it’s okay to be silly. I found my love of comedy from this show. It also gave me my interest in acting. By seeing all these kids that were around my age working on a show that looked like a party made me think I want to try and see if I could do that too. It allowed me to try acting, which was a great learning experience for me (and requires a complete separate post).
4. Boy Meets World
Cory, Topanga, Shawn, Mr. Feeney. This show is a classic, centering around Cory Matthews and his issues, theories, and relationships as he comes of age from junior high through college. His childhood sweetheart, Topanga, and best friend Shawn, along with Cory’s brother and parents create a balance in his world. Cory often seeks guidance from his teacher (and neighbor) Mr. Feeney, who manages to give the most epic advice that relates back to what Cory has been studying in class. Besides tuning in to see Shawn Hunter every week, I watched this show to learn from Mr. Feeney, just like Cory. I felt like I was part of the group. Even though I didn’t live in Philly and knew this was a fictional tv show, I couldn’t help but feel that I knew these characters. That if they were real I would be friends with them. I would be in that class learning all the life lessons from Feeney that Cory and the rest of the kids were learning. And now we have Girl Meets World, the spin-off, following Cory and Topanga’s daughter. I do in fact watch this show and tune in for nostalgia, and to hope and see Shawn Hunter one more time (yea it’s actually happened more than once)!
5. Rocket Power
A show about surfer kids on Nickelodeon. There was Otto and Reggie who were brother and sister, their friend Sam and Twister. Oh Twister, I watched this show for him only. He was the daredevil of the group. Even though he loved his skateboard and roller blades he was also an aspiring videographer. We constantly saw him shooting the gang doing cool tricks. I liked that he wasn’t a black and white character. He wasn’t just the sporty dumb guy. Although the writers played on his lack of intelligence, they showed a creative side to him. That’s where my love for this handsome animated character stemmed from. A creative daredevil, 12-year-old me was all about that!
How could you not love him?
After having another trip down memory lane, I’d love to hear from all of you. Please share your favorite ’90s tv shows that you loved and why. Was it a character? Storyline? Or something else that kept you coming back for more? Please let’s continue this conversation in the comments below. And if you like this post please subscribe to the blog to get instant notifications straight to your inbox every week!