When I think of my childhood, a glimpse of nostalgia shutters through my mind. If you grew up in the 90s, then you will know what I am talking about. Disney Channel and Nickelodeon housed some of my favorite shows.
I still remember watching Rocket Power on a serene Saturday afternoon or waiting in anticipation to see if the next episode of “Zoey 101” would reveal Chase’s true affection towards Zoey. I would finish an episode of “Degrassi” wondering what outrageous circumstance the producers would conjure up for the next episode, in the studio. My life was heavily guided by the “Unfabulous” its better unflappable phrase, as I found myself singing along to the “As Told By Ginger” theme song or yelling at the screen during “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” as Gordo takes the fall for Lizzie with no reward and a broken heart.
I could go on and on for days at all of these monumental shows, specials and movies, but the truly meaningful point is that my heart is still in the 90s. I am sure you have seen at least one meme on social media expressing how kids today will never know what true entertainment is, but I would have to be an alien to disagree.
The amount of life lessons that I have learned in some of my favorite adolescent shows has been multitudinal. I can still remember the raw performance of Will Smith in “Fresh Prince of Belair” as he poured out his heart and soul into coping with an unloving and advantageous father. It showed me just how grateful I have to be for the people in my life that I hold dear.
The cheesy but true performance by the actors in “Full House” after every episode, be that the girls act out because they miss their late mother or Stephanie lets Kimmy Gibbler pierce her ears despite her father’s wishes, shows valuable resolutions to a certain predicament in the show.
I would not be able to say that about the lackluster shows on Disney Channel and Nickelodeon today. I wait until late at night to catch true TV. So for me, I will just have to remain grounded in my past’s favorites in anticipation for Nickelodeon’s tease at a new TV channel resurrecting the classics.