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In case you weren’t around to do much TV watching in the 1990s, please allow me to set the scene for you. In order to watch your favorite show in, say, 1995, you had to be in front of your television at the exact time when it aired. None of this DVR nonsense. Nor could you easily stream the show later on Hulu through your Roku. In fact, if you were to utter words like “Hulu” and “Roku” to a person in 1995, they would think you were cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. Or, that you had mispronounced the name of the popular Hawaiian dance.
Maybe that’s why there’s an extra patina of warmth surrounding the nostalgia for these shows from the ‘90s. They’re not the ones that immediately spring to mind when you start to think about what you watched during that decade (or perhaps caught in reruns on Nick at Night in the 21st century). Once you’re prompted to recall them, though, the fond memories start flooding back. Why did that show go off the air? you’ll find yourself wondering. I used to watch it every Saturday morning.
So, please join us for a trip down memory lane as we recall some of the best forgotten TV shows of the ‘90s. Use this refrain to get your memory going: “Surf dudes with attitudes…kinda groovy, laid back mood.”
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Hey Dude (1989-1991)
Stars: David Brisbin, Christine Taylor, Joe Torres
Why you loved it: The staff of the Bar None Dude Ranch gets into hijinks, pranks one another and guests, and just has fun in the Arizona sun.
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Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (1990-1993)
Stars: Corin Nemec, Billy Jayne, Troy Slaten
Why you loved it: Parker Lewis is the epitome of cool at Santo Domingo High School. One might even go so far as to call him a winner.
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Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990-2000)
Stars: Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther
Why you loved it: The Midnight Society convenes in various wooded locales to spook one another with scary tales, which are reenacted for viewers’ enjoyment (or horror).
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Salute Your Shorts (1991-1992)
Stars: Kirk Baily, Megan Berwick, Venus DeMilo
Why you loved it: This short-lived show was about summer camp. Everyone loves summer camp. Camp Anawanna, we hold you in our hearts, and when we think about you, it makes me wanna fart.
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Clarissa Explains It All (1991-1994)
Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Jason Zimbler, Sean O’Neal
Why you loved it: Clarissa (Melissa Joan Hart) has awesome clothes, a rad outlook on the world, and her cute neighbor Sam (Sean O’Neal) climbs into her bedroom whenever she wants. The only drawback to her life is her pesky brother Ferguson (Jason Zimbler).