Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thursday 13: 13 Forgotten Shows of the 90s

It's no secret that I'm a TV junkie. I shouldn't be proud of it, but I am. A friend and I are always talking about TV shows that NO ONE else remembers (I'm so glad she is also full of random TV knowledge- I don't feel as weird). I thought for my Thursday 13 I would list "forgotten" TV shows of the 90s. Here they are (in no particular order).

1. The Bradys: This didn't even make a whole season before getting canceled (can't say I'm surprised). It was a revamp of the show The Brady Bunch that focused on the Brady kids all grown up (except it was a different actress playing Marcia). I guess after the "success" of A Very Brady Christmas in the late 80s they thought a show like this would survive, but it didn't. I don't remember much about it, except that Bobby was in a race car accident and became paralyzed in the first episode. If you have a desperate desire to watch an episode of this show, I found the pilot episode on YouTube. Seriously, what can you NOT find on YouTube?

2. Family Man: Anyone else remember this show? It last only one season (like most of the other shows on this list). It was about a single dad (I think his wife had died) raising three kids. All I remember is that Scott Weinger played one of the sons. This was before he became DJ's boyfriend on Full House or did the voice of Aladdin.

3. New Kids On The Block (an animated series): I refuse to be ashamed that I watched this show (okay, I'm very ashamed). The band didn't even voice the characters. The only time it was the actual guys is when you heard them singing. Lol.

4. Saved By The Bell: The College Years: Sadly the magic didn't follow the gang after they graduated from Bayside, so this only lasted a season. While working on this post I found out someone has uploaded all the episodes to YouTube. You are welcome.

5. Dave's World: This show actually lasted four seasons (I didn't know that until I looked it up today) but no one ever seems to remember it when I bring it up. It starred Harry Anderson as a stay at home columnist dealing with his wife and kids and wacky neighbors.

6. The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: I remember this show but can't exactly recall actually watching it on a regular basis. I vaguely remember it had a western theme with maybe a little sci-fi thrown in.

7. My So-Called Life: Okay, maybe this isn't a "forgotten" show of the 90s, but it sadly only lasted one season. Pretty much any woman who was a teenager back in 1994 will still refer to Jared Leto as Jordan Catalano.

You are welcome ladies...
8. The Torkelsons/Almost Home: These were two separate shows but the second one was a "spin-off" so I'm listing them as one. The Torkelsons was a show about a single mom named Millicent Torkelson and her five kids. Her oldest daughter was a dreamer who had a crush on the older boy next door (played by Michael Landes- who was the first Jimmy Olsen in Lois and Clark). I am a vault of USELESS knowledge. Lol. They had their adventures and misadventures. Almost Home once again was about Millicent Torkelson but on this show two of the kids had "mysteriously" disappeared (they never mentioned them), so she only had three kids in this show. She moved from Oklahoma to Seattle to be the live-in nanny for a single man's two spoiled kids (so there are a total of five kids in the house). Brittany Murphy played one of the spoiled kids (may she R.I.P.).

The Torklesons

Almost Home
9. Now and Again: The one season of this show aired when I was in college, but I want to say either a roommate or a friend of mine watched it, so I caught a few episodes. In the pilot John Goodman's character Michael is killed in an accident and the government brings him "back to life" by putting his brain in a genetically bio-engineered body (played by the ever-handsome Eric Close). The government forbids him to have any contact with people from his "previous" life, but he still makes an effort to see his wife and daughter. Too bad the show never took off, it would have been interesting to see how the story developed.

10. Eerie, Indiana: This was like The X-Files for kids. A kid named Marshall and his family move to the town of Eerie where strange and unexplained things are always happening. I think I watched it solely because of my crush on Omri Katz (of Hocus Pocus fame).

11. The Mommies: I remember this being on, but don't remember much about it (I know I watched a few episodes). It was a comedy about two moms and their married lives. For those who watch Pretty Little Liars, this show had a young Ryan Merriman in it (Ian Thomas).

12. Harts of the West: I totally don't remember this show, but I think I would have watched it had I known about it (it has the cheesiness that I seem to be drawn to). I heard about it after reading an article on Sean Murray (McGee on NCIS). He played Beau Bridges' son in this show. Evidently there was an episode where Mark Harmon guest starred, so they worked together LONG BEFORE NCIS.

A young McGee!
Gibbs with a mustache!
13. Big Brother Jake: A man returns to his childhood foster home to help out with the children currently living in the home. I know I watched it, but I can't remember specific episodes. I vaguely recall a Christmas episode where they watched It's A Wonderful Life.

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  1. I vaguely remember Dave's World but that is about it on this list. But I am not much of a TV watcher so this does not surprise me.

  2. Great post! I remember 7 of those shows. I LOVED Brisco County, Jr. and hated that it didn't last longer.