7 TV Shows From The 90s That Need Reboots For Younger Generations

by Macie Berlin

It's no secret that today’s generation has latched onto the greatness of the 1990s.

When it comes to television shows, however, networks have forgotten about this dynamic decade, and they generally push to evolve by constantly producing hip, fresh and just plain jaw-dropping moments when it comes to broadcasting ongoing series.

Despite the fact this formula may very well exploit finding true love, scrounging for money or living among the rich and famous, you can't blame television for wanting to be successful.

While I am no stranger to "The Real Housewives," "The Bachelor" or any version of the Kardashians, I have not forgotten my roots and the wondrous couch time that existed in the 90s.

That's right, I'm talking about the days when UPN existed, Chris Hardwick was only in early douche-stage sans podcast and Ray J had only ever been the brother of that girl who played Moesha.

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for procreating during a time that allowed me to live through some of the best television shows that have sadly ceased to exist. Listen up, kiddos, you could learn a thing or two from these 1990s television series:

"Family Double Dare"

"Family Double Dare" showed us blue-collar parents were willing to get rolled up in a human burrito, and take the inevitable spill on that bright blue tiled floor during a "Physical Challenge."

You haven't lived until you've screamed at the TV set, while watching a plastic container get filled to the marked line with some obscene substance.

"Family Matters"

Long live Steve Urkel and the endearing Winslow family.

Since Bill Cosby has forfeited his right to any complimentary verbiage regarding his screen time, I will boldly say, "Family Matters" was one of the first television sitcoms about an black family whose characters have continued to be legendary decades later.

Urkel popularized suspenders and box-frame glasses, and he gave as much, if not more, fame to the, “Did I do thaaaat?” question than the Carlton dance.

Not to mention, he invented a machine that made him suave, sexy and seductive. We learned geeks were lovable.

"Saved by the Bell"

As if I need to explain the premise of this show. Not only did we swoon over Zack Morris and AC Slater in the Bayside Tiger hallways, but we were introduced to the harms teenage life can cause as well.

From Jessie's caffeine pill addiction to Zack's decision to dabble with alcohol, we learned early on, the way to get by in high school was simply by keeping clean and having an amazing coed group of friends.

Boys of the 90s also learned about wet dreams, thanks to Kelly Kapowski's crop tops and thigh-hugging jorts.

"Legends of the Hidden Temple"

As a child, all I wanted was the opportunity to hand over my hard-earned pendants to a temple guard, while racing through the Shrine of the Silver Monkey to win a trip to Orlando, FL.

With coed teams of alliterated animals (Purple Parrots, Blue Barracudas, etc.), this was a four-phase challenge that did not involve living in a mansion in paradise and swapping fluids with other contestants.

This was the real deal. This was healthy competition.

It was also educational, thanks to a reading comprehension portion with the giant talking stone-head, Olmec, who told a story and asked summative questions to the contestants.

Gold. Pure 90s television gold.

"Clarissa Explains it All"

Red tights, cut-off jean shorts and combat boots were the look for Melissa Joan Hart’s character, Clarissa.

In the days where neighborly boys were sneaking into bedrooms to concoct plans for science class, the show depicted teenage times in the most sensible ways.

Not only was Clarissa unafraid to express herself through her outlandish style, but she was spunky and focused on subjects that didn't involve today's basic plot line sex, marriage and body image. She was a happy, confident girl. Period.

"Growing Pains"

This family drama presented a truer household formation than "Full House," but it also kept us guessing. Alan Thicke was the perfect patriarch, and the Seaver family depicted sibling rivalry, dating woes and gender roles, without ever making us uncomfortable.

Kirk Cameron captured viewer hearts as the mischievous jock, but his character was never malicious.

The trio of children (which eventually became four) gave the audience real fights, real insecurities and real issues, but they always talked through them. There were no hidden agendas, backstabbing or text chains.

"The Secret World of Alex Mack"

Snaps to SNICK (Saturday Night Nickelodeon) for allowing parents around the country to enjoy a peaceful weekend evening at home, while their children swooned in front of the SNICK lineup.

"The Secret World of Alex Mack" made us idolize the angst-ridden high school girl, who was actually charming and innocent.

And the drama of the show didn't revolve around the entire choir getting knocked up or married; Alex Mack could turn into a puddle. Talk about a plot twist.

The kid almost gets killed by a truck from a chemical plant, and then her life revolves around situations where slurping down into a Wicked-Witch-type pool of silver goo often saves the world.

Did I mention she also obtained a telekinesis power?

Was life really simpler in the 90s, or were we just fooled by the television portrayals? Perhaps, it's a little of both.

As we jump back into trends like overalls, await sequels to movies like "Space Jam" and indulge in French Toast Crunch, why not consider falling back into other nostalgic greats, like these 90s shows?