Finding Comfort In ’90s TV

By Erica Brown

As a kid born in the 90s, I grew up watching some of the best (and worst) television shows of all time. TV in the 90s was authentic—there were no reality shows yet and no one was obsessed with keeping up with the Kardashians. Some of my favorite and most cherished childhood memories revolve around watching shows like “Full House,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “All That,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “The Amanda Show”.

I easily found comfort in watching those shows, comfort that helped me make friends and relate to kids my own age who also loved to see what shenanigans our favorite television characters would get into every week.

In 2016, reality shows have taken over television. Gone are the days when you could turn on your TV and see a wholesome family moment where a father teaches his daughter an important life lesson. But it isn’t all bad; I will be the first to admit that reality television is addicting. I’ve found myself glued to shows like “The Bachelor” or anything E! puts onto the airwaves. It may lack substance, but it comforts me in a different way than those old ’90s shows did.

Even so, I miss ’90s TV. Which was why when it was announced that the “Full House” cast would be coming back together to make a new show, I was ecstatic. To see Stephanie and DJ and Uncle Jesse back together again—albeit, looking vastly different from the last time they graced my TV screen—brought back old feelings of comfort I got from watching as they maneuvered the trials and tribulations of growing up and getting older.

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“Fuller House” may be far from perfect—the storylines and dialogue seem cornier than I remember—but it’s extremely reassuring to see something you thought was in your past resurface just when you needed a little reminder of how comfortable life used to be.   

I am a true ’90s child, and ’90s television reminds me of the wholesome values and innocence I think we all sometimes forget. For anyone yearning for some comfort during a turbulent time in their life, I recommend watching old television shows. They might seem outdated or odd at times, but they bring you comfort that nothing else can.

Watch “Full House” when you’re feeling homesick, “The Amanda Show” when you want to experience a major #ThrowbackThursday or “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” when you need a laugh. The theme song alone will surely make you smile. And what’s more comforting than that?


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