S is for Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live

Sesame Street was probably the most influential show that we kids ever had on television. So glad it’s still running and still so popular.

I was always allowed to watch Saturday Night Live, as a kid. I was a big fan for a long time, but after Jimmy Fallon left I kind of lost interest. I loved the cast with Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Dana Carvey, Tim Meadows, Chris Farley, and the like. The Celebrity Jeopardy skits were hilarious too.

80s and 90s TV show honorable mentions:  Silver Spoons, St. Elsewhere, Small Wonder

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R is for Roseanne and Reading Rainbow

I have a deep love for the show Roseanne. There was no pretence about it. They were the first real sit com family to show what real working class American families were like, and how funny they could be. Of course, without this show, we would have no Big Bang Theory since about every character has been on the newer show (I’m honestly surprised that Roseanne Barr hasn’t showed up yet.)

When I first came back to Florida after being in England for over a year, my first priority was to watch these episodes on Nick at Night again. Unfortunately, they were only running the later episodes, after the famed lotto win episode. It just went sour and weird around that time. I did enjoy seeing AbFab make an appearance in one episode though. Still, very strange.

Regardless of that, I have a box set of Season 1, and I still have fond memories of watching this in my apartment in Florida late into the evening. It’s like an old, trusted friend. It never fails to make you feel better. One of the best shows on television, hands down.

Reading Rainbow is just a staple in our childhood that can’t be denied. I’m so happy that they gave us a show like this devoted to books and reading. I also thank Jimmy Fallon for doing the best rendition of the theme (in the spirit of Jim Morrison.)

80s and 90s TV show honorable mentions: Rags to Riches, The Ropers, he Real World, Riki Lake Show, Road to Avonlea (which I still need to watch in its entirety.)

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Q is from Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap was such a cool show idea. You have some nice scientist guy who ends up time traveling and helping people. Scott Bakula did such a good job as Dr. Sam Beckett too. I’m glad this show’s on Netflix. Every episode was different and you got an idea about history’s cultural issues with each character Sam stepped into. Good stuff.

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P is for Punky Brewster and Parker Lewis Can’t Lose

I love, love, loved Punky Brewster. I wanted to be Punky Brewster. I dressed up as her for school (though my mother made me wear matching shoes.) Big, serious part of my whole existence was in this show. I remember being so excited when it came on every week. No words for my appreciation to Soleil Moon Fry for being on this show and showing little girls how different can be a good thing.

Parker Lewis Can’t Lose was supposed to be a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for TV, which did much better than the actual Ferris Bueller TV Show. My favorite quote from Parker Lewis was, “Synchronize Swatches.” Ah, the 90s were so good.

80s and 90s TV show honorable mentions: Perfect Strangers, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Pictionary

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O is for Our House

Our House was a show that I distinctly remember watching a lot when I was young, even though it didn’t last long. It had Shannen Doherty, Chad Allen, Deidre Hall and Wilford Brimley as the grandpa. The mother had to bring her kids to live with her father-in-law, so it was all sorts of touching and sweet to see a family be a family. I even liked their basset hound.

80s and 90s TV show honorable mention: One Day at a Time (a darn fine show.)

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