Saturday, April 14, 2012

TOP 10 90's TV SHOWS

I remember spending ALOT of my teenage years in front of the TV during the 1990's and there were so many great shows to watch! While some are fondly remembered by fans, there are many who disappeared into obscurity remembered only in obscure Internet postings (such as this blog!). Anyway, I've already reviewed the Top 10 90's Cartoons in the past so I was surprised that I hadn't done TV shows yet SO here it is CHERNOBOG'S BLOG PRESENTS: TOP 10 1990's (Non-Animated) TV SHOWS! I hope some of you remember these shows as fondly as I did and maybe I sparked your memories a little while you're sitting there reading this and say "Yeah, i remember that show..." Enjoy!

#10 America's Funniest Home Videos (1989-Current) - While the show actually still exists in it's current incarnation as simply AFV on ABC, the original show in the 90's hosted by non-other than Bob Saget is considered classic! Taking it's inspiration from the candid camera shows of the 70's this show let everyday idiots...I mean, regular people send in videotapes (remember VHS!) of their family videos often doing something incredibly stupid, moronic, and sometimes downright dangerous. Long before MTV's Jackass, AFV brought us laughter of the most sadistic kind as we watched every nutshot with glee! Thank you AFV, now excuse me while I try to water-ski without skis!
Favorite Episode: Every one with a nut-shot! LOL

#9 Saved by the Bell (1989-1993) - Ah, High School...brings back so many memories: the wedgies, the swirlies, the social isolation and merciless peer pressure! Saved by the Bell was the perfect 90's high school, and for someone like me who was foolishly awaiting to enter this world and be the next Zack Morris or Slater, I would inevitably end up as Screech. The show originally began as "Good Morning Miss Bliss" (1988-1989), a Disney Channel original about a Midwestern middle school teacher (Haley Mills) and her crazy class. A year later the show was changed to Saved by the Bell and set in a California high school! Zack and Screech stayed but a whole new cast emerged. Later a "New Class" (1993-2000) would emerge briefly and most of the original class would experience their "College Years" (1993-1994) before dropping out of school permanently.
Favorite Episode: "Mystery Weekend", 12/21/1991 - The students participate in a murder mystery party at a hotel.

#8 Dinosaurs (1991-1994) - What do you get when you mix Disney with Jim Henson and Jurassic get Dinosaurs! Think every other family sitcom whether it be All in the Family or The Simpsons, set them in a fictionalized prehistoric world where Dinosaurs wore clothes and had TV, and you've got one of the most original and bizarre TV shows ever! Who could forget the hilarious catchphrases of the Baby like "Not the Mamma!" and "I'm the baby, gotta love me."...apparently we did.
Favorite Episode: "A New Leaf", 2/5/1992 - Robbie brings home a "happy plant" which everybody gets addicted to in this tongue-in-cheek drug episode.

#7 Millennium (1996-1999) -  F.B.I. profiler Frank Black (Lance Henriksen) has the ability to see inside the mind of serial killers. He joins the Millennium group, a team of former law enforcement officers who believe crime is increasing as the millennium approaches. This was the second show from "X-Files" creator Chris Carter, although the show did not last as long as it's predecessor (only 3 seasons) it was an interesting and often suspenseful show with a highly original concept...that is, until Y2K didn't happen!
Favorite Episode: "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me", 5/1/1998 - Four demons trade stories at a donut shop on how they corrupt human souls.

#6 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996-2003) - While having very little to do with the 1992 movie starring Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, the TV series became an increasingly popular show during the late 1990's and sparked the career of actress Sarah Michelle Gellar. The show was an ingenious combination of occult action and teenage drama from the mind of creator Joss Whedon. The show also spawned a spin-off in 1999 with Angel, a vampire cursed with a soul, (1999-2004) starring David Boreanaz (Bones).
Favorite Episode: "Halloween", 10/25/1997 - Buffy and her friends buy costumes and a cursed costume shop where they turn into whatever they are wearing!

#5 Babylon 5 (1994-1998) - While criticized by many of being a Star Trek Deep Space 9 rip off, babylon 5 was a very unique sci-fi show. The creation of writer and producer J. Michael Straczynski, Babylon 5 was a huge 5-mile long space station that was the center of trade and diplomacy in the galaxy. While the first season revolved around Commander Jeffrey Sinclair (Michael O'Hare) it wasn't until the second season when John Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner) was introduced and became the lead in the show.
Favorite Episode: Day of the Dead, 3/11/1998 - Written by Neil Gaiman and featuring Penn & Teller, the story revolves around the Brakiri holiday of the Day of the Dead, where the dead come back to life for one day.

#4 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1989-1999) - We all love bad movies...and MST3K enjoyed making fun of them! While the show technically featured films in every episode, the show was insanely popular featuring Joel (later Mike) and his robot companions, Tom Servo, Crow and Gypsy are trapped on a space station and forced by evil scientists to watch bad movies! (What a concept!)
Favorite Episode: The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) - A mad doctor keeps his girlfriend's head alive after she is decapitated in a car crash!

#3 Tales from the Crypt (1989-1996) - Based on the 1950's EC horror comic books published by Bill Gaines, Tales from the Crypt aired on HBO in 1989 and soon became immensely popular spawning a children's animated series: Tales from the Cryptkeeper (1993), and two major movies including Demon Knight (1995) and Bordello of Blood (1996)! The horrific host of the show was the Cryptkeeper, an animatronic puppet based on the comic book storyteller, voiced by John Kassir. After seven scary seasons the show featured some of the most talented Hollywood directors and producers such as Robert Zemekis and Richard Donner; and actors including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Pesci, Demi Moore, Michael J. Fox, Malcolm McDowell, John Rhys Davies, Whoopi Goldberg, Dan Aykroyd, Christopher Reeve, Kirk and Eric Douglass AND Tom Hanks just to name a few!
Favorite Episode: "The Secret", 7/31/1990 - A rambunctious orphan is adopted by a rich, childless couple who spoil him and turn out to be vampires, but the jokes on them because the kid is a werewolf!

#2 The X-Files (1993-2002) - F.B.I. Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovney) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) search for the truth as they investigate strange murders, monsters, alien abductions and government cover-ups! Created by Chris Carter, The X-Files became a pop-culture phenomenon in the 1990's and spawned two major films including X-Files: Fight the Future (1997) and The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008).
Favorite Episode: "The Host", 11/23/1994 - When a body is found in the sewers Mulder and Scully investigate and discover the killer is a Fluke-Man!

#1 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999) - Although a spin-off of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) which began in the '80's Deep Space Nine was a unique show all it's own. The creation of Gene Rodenberry protegee Rick Berman, DS9 was set on an old Cardassian space station near a wormhole where all manner of aliens ended up. Orbitting around the planet of Bajor, inhabited by the Bajorans, who were basically the Jews of the Alpha quadrant, have finally freed themselves from Cardassian (like space Nazis) rule and have to cooperate with the Federation to maintain peace in their sector. Led by Commander Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks), the first Black Star Trek Captain, DS9 became the central point of many interstellar conflicts including the Dominion War.
Favorite Episode: "Far Beyond the Stars, 2/11/1998 - Sisko sees visions of himself as a science fiction writer in the 1950s.