I look back at my childhood fondly. Sure, there were bullies, awkward stages and multiplication tables, but there was also television, which helped me become the junkie of useless trivia that I am today. Children of the ’80s had some of the best programs to look forward to. Animation was sharp, Muppets weren’t promoting cars and storylines were subliminally educational.
Thankfully, we’ve found numerous ways to help preserve our favorite shows – especially since our blank VHS tapes that we used to record them are probably all in terrible condition right now, and in need of serious rewinding. Thanks to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and the Internet in general, we have the capability of introducing our own children to the shows we grew up with. Or in my case, forcing the shows onto your coworker’s children, since you needed to justify the fact that you bought Doug on DVD, despite being 30 and childless.
Here are eight shows that deserve a rewatch – even if you’re the only audience member. Get ready to get nostalgic, and experience all the feels.
1. Fraggle Rock
The Fraggles pretty much predicted that you’d have a ton of work stress, and gave solid advice right from the beginning: Dance your cares away, worry’s for another day. On a more serious note, Jim Henson created the Fraggles to try and show the world that even though different Fraggles existed in a world with humans, we’re all interconnected and important to each other. The show often went over pretty complicated issues in a way that made them easy to understand for all ages. Also, they really made radishes look pretty appetizing.
2. Full House
Chances are, you were a huge fan of Michelle, since she was probably close to your age while watching the show. DJ and Stephanie were like the cooler older sisters who made all of the right fashion choices, even if their life choices were questionable (a car on the school’s roof is a practical joke?). If you rewatch the show in syndication, be prepared to turn on Michelle Tanner (let’s face it – she’s a bit of a brat), and realize that wardrobe really had their work cut out for them while on set. Do random, colorful buttons really need to be sewn on all sweaters?
3. Garfield And Friends
I’m a big Garfield fan, and loved the fact that the show also included segments of “U.S. Acres” (and sometimes, characters from both crossed over into each other’s segments.) The show was obviously a hit, since it aired on CBS Saturday mornings from 1988 to 1994 – which is pretty impressive for a cartoon, especially back in the day.
The show was very self aware, and often used running gags that helped define it from other Garfield outlets. Garfield knew he was a cartoon, and on a televised show, and even went so far as to make references to the shows surrounding his on the CBS block of programming. This show definitely holds up today.
Not too many shows were smart enough to combine music, education, and wit – and by music, I mean music that’ll get stuck in your head for days. Every single episode included at least one song, made possible by a 35-piece orchestra and a team of six composers. They took it seriously, and they won an Emmy for it.