While the sensation of lusting after the good ol’ days might not be new, the internet and its vast storage container of television shows, songs, and memes lets people relive their past glory days to new heights. 90s kids seem to jump into this trend with enthusiasm creating lists and blogs of memorable cultural icons in tv and music. Such reminiscing is peppered with sighs of ‘Everything was better back then!’
When talking about tv, nostalgic lists are sure to include shows like Boy Meets World, As Told By Ginger, Lizzie Macguire and The Rugrats. Recently, old TV shows seems to be re-sparking people’s interest. Television stations are also joining the 90s mania. Nickelodeon has reprised its late night showings of 90s classics such as All That, Hey Arnold and Kenan & Kel. Disney has also promised the new show, Girl Meets World. It will be a spin off of Boy Meets World and feature the original characters, Corey and Topanga, and their daughter as she follows in her father’s footsteps.
So what exactly draws people to the old shows, music and movies of their youth and beyond? One fired up Archer senior rants, “Old TV shows talked about issues relevant in our lives and educated kids. TV seemed so much more diverse back then, in terms of race, the issues addressed, and even the type of women portrayed in shows. Back in the 90s and early 2000s they talked about racism in shows like The Proud Family and That’s So Raven. In Boy Meets World there was episodes on physical abuse, and the double standard between genders. Now on Disney all the shows feature overacting characters trying to get famous. And actual important causes like ‘Going Green’ and ‘Making Healthy Eating Choices’ are sent to commercial breaks.”
Though not everyone has such strong views, others do seem to find some important aspect lacking in tv shows today.
The same phenomenon can be seen in music. While today’s music is quite impressive and varied—it’s not odd to hear Nicki Minaj and Mumford and Sons being sung simultaneously in Archer’s halls—there’s still a special love for popular anthems of the 90s and early 2000s. Fond memories of early Britney Spears, The Backstreet Boys, and Aaron Carter seem to be held by all. Even Archer seniors can’t help but join the trend. For their first Friday music session, seniors played songs they deemed “classic fun jams”. They included hits such as “Dirty Pop” by NSYNC. It was apparent that the senior’s were enjoying themselves. They hopped up to do the “Soldier Boy,” and happily bopped along to the Spice Girls.
Some even look beyond their own childhoods for entertainment. There’s a loyal following for The Brat Pack, the nickname for the group of actors who starred in popular movies of the 80s like the ubiquitous Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink. If you want to check out real 90s tv drama take a look at My So Called Life. And of course Archer girls have the Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire theme song down.
Now all this reminiscing isn’t to hate on popular culture of today. Many people believe that there are great tv shows, movies and music happening right now too. Just take a look at the clubs based on popular culture today. At Archer alone we have a My Little Pony Club, a Geek Club in love with Doctor Who, and a Glee club. People love their Taylor Swift and Wiz Khalifa. Mention Adventure Time, “the crazy and weird but hilariously quote-able” tv show on Nickleodeon, and people from three different grades can serenade you with songs of Jake the dog and Finn the human.
And after a particularly intense episode of Pretty Little Liars or any other beloved TV show students share all the juicy details in the halls the next day. But when people aren’t happy in their entertainment options or are feeling nostalgic, they often turn to what they enjoyed in the past.
Old television shows and music aren’t going anywhere soon. They can’t. They’re frozen in time, ready to be happily rediscovered whenever anyone needs a little taste of their youth. There’s an interesting and magical aspect in returning to the activities enjoyed when younger. Many suggest taking a good browse through the backlogs of the internet and getting reacquainted with memories from their youth and beyond.