Published on Sunday, September 26, 2010 by Jamie Berthold
From Mr. Feeny, Cory and Topanga, to “The Situation”, TV shows just aren’t the same as they used to be.
The Friday night line up was full of family-friendly programming. How can you not love little Michelle on Full House, or the crazy but hilarious Cody on Step By Step and especially the ever awkward Steve Urkel?
During our childhood, parents could always count on a laugh while their kids watched an appropriate show, but these days families have a difficult time finding a show that is appropriate and enjoyable for all ages.
Sure, shows like According to Jim and Two and a Half Men are great, but do you think as you were growing up your parents would have let you watch them? I know for a fact my parents would not. It’s sad that shows with overtly explicit material are considered to be appropriate for family television.
What ever happened to shows like Boy Meets World? It was a sitcom that lasted about seven seasons and taught viewers every day life lessons with the Matthews’ family.
The younger audience could enjoy the misadventures of Cory and Shawn’s friendship and the ups and downs of Cory and Topanga’s dating relationship.
Even adults could get a laugh from the Matthews’ family and the rest of the cast members because of the well written scripts and smart humor. Today, it seems like TV producers think you have to be inappropriate to get a laugh.
Shows like Growing Pains and Home Improvement seem to be things of the past.
If you didn’t laugh while watching those shows, face it, you have no sense of humor!
Though all of these shows were legitimately awesome, my favorite show growing up was Saved By the Bell.
I could not go one morning without watching it before school. If I missed an episode my whole morning was ruined!
I loved watching the nerdy and hilarious Screech Powers, the handsome Zack Morris and his rollercoaster relationship with Kelly Kapowski and their friends Jessie and Lisa.
My favorite character though was AC Slater. He was the outcast because he didn’t grow up in Bayside, and at first everyone saw him as an army brat. He soon became the athlete of the group and was of course, in my opinion, the best looking.
Out of all the family oriented shows of the eighties and nineties, the show that portrayed good morals in an entertaining way would have to be 7th Heaven. Revolving around the Camden family, it showed the ups and downs of a family while providing appropriate life lessons.
As teenagers, we may like the shows that lie on the edgy side, but while growing up, we would have never been allowed to watch those shows that are now considered appropriate by society.
Today’s sitcoms can be funny and entertaining, but there were shows in the eighties and nineties that were just as funny and entertaining while still being acceptable and appropriate for all ages to watch.