Remember When… Family TV Shows

21 Apr

The other day my best friend and I were having a conversation about some of the television shows we watch (which are primarily teen shows even though neither of us have been teens for over a decade), and how there are no “family” sitcoms anymore. Eventually we sounded like two old ladies complaining about “kids these days” and how we never would have seen some of the things that we see on television now when we were that age. Can you just imagine Zach, Kelly and Screech hanging around after school at a bar instead of at The Max, sipping martinis and discussing all of their teenage problems like 40 year olds? I don’t think so.

When you watch a primetime TV show directed at teens during the week don’t be surprised if the episode is about who slept with who, who’s pregnant, who got bit by a vampire or werewolf (who also happens to be their boyfriend), or who is going to rehab for an alcohol or drug addiction. Am I the only one who thinks that these are not things that young people should be concerned with on a day-to-day basis? (Minus the vampire/werewolf thing – that is pretty entertaining, I must say.) I find it sad that the innocence of youth is gone so quickly these days, and miss how simple things were when I was growing up.

Let’s all take a stroll down memory lane and reminisce about how wholesome television used to be, shall we? Here are ten family sitcoms that I miss dearly.

We’ll always have the reruns.

What shows do you miss from your childhood?

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6 Responses to “Remember When… Family TV Shows”

  1. lolosofocused April 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    When TGIF and ABC had a whole different meaning!! Good times! Also ‘Charles in Charge’ ‘Just the 10 of us’ Punky Brewster’ and ‘big brother Jake’ to name a few!

    • Mandy April 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

      YES! I looked forward to TGIF every week. I still sometimes sing the theme song in my head on Friday mornings. ”Gonna have some fun, show ya how it’s done, T.G.I.F.!” Really wish they’d bring that back.

  2. Cassie April 22, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    I can’t even look at The Wonder Years picture without wanting to weep. I will never forget watching the series finale. And then running to the bathroom to hide and cry because I didn’t want my family to think I was a freak. But oh how I loved Kevin Arnold…

    • Mandy April 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

      Oh I know! I was always so sad when one of my favorite shows ended. Who am I kidding – I still cry when one of my favorites ends.

  3. CubicleViews April 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    The Wonder Years came out at a perfect time for me. Just a phenomenal theme and set of stories with great actors that you could totally relate to. Still watch reruns of that and smile. Really wish I could get my kids into it as well.

    • Mandy April 26, 2012 at 7:16 am #

      I really hope that my kids will be able to watch some of my favorite shows from childhood. Like the cartoons I grew up with – Smurfs, Tom & Jerry, etc. Hopefully Netflix will have some good choices!

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