Something happened recently that brightened my mood yet made me feel really old and nostalgic. I’m not talking about finding my Pokemon collection from the third grade or listening to the Spice Girls. I’m talking about television. Yes…television. It seems that with our busy schedules, we don’t have the time to watch TV, or at least shows, from this traditional medium. Instead, we hop on the Internet to catch up on episodes if we missed its original air date. Or, if we still watch TV shows on television, many of us record selected shows on the PVR to view on our own schedule.
I found myself, surprisingly, watching TV a couple of days ago and noticed that MTV has became my new go-to channel. Why? Because MTV now airs re-runs of shows like Clueless, Malcolm in the Middle, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Saved by the Bell, and Student Bodies…a.k.a. TV shows from the 1990s…a.k.a. TV shows from my childhood.
Though I’ve been watching Daria, Breaker High, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air for some time now, the rebirth of these TV shows seemed quite fitting since I recently decided to re-watch (and re-obsess over) My So-Called Life, another television show from the 90s that’s filled with teen drama, grunge music, fashion, and Jared Leto.
I’ve realized how much time has gone by. It’s no longer “the 90’s…just the other day,” it’s “the 90’s…two whole decades ago!” Watching these TV shows make me remember a simpler time when my day didn’t revolve around non-stop “career-driven” activities, but about wondering whether Cher (from Clueless) will get home before her curfew. Living in the past? I think not, because sometimes it’s good to add a little nostalgia to life to make you appreciate the present. So, will I stop watching my favourite 90’s shows because of how old it makes me seem?