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4 Nuggets of Nineties Nostalgia

Posted November 10, 2014 - Blog Posts

On Wednesday, the Metro published the ten, 90’s children’s shows that “make us pine for our childhood.” We loved the idea and asked you on Facebook: which shows made you hunger for those glory days? Here’s what you had to say:

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

West Philadelphia born and raised with the playground, where he spent most of his days…the immortal lines of a show that needs no further introduction – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. For six, sensational years Will Smith’s fictionalized portrayal of his young, teenage-self brought life to our TV screens. The bold, bouncy east-coaster challenged the sophisticated serenity of his uncle’s Bel-Air mansion – bringing us a bunch of laughs along the way. y148 episodes, two Golden Globes and an Emmy award later, the Fresh Prince has fixed himself permanently on our childhood mantelpiece. Where else would you find Tom Jones, a candlestick and some slippery snake hips in the same sentence?

Byker Grove

Now this list wouldn’t warrant a place anywhere, we mean anywhere, if it didn′t include Byker Grove. The controversial series, airing between 1989 and 2006, was set in a youth club in the Byker district of Newcastle upon Tyne. Storylines about teenage pregnancy, drug addiction and the first gay kiss broadcast on British TV heated the collars of more than a few, early-90 households. However, the series brought us Ant and Dec (remember PJ and Duncan?) Charlie Hunnam and Francoise Boufhal and for that, it deserves its place in history (if not, a place on our list should more than do it).

Would you believe us if we told you it recently celebrated its 25th birthday? How time flies…


Whether you love him or hate him, there′s no doubt that this bumbling, British buffoon brought beaming grins to our childhood chins. Whether trying to get changed in his car (whilst driving, mind you) shopping at Harrods or lighting up a Christmas tree – Mr.Bean simply could not stop causing chaos. Rowan Atkinson did, somehow, manage to navigate this “child in a grown man’s body” around fourteen 25-minute episodes, and for that, we’re extremely grateful.

Only Fools and Horses

“One more turn, Del!” The Trotter’s decision to get into the chandelier cleaning business in series two may be one of the most memorable in TV history. Though of course, there are plenty to pick from. The ten years we watched until Peckham boys Rodney and Del Boy finally become millionaires spawned countless moments of tear-jerking, tissue-grabbing laughter that left us craving for more. Honestly, if you’re able not watch this link five times over, let us know…

What have we missed? Tell us your favourite 1990s TV shows here:

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