Thursday, May 24, 2012

Guest Post: Celebrating 20 Years of "Must See TV"

Greetings, Children of the ’90s! My name is Frank Anthony Polito and I’m the author of the recently-released novel Lost in the ’90s.
As you might imagine, I’ve been thinking a lot about the ’90s lately. It’s hard to believe the decade that gave us Blossom, Beavis and Butt-head, and Blink-182 began over 20 years ago!

One of my favorite (and long forgotten) TV shows will actually turn 20 this coming August. How many of you Children of the ’90s remember the FOX drama The Heights featuring teen heart throb and singing sensation Jamie Walters -- who later appeared on Beverly Hills, 902010 as Ray Pruit?

The Heights focused on a fictional band called (what else?) “The Heights” and starred Walters as lead singer Alex O’Brien. The show also featured Charlotte Ross, then known for her Emmy nominated role as troubled teen 
Eve Donovan on Days of our Lives. Take a look at a scene from The Heights’ first episode:




While we’re on the topic of 20-year anniversaries... Here are a few other TV classics that also debuted in 1992. How many of these shows do you Children of the ’90s remember watching when you were growing up?

Barney & Friends - First airing on April 6, 1992, and featuring everybody’s favorite singing purple T-Rex. This show served as the babysitter to many a Child of the ’90s!


Goof Troop - Single father, Goofy, moves back to his hometown of Spoonerville with 11-year-old son, Max. The show premiered on April 20, 1992 on The Disney Channel and was adapted into a feature film A Goofy Movie in 1995.

Melrose Place - This steamy primetime soap centered around a group of 20-somethings living in the same West Hollywood apartment complex, and was recently revived (and soon-after canceled) by The CW. Episodes began airing on July 8, 1992.  

California Dreams - another show about a band, this multi-ethnic teen-oriented sitcom aired on Saturday mornings on NBC beginning on September 12, 1992. Check out the pilot episode below:


Hard to believe it’s been 20 years! Where has the time gone?

FRANK ANTHONY POLITO is an award-winning author and playwright. He received his BFA in Theatre from Wayne State University and his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon. He grew up in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park and currently resides in Sunnyside, Queens, NY.

LOST IN THE ’90s tells the story of a teenage boy from 2012 who travels back in time to April 1994, on the eve of Kurt Cobain’s suicide. There, he meets his teenage parents and helps them fall in love so that he can born. (Think of it as a ’90s Back to the Future without Doc Brown or the DeLorean.) The book is chock-full of ’90s pop culture and musical references, including the #1 hit tune from November 1992, “How Do You Talk to an Angel” which plays an integral role in the plot.

49 comments:

Minda said...

Great Post Frank!

For anyone interested in Frank's book Lost in the 90s, here is my review. It was great and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to get their 90s fix.

Ashley Kauffman said...

I loved this post! Thanks for mentioning Barney and Friends! I remember seeing it from the very start, and after the first episode ended, I wanted to see it again and threw a fit LOL. I'll have to check out these other 90's shows! And I'll definitely have to check out your book! :-)

Christina said...

Awesome post! You had me at "blink-182" I recently bought your book based on a friend's recommendation. I can't wait to read it!

Tyler Driver said...

My parents hated television, but for some reason Melrose Place was the only show they would watch. I aboslutely loved Goof Troop - the 90s were seriously a cartoon renaissance.

NellieVaughn said...

The 90s are a complete blur. I hate Barney, but was a huge fan of The Heights.

Frank Anthony Polito said...

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read my post and for the comments! I had a fun time writing this piece, and thanks to "Children of the '90s" for giving me the opportunity. Though there were SO many more awesome TV shows in the '90s -- these ones are just the ones from 1992. If you do get a chance to check out LOST IN THE '90s, I'd love to hear your thoughts :-)

Flair byBrandi said...

Aaahh!This brings back so many memories!! Great post!

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California Dreams is the best American teen-oriented sitcom that aired from 1992 to 1996 on Saturday mornings during NBC's TNBC Accutane Policies programming block. It was created by writers Brett Dewey and Ronald B. Solomon and executive produced by Peter Engel, all known for their work on Saved by the Bell.

JBsptfn said...

I never watched The Heights when it was on, but I have watched a few clips on You Tube, and I wouldn't mind seeing some full episodes of it.

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