Now, I’m really going to display my inner geek for this weeks MM installment. I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer. More importantly there is one character that I instantly fell in love with, the 200+ yr old vampire Spike. Yes, while everyone was fawning over Angel it was clear that Spike was the most badass on the show. So much that he was actually a regular cast member by the third season. It took me by complete shock that he is from California and not from England as his character suggests. His late 70s flashback scene might be one of my favs, in his quite accurate Billy Idol inspired outfit. I mean come on who could resist a vampire from England, who likes punk with bleach blonde hair, and has insannne cheekbones? Move over Edward from Twilight, you can sit down now.
Since the end of Buffy James Marsters has appeared on Angel, Torchwood, and Smallville just to name a few. Now he can be seen guest starring on tv shows, doing various appearances at Comic Con events, and also working on his music career.
if you’re a big fan of the show, here’s a nice montage of Spike’s best moments. You’re welcome.
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I had no bigger wish when I was young than to be Alyssa Milano. This probably stems from my 80s obsession with the tv show, “Who’s the Boss?”. She played Samantha, the tomboy daughter of Tony Danza. Soon after she starred alongside Reese Witherspoon in “Fear”, another amazing 90s movie. And I mean amazing. During my high school years she played Phoebe in “Charmed”, a story about three sisters who discover their destiny as witches. Always known as a 90s vixen back in the day, and we love her for it.
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It seems that Amanda Bynes is all over the headlines for her quite bizarre behavior lately but man she is one funny chick. She first got her start on Nickelodeon’s “All That”, which was probably one of the funniest kid sketch comedy shows in the 90s. Then she got her own show appropriately titled “The Amanda Show”. Yes, I even enjoyed the films ‘What a Girl Wants” and “She’s the Man”. After her run on “The Amanda Show” she starred in the television sitcom “What I Like About You” with Jennie Garth and Simon Rex. I really hope she makes an awesome comeback soon cause I can’t wait.
Here is a recent photo of her. I personally think this outfit is pretty awesome.
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I know that I’m probably going to get some flack about this post. Or maybe I will awaken the inner Joshua Jackson fan that lives in you out there. During the 90s it was really all about JJ. He first starred in The Mighty Ducks movies about a community hockey team of misfits. Of course throughout most of my high school years he was Pacey Witter on “Dawson’s Creek”, one of my favorite night time dramas. During the 98-99 times he was blonder for roles in “Urban Legend” and one of my other favs, “Cruel Intentions”. Now he stars in the television show “Fringe” , a showthat I have been meaning to watch for some time now. Until then let’s take a trip back to days wishing I was married to Pacey. I saw him once on the street in NYC, I almost fell into a puddle on the street.
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Does anyone remember MTV’s 120 Minutes? It was a great show in the 80s and 90s showcasing the most innovative and independent artists in rock. The original show hosted by Dave Kendall, aired from 1986-2000 but then was reformatted to air on MTV2, although never like the original. I’ve included some of my favorites from the show, dug up from the video time capsule we now know as YouTube.
This is one of those times in history that I wish could be rewound just for me to experience now. I now feel like an old fogey yelling about how music and everything was so much better back in “my day”. Let’s be real, I’m totally right.
Found this little gem on 1992 in Alternative Music…Def worth a watch!
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One of the best things about television is it’s ability to distract you from your actual life. I loved watching sitcoms in the 90s because it seemed that each premise was even crazier than the next. A true departure from reality.
This is also where most of my junior high boy crushes were first birthed. Ahh the memories. In true throwback fashion here are some of my fav sitcoms from the 90s.
Boy Meets World
Cory Matthews, perpetual do gooder and his wacky family were such a classic 90s staple. I however was obsessed with Shawn Hunter, aka. Rider Strong who played Cory’s best friend. Of course Cory had the annoying older dumb brother, and yes the class weird girl known as Topanga ultimately became Cory’s main squeeze as the show continued. Also, I love how Topanga was so ahead of the time with her fashion sense. 90s Boho anyone?
Saved by the Bell
I mean…If you don’t know why Saved by the Bell was one of the best shows on television then I just don’t know where to start. The fashion in this photo explains it all. Zack Attack!
It really doesn’t get much more 90s than Blossom. Since the day this show premiered it hasn’t left my brain. Apart from Blossom having the best wardrobe ever, she also had the dopest best friend named Six. Yep, Six. Also where would we be without Joey Lawrence famously saying “Woah!” in almost every episode. If you don’t know about Blossom, it’s on DVD.
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
What would this list be without a little imagination? After Melissa Joan Hart left Clarissa Explains It All the sitcom world was dying for a teenage girl just discovering magical powers from her two crazy witch aunts. Yes, the show comes complete with high school boy crush, best friend, and mean girl classmate. Oh let’s not forget the awesomely bad late 90s fashion too.
Step by Step
Think of the Brady Bunch but in the early 90s. Set in Wisconsin with two sets of kids from each parent, there were seriously endless story lines to come from this gem of a show. From the surfer slacker named Cody living in a van in the driveway to Andrew Keegan randomly guest starring as a potential boyfriend for one of the girls, it had it all. Let’s face it, the best part of this show was the cheesy intro and the fact that it was on ABC TGIF night.
To be honest I was really into this show because JTT (that’s Jonathan Taylor Thomas) for all the non- 90s teenage girls out there. He was the best thing since sliced bread and apparently he’s making a comeback to tv. The show revolved around the tool-obsessed Tim Taylor, his wife, and their three sons. Comedic genius.
Two Words. Kimmy Gibler. Yeah, I know she wasn’t a main character but her annoyance alone made this show worth watching. Centered around a single dad, his friends who live at his house, and his kids makes for an intriguing show to say the least. Yes, this is where the Olsen twins made their mark on the world.
3rd Rock From the Sun
One of the greatest shows in the 90s was arguably 3rd Rock from the Sun. Armed with a sardonic script and one of the best ideas ever for a show: What if aliens had to adapt to our society with hilarious results? Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is one of my favorite actors ever played Tommy the youngest of the clan in age but really an 80 yr old man by thought. This show is a classic waiting to happen.
This show is really one of my first memories of wanting to live in California. I do wish that I could have been a teen here in the 90s just so that I could relive my “California Dreams” if you will. These appropriately 90s fashion clad teens formed a soft rock band in high school (didn’t we all) and played gigs and also dealt with the usual teen problems. It sounds really cheesy now but this theme is literally still one of my favorite intros ever.
Hope you enjoyed this flashback into some 90s sitcom tv culture!
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Yes, I too am a fanatical Buffy fan. Just because I own the box set still doesn’t keep me from watching it on Netflix at random times. In the 90s the WB network was possibly the greatest tv channel ever invented. Buffy was on right before Dawson’s Creek so as soon as the first episode aired I was completely hooked. Don’t even get me started on actually waiting until the next week for the next storyline. Now it seems that everything is on DVD and we can perpetually lock ourselves away for days until the series is finished. Another example of how much things have really changed in the past 20 years.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played Buffy was my idol in high school. Secretly I wished I was a vampire slayer with a gang of friends helping me be ever more badass. She’s appeared in countless films since then that have become 90s classics. “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Cruel Intentions” are the two that really defined my teenage years. So for some mid-week inspiration let’s take a look at the best kick ass babe on 90s tv.
Buffy and Angel forever…
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Throughout the years on the blogI’ve mentioned the 90s tv show My So-Called Life. Never before have I gone into detail on it’s impact. It was one of those shows in the early 90s that directly mirrored my life. Even today I seem to compare my own happenings to the introspective Angela Chase played by Claire Danes. Although it was only on for one season it still is one of the most honest and real portrayals of 90s teen life ever. The fashion and amazing cast alone deserves a mountain of awards. So, don’t think of it as a throwback on this Thursday but more of a nod and a thank you to the creators of this show for existing even if it was only for one season.
One of the most incredible parts of this show was the multi-dimensional cast. Jared Leto as Jordan Catalano will forever go down in history as Angela’s “meant to be boyfriend” that kinda sorta was, who sang in a band. In other words perfect. Rayanne, the grungy amazingly styled best friend who’s drinking and drugs took over her life in a not so subtle way. Brian, the hopeless romantic neighbor who could only dream of Angela Chase and straight A’s in school. Rickie, a gay 15 year old teen who was always there to challenge social stereotypes on what a boy should be like in the 90s and be his own person no matter what people had to say about it. Then there’s Angela Chase, the red headed girl who thought way too much about everything but always seemed to have the best perspective on life.
This is still 90s television at it’s best. Raw, honest, and real.
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In the past 4 years of writing this blog I have thought of the entries as a time capsule. Or a way for me to remember things important or inspiring in my life. Almost like an online scrapbook if you think about it. Finding a film that hits you hard as soon as it’s over is a very rare thing. A few years ago this happened to me when I saw “This Is England” for the first time.
Director Shane Meadows premiered his first film in 2006 to amazing reviews. The story of a lost 12 year old boy who befriends a group of skinheads in England circa 1983. Aside from the film giving me a new insight on the background of skins, I also gained an intensive interest in British culture. Now it’s no secret that it is my dream to live in the UK, so seeing this film right around the time I was making the choice to move to Los Angeles reminds me of my quarter life crisis. In a good way.
The main character played by Thomas Turgoose was an incredible force in the film, as well as the other actors throughout. The film was so well received that a drama spin off television series was created called “This Is England” ’86 and it’s still running today. The ’90 series is slated for 2013. If you haven’t seen this film then I highly recommend seeing it right frickin now.
I hope this film is as powerful for you as it is for me.
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