This week, I had no idea what I was going to write about until Thursday morning. I’ve had the Friday post for a couple months now, and I was thinking about what I used to do on Fridays as a kid. Then I knew. I knew I had to write what might be the most important blog post that will ever run on BourbonBrainTrust.com, if not the internet. I knew I had to rank the top 5 shows to ever grace the airwaves of the wonderful TGIF lineups.
TGIF was a mid 90s programming block on ABC. It featured some of the best family sitcoms of all time. Both my wife and I have very fond memories of watching with our families as we ate Domino’s pizza. It was the only day of the week I got to watch more than 30 minutes of TV. I very much took advantage of it.
Here is my list of the top 5 shows from the TGIF lineups, in very particular order:
#5 - Step by Step 1991-1997
If you don’t remember it, Step by Step was a rip-off of The Brady Bunch. I thought Alan Thicke starred as the dad instead of Patrick Duffy. Man, that would have been a helluva better show. It also featured creepy nephew Cody who lived in a van
and invented crystal meth.
#4 Family Matters 1989-1997
When I saw how long this show ran, I was astonished. Nine years for any show is great. Once upon a time, an 8 year old Casey Carpenter went as Steve Urkle for Halloween. As I walked out of the school bathroom in my high water pants, suspenders, and enormous glasses, I was proud to be associated with the dorkiest black man that has ever graced television. Yes, I did do that.
#3 Sabrina the Teenage Witch 1996-2000
Melissa Joan Hart and Salem the smart-ass cat. The only reason this show didn’t rank as #2 or #1 is because there weren’t any Pearl Jam references. Would it have killed the writers to include a shout out to Clarissa Explains It All?
#2 Boy Meets World 1993-2000
It was really hard to put this show at #2 instead of #1. The antics of Cory Matthews and his loyal, dim-witted sidekick Shawn often made me laugh and cry. Now that I’m an old fart, I want to emulate the dad-isms of Mr. Feeny and Alan Matthews. Damn, I loved this show. I hope this remake isn’t as ridiculous as all of the other crap on Disney these days. But there can only be one…
#1 Full House 1987-1991
This was the best family sitcom of the 1990s, regardless of TV block. Before you mildly write your grievances in the comment thread about how there’s no way this should be #1, please consider what the cast of FH achieved after the show was off the air:
- one inspired the best selling album of the 1990s (Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette)
- one married and divorced Mystique
- one may have contributed to the death of the Joker
- one is currently dancing with the stars
- most did a lot of drugs, but only one did a lot of METH
- one hosted America’s Funniest Videos then became a vulgar comic
- one was the voice of Aladdin
- and one was a badass dog named Comet
Good Friday everyone!