Freaks and Geeks fell – for the most part – on deaf ears when it aired on television. It was broadcast to the wrong audience at the time but has managed to become something of a cult classic in TV Land. The show looks inside the awkward years between childhood and grown up. Set in the 80’s, the show features bell bottoms, feathered hair, and Parisian night suits – which, if you didn’t know, make you an instant super stud. The freaks are the kids from the wrong side of the tracks. The bad bananas, if you will. The geeks are the kids who are just trying to avoid the bullies and the occasional swirly or atomic wedgy. School is hard enough without all of the peer pressure to be the coolest/strongest/brightest kid. The brilliant minds behind the show? Paul Feig and Judd Apatow. It’s no surprise that Apatow went on to make several movies with key members of the cast like Jason Segal, Martin Starr, Seth Rogan, James Franco, and wife Leslie Mann who had a cameo on the show as Bill’s (Starr) Teacher. The show was funny and absurd at times, but it wasn’t just that. It was smart and witty and included the same lesson one might learn on say, Full House, but taught to us in a form that is much easier to swallow. Having the crew on the big screen to see where their lives have taken them and if Lindsay and Nick will ever end up together would please the masses. Fingers crossed, everyone!
This is very exciting indeed. Are you sitting down? Apparently, an Arrested Development movie is in the works. Set to release next year, the Bluth family and the Fünke family will make a presumably triumphant return. With Opie as narrator, the show will finally reach the audience that it always deserved. The loyal followers who felt that it wasn’t on air nearly long enough with get to see the boozing, scamming, magic trick performing family once again. The best thing about this is that it looks like about 95% of the original cast will be returning for this film. Really, do you think anyone could play never nude Tobias Fünke like David Cross? Not likely. Will Michael Bluth finally find real love? Will George-Michael get over his crush on cousin Maeby? Will Gob ever stop being such a jackass? Will Tobias take off his jean shorts? Hopefully all of these questions and more will become clear when the film hits theaters.
Scrubs wasn’t just an ordinary doctor show. The people of Sacred Heart – or Sacred Fart, if you saw the sign – are a unique group. The show started out ten years ago with wacky dialogue, silly sound effects, and bad hair-dos. But I was instantly in love. Every episode contained laugh-out-loud moments, get-your-tissues moments, and I-wish-I-could-hang-out-with-these-people moments. An episode would – as TV shows often do – start off with a problem. The thing that I liked about this show is that not everything had to be hilarious. This often were, but it wasn’t necessary for the show to thrive. We would follow JD, Turk, Carla, Elliot, Dr. Cox, and Janitor through their days and live vicariously through them for 30 minutes at a time. Without fail, each episode would wrap up with the perfect song for that particular episode and often yours truly would be in tears. Sometimes happy tears, sometimes sad. I became totally emotionally involved with these characters. They were there for me when I got home from a long day and needed to laugh and I could relate to them so much. I’ll keep my fingers crossed, but I’m not holding my breath on this one.
Talk about learning life lessons. It seemed as though Kevin Arnold would learn a new lesson in each episode of The Wonder Years. It is a recollection of Kevin’s (Fred Savage) experience growing up in the 60’s. He had typical 60’s parents – the mom who tried too hard and the dad who worked too hard. He had a big brother who bullied him and a big sister who wasn’t around much because she was out standing up for what she believed in. He had a best friend who would stand behind him until the very end. And then there was Winnie Cooper. Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) had the shiniest hair, the prettiest clothes, and the heart of one Kevin Arnold. Kevin was a pretty lucky kid over all. This was another show that you shouldn’t sit down to watch without your kleenex. Brilliantly executed, The Wonder Years ran from 1988-1993. It was a show that parents could sit down to watch with their kids and have no fear that their children would be exposed to unsavory content. A Wonder Years movie would just be the cherry on top of this beautiful series.
Feeny! Feeeeeeny! Fe-he-he-heeny! Eric Matthews would call out the name of George Feeny in just the goofiest ways in any given episode of Boy Meets World. That’s one of the things that was so lovable about his character. Brother to Fred Savage of The Wonder Years – which went off air the same year that Boy Meets World came on air – Ben Savage plays the unsure of himself Cory Matthews. Boy Meets World was all about growing up. It was about finding out who we are, who we love, and what matters most. As a girl, I can say that any girl in the world would want a boy to feel about them the way Cory felt about Topanga. The story of Cory and Topanga is one of those love stories that typically doesn’t happen in real life but we wish it would. Cory’s best friend Shawn has a bond like the one shared between Turk and JD on Scrubs. The show created characters that were endearing. We cared about them. Much like the other shows on this list, Boy Meets World embodies the charm necessary for a show to thrive but it also finds the funny in everyday situations that ordinarily wouldn’t be so funny. Lessons, love, laughter, life. That’s what Boy Meets World is all about. It doesn’t always have a happy ending, but when it does, the whole world gets a warm fuzzy. This would be a group that I would love to see together again at the cinema.