Five 90s shows on Netflix to get your nostalgia fix
- Arusa Qureshi
- 31 March 2017
With news of the recent Buffy reunion making everyone feel nostalgic, we've rounded up our favourite 90s shows currently on Netflix
It may be more than a decade since its final episode aired but Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer remains a cult classic. If you grew up dreaming of being called to be the next slayer or becoming a member of the Scooby Gang or wanting Spike to be your boyfriend, you're certainly not alone.
As one of the most popular shows of all time, Buffy's appeal comes down to its multi-dimensional characters, forward-thinking storylines and inclusion of themes that offered intelligent social commentary on wide-ranging issues. It was both hilarious and devastating to watch, it paved the way for fierce butt-kicking female protagonists and also made vampires cool long before the arrival of Twilight (side note: Edward Cullen has nothing on Angel). So it comes as no surprise that Buffy fans everywhere collectively freaked out when Entertainment Weekly announced that they had orchestrated a reunion with most of the cast for the show's 20th anniversary. The behind the scenes photos and EW Reunites special provided an emotional trip down memory lane for many, with Sarah Michelle Gellar and co. reminding us why we had so much love for the show in the first place.
If you're a hardcore fan, you've no doubt already hopped on Netflix to make your way through the show for the 100th time. But if the Buffy reunion has made you pine for a simpler era, we've come up with a list of some excellent 90s shows to help you get your nostalgia fix.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
If the mere mention of West Philadelphia is enough to prompt you to scream 'born and raised!', you'll certainly be familiar with the antics of Will Smith and the Banks family. The sitcom follows Will as he navigates the unfamiliar upper-class world of Bel-Air, where he's sent to live with his aunt and uncle. The show was hilarious when it first aired but somehow, 20 years later the humour hasn't faded one bit. Geoffrey's many zingers and sly digs at the family are still on point, Carlton's dancing is still ridiculous and Will's many schemes and shenanigans are just as entertaining. Funnily enough, the cast of Fresh Prince recently had their own reunion.
Freaks and Geeks
If you were a fan of Freaks and Geeks, you probably still haven't gotten over the fact that it was cancelled after only 18 episodes. As a show that dramatised the ups and downs of teen life to a t, its short run was a tragedy. But thankfully, its popularity hasn't subsided, with new fans still discovering the show and its genius today. Freaks and Geeks centres around 16-year-old Lindsay Weir and her 14-year-old brother Sam who, along with their various friends, are considered outsiders. As well as generally being a great show, it was also responsible for launching the careers of a number of now-famous actors including Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, James Franco and Linda Cardellini.
That 70s Show
From hanging out in Eric's basement to riding around in the Vista Cruiser, That 70s Show somehow succeeds in transporting you back to the late 90s/early 00s, despite the show being set in a different era. The storyline focuses on a group of teenagers living in the fictional town of Point Place, Wisconsin, where they (slyly) smoke weed, annoy their parents and generally do stupid things. Like Freaks and Geeks, That 70s Show is notable for giving main cast members Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama their first major roles, as well as being the place where the now-married Kunis and Kutcher first met. The cast are all supposedly still friends but there was a mini-reunion just last year which once again sparked questions of the possibility of a future reboot.
It may not have been the most well-received show but 80s/90s sitcom Full House is still fondly remembered for its depiction of the Tanners and their daily exploits and many heartfelt family moments. Danny Tanner and his two brothers (played by Bob Saget, John Stamos and Dave Coulier) provide the element of wholesome comedy that makes the show worth watching while his three young daughters (the youngest of which is played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) add a sense of mischief, sentimentality and the all-important cute-factor. There's been a renewed interest in the show thanks to the new Netflix sequel series Fuller House, that premiered last year. But we recommend watching the original series first, mainly for nostalgia's sake.
If you were a (normal) kid in the 90s, the Goosebumps theme probably still terrifies you just a little bit. Based on RL Stine's popular books, the series included all kinds of weird and wonderful storylines from creepy things living under the sink to supernatural cuckoo clocks which the show's young characters would always have to find a way to defeat. Despite the dated visuals and low-budget style of filming, there are moments that will undoubtedly still make you jump. But be warned: re-watching Goosebumps may bring back those nightmares that you thought you left behind in the 90s.