TV Shows I Used To Love
Sitting at work the other day, we were listening to the radio and a song came on from a few years back. One of my colleagues commented, “ooh this was the theme tune to The O.C.” which made me start thinking about the shows I used to live for. TV shows were really special back 15 – 20 years ago. Before on demand and streaming. When you wanted to watch something you really wanted to watch it, and chances are everyone else was watching the same thing too. It was what you discussed the next morning at school, uni or work and everyone watched live.
Now there are such a plethora of channels, often people are watching completely different TV shows and at different times. Even if you do find someone who is watching the same series, you normally have to start the conversation with “so what season are you on”. Just so you don’t reveal any spoilers.
So back to the conversation between my colleague and myself, I thought I’d list some of the shows that I used to live for. Just in case you lived for them too and it brought back some happy memories.
One Tree Hill
I love One Tree Hill right from the first season. Amazingly this American series about two basketball-playing brothers went on for nine seasons, spanning between 2003 and 2012, totalling 187 episodes. It was a bit hit and miss on UK television, but the episodes were readily available online and I loved it so much, I bought all the box sets.
The theme tune to these spawned the conversation. In a similar vein to the early seasons of One Tree Hill, it was about American teenagers, but these were the much richer, more glamorous versions. There were actually only four seasons which ran between 2003 and 2007 but each episode was packed full of gritty teen drama and edgy topics.
I didn’t start watching Desperate Housewives straight away. It took a couple of seasons of people telling me how good it was before I bought the first box sets and then caught up. After that, I was hooked. It first aired in 2004 and ran for 8 seasons and followed the lives of families on Wisteria Lane, mainly centring on the women and their evolving friendships. The ladies in this were super cunning and brave, not perhaps the sort of people you’d be besties with, but great to watch on a show.
The Crystal Maze
The original series with Richard O’Brien aired in the early 90s and in my opinion was the best. He was a brilliant presenter and the show was one of my favourites. I always wanted to go on and complete the challenges. As a grown-up, when I found out they were making a Crystal Maze in London which you could take part in, I was one of the very first people to buy my Kickstarter tickets. It didn’t disappoint. You can read about my experience in the Crystal Maze here.
This was a firm Saturday night favourite in our house. We used to watch religiously, cheering on our favourites and booing the gladiators. My brother, sister and I had our favourite gladiators too. I loved the gladiators so much, I used to set our video recorder to record the American Gladiators which would air in the early hours and would watch this religiously too. You didn’t grow up in the 90s if you didn’t watch and love the gladiators.
Again this was a show I didn’t get into right from season one. I had seen a couple of episodes here and there, but I was busy being a teenager when the first episodes were shown the UK. But moving on a few years, I caught up and became very attached to the lovable characters. It was one of the best-written shows I’ve ever watched and even now when I catch an old episode on the TV, I can’t help but watch a few minutes and indulge in the delight of it. I think most of my friend and I grew up thinking it was pretty cool to share a flat with our friends and we were happy not to settle down and get married right away as that’s what the guys and girls in friends did.
This was another teenage cult series. Back in 1998, it was all anyone talked about in school the next day, so you made sure you watched. Either because you were going to find out what happened anyway, or you just wouldn’t be able to join in the conversation the next day. After a couple of series, it got a bit wearing and almost everyone I know stopped watching it. We also got a bit annoyed with teenagers using a thousand words rather than the thirty they needed, so it quickly became a topic no one talked about any more. Still, to this day, I’ve not met anyone my age who has seen all the series.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
This was one of my absolute highlights of the week. It was on BBC2 and first aired in 1997. No one my age really watched BBC2 back in those days, so this was a rare visit to a somewhat dull channel. My parents kindly let me take over the TV each week to indulge in Sarah Michelle Gellar staking various baddies. I moved away to university halfway through the series and with studies, work and socialising missed quite a lot of episodes, so it wasn’t until about 8 years ago, I series recorded the lot. My husband and I then watched them all the way through. Just a few a week. It was delightful to see the ones I had enjoyed, and to learn the fate of the cast in the ones I had missed. Hope that this article has brought back some nice memories of shows that you enjoyed. What other ones would you add to the list?
I hope that this article has brought back some nice memories of TV shows that you enjoyed. What other ones would you add to the list?
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