Oral histories aren’t something I necessarily go looking for when I want a definitive account of a piece of history. While I originally expected former NBC President Warren Littlefield’s Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV to be a straightforward narrative with some personal splash, I quickly realized this was indeed an oral recollection from several key players of the most influential period of recent television.
I’m at a standstill on Roseanne. I’m mere episodes away from Dan’s heart attack and the end of season eight, which means forcing myself to watch the terrible final season. But since I have already seen so many classic series (Brady Bunch, Cosby Show, Cheers, Seinfeld, etc) I find myself having the urge to watch series from the 1990s. Here’s a list of shows that have tickled my curiosity.
They appear in order of premiere year.
Twin Peaks (1990-1991)
I hear it’s a lot like The Killing, in the sense that it’s the original series that focused on one specific murder. Sure, I’ve been told that the second (and last) season is awful, but I feel I can bust out one season pretty quickly.
I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a handful of episodes, but don’t feel I know anything about this other than a girl who wears funny hats, a perky friend and Joey Lawrence yelling “WHOA!” I’ve often said I’d love to live in the early 1990s and feel Roseanne is one aspect of that era, but think this will give me a different viewpoint.
Mad About You (1992-1999)
I know what it’s about. I know Lisa Kudrow had a small bit role as a waitress and that Helen Hunt’s character appears on Friends for a split second confusing Phoebe with Ursula. But have I seen any episodes about a newlywed couple living in the Big Apple? Nope. Maybe I should change that.
Chicago Hope (1994-2000)
I was never a fan of ER, but my recent obsession with trying new things (a la a hospital drama [okay, I watched House, but that doesn’t count]) makes me want to check out a drama that wasn’t necessarily the best thing on television.
Ally McBeal (1997-2002)
I’ve seen a handful of this law/romance dramedy because I remember my father watching it (it’s okay to tell people you liked the show, right Dad?). If there’s one thing I love about television is when there’s a solid female lead and, from what I can remember, Ally was that. I don’t remember much, but I remember balling during Billy’s funeral.