Sarah and me circa 1996
Dear readers, you know that I'm not a movie buff. I haven't seen most of the classics. My dad referenced The Godfather yesterday and I only recognized it because of that scene in You've Got Mail where Tom Hanks is giving Meg Ryan business advice over AIM. But did you know - since I seem to be sharing things like this these days - that my classic TV knowledge is equally lacking?
We did have a TV once upon a time. I don't remember watching it, but I have a very strong memory of where we kept all of our VHS tapes: in a bookcase in the nook between the dining room and the den. When I was about 4, though, my mother put a vase of flowers on top of the TV (which, she admits in hindsight, was pretty dumb) and Daddy walked by and knocked it over and the TV died. Instead of getting a new one, Mom and Dad decided to take a stand against - well, against something, anyway, and there wasn't a TV in my parents' house again until after my sister left for college sixteen years later.
That's not to say I was totally deprived, of course. I have really lovely memories of the beginning of the DVD era, when the four of us would huddle around the glow of the computer screen in the evening, passing a bowl of popcorn between us, to watch episode after episode of The West Wing. And when the OC came out in 2003, my senior year of high school, I begged friends to invite me over to watch it. But reference those classic 90s TV shows that everyone knows by heart and I'm lost. That pop culture vocabulary is just not in my lexicon.
Part of me wants to go back and binge-watch some of the ones that seem to be cultural touchstones for my generation. I hate being the only silent one when everyone else is singing the theme song to The Fresh Prince and I'm totally insecure about not having an opinion on whether or not Rachel and Ross belong together. It's been at least a decade since most of the shows you all know and love went off the air, but I still feel left out.
So maybe when Jon gets here and the days get shorter and we settle in for a night of TV on the couch, I'll suggest we cue up one of the ones that everyone's always referencing. Here are the top 10 I could think of off the top of my head - am I missing any?
1. Boy Meets World
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
3. Clarissa Explains It All
4. Dawson's Creek
6. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
8. Full House
9. Saved by the Bell