Ah, the 90s. Awesome music, questionable fashion, and the best teen shows television had to offer. Many of today’s stars started on 90s teen shows. Heading into the year 2000 was a scary way to end the decade.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer-
“From each generation, a slayer is born”. In 1996 Joss Whedon gave us our favorite tiny, butt-kicking, blonde in the form of Sarah Michelle Gellers’, Buffy Summers. With its angsty teen humor, and at the time, out of this world special effects, Buffy was the antithesis of the stereotypical, big chested, dumb girls from horror movies. Buffy gave a generation of young women the confidence to hold their own and taught them not to fall in line with what others think they should be.
First airing in 1998, Charmed told the story of three sisters, who after the death of the grandmother that raised them, discover their destiny as witches. Fighting demons, and sometimes each other, we quickly fell in love with Prue, Piper, and Phoebe (Baby sister Paige would show up in a later season). The real story was learning to navigate the sisterly bond. With the Halliwell sisters, we laughed, we cried, and we grew with them. These witches cast a spell over us and we could not get enough.
We didn’t want to wait for our lives to be over (Oh yeah, that song will be in your head ALL day, you’re welcome). Every week we geared ourselves up for the trials and tribulations of Dawson and friends playing out on our own little teenage soap opera. Dawson’s Creek was beyond its time. Starring a young Katie Holmes (Think: Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah’s couch, yep that’s the one) as ‘Joey’ Josephine Potter, Dawsons love interest. It had heart, soul, and made us feel smart just by watching.
Party of Five-
Who would have thought a show about orphaned kids, would be so popular? Following the lives of five kids after their parents die in a car accident and starring a pre-Scream Neve Campbell, the series was a popular hit with teens and adults alike.
Angel, released in 1999, was the spin-off of the hugely popular, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The show followed Angel the good vampire and Buffy’s prior love interest, played by the lovely David Boreanaz, as he opened up a private eye agency in LA. Bringing along some old favorites from the Buffy cast.
Television brought us many memorable shows to keep our minds busy. It was a different time. We didn’t know what was going to happen (NO computers will work!), so to have that escape was priceless.