Those were the days… When there were limited channels, but entertainment was unlimited… When school-time was preceded and followed by our eyes being glued to the TV screen… When a cartoon character taught us more than life could ever teach… When you watched an episode and it felt like your life had just changed.
If you are a ’90s kid, you already have goosebumps thinking about the simpler times. TV meant a lot to every kid back then. Yes, more than the iPhone 6 and the PS3. And as much as we hate to admit it today, we would give anything to have our favorite TV show back.
So let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?
Here are the top 10 TV shows that we think should exist today:
10. Dexter’s Laboratory
The boy genius and his crazy inventions immediately caught our attention. And his efforts to keep his annoying sister out of the lab made us laugh. But amidst the crazy plans and disastrous experiments, there was a story that captured the realistic relationship most brothers and sisters share.
“What does this button do?”
“It brings Dexter and Dee Dee back into our lives”
9. Power Rangers
Clad in multicolored uniforms and shiny helmets, the Power Rangers were the epitome of cool back in the day. They were the ones who made the grass explode simply by posing! And you can’t deny that you desperately waited for the five rangers to morph into one giant robot and kick some ass!
8. Vikram Betal
Raja Vikramaditya and the vicious Betal scared and educated us at the same time. With a possessed corpse dangling on his back, Vikramaditya would walk on and we got to witness a new story every week. But the spookiest moments were when Betal would exclaim, “Tu Bola, Main Chala!”
Admit it, if Pingu played on TV today, you would drop everything and be transfixed. Pingu and his family did the most random things and we still loved them. Not a dialogue was uttered, nothing extraordinary happened. But it was the joy of watching clay-animated penguins that still makes us smile.
Of all the TV shows Disney has offered, DuckTales was the most unique. Awesome adventures, funny characters and a swimming pool of gold coins. Just pure awesomeness!
5. Small Wonder
A robot modeled as a little girl? Consider me sold.
The science-fiction humor reference is just one of the aspects that made the show great. It also benefited from smart writing and quirky, lovable characters (including the supremely-annoying Harriet).
4. Mr. Bean
Sometimes he got his head stuck inside a Turkey, and sometimes, he ran through a hotel lobby naked. Mr. Bean, an alleged alien, was downright ludicrous but uproariously funny. We only wish Rowan Atkinson would don the brown coat and come back to entertain us once again.
3. The Jungle Book
“Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai, Pata Chala Hai… Chaddi Pehen Ke Phool Khila Hai…”
Oh, that adorable intro theme! The Jungle Book was one of the first TV series animated in Tokyo that impacted our lives. Mowgli, Bageera, Balu and Kaa all seemed like family to us. But the most iconic bits were when Sher Khan spoke and Nana Patekar’s menacing voice emanated.
He was, and forever will be, the Indian Superman.
Shaktimaan was the first full-fledged superhero of India, who had the coolest powers. You may call him tacky now, but the younger you was just glad that Shaktimaan had saved the day. Time to say "Sorry Shaktimaan”?
1. The Wonder Years
Kevin Arnold, his life, his love, his family – all of it struck a cord with us because it felt so true to our own lives. The teenage angst, Fred Savage’s affable face and the superb narrative still remind us that friends, love and school were all we ever needed. This wasn’t just a show you watched as a kid. This was a show you grew up with.
Today, there is a whole lot to watch on TV. But all of it seems moot compared to what we watched back in the day. So do yourself a favor this holiday season and watch these TV shows to refresh your memories. Because as much as we want them to, they will never come back.