It was great being a teenager in the 90s. Unless you were Angela...
We can’t answer the burning questions you’ve been wondering for the past 20 years, like “what animal even was Cyril Sneer anyway?” and “how did they get away with those storylines in Round The Twist?” (for anyone who remembers the one where the boy swallowed a fish). But we can take you on a trip down memory lane with some blimmin’ brilliant TV nostalgia. Read on and enjoy, people.
1. My So-Called Life
It may have been our first introduction to Claire Danes, and we all wanted to be her grungy redhead character Angela in her Dr Martens and checked shirts, but this was also our first introduction to Jared Leto, and for that we will be forever grateful.
2. TFI Friday
When TFI broadcast again earlier this year, we were reminded how totally brilliant it was. What would our Friday nights have been without it? Favourite segment: Freak or Unique, of course! Here's Bjork being eccentric on the show.
3. The Clothes Show
Before street style, before constant tabloid coverage of the FROW, before Instagram…this was where you went for your fashion news if you were too cheap to buy actual fashion magazines (shame on you!). Oh, and the Pet Shop Boys theme tune was ace.
4. The Raccoons
A staple of our Saturday mornings, we were probably too old to still be watching cartoons, but there was something about Bert the Raccoon and Cyril Sneer that we couldn’t resist. Here’s the theme tune for your enjoyment.
5. CD: UK
This is the show that made Top Of The Pops look completely out of date, particularly as it announced the number one song a whole day before the official chart on Radio 1 the next day. Presented by Ant & Dec and Cat Deeley, the show featured live performances from the pop acts of the time, but considering they were Atomic Kitten and A1, we were more interested in the presenters TBH.
6. Beverley Hills 90210
The first of a host of US teen dramas that we were completely hooked on in the Nineties, the best thing about 90210 was that the lead brother and sister characters are called Brandon and Brenda Walsh. Hilarious.
7. Saved By The Bell
One word: Screech.
8. The Broom Cupboard
Originally occupied by Andy Crane and Edd The Duck, Andi Peters took over in 1989 until 1993. Edd even released a single called Awesome Dood! in 1990. Yep, those were the days…
9. Shooting Stars
Following on from Vic & Bob’s totally ridiculous series Big Night Out, Shooting Stars was a slightly more accessible game show version of their mad-cap humour. It was also where we first met Matt Lucas. He's a baby! He's a baby!
Yeah, OK, this was a show for toddlers, but it’s well documented that it was loved by an older generation too. This member of Team InStyle admits to having a poster of Laa-Laa on her wall at University (well, she needed to cover up the gross wallpaper with something).
11. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Of course, Will Smith was completely brilliant in this (hands up who else knows all the words to the theme tune! Hands up who else got caught by a teacher singing it loudly in the art room! Oh, that's just me...). For us though, Carlton will always steal the show with his incredible dancing.
The show that first introduced us to the hilarious talents of Simon Pegg, Jessica Stevenson and Nick Frost aired right at the end of the Nineties, around the same time that we were turning 20 and leaving our teens behind us. Sad times.
13. The Wonder Years
Gah! Fred Savage was SO CUTE! And pretty much the same age as us. We basically grew up with him. And then graduated to My So-Called Life.
Turned out it was OK to be geeky. So long as you had a stupid but good-looking brother called Joey. Mayim Bialik, who played Blossom, is now a neuroscientist (true fact).
15. The Big Breakfast
Just around the time that getting out of bed in the morning became a real struggle (teens are naturally more tired. Another true fact), along came The Big Breakfast to help us up in the mornings.
16. Dawson’s Creek
“I don’t wanna wait, for our lives to be over. I want to know right now what will it beeeee!” etc.
CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE THE NINETIES WITHOUT FRIENDS? Best not to, to be honest.
18. Byker Grove
One word: Spuggy
19. Going Live!
Saturday morning TV at its best; how we loved to watch Phillip Schofield being dreamy every week. Oh, and Trevor and Simon were, like, the funniest guys on TV. This member of Team InStyle saw them out at an event together recently and was more star struck by them than by Paul Weller. #swingyourpants
We loved Sara Gilbert’s character Darlene the best, because we could imagine hanging out with her and she wore clothes like us. And she had really cool hair.
21. Count Duckula
Anyone who loved Danger Mouse in the Eighties loved its successor, Count Duckula. A cartoon voiced by David Jason is always going to be a winner.
22. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy’s relationship with Angel was totally swoonworthy. Eat your heart out Twilight.
WHY DID WE EVEN WATCH THIS? Another Saturday morning TV cartoon that slipped into our lives and we ended up watching, even though we were hungover.
24. Absolutely Fabulous
Eddie. Patsy. Sweetie. Darling. Genius.
25. Telly Addicts
In an age where there were only 4 TV channels, it was possible to have a game show where all the questions were based on what had been on the tellybox. Imagine trying to do that now!
26. SM:tv Live
Ant & Dec and Cat took the baton for Saturday Morning TV and ran with it, and their brilliant sketches and games – Chums, Wonkey Donkey, The Beautiful Corrs – had us in stitches. And them...
27. Round The Twist
This Australian show was REALLY WEIRD. But we very much liked the theme tune. Have a listen below.