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What do Friends, Seinfeld & Sex and the City have in common?

July 15, 2013 (No Comments)

One lady thinks they are all awful. Is she right? 

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A few weeks (months? I don’t really know. Gosh darn the days just get away from you don’t they?) ago I read an article by a lady who had absolutely no idea what she was talking about. She had taken time off work to combat the flu or some other curable disease – note the use of the word curable. I do not want you feeling sorry for this woman – and as most of us do when sick, took to the TV for the week. This is where it starts to get weird.

Being sick sucks. There are no two ways about it. But there is an upside and that is you get to watch as much shitty television as your little heart desires (and also you get cute texts from concerned co-workers). It’s a win for flu sufferers everywhere. Or so one would think.

Miss Cranky Pants up there in the first paragraph does not agree. Once out of her sickbed she decided to take to the Internet and declare all television shows made in the 90’s/early 2000’s complete garbage. Pfft whatever. I wouldn’t like to be her doctor because I can’t imagine it would be easy to diagnose someone as bat-shit crazy.

So in celebration of 90’s/early 2000’s television (the best decade for television ever) I have decided to compile a list of the Top 5 TV Shows of the 90’s/early 2000’s. In no particular order, except from the ranked order they are:

1. Friends

Rarely does a social situation pass where I cannot reference an episode of Friends. And it’s comforting to know I am not alone. Ross, Monica, Joey, Rachel, Chandler and Phoebe are a first family (none of that second family shit) to those who love them and I would delightedly welcome them back into my living room each night.

Friends Fountain


2. Sex and the City

Sex and the City, well what didn’t you tackle? Every taboo subject for women was examined, deconstructed and put back together for a Sunday brunch. SATC defined a generation of women and spurred 1000’s of ‘Which Character Are You’ Internet quizzes.

sex and the city


3. Seinfeld

I first learnt double dipping was socially unacceptable through an episode of Seinfeld and from then on I was hooked (thank god right? Imagine all the social faux pas I avoided). Masterfully written and literally based on nothing apart from the Manhattan mishaps of a group of friends

Seinfeld dance


4. Beverly Hills 90210 

Drama! Betrayal! Sex! Brandon! Tori Spelling’s boobs!This show had it all. The current 90210 might lack substance but the original was in a league of its own. Even if Aaron Spelling stopped Tori from ever having a sex scene (seriously, at a pinch we believed Dylan was 17 when he was clearly nudging 30 but telling us Donna was a virgin? With those boobs? Don’t dumb down your audience Spelling).


5. Will & Grace 

There was something about this show that just resonated. I don’t know if it was Debra Messing’s crazy red curls, Jack’s bitchy one liners or Karen’s…you know what? I do know. It was definitely Karen’s spot on attitude. This show is an easy watch with easy laughs and easily makes my Top 5.

will and grace 2


Honourable mentions go to: Buffy, Charmed, The Nanny, Just Shoot Me & Dawson’s Creek. 

All strong contenders and all worthy of a 2013 reprisal.



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