Best 90s TV shows: Saved by the Bell

Between Girl Meets World, the boy band reunion tour, and Justin Timberlake bringing sexy back, I’ve been in full-on 90s nostalgia mode lately.

I took to my Facebook page a couple of weeks ago to see if I was the only one. I asked my pals over there what their favorite 90s TV show was and was surprised that there wasn’t an overwhelming favorite. I figured Friends or Seinfeld for sure, but there was a wide range of nostalgia going down.

I thought I’d share my top three picks. OK, it’s more like five picks, but they’re forever tied together in my head so back up off me!

Saved by The Bell

How could you not like this show? Zach and Kelly. The Max. Pill popping Jessie Spano. I used to plop my butt on the couch at precisely five o’clock every night so that I didn’t miss a second of singing along with the theme song (much of which was straight up mumbling because I didn’t know the words).

The only thing that could tear me away from it was to attack my dad when he got home from work. I would’ve loved the pause button on my DVR back then.

This show even stands the test of time. I used to watch it in the mornings while I got ready for college and had it on in the delivery room when I had my first baby. It holds a seriously special place in my heart.

Best 90s TV shows: Saved by the Bell scaredvia Ciao Knives

TGIF (Full House, Family Matters, Step By Step)

The Tanners (um, Uncle Jesse). Urkel. Need I even say more?!

This line-up had to be ratings gold. My whole family looked forward to Friday nights when we would all hunker down in front of the TV and watch these shows. All of my friends watched them too. It was just a part of the weekly routine.

And honestly, I miss shows like these. It makes me feel really old and I’m not sure if it’s just the nostalgia talking, but they don’t make ’em like they used to!

Best 90s TV shows: Full HouseBest 90s TV shows: Family Mattersvia BuzzFeed

Dawson’s Creek

This is yet another show that was turned into a ritual for me (although the ritual really started in the 2000s). During college, Dawson’s night was a big deal. We would order Chinese food and require absolute silence while we watched the story unfold.

I loved the dialogue in this show. Sure it was angsty and a little whiny at times, but so was I. There were finally characters that I could completely relate to. They spoke like me and they felt the same things I felt. It wasn’t the typical dumbed down teen show. The characters were complex and had complex thoughts and relationships.

Plus, Pacey Witter owned my heart. Team Pacey, all the way.

Best 90s TV shows: Dawson's Creekvia Florence Snow

Ok, your turn! Which 90s TV shows top your list?

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.