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When we were kids, there were very few forms of words & illustrations bound together on pieces of paper that really appealed to us. Besides Where’s Waldo and comic books, there were two other very well liked exceptions. Nickelodeon Magazine & Disney Adventures were two things that 90s kids really enjoyed. Nickelodeon Magazine ran a commercial that must’ve aired at every single break (see below), because it’s forever embedded in plenty of our brains. Anyway, these magazines featured content that we found interesting during that time period. See, nowadays we’re more likely to read magazines with content covering celebrity gossip, fashion, sports or things of that nature. Back then we got our thrills from Nickelodeon Magazine’s comics, pranks, posters, interviews, recipes, non-fiction articles and general humor. The coolest thing about ‘em was the fact that they didn’t strictly contain things only associated with their network; they covered all sorts of topics a kid could relate to! Meanwhile, Disney Adventures managed to capture the entertaining/fun aspects that Nickelodeon Magazine had, while adding some educational material in addition. So, we learned a few things and got the take pleasure in the puzzle games, entertainment news, fun facts (a section called: Weird Yet True) and a sports guide, created by ESPN. While both magazines have met their demise, they put together strong runs that managed to live on past our childhoods. If you have the slightest hoarding tendencies, surely you’ve got some of these magazines lying around somewhere.
OK, who else has seen this Nickelodeon Magazine commercial below SO MANY times that you can still recite nearly every word, verbatim? Nostalgia at its finest!
Shockingly there was life before the Youtube era and viral video phenomenon. So, when you see a show like Tosh.0 that completely revolves around popular/wide spread videos, it’s important that you realize it’s not a completely original concept. See, back in the 90s we had a little something called America’s Funniest Home Videos. We didn’t have internet access so the clips shown on this series were sent in by folks via mail (what an outdated method of communication, right?) on tapes. Instead of Daniel Tosh, our host was the magnificent Bob Saget (Full House) and the humor was less adult oriented, gearing itself more toward families. While we were restricted to PG material, there was a hefty supply of slapstick humor through accidents and mishaps involving kids and pets. Countless times we saw the guaranteed to get a laugh clips of shots to the crotch or slipping/tripping clumsiness. While Bob Saget didn’t spend a ton of time evaluating each clip or doing anything like “Web Redemptions” as Mr. Tosh does, it was the 90s kid’s version of a video clip television show. Now that we’re adults, it’s great to enjoy the humor provided by Tosh.0 via clips from Youtube, but make sure you don’t forget your roots, and the fact that before Daniel Tosh, Bob Saget presented you with laughs at other people’s expense!
Which do you like better. America’s Funniest Home Videos as a kid OR TOSH.0 as an adult? Leave your answers in the COMMENT section!
Divorced woman with three kids meets divorced father with three kids and they all merge into one big, happy family. Genius, ain’t it? Obviously the creators of Step By Step (day by die, a fresh start over, a different hand to play) knew how successful The Brady Bunch was with this same blue print so they took it, made some modifications to better fit the times and ran with it. In fact, they won the battle of endurance, running with that concept longer than the Brady Bunch itself did. Believe it or not, Step By Step accumulated seven seasons (160 total episodes) while The Brady Bunch only lasted for five seasons (117 total episodes). The storylines on Step By Step incorporated many things we saw the Brady’s endure as well, such as the families combining and forcing the children to interact as brothers and sisters. It depicted typical family conflicts between siblings and your basic situations that kids and teenagers face during the process of growing up. Let’s take a moment to reflect on the characters of Step By Step and get a better understanding of what each one brought to the table.
Chrissy Snow Carol: The edgy mother played by Suzanne Somers. She owned a salon that was connected to her house for part of the series.
Karen: Carol’s daughter who dreamed of being a model. Often shallow, rarely sensible.
Dana: Carol’s daughter who was intelligent but uptight. She was somewhat of a feminist and displayed hostility toward her stepbrothers.
Mark: Carol’s son who was a nerd to the maximum. He wore sweatshirts (with the occasional matching fanny pack) around his waist.
Frank: The laid back dad who owned a construction company. He balances out Carol’s uptight ways while she makes Frank a more responsible man.
J.T. (John Thomas): Frank’s son who was your typical slacker jock. Played sports well but failed at academics. He resented his new family members, especially Dana.
Al (Alicia): Tomboyish daughter of Frank who ends up being quite a feminine looking woman who pursues a career as an actress.
Brendan: Son of Frank, he was your typical carefree youngster but he randomly disappeared from the series after the sixth season.
Cody: Frank’s goober of a nephew who lived in a van in the driveway. He was rather eccentric and had catchphrases such as, “Dude!” and “No Way!” Definitely not the brightest bulb in the box.
How cheesy is this intro? Especially the green screened roller coaster shot. So 90s and I love it.