It has been quite a long time since I have done a “Dishin’ It Up” post and I have been itchin’ to get back at it for quite sometime. If fact, I had planned on bringing this series back at the beginning of 2015, as a weekly blog feature, instead of a monthly feature like I did in the past, and well nearly four months into the new year is better than nothin’… right?!?!
Anyways, for all you new readers and fans, who haven’t been with me since the beginning, the “Dishin’ It Up!” series is where I share my monthly favorites, what I have been up to, where I have been eating, etc. I always shared this post one day at the end of the month, as sort of a monthly recap, but towards the end of last year, when I decided I wanted 2015 to be a year focused on being more connected, that I would do these posts on a regular, weekly bases, as a way for you readers and myself to get more connected! You know since these posts could be more personal or totally random.
Like today, lets talk about the “teen dramas” that changed my life. Um… bold statement?? I think not!
Beverly Hills, 90210- So when 90210 first premiered I was still a young tween in elementary school. However, this did not stop me from watching it. In fact, I first discovered 90210 because one of the daughters of one of the teachers at the day care we went to at the time would bring episodes recorded on VHS to watch at the day care during the summer… so all of us kids then watched it as well as part of that day’s movie time (I know… that day care was a total winner… and that was a horrible sentence.). And even though I was still too young to understand really what was going on until the last few seasons, I learned what it meant to be a cool kid… wear all those cute 90’s clothes (back when leggin’s with stirrups were totally rad) and watch what all the older cool kids were watching.
Saved By the Bell- Another 90’s “teen” sitcom that totally shaped my life. I mean really who didn’t learn from Jessie and A.C. Slater’s on again off again relationship how to handle real life dating and that having a pet name like “Mama” is a true sign of love. And learned from Jessie to not take on more than you can handle. Oh and don;’t get me started on how I totally had hair envy of preppy Kelly Kapowski. And speaking of VHS… well I am guilty of asking my Dad to make sure and record every,single,episode including the special when they went to Hawaii that I watched until the tape broke. I even followed the gang off to college, but by the time Saved by the Bell: The New Class premiered I had moved on to bigger and better teen dramas. By the way I am completely head over hills about the Jimmy Fallon Saved by the Bell reunion episode he aired recently and have watched it no lie, like 10 times.
Dawson’s Creek- Was one of the few “teen dramas” that I actually watched, get this, when I was actually a teen. Yup this show premiered when I was in high school and vividly remember watching it with my friends, gushing over Joey and Pacey and Jen and Dawson’s complicated relationship. This is also the only teen drama I have watched repeatedly since it landed on Netflix, I guess trying to subconsciously relive my teen years without the actual real life drama.
Gilmore Girls– Oh.This.Show! I love it for so many reasons (and am totally re-watching it on Netflix as we speak). I was always super envious of the relationship Rory had with her Mom (not that my Mom and I had a bad relationship when I was a teen/early 20’s, but it was certainly not like these two… and yes I know it is fiction and all…but). Oh and Melissa McCarthy as Sookie??!!?? Seriously loved her in this role and totally blame this show as part of the reason I dream of owning a little B&B one day. Oh and Stars Hollow is like the perfect most adorable town. Yes. I repeat, I do know it is fiction….
One Tree Hill– I was no longer a teen when this show came out but I became pretty obsessed with it for several years in college, carefully planning my schedule to be at home to watch it each week. Then Haley and Lucas started being in the “in crowd” and so did I and I stopped watching it (always having more important plans). Then as luck would have it Netflix added it to it’s line up and you betcha I immediately binge watched it so I could finally see who everyone finally ended up with.
The O.C.– Was another college favorite! I will always have happy memories about having weekly O.C. watching parties (full of dozens of taquitos with ranch dressing and ice cream) with my college roommates and friends, dying over all the complicated relationships and seemingly glamorous life in Orange County (I see a running theme for teen dramas… do you??) and starting our own Chrismukkah celebrations.
Friday Night Lights– And last but not least Friday Night Lights. I didn’t know about FNL until way late in the game, I mean I did know about it because it was filmed in Austin and I had a few friends who were extras, but I never watched when it was on air. Then later, when it was off air and there was still a ton of hype, especially here in the blogosphere, then I knew I had to watch. And I loved it! Ok, I know I have said I loved all of these shows but I really LOVED FNL. It really was like my high school (I did happen to go to high school in Texas… and football really was that important) AND did I mention it was filmed in Austin, like was filmed right where I used to live when I lived there (I can’t tell you how many times I paused the show screaming at Eric to show him various landmarks/places we know all too well). Let me tell you that was a sad, sad day when I realized the show was filmed right where I lived at the time I lived there and I didn’t even know or care. Whomp.