As the chief compiler of Top10 lists here at Dinosaurs and Dandelions, it is my duty to compile lists of the 10 top examples, which best represent their chosen category. This week we will start off with a topic everyone will be familiar with.... Except maybe people who don't have televisions. Oh, and people who are to young to remember the 1990's. And communists. Please note: This list is not based on how many times the show has been rerun. Ok, here goes:
Top10: Television Shows Of The 1990's
10. Beverly Hills, 90210. Ah, Beverly hills, 90210. The show that started it all. I'm not exactly sure what, "it all" is, or whether or not it's a good thing, but there is no doubt in my mind that it started it all. Highlight: Twenty-somethings playing high school kids.
09. Home Improvement. Basically the Everybody Loves Raymond of the 90's, but with tools and grunting. Oh, and quite a bit less lame. Highlight: Al's Mom.
08. KaBlam! The name says it all. An explosion of awesome. Brightly coloured scribbles, fragments of subtle genius, comic book cut outs, and a few lost marbles, all jammed into a pipe with nails and crayons and melted figurines and set off on Saturday mornings in the homes of unsuspecting children. Highlights: Prometheus and Bob. Action League Now!
07. Party Of Five. Oh, the drama. The romance. The heartbreak. I was actually brought to tears in one episode! Or, was that Dawson's Creek... Meh, same thing. Highlight: Lacey Chabert.
06. Seinfeld. A show about nothing in particular, and yet so many things. A show you don't really have to get anything out of, to gain a lot from. Perhaps a postmodern commentation on a self centered society or maybe just a wacky sitcom that worked and yada yada yada... Highlight: The angry soup man.
05. The Ren & Stimpy Show. Finally, a cat and mouse who weren't always trying to kill each other! Throw in some non-sensicle storylines, questionable behaviour, sexual innuendo and all kinds of indecently marvellous material and what you get is, better than bad, it's good. Yes sir, I like it. Highlight: Log.
04. Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Before vampires came out of the closet, before they sparkled in the afternoon sun, back when they were still badass, leather jacket wearing, angry forehead hellions and when they were the thing of every school girls nightmare, not fantasy, someone had to teach them a lesson. That someone was Buffy. With the help of the Scoobies, she kicked vampire ass, and sent ugly, bad prosthetics demons back where they belonged - the 1980's! Highlights: Faith. Willow going apeshit. The episode Once More, With Feeling. Caleb.
03. 3rd Rock From The Sun. What happens when four aliens come to earth, disguise themselves as 'typical' humans, and live among the people in a bid to learn their mysterious ways? If you don't know the answer to that, you must have been living on another planet. Over the top hilarity at its best. Highlights: Dick Solomon. Sally Solomon. Harry Solomon. Tommy Solomon.
02. Twin Peaks. What can you say about Twin Peaks. Like a strange dream that you don't want to wake up from. Part murder mystery, part soap opera, part hallucination. Highlight: Being the subject of a wonderfully strange television experiment.
01. The Simpsons. One of the most, if not the most popular and loved television shows of the 90's, for old and young alike. Recent years may have seen its decline, but for much of its first decade it was unmatched. Fan or not, you cannot deny it deserves a place in the top 10 television shows of the 1990's, and as the chief compiler of Top10 lists here at Dinosaurs And Dandelions, I have final say, and I say it deserves this one, and if you don't like it you can get bent and/or eat my shorts. But don't have a cow, man. Highlights: Treehouse of Horror. The Bartman. Seasons 1-9. And to a lesser extent, season 10.
Matt's Pick: Sports Night. You'd have to ask Matthew what Sports Night is all about. As far as I can tell, this television series possibly revolves around a sport, or sports, of some kind. There is also a good chance the majority of the show takes place at night. Comedy GOLD!
Honourable Mentions: Animaniacs, Dawson's Creek, Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, Early Edition, Ellen, The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Friends, Gargoyles, Pokemon, Roswell, Saved By The Bell, South Park, Stargate SG1, Teletubbies, That 70's Show, X-Files, X-Men.