For many of us, the 90s ranks as one of the greatest eras in the history of television. From Friends and Seinfeld to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, many shows from the era are simply unforgettable. But do you remember any of the forgotten productions on this list? There’s only one way to find out.
Thea (1993-1994, ABC)
Years before singer and actress, Brandy, became a Grammy Award winning superstar, she was first cast as a series regular on the sitcom Thea. The series, which chronicled the adventures of a single mom and her four children, lasted 19 episodes before it was cancelled by NBC. Nonetheless, Brandy would go one to become one of the music world’s biggest faces, later launching her own teen sitcom, Moesha, in 1996.
Brotherly Love (1995-1997, NBC/The WB)
Remember the always adorable Lawrence brothers? Throughout the 90s, real life siblings Joey, Matthew and Andrew became objects of affection for girls of different age groups. Sadly, Brotherly Love only lasted for two seasons, but the show still ranks as one of the decades unsung treasures.
Singled Out (1995-1998, MTV)
Ahhh the good old days. When MTV actually lived up to its musical network title.
Throughout the 90s and into the 2000s, dating shows like Singled Out always kept you entertained in between the awesome music videos. Featuring Chris Hardwick and Jenny McCarthy in the hosting seat, each episode featured a single who would sift through a smorgasbord of 50 eligible bachelors or bachelorettes,choosing one lucky winner at the end.
City Guys (1997-2001, NBC)
City Guys was your quintessential high school sitcom that aired during NBC’s Saturday morning lineup. The show drew major comparisons to Saved By the Bell, though with a slightly more diverse plotline. It also included one of the catchiest theme songs of the era. “C-I-T-Y, you can see why. These guys, the new guys, are smart and streetwise.” Classic.
Clueless (1996-1999, ABC/UPN)
Yes, one of the greatest 90s movies of all-time received its own UPN spin off.
Sadly, the show was quite forgettable in every way imaginable, ultimately failing to capture the essence of the timeless teen classic. Alicia Silverstone was replaced by Rachel Blanchard as Cher, but audiences did have the pleasure of watching Stacey Dash and Donald Faison reprise their roles as the lovable boyfriend/girlfriend duo, Dionne and Murray — perhaps the best thing about the short lived series.
Eerie Indiana (1991-1992, NBC)
Before the frightening series Goosebumps ever hit the small screen, Eerie Indiana aired on NBC. The show has often been dubbed the “Original X-Files”, documenting the adventures of two boys who encounter mysterious horrors in a new small town.
In the House (1995-1999, NBC/UPN)
In the House is a well slept on gem from this era, bringing the gorgeous LL Cool J to our living rooms on a weekly basis. The rapper played a retired NFL player, alongside the legendary Debbie Allen and actress Maia Campbell. After two seasons, the comedy moved to UPN before its ultimate cancellation in 1999.
The Parent ‘Hood (1995-1999, The WB)
Following the lives of a well-off black family residing in Harlem, The Parent ‘Hood was presented as a parody of the 1950s show Father Knows Best. Along with The Wayans Brothers, Unhappily Ever After and Muscle, the sitcom ultimately helped launch the now disbanded WB network in the mid to late 90s.
Undressed (1999-2002, MTV)
Undressed was so inappropriately addictive for 90s kids who, in the end, were too young for its racy content. Of course we watched anyway.
Throughout its run, the series chronicled sexual liasons taking place between high school aged teenagers, in addition to the sex lives of young adults. The show also proved to be ahead of its time because of its depiction of same-sex relationships.
My Brother and Me (1994-1995, Nickelodean)
My Brother and Me followed the epic day-to-day exploits of kid siblings Alfie and Dee Dee. Always accompanied by their crazy group of friends, the boys uttered some of the most riotous lines ever (‘Alfie, can you teach me to dance?’). It was prematurely cancelled in 1995, but nonetheless made history as the first NICK production to feature a predominately black cast.