If you’re a 90s baby, then you’re the best kind of person there is! And as you know, we were raised with the greatest TV shows of all time. From cartoons to sitcoms, there was something to be learned from all of them. So in the spirit of all the shows I miss, let’s talk about the life lessons that came with the greatest shows of our childhoods. Have any that I missed? Share them in the comments section!
The Fresh Prince
I learned so many things from The Fresh Prince. First, I learned that if you get in one little fight and your mom gets scared, you get punished by having to go live with your rich aunt and uncle, their three kids, and the butler. You’ve been warned.
I was also exposed to quite a few next-level pick-up lines. My favorite? “Girl your feet must be tired cuz you’ve been running through my mind ALL day.” Who wouldn’t fall for that?!
Mostly, I learned the importance of family, and that no matter what you do (setting the kitchen on fire, accidentally drugging your cousin, or threatening the guy from Princeton), they’ll always be there for you.
Boy Meets World
There were about a million takeaways from Corey, Topanga, Mr. Feeny and the rest of the gang. My favorites? Friends have you back for a lifetime. People don’t always know what’s best for you. Love can happen at any age. Mr. Feeny is never wrong. 90’s hair, enough said. Unique is great. Life’s tough, get a helmet.
Quite possibly the pinnacle of 90s TV, “Friends” is a timeless sitcom full of relatable characters and overflowing with knowledge. Allow me to elaborate:
1) Make sure your wife isn’t a lesbian BEFORE you get married.
2) Quitting your gym is just as hard, if not harder, than quitting your bank.
3) Every group of friends has an Ugly Naked Guy. Don’t be that guy.
4) There are 7 erroneous zones. Presumably, #7 is the most important.
5) If someone writes you a love letter, read it. All of it. Front AND back.
6) Are you and your significant other on a break? ARE YOU SURE?!
Of course, no lesson stood out more than the true blessing of friendship. If you are lucky enough to find friends who love, support, and cherish you, never let them go. And if one them happens to be your lobster, then so be it.
I grouped these together because, quite frankly, I could go on forever about these. But I had a few main takeaways. Helga from “Hey Arnold” taught me what “thirst” is. Arnold doesn’t want you boo! Move on! Angelica from the “Rugrats” taught me that I don’t HAVE to like babies if I don’t want to. And Patty Mayonnaise taught me that you can have a name like Patty Mayonnaise and still be a catch. So there’s that.
In essence, whoever said that you can’t learn from TV wasn’t watching hard enough.