In case you forgot or are unaware, Monday night Lifetime will be airing their new original movie The Unauthorized Story of Saved By The Bell. In other words, you will be on your couch in front of the television Monday night. But before that, you might want to get into the perfect ’90s mood. Here’s where Netflix becomes your best friend. You should exchange bracelets.
Netflix lets you stream plenty of classic nostalgia-inducing ’90s shows that you likely enjoyed as a kid. If you’re a ’90s kid, that is. But isn’t the Internet like 98% ’90s kids anyway? It’s not? Well, either way, it’s hard to argue that the ’90s weren’t the absolute greatest. And it’s Labor Day weekend, so you might as well have a themed marathon.
1. Saved by the Bell
Let’s start with the show of the hour, shall we? If you’re like me and missed the boat on obsessing over this show when you were a kid, it might be helpful to watch a few episodes to familiarize yourself with the characters. If you’re a die-hard fan, there’s a very good chance this show is already under your “recently watched.” Don’t lie.
Anyone else remember this show? Anyone else feeling really frightened right now being reminded of it? Same.
3. The Magic School Bus
Reacquaint yourself with Mrs. Frizzle and her class’s psychedelic adventures. And then marvel at all the times she really should have been fired.
4. The Baby-Sitters Club
Before the 1995 movie, this show based on Ann M. Martin’s books aired for one season in 1990. It’s like a rare bird. Appreciate it from the comfort of your couch while cramming potato chips into your mouth.
OooOOOooooooOooh spooooky. I don’t know what I’m doing. I think I’m having a hard time waiting for Halloween to arrive. Which is why this is the perfect show to tide me over with scary stories. Including ones with Ryan Gosling.
Not gonna lie, I think this show may have taught me how to read. No wait… not how to read. I guess my teachers did a pretty good job with that. It taught me how to like to read, which unfortunately is a whole separate lesson kids have to learn. Preferably by watching aardvarks wearing sweaters.
7. Power Rangers
If you’re a fan of the Power Rangers franchise, you might be asking, “Which Power Rangers series is on Netflix, Jill?” My answer to that is, “A lot of them.” Apparently there are quite a few different spin-offs and Christmas specials and everything in between, and Netflix has a bunch available. Just type in “Power Rangers” and lose your entire weekend.
This show was very important to me and my elementary school friends. We would act it out during recess and have very heated arguments trying to decide who would play which character. The animorph you ended up playing defined you almost as much as your assigned Spice Girl. This is was serious business.
9. Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Go on, you know you want to. If only to see Kevin Sorbo shout “DISAPPOINTED!” in context.
10. Xena: Warrior Princess
Or you can just skip straight to the spin-off starring Lucy Lawless. Lucy Lawless is kind of sort of totally fabulous, so I suggest you do this immediately.
11. The Wonder Years
This one ran from 1988-1993, about the same time period as Saved By the Bell, so there’s a chance you if you liked one, you liked the other. And if not, what the hell are you waiting for? Get watching.