No matter what period of time you’re looking at, there have always been TV clichés of some sort. The '90s was a great time for entertainment, but let’s be honest, there were some overplayed things in all '90s movies and TV shows that, upon reflection, seem rather ridiculous. These common scenarios haven’t aged particularly well, but that’s what makes them hilarious to look back on all these years later.Whether it was quicksand, the most common environmental danger of the '90s, or the expertly made treehouses everyone had in their backyard, these television cliches skewed an entire generation's sense of reality. If you are just now getting over your fear of going to a party where the punch is spiked, read this list and vote up the '90s cliches you totally remember.
Neighbors Are a Massive Part Of Life
Many of us barely know our neighbors' names and if we do, our interaction is limited to small talk about the weather as we scurry into our homes. Not on '90s sitcoms, though. Back then, not only were neighbors constantly popping up in your crib, they were usually annoying, like Waldo on Family Matters and Kimmy Gibbler on Full House. Jazz was the pesky guy who always showed up on Fresh Prince on Bel-Air, though technically he wasn’t a neighbor.Even when the neighbor isn’t a nuisance they’re still always around. From Wilson on Home Improvement to Mr. Feeny on Boy Meets World, there seemed to be no escaping one’s neighbors.
Musical Stars Popping Up And Performing
Boyz II Men popped up on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Busta Rhymes was on The Wayans Bros., The Beach Boys were all up on Full House, and musical guests in general were a norm on '90s television. The musicians would first appear on screen, greeted by a round of applause and woos from the live studio audience, then they’d sing a song and everyone would be enthusiastically into it on their awkwardly tiny set.
The Touchy Subject Episode
Whether it’s Jessie getting addicted to caffeine pills on Saved By The Bell, Will almost getting Carlton killed with his speed pills on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, or Laura Winslow dealing with extreme racism at school on Family Matters, the '90s didn’t shy away from issues.Instead, they’d take the issue, ball it up into 20+ minutes of intensity that led to dramatic acting and a lack of laugh tracks, making the viewer feel all types of emotions as they’re caught off guard by a show they normally watch for laughs trying to draw some tears.
House Parties With Hundreds Of People in A Massive Home
These gutsy characters loved to throw parties that were nothing like the kickbacks the majority of people experienced in high school that featured a single digit number of people.
One memorable party was when Laura’s friend on Family Matters, Maxine, throws a massive party on a rooftop. It's such an extravagant, baller shindig that it’s hard to believe a teenager would have the means of making it happen, but alas, we saw this fairly regularly on '90s sitcoms.There was also the my-parents-are-out-of-town ordeal in which a character throws a party, has their house crammed full of destructive monsters who break their mom’s vase or whatever, then they’d inevitably have to try to clean up before they returned, or worse, they’d get caught in the act of partying.