Top 5 Underappreciated 90’s Sitcoms
Ok so letâ€™s look at some sitcoms from the 90â€™s which were really good but kind of forgotten over the last several years. Like those I discussed yesterday these are shows which for some reason their popularity just doesnâ€™t seem to survive the test of time. Now of course these shows are not quite as old as the oneâ€™s I talked about from the 80â€™s. It may not have been long enough yet to really qualify any of them as â€œforgottenâ€. But here we go anyway.
#5.Step By Step
While not as forgotten as shows like â€œGoing Placesâ€, I think this is the TGIF show that a lot of people forget about. Everyone remembers Full House and Family Matters. There are those that still love Perfect Strangers and even Hogan Family. This show always kind of flies under the radar. It was a Brady Bunch of the 90â€™s except this time the kids did not like each other, which was the source of the conflict. At least in its premise because every time I watched an episode the kids seemed to get along pretty good. This was a great way to get Patrick Duffy an audience who does not stay up until 10:00, and Suzanne Somers some much needed credibility (anyone remember Sheâ€™s the Sheriff? Anyone??). This was a really good show and is sadly often overlooked.
#4. Just Shoot Me
Yes, that other NBC sitcom that aired in the 90â€™s on Thursday nights (for a little while anyway). It did last till 2003 but I am including it here anyway. I feel like the only person who feels this way sometimes, but I actually like David Spade. I think he can be pretty funny, and he was in this show. This was, again, a great cast with George Segal, Laura San Giacomo, Wendy Malick, and Enrico Colantoni. The truth is none of these characters were likable people, especially Dennis Finch, but somehow the writing and acting worked and the show was actually really funny in its first few years. I am a huge fan and made sure I got the dvdâ€™s knowing the re-runs would disappear (and they did). True the show suffered its last few years but when it was good, it was really really good.
#3. Daveâ€™s World
I wanted to include a show from every network, and was torn which one from CBS to talk about. I considered The Nanny, but I donâ€™t think that has been really forgotten. Cosby, Hearts Afire, Cybil, and Love & War are other shows which have kind of been forgotten, but they are forgotten with good reason in my opinion. Then I remembered this little show which followed The Nanny, and yet despite that no one really watched it and after four years the show just kind of disappeared from everyoneâ€™s radar. Based on the writing of Dave Barry, Daveâ€™s World was Harry Andersonâ€™s other sitcom, not to mention MeshachTaylor. The show was a basic family show which was based on the silly articles that Dave Barry was famous for writing. Truth is I could have used this slow for almost anything CBS came out with in the 90â€™s, when the network was a struggling one which no one watched while NBC was king. Man, how things change.
I will always remember seeing the pilot episode of this show and loving it. Then there was an episode about a rat which I clearly recall laughing out loud at. And if youâ€™ve never seen the sci-fi parody they did, you have to hunt it down and watch it. Just brilliant. This show was only on for five years but it was very funny (well, ok the last season wasnâ€™t but weâ€™ll get to why in a second). Dave Foley, Maura Tierney, Stephen Root, Andy Dick (yeah I know, Andy Dick likable in something??). The cast was rounded out by the amazing Phil Hartman who was killed shortly after the third season ended. I still remember where I was when I heard that news; I loved Philâ€™s work on SNL and many other programs and movies. The show tried to move on but it just wasnâ€™t the same. However, the three seasons prior were gold and, in my opinion, some of the funniest television at the time.
Why wasn’t this show a bigger hit? It was created by the same people who created Cheers and Frasier, it had a real solid cast including Tim Daly, Thomas Haden Church, Peter Shaloub, and Crystal Bernard. It even had a time slot after Cheers (the same time slot that Seinfeld started in). Despite all of these things, this show was never a monster hit. True, they had the time slow behind Cheers only a part of the time. In fact I think this show had has many as eight different time slots during its run. This is the same thing that killed Dear John which also wasn’t that bad. To be honest I was one of the many who never really gave this show a chance, only watching it when the time slot was convenient or they did a stunt like having a Cheers crossover. I guess as funny as the show could be it just didn’t have that special something that forces people to tune in day in and day out, no matter where the show is scheduled.