Did your Saturday mornings consist of Alvin & The Chipmunks, Inspector Gadget, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Rugrats among many others?
Or after school, did you make sure you never missed an episode of Saved by the Bell, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or Full House?
Let’s not forget scary tweenage memories courtesy of Are You Afraid of the Dark and Goosebumps.
If this all brings some serious nostalgia, than you’re definitely a premier Millennial (just like me!).
I call you a premier (first) Millennial because you are just at the bordering cusp of being a later Gen X’er but not quite because of your birth year.
You still carry plenty of the Gen X traits and passions but with a “phat” new edge.
You rock out to Smashing Pumpkins and swoon-sing with the Cranberries but can break it down with Missy Elliot and head-bop and pseudo-rap to Biggie Smalls.
Your adolescent years consisted of similar things that your earlier gen enjoyed like plaid shirts, permed hair (with over-sprayed bangs), Toast of New York Lipstick, Teen Bop mags, NKOTB-everything, Jared Leto and Jake Ryan crushes and a plethora of cassette tapes with handwritten details of the songs and who they were for or from who.
It’s an awkward and confined little bracket from the Millennial generation that was born between 1981-1986.
I find that there is such a colossal leap in differences for those born after 1986 in the Gen Y demographic.
Okay so not to get into so many details about generations because I can go on about that topic forever, allow me instead to take my fellow premier millennials on a little stroll down memory lane.
My daughter is now 6 1/2 going onto 30 and shares similar interests that her mommy does which includes streaming shows that combine Music, comedy, fashion and even elementary and high school antics. It all started from iCarly!
She constantly asks me what I loved when I was her age or when I was a teenager.
She has this “thing” about teens right now. Not sure why, but it’s cute.
Thankfully Netflix is now getting even more tubular and fresh with their titles including plenty of these fun favourites from my yester-years, from childhood to my early teen years.
These were so “the bomb!”
1) Jem and the Holograms
You are not totally outrageous if you didn’t know or watch Jem and the Holograms. Sorry.
2) Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
In its original run, this popular action-packed series was the most watched program on Saturday Mornings.
Who was your favourite? I loved that they had girl power rangers kicking Rita Replusa butt too!
The real matter of contention was trying to figure out who was cuter – the red or green ranger?
The Austin St. John and Jason David Frank debate was so very real in my tween-teen years.
3) Fresh Prince
Because everybody can finish this line. To the very end. Every. single. word.
“In West Philadelphia born and raised…”.
If you can’t, then you probably should not be reading the rest of this post.
Seriously, what are you still doing here? Nothing to see here.
4) Full House
DJ was my spirit animal in the 90’s. Older sister with annoying middle sister unite! Thank goodness I get my borrowed stuff returned now! 😉 And secretly (or maybe not so secretly, you are totally anticipating Fuller House coming to Netflix in 2016).
5) Are You Afraid of the Dark and Goosebumps
Are You Afraid of the Dark is basically what provided me plenty of sleepless nights in my tween/teen years and with the lights on. Probably why I hate clowns, dark empty corners in bedrooms, playgrounds specifically swings at night, and staring at mirrors for too long.
Thank you for the memories.
To be honest, even as an adult, episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark may still give me the heebie-jeebies. R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps was definitely a much more toned down series that I was able to handle and that your children will be much more okay with.
I’m just waiting for when Saved by the Bell, California Dreams, Sweet Valley High, Family Matters and Boy Meets World hops into the Netflix World.
If you’ve got much younger ones, here are some titles that I loved that they will definitely enjoy!
- The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie
- Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare
- Garfield and Friends
- Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman
- Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- The Rugrats Movie
- Sesame Street Classics