I first must thank my Facebook friends for ALL of their suggestions for this post. They probably didn’t know why I was asking, but I think they all enjoyed the trip down memory lane! They gave me some great suggestions, such as “Fragglerock”, “Perfect Strangers”, “In the House”, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”, “Charles in Charge”, “Punky Brewster“, and a host of others. But I had to pick three shows that I absolutely loved growing up.
First, “My Brother and Me” was one of the first shows on Nickelodeon featuring a predominantly African-American cast. This show, which only lasted one season, followed the exploits of two brothers, Alfie and Dee, their older sister Melanie, and their parents. Based in Charlotte, NC, this show highlighted your typical American family. I must say I always thought it was cool that the parents were members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (which I knew I wanted to become a member of since I was a little girl) and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; the paddles were hanging on the wall outside the kitchen (Yes, I’ve always paid attention to detail). Some great catch phrases from the show, which were said multiple times by anyone born in the early ’80’s, are “Don’t hold your breath”, “You didn’t say ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy'”, and “Hit me! Hit me!” It’s a real shame that there are only 13 episodes of this show.
Next is “Out All Night“, featuring Vivica A. Fox, Morris Chestnut, Duane Martin, and Patti LaBelle. LaBelle played club owner Chelsea Paige, Fox played her daughter Charisse, Chestnut played club manager Jeff, and Martin was Jeff’s irresponsible friend and roommate Vidal. I LOVED this show, and sadly it only lasted for a season as well. They always had some great musical guests. I always enjoyed watching Ms. Paige tell someone off and the budding romance between Jeff and Charisse.
Lastly, I can’t forget my Saturday morning shows. TNBC was a staple in my house during my teenage years, and one of my favorite shows was “City Guys“, starring Wesley Jonathan and Scott Whyte. This show followed the exploits of these two NYC youth and their friends. I always had a crush on Wesley, so I was excited to look at him each Saturday morning. Plus, I felt like this was a great show that told realistic stories.
I hope you enjoyed this edition of “Way Back Wednesday”. I know there were TONS more shows I could have mentioned. What were some of the great shows that you enjoyed growing up? Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!