Shows I Watched In High School and College

 I already shared so many of my favorite TV Shows from my childhood but the post was getting quite long so I cut off the list around my 8th grade year of school.  I thought today it might be fun to pick up some of my favorite shows from high school and college... spanning from the early 1990's through the 2000's when I graduated with my Master's degree and began working full time.  As long as the show started in the before 2002 (regardless of how long it ran!) I'm counting it on this list. 



Oddly I never watched a few that I KNOW pretty much everyone else did; I never watched Dawson's Creek, Party of Five, Felicity, Ally McBeal, ER, etc.. but there were plenty of other shows that I did watch.  In no particular order here are some of the shows I remember watching. 

1. Reba-- (2001-2007); I loved this show so much that we've since watched it again with our boys! Reba is a no-nonsense southern single mother trying to keep her kids on track after her oldest daughter becomes pregnant in high school and her husband leaves her for his receptionist. 


2. Gilmore Girls (2000-2007) While many of my friend were put off by the fast taking pace of these two, I fell in love with Star's Hollow and all it's inhabitants. 


3. Friends (1994-2004)-- A show I still watch over and over to this day! I don't think anything needs to be said about these 6. 


4. Veronica's Closet (1997-2000)  Kirstie Alley play Veronica: a women that owns her own lingerie company called Veronica's Closet. The friendship with her co-workers was wonderful. 


5. Just Shoot Me (1997-2003) When Maya goes to work at her father's high-style magazine she finds she is challenged at every turn. 

6. Murphy Brown (1988- 2018) A ground-breaking show in many ways; Murphy is an ambitious and rather self-involved star reporter. 


7. Mad About You (1992-1999) These were the two cutest newlyweds on TV! 


8. Spin City (1996- 2002)- The show mostly focuses on the deputy mayor (played by Michael J Fox in the first several seasons) and how he tries to put a positive spin on everything that happens in the Mayor's office. 


9. Caroline in the City (1995- 1999)-- I loved this show that centered around the sweet cartoonist Caroline, her wild best friend Annie, her surly colorist, her on and off again boyfriend Richard, and the crazy delivery "boy."


10. Jesse (1998-2000)-- Does anyone else remember this short lived show? Jesse is played by Christina Applegate and she's trying to raise her son while working for her father at his bar; complete with German outfits. 


11. Dharma & Greg (1997- 2002)-- And these two were the kookies newlyweds!  Opposites really do attract in this comedy where straight laced lawyer Greg meets free spirited Dharma and the two get married on their first date. Their parents helped make this show even funnier. 


12. Suddenly Susan (1996-2000)-- A magazine columnist who struggles living by herself in San Francisco after leaving her fiancĂ© at the alter while working for her former fiancĂ©'s brother.   

13. Yes, Dear (2000-2006)-- Kim and Greg are a bit obsessed with being the perfect parents but her sister and family live in the guest house and they have a much more relaxed parenting style. The two families clash often but it was funny to watch them get under each other's skin and yet somehow resolve all their problems in 30 minutes. 


14. According to Jim (2001- 2009) Jim is a father of 3 loving his life in Chicago. He's always trying to find the easy way out and that almost always backfires on him. 


15. King of Queens (1998-2007) Doug works hard all day and looks forward to relaxing at home with his wife Carrie... but her dad lives with them and he's very demanding. 


16. Cybill (1995-1998)-- a 40 something actress living in LA surrounded by family and friends as she struggles to make in a business focused on youth.


17. That 70's Show (1998-2006)-- While I was much too young to remember the 70's I loved this show that followed on a group of high school students growing up in Wisconsin trying to navigate those years between childhood and true adulthood. 


18. 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996- 2001)-- While this show wasn't a huge favorite of mine it was pretty funny to see just how far they'd take it.  With this "family" of literal aliens trying to fit in on Earth in rural Ohio. 


19. Seinfeld (1989-1998) While I actually found the show a bit annoying at times I still think I watched it nearly every week!  Jerry is a stand up comedian with an odd assortment of friends living in New York city and often dealing with some rather quirky situations. 


20. 2 guys, a girl, & A pizza place (1998- 2001) Berg and Pete work at a pizza place while attending Tufts University with Sharon, who lives in the apartment above them. The three often butted heads and the premise of the show changed a bit from season to season but it was a fun show and is often credited for launching Ryan Reynolds career. 


21. Drew Carey Show (1995- 2004) I'm really not sure what was so compelling about a hapless office worker and his friends but somehow this show made it all work. 


22. Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005) Another fun family sit-com that we've watched again with our boys. 


23. 7th Heaven (1996-2007)  A sweet family show with lots of deep themes and so many kids and ages to keep track of.  I loved tuning in to see what was next with the Camden family. 


24. The Nanny (1993-1999) Another show we remember enjoying so much we've watched it with our boys. 


25. Sabrina The Teenage Witch (1996-2003)-- A high school witch living with her two aunts and a talking cat should not have appealed to me since I was beyond high school at the time it aired but somehow I did think it was cute enough to watch most weeks.


26. Hanging with Mr. Cooper (1992-1997) Once his basketball career ended, Mr. Cooper became a teacher and basketball coach. It was a cute little sit-com. 

27. Sister Sister (1994- 1999)Sisters Tia and Tamara are twins that were separated at birth and raised apart, but when they stumble upon one another at a department store one day they just can't bear to part.  Reluctantly Tamara's father allows Tia and her mother to move into their home so the girls can get to know another better. It was a really unique premise for a show and really worked... if you could get over the fact that they asked 2 random strangers to move in with them. 


28. Step by Step (1991- 1998)-- This HUGE divorced/ remarried clan of kids all living together under one house with their vastly different personalities was so sweet. 


29. Grace Under Fire (1993-1998) Single mom Grace, a divorced, recovering alcoholic, struggles to raise her three kids and make ends meet. She was tough and often screwed up in all the bit and little ways but she had heart and loved her kids something fierce.  


30. Boy Meets World (1993- 2000) I aways enjoyed seeing Corey, Shawn, Topanga and the Matthew's Family navigate life together each week... though I much preferred the later years where Corey and Topanga were dating.  


31. Home Improvement (1991- 1999)  Another fun family sit-com we've watched in it's entirety again with our boys. 


32. Melrose Place (1992- 1999) To my friends and I this was the more grown up version of 90210; where a group of young adults all living in the same apartment complex deal with the drama of their everyday lives. 



33. Northern Exposure (1990- 1995) When Dr. Joel heads to a remote town in Alaska to pay for his education he's unprepared for just how weird the townsfolk seem, how much he misses New York, and just how small this small town is... but even weirder is that it all starts to grown on him. 


34. Lois and Clark (1993- 1997)-- admittedly I mostly watched this show because of Dean Cain, but seeing the antics of Lois and Clark each week was fun... even if she was the world's worst reporter by not noticing Clark and Superman looked oddly familiar. 



35. Something So Right-- it ran from 1996-1998; does anyone else remember this show? Between her 2 kids and 2 ex- husbands and his ex-wife and daughter this couple rarely had any time to just enjoy being married. 


36. Will & Grace (1998- 2006) Weirdly I wasn't really a huge fan of Will or Grace but I did love Karen and "Just Jack!"  They made the show a riot! 


37. My Wife and Kids (2001-2005) Jay and Michael often clash on the best way to raise their kids and while Michael often wants to believe he is supreme ruler of the house the whole family often proves him wrong. 



38. Becker (1998-2004) This surly, outspoken doctor with a secret big heart was a captivating contradiction and his friends (and the mainly diner setting) made this a fun show. 


39. Clueless (1996- 1999) I was a huge fan of the movie so when they came out with a TV show I just had to give it a shot and I thought it was really cute; but I also watched for the fashion ideas! 


40. Sisters (1991-1996) The Reed sisters are all so very different and yet so very close. My older sister and I used to love watching this heartwarming show together. 


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Comments

  1. So many great shows and memories! I watched many of these. I love catching old Friends episodes when I go to bed sometimes.

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    1. I still love watching Friends episodes despite knowing many of them by heart. :)

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  2. I loved so many of those shows! I had forgotten all about Step By Step and it was one of my favourites. At the risk of sounding like an oldie, I'm still going to say- they sure don't make shows like they used to!
    Ruth@playworkeatrepeat

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    1. I know, right?! I miss the old style shows.

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  3. Yes yes yes! Thank you for bringing back so many great memories- King Of Queens is one of our absolute faves of all time and I always loved Mad About You and Darma and Greg :)

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  4. I loved some of these shows! Melrose Place, Northern Exposure, Friends, Dharma and Greg...those were a few of my favorites, but none topped Mad About You. I loved seeing Jamie and Paul make an appearance on Friends one episode!

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    1. Yes! Where they kept mistaking Phoebe for Ursula; that was a riot.

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  5. I've seen episodes of many of these but I regularly watched Gilmore Girls, Friends, Seinfeld, 7th Heaven, and Melrose Place!

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    1. I'll still happily watch Gilmore Girls and Friends!

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  6. Gosh this takes me back! I loved Reba, Seinfeld, Caroline in the city, Mad About You, so many here! They just don’t make TV shows like they used to! And can you believe I’ve never seen Gilmore girls? It’s on my list of binge watch I just have not started yet.

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    1. I think it's really cute; though a few of my college friends complained about the speed in which the people talked... I tend to talk fast so I didn't even pick up on that.

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  7. I used to watch Seinfeld, Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond every week & they all still make me laugh! I had forgotten about some of the others. What a good recap.

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  8. It was fun to see which I did watch: Friends, Seinfeld, that 70s show, Everybody loves Raymond, King of Queens. I barely watch anything anymore but reruns of the Office, Friends and Seinfeld.
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    1. I have never gotten into The Office! Everyone keeps telling me I must watch it but haven't made it through an entire episode yet... I think I need to see it from the beginning.

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  9. I have seen some of all of these. Gilmore Girls, Friends, Everybody Love Raymond.. some of these I still watch reruns of.

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    1. We're currently watching Everybody Loves Raymond with our boys and we had just finished up Friends last year.

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  10. Home Improvement is our all-time favorite. The Christmas episode with Tim as a Mountie, Jill as Mrs. Claus ("Mrs. Claus would never wear anything this skimpy!") and the boys thinking they were going to be Elvis not elves is hilarious!

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    1. YES! That is one of the first shows we ever re-watched in it's entirety with our boys. They were the approximate age of the 3 boys at the time and they got a real kick out of the show.

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  11. I remember a lot of these. Friends will always be my favourite though!

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  12. I've only seen these shows as an adult. I must have really missed out, because I never watched tv in high school.
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    Jodie

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    1. I literally can not imagine that! LOL My friends and I were all about watching TV ( we probably watched far more than we should have).

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  13. What a lovely trip down to memory lane. I loved Spin City!

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  14. I watched many of these. I had forgotten some of them!

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    1. I had a few that I could think of the characters and the premise but could not remember the names... and tried to Google them a few different ways before finally stumbling across them.

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  15. Joanne,
    I loved so many of these shows....They do not make sitcoms like this anymore....
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! My son has extended his paternity leave for almost another month as he does not want to leave his wife and the babies..It took them 5 years and finally got pregnant through IVF....They suffered several heartbreaks along the way so this time together with the twins is very special to them...They were to the point where this was there last hope and ended up with 2 babies , not just one....We are all so blessed to have these miracle babies in our lives...We thought that we would never become grandparents...
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. I am so happy for them! Another month is fabulous; they do grow so fast.

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  16. Thank you for the wonderful memories - such a great recap!
    I especially loved Dharma & Greg.

    Hugs and blessings, Joanne.

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  17. Oh, this was truly a trip down Memory Lane! Lots of these shows were ones I particularly liked! I loved Veronica's Closet and Cybill...I think that show was just the best for Christine Baranski! What about Designing Women? Thanks for the memories, Joanne!

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    1. I mentioned Designing Women in my childhood favorites since it came out in the 80's; but yes, I definitely liked that one too.

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  18. We watched all the same shows! Ella and I are watching Friends together now. ❤️

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    1. That's the best! We were quoting so many of the episodes to our boys that I feel like we had to watch it with them so they'd know what we were talking about.

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  19. Wow, so much TV-Shows. Most of them were not shown here. But I liked Nanny, Sabrine, Gilmour Girls and Friends. A nice remember post.
    Have a good time
    Violetta

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  20. You included quite a few of my favorite shows from the past as well as a few I never saw. Remembering those is fun.

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  21. So many great ones! I loved so many of these!

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  22. I haven't heard of most of these shows. I used to watch Gilmore Girls all the time.

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    1. I loved that play between Rory and Lorelai so much!

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  23. How do you remember all of these??? I love it! I've seen a few and haven't seen a few on this list too. I think I'd have to say Gilmore Girls is my all-time favorite out of this list, I've seen the entire thing over and over countless times. It's one of my favorite ones to watch during the fall/winter seasons! Great list!!

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    1. With the help of a lot of different Google searches! LOL.

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  24. Such a fun post with so many memorable shows highlighted! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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