Snuggle up with These Shows
By: Angela Low
It is the weekend. A typical teenager with a good circle of friends would be out painting the town red, sweating it out at a basketball court, or frolicking at the beach. But, if you are anything like me, the comfort of your pillows always seem to be more inviting. That, or sadly, no one is available to hang out. Thus, I present you with a list of ultimate TV classics, good enough to be companions on a weekend.
This 1994 American sitcom depicts life’s wacky moments among a group of six friends who frequent a coffee joint called Central Perk. Control freak Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), science geek Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), and sardonic Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) form the more sane fraction of the group. The rest of the entourage consists of quirky masseuse Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), struggling actor Joey Tribbiani (Matt Le Blanc), and fashion-obsessed Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston). Follow them as they handle the ups and downs of life together!
2. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
This 1990 sitcom series focuses on a successful African American family living in Beverly Hills. The Banks family takes in their cheeky teenage cousin, played by Will Smith, and struggles to cultivate him into a man of sophistication. Every assertion of authority from the Banks family is countered with witty boisterous comebacks from Will Smith, making this promising show to be a laugh a minute.
Nonchalance takes a human (or animated) form in Daria Morgendorffer (voiced by Tracy Grandstaff). Wise beyond her years, Daria describes herself flawlessly in an episode: “I’m so defended that I actively work to make people dislike me, so I won’t feel bad when they do.” While she leaves her family to handle sentiments and stupidity, the teenage prophet of doom muses on life’s inadequacies with a sense of humour as wicked as her tongue.
4. That ‘70s Show
Set in the ‘70s, this series essentially follows the life of six teenagers. Watch these witty characters, Mila Kunis (as Jackie Burkhart), Topher Grace (as Eric Forman), and Ashton Kutcher (as Michael Kelso), grow through puberty and the various challenges it presents. As with all high school-based casts, there’s the geek, the superficial spoilt brat, the dumb jock, the rebel, the slut, the eccentric foreign exchange student and the mature one. Who these characters are exactly is for you and your popcorn to discover.
5. Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Originating from the British version, this American comedy show is a host of improvisational games with “points that don’t matter”. Aside from its severely underrated talents like Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles and Wayne Brady, Whose Line Is It Anyway also welcomes guest appearances from the likes of Whoopi Goldberg to Robin Williams. While this show is and has always been hilarious, the original season in 1998 remains incomparable.