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Fandom Friday: Which '90s show wins at family?

The burning question in this installment of Fandom Friday is ’90s themed. I woke up on New Year’s Day and realized that 1995 was officially 20 years ago. I’ve been sliding deeper and deeper into the ’90s nostalgia rabbit hole ever since.

The new VH1 show Hindsight  is only further fueling this preoccupation. The logical next step is to drag you down with me, so here is this week’s question: Which of these ’90 TV families would you most want to be a member of?

The Walshes, Beverly Hills 90210

Who among us didn’t want to live in the world’s most famous zip code? Brandon and Brenda were transplanted from Regularville, America, into Beverly Hills. They quickly evolved from the Minnesota bumpkins they were in season 1. Cindy and Jim, however, always maintained their Midwestern charm, and their house became the main stage for most of the drama over the 10 seasons 90210 aired. This gets my vote, but don’t let me sway you.


The Connors, Roseanne

I admired how Roseanne allowed her family to just leave their stuff strewn up and down the the stairs. I thought that must feel so freeing. While this family was closer to my income bracket as a child, they were rich in sarcasm and practical affection.  The Connors were never overly sentimental, and approached most every situation with a blue-collar wink (the best kind, by the way). They  also welcomed a lot of misfits over the years, taking in strays frequently during the show’s run.


The Chases, My So-Called Life

Oh, the angst. Oh, the ennui. It was a heavy load to be Angela Chase in 1995, and the teenage melodrama knew no bounds. Angela’s parents spent a lot of time wringing their hands and sighing heavily, but there was no shortage of emotional exploration. Every feeling was felt, and then discussed, and then discussed some more. And then there was Jared Leto.


The Banks, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Will Smith brought the art of shenanigans to primetime, making Geoffrey the butler, Uncle Phil, both Aunt Vivs, Hillary, Carlton, and Ashley the coolest family to ever hit the snooty streets of Bel-Air. Even the “very special episodes” were fun and filled with neon, and made you laugh. What’s not to love about a family where this happens?


The Sheffields, The Nanny

Perhaps the most underappreciated on this list, the Sheffields were a motley crew made up entirely of Max’s entourage. Nanny Fine’s extreme lust for Mr. Sheffield came second only to her commitment to take care of his children—but only barely. The feud between C.C. and Niles was one of the most cleverly executed on television, and provided countless hours of entertainment for those kids (and us too, duh).

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Who’s your favorite ’90s TV family? Who would you want to adopt you?

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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