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'iCarly' is awesome, and 8 other grown-up confessions

Just because you are of legal age to drink or rent a car, have a mortgage, or pay your own cell-phone bill doesn’t mean you have to be a grown-up 100 percent of the time. You can still enjoy the latest Pixar gem, scout for action figures to satisfy your nerdy appetite, or even bask in a bit of nostalgia by watching bootleg episodes of The Muppet Babies—all while paying the appropriate bills and tending to your own kids.

Here at the EW Community, a few of us decided to proudly affirm our affection for those movies and/or TV shows that don’t quite fit our demographic (or at least shouldn’t fit it now). Enjoy our confessions, and don’t forget to comment with your own. It’s okay—you’re in a safe zone.


iCarly - Cast

While All That was certainly more my time frame, for me, Dan Schneider’s iCarly reigns supreme in the world of YA television. Thanks to my husband (you read that right), I got hooked in 2008—and while it wasn’t appointment TV, iCarly became one of those go-to shows. If it was on, I was watching it. Starring Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress, Jennette McCurdy, and Jerry Trainor, this group of kids (and one man-child big brother) became a part of my household. They were likable, they were clever (ahem, Galaxy Wars), and they yielded some authentic comedy (both subtle and physical)—all while hanging in the coolest Seattle apartment. And one more confession: The series finale was appointment TV … and there may have been tears. Joanna Skrabala

How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon

I absolutely love the How to Train Your Dragon franchise. Surprisingly, I think I actually liked the second one more than the first. Some people like to say they’re just kids’ movies and they can’t possibly be that good, but I think that’s nonsense. What makes the How to Train Your Dragon movies so great is that there’s so much going on. You have action, romance, and comedy all in one. The friendship between the main character, Hiccup, and his dragon, Toothless, is relatable for anyone who has a pet. The strong family ties in both films will bring almost anyone to tears. These movies are unforgettable, and if you haven’t watched them yet, definitely do so now. Zakiya Jamal

Bella and the Bulldogs

Bella and the Bulldogs

No show will fully replace the void Friday Night Lights has left in my TV schedule, but Bella and the Bulldogs has given me another football team to root for just as hard. Sure, this Nickelodeon series focusing on a cheerleader turned quarterback is aimed at kids, but the smart humor and the thoughtful and unexpected ways it deals with problems makes it just as entertaining for an older audience.

What’s more, the series doesn’t enforce any stereotypes on its characters. Bella may plan plays and team meetings now, but that doesn’t diminish her love of colorful dresses and strappy heels—something rarely seen in sitcoms, which expect characters to fit a certain mold. This applies to Bella’s male friends too—namely Newt, who enjoys activities not often considered “manly.” However, Bella and her pals simply accept this about him—something sitcoms aimed at older viewers could really learn from. Nivea Serrao

Sky High

Sky High - Danielle Panabaker

Sky High isn’t meant to be for adults. It’s a teen romance film set amongst superheroes-in-training. But the movie shamelessly loves all things 1980s, from its soundtrack to its John Hughes–esque dialogue. The only thing keeping it from being an actual 1980s film are its release date and modern special effects. Plus, the slightly awkward (but beautiful from the start) best friend turns out to be a total badass. And, let’s not forget … Lynda Carter. Karen Belgrad

Girl Meets World

Girl Meets World

The funny thing is, I was actually slightly too old for the original Boy Meets World‘s target demographic. Bu thanks to reruns, I too was powerless to resist the charms of Cory, Topanga, and Shawn Hunter’s hair. When the reboot (or sequel) show, Girl Meets World, was announced, I was on board before the first casting announcement was released. And while the show isn’t perfect (neither was the original), I have found myself drawn to the charms of Riley and Maya, the continuing love of Cory and Topanga, and that super-catchy theme song that refuses to leave my head. Karen Belgrad



I know that technically Degrassi is a “teen” show made for “teens” to watch and learn from, but I didn’t actually discover the crown jewel of Canadian television until I was midway through college. I’ve been obsessed ever since. There is nothing I love more than overly dramatic high school dramas, and Degrassi is the best of them all. I’ve laughed when Spinner took too many ADHD pills, I’ve cried over JT (RIP), I’ve even made list of the Degrassi couple power rankings (Craig and Ellie forever!). Whether it was the first episode when Drake was Jimmy with an afro, or the final episodes with Claire and Eli, I grew up with Degrassi. Well, not really. I was already grown, but I’ve loved it just the same. Cara Cooper

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is one of favorite movies of all time. It’s a cinematic masterpiece from the opening credits, in which it’s described as “a film by a lot of people,” and the Columbia logo is taken out by a flying banana.It’s pun-derful, and even the minor characters are endlessly quotable. There was a time, early in my obsession, where I carried the DVD in my purse so I could initiate any Cloudy newbies I encountered. Plus, check it has a star-studded voice cast. Watch it next time it’s on Cartoon Network … trust me. Samantha Swank

Good Burger

Good Burger

I have been obsessed with Good Burger since I was four years old, when I saw it in movies and immediately ranked it as the funniest movie ever created. Since then, I’ve seen the movie close to 100 times, and some (okay, many) of those viewings were in my adult years. I will always shamelessly defend Kenan and Kel as the greatest comedy duo to ever come in my lifetime … besides Matt Stone and Trey Parker, of course. Morissa Schwartz

The Wiggles

My name is Joanna, and I am a fan of the Wiggles—yes, that colorful (literally) Australian kiddie act. My toddler’s obsession became contagious as I found myself still watching/listening to the Wiggles long after said toddler left the room. Yes, their stuff is educational, but it’s also catchy, and … well, it’s just nice. When it comes to merchandise, we have the works: toys, DVDs, CDs, biographical books, dishes, etc. We even got to see them in concert once—something I think my husband and I were more excited for than our kid was. Whether we’re talking about the original Wiggles or the new Wiggles, my fandom is steadfast. Bonus: They even have a Halloween album (’tis the season). Again, it’s catchy (see below). Joanna Skrabala

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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