16 TV Shows From ‘Trouble’ You Probably Forgot Existed
Seems unimaginable now but there was a period of your life when you had so much disposable time you could dedicate years of it on low budget, low quality American imported television. The characters were impossible to relate to, the accents were irritating but despite that you stuck through rerun after rerun.
You think you binge now, but after reading this list all those after-school sedated sofa sessions will come flooding back.
For those of you who were fortunate to have Sky channel 172, read on.
1. City Guys
Billed as the urban ‘Saved By the Bell’ and based in Harlem, ‘City Guys’ placed a hilariously arrogant, curtained Caucasian guy from New York’s high society into the dangerous halls of Manny High School. There he learns to break down barriers, learn more about himself etc. etc. with the help of Jamal Grant. There were a lot of fights inside basketball courts and frequent trips to a cafe. The latter being a common theme in these shows. You’ll probably also remember all the words to the theme tune.
2. Diff’rent Strokes
Amazing really that a show focused solely on Gary Coleman executing the line “what you talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” took up so much of our time. Could have been made in the 1960s or the 1980s, no-one knows.
3. Hang Time
Based around the Deering Tornados boys’ varsity basketball team, we witnessed all of their dizzying-last-minute-3-point-nothing-but-net-right-in-front-of-the-college-scout highs as well as their desperately low semi-final defeats. Like ‘Saved By the Bell’, the team had different iterations, and even though the show used heavily recycled archetypes it reached unparalleled heights of quality.
4. Saved by the Bell
Most of you may remember this from Nickelodeon, but the greatest TV station ever also hosted it. Zack Morris standardised the teenage experience for everyone. We all thought we’d grow a floppy blonde quiff and spend our teenage years lounging in classrooms with our Air Jordans resting on the desk in front.
5. In The House
LL Cool J, the guy whose name stands for “Ladies Love Cool James” and the same guy who sang “Mama Said Knock You Out” had his own show in the ’90s. Cool James played an ex-American footballer who has to rent out his room to a single mum and her child to palliate his financial worries after injury forced him to retire. He mainly spent the episode giving life lessons and having one leg of his jeans rolled up.
6. Making the Band
P Diddy makes a band and one of those bands was O-Town with a song you had no idea was actually about wet dreams.
7. My Wife and Kids
How many times did we rewatch those 123 episodes?
8. One On One
The lead character, Flex, is a former NBA player who had to retire because of injury (it’s a formula that works). His daughter moves in with him and he has to learn to reconnect with someone he previously would only see two weeks a year.
9. Saved by the Bell: The New Class
“Let’s make ‘Save By the Bell’ again, but change their clothes! And bring back Screech!” said someone in 1993.
10. USA High
“Let’s make ‘Save By the Bell’ again, but they’re older! And in Paris!” said that same guy in 1997. Also a theme tune to rival ‘City Guys’.
11. Singled Out
No real memory of this other than it being a strange mix of Blind Date and the board game Mouse Trap. Everything was also crimson.
12. That ’70s Show
Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Laura Prepron and the guy who played Eric Foreman all together in one show? Good up up until they brought the guy from ‘City Guys’ in for a cameo and Eric, for some reason, moved to Africa for the final season. A genuinely brilliant TV show.
13. Two Guys and a Girl (and a Pizza Place?)
A show where out of the two male leads one went on to bigger and better success and the other one was Ryan Reynolds.
14. Weird Science
Two nerds create the girl of their dreams by using a computer. How does this last 5 seasons?
Alongside creating the occassional RnB hit, Brandy was also in ‘Moesha’. Made braids fashionable for a generation and gave us storylines we could all relate to as a ten-year-old boy. The show even had Usher and the guy who shot someone in ‘Save the Last Dance’.
16. Brotherly Love
Brilliant hair, baggy shirts and sage older brother driven plot-lines.
Sure, TV has become the major platform for creativity and is drawing leading, international actors to the small screen and creating shows with higher budgets than summer blockbusters, but, think about it, has anything eclipsed these?