By Jessie Peterson
All aboard the nostalgia train, ladies and gentlemen. We live in a world where The X Files is coming back to Fox, Seinfeld will soon be streaming on Hulu (the video service acquired the exclusive subscription streaming rights), Full House is getting a Netflix reboot (Fuller House) and Girl Meets World is a thing.
While you might argue that this is a sign we are starved for new ideas, at the same time it’s never been a better time to be a TV junkie—especially if your formative TV-watching years took place in the ’90s. You might as well give in and party like it’s 1999, provided that said party is on your couch and you’ve got your television tuned to TGIF.
Alternately, you can just hop on your laptop and queue up your favorites. Or…not? While we were attempting to do just that, we unfortunately found that some significant ’90s sitcoms are not available in the U.S. on major streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Which brings us to the list at hand. Below are seven of the top shows we’d like to see made available immediately. Consider this our open letter to said subscription services to please turn your attention immediately to acquiring the necessary VOD rights.
With a plot that owes more than a slight nod to The Parent Trap, this sitcom features a pair of twins played by Tia and Tamera Mowry who were separated at birth, adopted by two single parents and are reunited during a chance encounter at a shopping mall. Highlights include a pitch-perfect theme song, Jackée Harry as Tia’s adoptive mother Lisa and a catch-phrase (“Go home Roger!”) that’s miles above anything uttered on Family Matters. Good news everyone! While it’s not on Netflix, Sister, Sister just might have a reboot of its own in the future.
Step By Step
Set in the fictionalized town of Port Washington, Wisconsin, Patrick Duffy is a divorced contractor with three kids who meets and then falls in love with Suzanne Somers, who’s got three kids of her own. See where this is going? The series deals with the trials and tribulations of raising a blended family. Dang, the ’90s were really big on blended families, weren’t they? Trust us, you’ll never look at roller coasters the same way again. Also, how dreamy was Cody Lambert (Sasha Mitchell)? Oh you beautiful himbo.