Hello everyone, welcome back to another film related post. As you can see from the title, this is not a movie review. I’m obviously still planning on writing movie reviews but I also plan to write more film related posts too. I think a combination of both would add a nice touch to my film blog. As you can see from the title once again, this post is mainly about some of the TV Shows that I grew up watching in my childhood and in my teen years. I won’t be able to talk about every single TV Shows that I grew up with but I’ll mention a few. But the ones that I won’t mention here, will be mentioned when I do actual reviews. Some of the things I already mentioned in my introductory blog post. But I’ll include it here as well. If you’re interested in reading my introductory blog post first, here it is: https://qrfilmreviews.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/my-history-with-films/
So let’s get down to business.
There are a lot of “golden” TV Shows that I grew up with. Majority of them are kids TV shows but they are so amazing and I still love them to this day as an adult.
The first kids TV Series that I’ll be talking about is Power Rangers. I’m a huge Power Rangers fan, and the seasons that I grew up watching was Lightspeed Rescue, Time Force And Wild Force. I was born in 1995, so I didn’t grow up with the original and the seasons after that. BUT, I do have the first 20 seasons on DVD, and I did watch the seasons before Lightspeed Rescue, and those seasons are phenomenal as well no doubt. I have yet to see Ninja Storm completely, and the seasons after that. I did see Megaforce and Super Megaforce back at 2013-2014. But Time Force would be my first favorite season, Lightspeed Rescue would be my second favorite, and third would be Wild Force. Those are my definite top 3 since those seasons was my part of my childhood. I came home after school and tuned in to see the old and new episodes and I also got up really early in Saturday mornings to see the old/new episodes as well. If you guys ever wandered why my film blog’s name is “The Quantum Ranger’s Film Blog”, it’s because there’s a Power Ranger named the Quantum Ranger in Time Force and he is my first favorite Power Ranger in the season and the first in the entire ongoing series.
70’s Scooby Doo Series:
The 70’s Scooby Doo series is one of the best Scooby Doo series ever created in cartoon history. It’s my favorite series of the iconic character and I remember watching the reruns after school. It was just fun trying to solve the mystery with the mystery gang and seeing if you were right of who the person was behind the mask.
DragonBall Z is one of my favorite animes of all time and it’s definitely one of the best animes of all time. I just loved the idea as a kid of having a lot of hero fighters and villain fighters in the show. Every fighter had their own unique move but it was not just about the fighting that made this show popular. It was also the great storyline that made us want to know badly what would happen next after every cliffhanger ending. My friends and I would talk about DragonBall Z a lot in school and we would talk about our favorite fighters. The ps2 video games of the anime were great as well. My favorite would be budokai and budokai 3. I’m currently rewatching the anime again and I’m up to season 4. I unfortunately don’t remember too much of the story but the characters are still fresh on my mind. I’ll be seeing DragonBall Super for the first time afterwards once I finish DragonBall Z.
When Yu-Gi-Oh! first premiered at 2002, it instantly became a popular hit. Not only the show was popular but the trading card game was as well. The trading card game is still popular today but when the original series first aired, I think the trading card game was at its peak. When I first saw the first couple of episodes, I right away became in love with the show and I wanted to buy the cards in real life and be a duelist like Yugi, Kaiba and Joey. The show is probably my second favorite anime and I still play the trading card game on an occasional basis.
When little kids including myself first heard the lyrics “I wanna be the very best. That no one ever was” back in 1998, we all pursued that goal. The first season of Pokemon, the first few Gameboy Color and Nintendo 64 games made the company of where it is today. The first season has a special place in my heart and it’s truly”immortal”. I enjoy a few of the seasons after that. But I stopped watching the show after the Hoenn League. I’ll maybe check the seasons after the Hoenn League out eventually but not anytime soon. But this doesn’t mean I stopped liking the show. I’m still a huge fan but I only enjoy the first few seasons since those seasons had great story, themes, characters, and last but never least…great Pokèmon! I loved the video games as well no doubt. I loved the gameboy color/advance games especially. Pokèmon is probably my third favorite anime of all time.
I loved a lot of shows that aired on PBS Kids back in the late 90’s and early 00’s. But if I had to choose a favorite, it would definitely be the early seasons of Arthur. I remember watching the reruns of Arthur mostly after school. The show was golden because each episode teaches you a lesson about early childhood life and even early education topics too. But each episode of the show at the same time still managed to make an entertaining plot and it was really a genius idea to me at the time. Not really a fan of the newer seasons because I just don’t feel the same “magic feeling” of watching the show. I can understand newer kids liking the newer seasons but kids born in the 90’s like me will understand the impact Arthur had on our life.
Spider-Man The Animated Series
Out of all the Spider-Man cartoon versions that are currently out there, the 90’s Spider-Man The Animated is the best and my favorite in my opinion. I started watching the rerun episodes in the early to mid 00’s and I was so freaking hooked to the show. The show had great storylines and the characters were well developed. The show introduced me to villains and allies that I did not know before which was very convenient for me to know more about Spider-Man.
Dexter’s Laboratory was one of the top shows back in the late 90’s. I remember seeing the show during the weekdays and on the weekends. The show was one of the true definitions of a kid friendly show and it didn’t really feel boring or annoying to watch.
Samurai Jack was one of the top cartoon shows that involved a lot of fighting (like DragonBall Z) back in the late 90’s. The intro to the theme was so damn good and as a kid you were always intimidated by Samurai Jack.
The 90’s The Powerpuff Girls
Yes you read that right. The 90’s The Powerpuff Girls. A couple of friends and I talked about this show a lot in school. It was one of those shows that had the female popularity BUT it actually attracted male viewers too because once again 90’s cartoons were always top notch with the story, characters and music. On YouTube, a user uploaded the intro of the show and one person commented and said “This was the show that all the boys loved but were too afraid to admit it.” When I first saw this comment, I started laughing because it was so true!! My friends and I loved the show and I remember a few girls in my school were just shocked. I never was interested in the recent series they made of the show and I think the 90’s series will always be superior. If you don’t believe me of that YouTube comment, here’s the link of the intro video and you’ll see it’s currently one of the popular comments of the video with more than 3K likes.
Tom and Jerry (The early Series)
What can I really say about the early series of Tom and Jerry? The early series of the show is ICONIC! It’s one of the best entertainment cartoon series ever aired in television history. The mind blowing part is that I think Tom and Jerry is suitable for all ages. Every single episode, you see Tom thinking and attempting ways to catch Jerry but it always backfires. The concept never gets boring because the humor steals the show. The early Tom and Jerry Series is a remarkable achievement in animation no doubt.
The stupidity of a show off bulky dude was the main reason why Johnny Bravo was amazing. Watched the show countless of times during the weekdays and on the weekends. I still remember the awesome intro to the show too. It was always funny to see Johnny Bravo being rejected by the ladies in each of the episodes and he’ll always be one of my favorite cartoon characters of all time.
X-Men Evolution was the show that made me love the X-Men characters of Marvel. I didn’t grow up with the 90’s X-Men Animated Series Show unfortunately but I did hear great things about it. So I will check out that series soon. But X-Men Evolution made me be aware of who the X-Men were. I saw majority of the episodes as a kid and I loved every single character. As a kid, I loved Cyclops the most but over the years Wolverine became my favorite. The intro theme of the series is probably one of the best intros I’ve ever heard for a cartoon series. It was so badass and I still think it’s badass whenever I listen to it. Back when the show aired, Burger King had a happy meal promo of the show where you get a mini figure and a small CD-Rom game of the mini figure you got! I got Wolverine as my figure and for the CD-ROM game. Watched the episodes and played that CD-Rom game so many times. Unfortunately I don’t have the CD-Rom game anymore but it was great to play it back in the day.
Jackie Chan Adventures
As a kid, I didn’t watch too many of Jackie Chan’s films, but I did love the cartoon show that centered around him. The story and the characters of the show was really well creative and the fighting scenes was enjoyable to watch. I do think the show is really underrated because I don’t hear anyone mentioning the show when it comes to Jackie Chan.
Spongebob SquarePants (First Few Seasons)
I grew up watching the reruns of the first few seasons of Spongebob when I was in the sixth grade. I know I am late when it comes to Spongebob but for some reason, I wasn’t that invested with the show when it was out in 1999. But around 2006, I started seeing the older seasons and I regretted it for not seeing them earlier because it’s so damn funny. The first few seasons of Spongebob was gold because it’s like the original “trolling” show. There are a lot of memes, vines, etc from the show and this shows how popular the first few seasons are. I would say the show went downhill around 2007 because it wasn’t that funny anymore. Spongebob really should end but that’s another topic for another day.
Friends was the only “mature” show that I grew up watching as a kid. My mom used to watch it when the show was widely popular so I used to watch it with her. I saw majority of the episodes as a kid. The show really got me hooked as a kid because of the humor mostly. I think that’s what made everyone be invested to the show as well. A few years ago, I finished seeing all the episodes completely and boy the journey from seeing the show from start to finish was a great one.
Drake & Josh
Drake and Josh in my opinion was like the teenage version humor of Friends. I started watching Drake and Josh around fifth grade and the show still to this day is still being talked about. I loved majority of the episodes and the TV movies were great too. Everyone loves Drake and Josh for the humor and majority of the episodes and all the movies never felt lackluster. I think Drake and Josh should’ve had a fifth season and then it would’ve been the right time to have the show come to an end. Season 4 really didn’t feel like the ending to a great TV series every teenager in late elementary and middle school grew up watching.
But anyways guys, I hope you enjoyed reading some of the TV shows that I grew up watching as a kid/teenager. There are more shows that I grew up watching but writing down all of them will take a long time. So I just wanted to name a portion of them. When I eventually do reviews of these shows that I mentioned above, I’ll probably mention the same information that I wrote here in my reviews just in case any reader hasn’t read this post first. Also the shows that I did not mention here; I still plan to review those as well and I’ll mention to everyone in those reviews that I grew up with it since I did not include it here. My next post might be about the films that I grew up watching. Again, I won’t be able to talk about every single movie that I grew up watching but I’ll name a couple. But I might write a movie review next instead. It all depends. Stay tuned. 🙂
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