In 1995, Kirk Cameron said goodbye to Mike Seaver from “Growing Pains” and welcomed himself on “Kirk”. In “Growing Pains” the character is shown as a spoiled, immature kid, whilst in “Kirk” he transforms into a responsible big brother who is left to look after his younger siblings after his parents move to Europe.
Back in the 1990s, we were glued to these kinds of shows and everything seemed to work for us, however, when we look back, we understand why ABC decided to drop it after only two seasons.
Not All California Dreamers Could Sing
Running for five seasons and with over 70 episodes, "California Dreams" was created by the same "Saved by the Bell" creators and brought to us the story of a fictional band. While the show was aired over 40 songs were released almost all written by Steve Tyrell. All actors but one used their own singing voices. Jake, played by Jay Anthony Franke, had to have voice dubbers to cover his singing.
By the time the show reached season three the production was already known for creating shows that consisted of a multicultured cast. Positioning the plot in California, the creators emphasized the uniqueness of the state in comparison to other places in the country which seemed to be less open and less accepting.
Freaks and Geeks Couldn't Handle the Competition
This teen TV show was about two groups of kids, the Freaks and the Geeks. Only 12 episodes were aired and it was later discovered that five additional episodes were filmed but never made it to our screens.
It wasn't poor rating that made the show drop — there were scheduling issues. As the show shared an airing slot with bigger and better shows, there was no way to compete with them. It was decided to drop it even though they were more episodes already in line. The show has been mentioned in the greatest shows of all time lists but never seemed to gain the fame.
Blossom Had a Funny Way of naming Characters
Would the show "Blossom" be as funny today as it was back in 1990? We don't know but what we do know is that it was a phenomenal success. Yes, we agree, it was another teenage sitcom telling the story of another middle-class typical American family, however, there was something about Mayim Bialik that was unique. She was ahead of her time.
She was an environmental activist, said her mind, and definitely stood out. Jenna von Oÿ played the role of Blossom's best friend Six (she was named six after the six cans of beet her parents had before conceiving her. Don't ask.)
Moesha Needs Some Questions Answered
Between 1996 and 2001, "Moesha" was one of the best shows around. Fast forward to 2022 and Netflix have brought the show back to life. Brandy Norwood, a loved and appreciated R&B singer, starred in the daily sitcom and played the role of Moesha. The story is about Moesha coping with her widowed dad marrying her school's principal. It blended in stories of her being exposed to illegal medication and dealing with matters all teens go through in life.
After six seasons it was decided to drop the show. Norwood was very disappointed with the final episode (which left too many question marks) and said that it left her fans with a bad impression of her that took her a long time to clean up.