Some TV Shows Stand the Test of Time

Some TV Shows Stand the Test of Time

Bluth brothers Michael and GOB (pronounced Jobe not Gawb) square off in their final fight for the heart of soap opera star Marta Estrella in Arrested Development.

Jamie Riley

The quality of television shows has dramatically taken a turn for the worse.  While we used to be able to grab the remote and watch a wholesome, funny show, we now must resort to watching Snooki get drunk and pump her fist.  Not only is this just bad TV, but the idea of reality TV is simply stupid.  Do we really care if “The Bachelor” marries choice A or choice B?  Alas, in these desperate times, it’s nice to be nostalgic.  Here is a list of TV shows that unfortunately didn’t last long, but made a lasting impact on their doting fans.

1. Arrested Development (2003–2006, 3 seasons)
Often referred to as the best comedic show ever, this series can really be summed up by the character Tobias Fünke, played by David Cross.  A self-proclaimed “Never Nude,” Tobias is deathly afraid of being naked.  For this reason, he wears the same pair of jean cut-off shorts at all times. Tobias also attempts to convince people that he is a “professional twice over – an analyst and a therapist. The world’s first analrapist.” With no such luck, of course. In one outrageous episode, the character Lindsay Bluth Fünke visits a prison.Every day she visits she progressively dresses more inappropriately, ultimately sporting a tee with the word “slut” decorated in rhinestones. The show is not short of talented actors, including Jason Bateman and Michael Cera. This is “the story of a wealthy family who lost everything and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together. It’s Arrested Development.”

2. My So Called Life (1994–1995, 1 season)
This touching show starred Claire Danes as 15-year-old Angela Chase.  Throughout the season, Angela battles depression, while trying to understand her place at school and home with her family.  The show is heartfelt and honest, depicting a teenager that is relatable and real.  All of the teenagers deal with problems face-to-face, as opposed to constant texting, which, looking back now, is refreshing.  Fans were devastated when the show was cancelled, and many still watch Angela to this day.

3. Undeclared (2001–2002, 1 season)
Not quite to the standard of “Freaks and Geeks,” but “Undeclared” is still a really quality Judd Apatow show.  “Undeclared” tells the story of a group of college freshman who are still unsure of what they want to do with their lives.  One classic scene involves one of the main characters, played by Monica Keena, attempting to study, while a roommate plays OMC’s “How Bizzare” over and over again, driving Keena to the point of insanity.  In another scene, one roommate refuses to go to the doctor because he is finally getting attention from the girl he likes, but consequentially he slowly gets sicker and sicker.  His friend, played by Seth Rogen, reminds him how pitiful it would be to die of the common flu in the 2000s.  With an amazing cast and hilarious scenes, this is a great show that is dearly missed.  Make sure to check out famous singer Loudon Wainwright, as he plays the role of Hal Karp, the dad.

4. Flight of the Conchords (2007-2009, 2 seasons)
This show depicts two New Zealanders, Jermaine and Bret, who are trying to make it big in a band.  Every episode is complete with hilarious and ridiculous music videos.  The show’s humor is for those who miss the days when dry, immature humor was funny.  Complete with a band stalker named Mel, and songs about epileptic dogs, hip-hop hippopotamuses, and David Bowie, this show just makes people happy.

5. Freaks and Geeks (1999– 2000, 1 season)
With scenes including an awkward serenade sung by Jason Segel entitled “Lady L,” mastering the art of ventriloquism, and wheel-barrowing non-alcoholic beer down the sidewalk, the best has been saved for last. “Freaks and Geeks” really is the perfect show, beginning with the theme song.  As soon as Joan Jett’s “Reputation” blasts through the TV, one finds themselves head banging along to the beat, awaiting the next episode with anticipation.  Every character is honest, genuine, and relatable.  The show has every stereotype associated with young life, focusing mainly on geeks and “freaks,” which is basically the show’s word for burnouts.  When I say the show is honest, I don’t mean it’s one of these ridiculous series that try to portray “real teen life.”  No, people aren’t addicted to heroin in one episode, pregnant in the next, and moving out of their parents’ house in the third.  The show simply portrays hilarious day to day happenings. In this show, one will find characters getting relationship advice from their friend’s freshman little brother, a junior girl standing up against the “Man” when George Bush Senior comes to their high school, students getting fake IDs to see their guidance counselor’s band, and an effortlessly cool upperclassman playing Dungeons and Dragons with freshmen geeks. On top of the awesome premise and plot, the cast is a combination of formally unknown actors who are now some of the most famous and talented comedic actors, such as James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, and Martin Starr, among others.  This one is worth buying the complete season and soaking up the 18 episodes forever.