Top 5 TGIF Shows
Welcome back to the next nstallment of the FT5. This week is a throwback, looking at the Top 5 TGIF Shows.
Honorable Mention – Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper.
This was just a great show. Mr. Cooper was funny and tall, everything you look for in a black sitcom star. The reason it didn’t make the list though is that I didn’t even think of it until it showed up in a search for TGIF shows. These, 5 on the other hand, were no-brainers.
5. Family Matters
I know most of you are probably thinking this should be higher up the list but clearly I disagree. It was a great show, boasting the character you loved to hate, Steve Urkel. It started off as a great sitcom, classic scenarios, life lessons a long the way, love stories thrown in left and right; even great side characters like Waldo Geraldo Faldo.
Then it took a sharp turn down science fiction lane when Steve Urkel turned into Stephen Urkel (different pronunciation all together) and even Bruce Lee. There’s nothing more believable than a black nerd or a blerd, becoming Bruce Lee and then beating up an entire gang, whose members, for some reason all know karate as well. That is why Family Matters landed at #5.
4. Step By Step
What do you get when you cross the Brady Bunch and the 90s? Step By Step. A great sitcom filled with some very attractive daughters and of course, the ever beautiful Susan Summers. I mean the character range on this show was amazing, from the hot tom boy, Al, to the classy, Karen, to the Beethoven Superstar, Mark.
I had a tough time deciding if this was better than Family Matters and it just came down to one name. Cody. Is there a better character than Cody in the history of TGIF? I’m not really sure, but there’s a chance that he’s #1. I mean he was hysterical, had the looks of a Roman God, owned his own home (a van parked in the backyard) and he knew karate? And to top it off, he had the best laugh in TGIF history, possibly the best ever on TV.
3. Full House
I mean, what can you say about Full House? Does it get any better? Apparently yes, since it’s only #3 on the list. This show was amazing for so many reasons. And to be honest, about 80% of the reasons are really just catch phrases. To start, we’ve got Joey Gladstone who brought us the classic. “Cut. It. Out.”
I mean, I’ve only used that phrase maybe 10 times, but those were they 10 greatest moments of, not only my life, but also the lives of the people who were around me when I did it. On top of that we’ve got Uncle Jesse’s “Have mercy!” Then D.J. Tanner’s “Oh my Lanta!” which I actually used last week for some reason and no one got it at all. Then finally, Stephanie Tanner’s critically acclaimed “How ruuuude!?”
Full House was more than just catch phrases though. That show was packed full of education. For example, who knew what a Murphy Bed was until Jesse and Becky moved into the attic? Not me! And who knew you could get amnesia from falling 5 feet from a horse? Not I! But thanks to Full House I learned all of that and more! ***corny smile and thumbs up***
Okay, quick side note. Up until 30 seconds ago when I was about to write this, I thought the father in Dinosaurs was played by the same actor who played Carl Winslow in Family Matters. All these years, I’ve loved Carl for this show. Turns out its some random white guy, Stuart Pankin, who’s been in 127 different movies and TV shows. What a disappointment!
Anyway, no matter who played Early Sinclair, this show was still amazing. Dinosaurs + modern times + a sassy baby with classic catch phrases = Comedic Gold Standard. To be honest, I may be a little biased about this show. Growing up, I had a friend named Pat who had a toy doll of the baby from this show which repeated his classic lines when you pulled on his drawstring. I must’ve pulled that thing a thousand times so maybe I’m just confusing a great show with great childhood memories. But all in all, this is my blog and my list, and Dinosaurs is #2!
And the number 1 TGIF show is…
1. Boy Meets World
If you don’t think this is #1 then you can just leave right now. We don’t want your kind ’round these parts. Here are my 4 reasons this show is easily #1.
#1. Is there anything better in the world than seeing Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) with straight hair? That should seal the deal right there.
#2. Easily some of the most amazing writing and plot development television has ever witnessed. Somehow Cory, a slightly intelligent kid, Topanga, a brilliant student, Shawn, an idiot, and Eric, an even bigger idiot, all ended up at the same college. Mr. Feeney, their 6th grade teacher (season 1), becomes their high school principal (seasons 2-5), and then their college professor/dean (seasons 6,7)! I can’t even imagine how many Emmy’s Mr. Feeney won that show.
#3. Cory’s real name is Cornelius. Say what?! (That’s more of a Did You Know, but I don’t really care)
#4. Eric was on Singled Out, one of the great television shows ever, no questions asked.
Well there you have it, a list within a list. That’s the Top 5 TGIF shows ever and there’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it.