The 25th Anniversary Edition 1991 Version: TV Shows

It’s time again for the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we highlight the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music that came out during the year of 1991. A lot of big things debuted or made a huge impact that year and so we will highlight some of those in this series.

We have previously looked at the year in music, video games and movies in 1991. We now turn to the TV shows of 1991.  Lots of pretty cool and memorable TV shows debuted in 1991 so let’s get right to it.

Seeing as this was still the era of great cartoons, let us start there.  On Nickelodeon, we saw their first foray into original animation shows.  On August 11th, three shows debuted.  Those shows were Doug, Rugrats and Ren & Stimpy Show.  This was the beginning of the Nicktoons franchise.  Another great cartoon that debuted in 1991 was Darkwing Duck.  Starting on the Disney Channel on March 31 & then later moving to syndication and ABC, Darkwing Duck became another key component in the Disney Afternoon cartoon block.  Other cartoons that debuted in 1991 were Taz-Mania (August 31st) and Pro Stars (September 14th)

Nickelodeon also had Clarissa Explains It All debuted on March 1st.

On the talk show front, there were several pretty big talk shows that debuted in 1991 including two that are still going today.  These talk shows were The Montel Williams Show (September 16th) The Jenny Jones Show (also September 16th) and the two big ones Maury (September 9th) and The Jerry Springer Show (September 30th).

Some other big shows that debuted in 1991 included Blossom (January 5th), Dinosaurs (April 26th), Home Improvement (September 17th), Step by Step (September 20th), and The Commish (September 28th)

Which of these TV shows listed was your favorite? Is there a TV show not listed that premiered in 1991 that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at the year in comics in 1991. Until then, crank up the old VCR and enjoy some classic TV shows.

Life Lesson from Doug


One of my favorite cartoons growing up was Doug.  It was one of the first cartoons that was made by Nickelodeon (along with other classic NickToons like Rugrats and Ren and Stimpy).  From the very beginning, I was a huge fan of that show.  In many ways, I felt like I could relate to Doug Funnie, the main character of the show.  When the show debuted in 1991, he was essentially the same age as me.  We had some of the same awkwardness and same kind of hopes and dreams (and imaginations).  There are several fictional characters that I relate to and Doug Funnie would be one of them.

Recently I picked up the complete series of the Nickelodeon run of the show on DVD (they had a run in the mid to late 90s with Disney that I wish would come out on DVD as well).  I went through and watched all those past episodes and had the same joy of watching it all over again.  I was reminded of something though when I watched it through.  It was a line that Doug says in the pilot episode.  He said this:  “Man, the things a guy has to go through to keep from being a loser.”  No matter what age we are, I think we all have that same thought.  Fitting in, feeling like we belong.  We will try anything and everything to belong.  To be a part of something.  And when we don’t feel like we belong, it hurts.

Doug wasn’t a loser.  In fact, he was a pretty cool guy in his own way.  And you and I are cool in our own way too.  God has blessed us each with gifts and abilities that make us special and make us somebody.  Be thankful of that.