With it being chillier than usual for Fall in NYC, there’s no better time than right now to stay home, curl up, and let Netflix consume your day. But, after binge watching Netflix’s more popular shows like “Stranger Things,” “Narcos,” “Luke Cage” and more, sometimes you just want that old thing back. Though some of our favorite series can be found in the depths of YouTube or Hulu, sometimes there are missing episodes, the quality isn’t good or it’s just not the same. While in a nostalgic mood, we took to Twitter yesterday to ask what classic series you would want to see on Netflix.
Here are the 10 shows from the early 90’s and 00’s that definitely need to make a comeback in our stream:
“New York Undercover”:
One of the best cop shows to date is “New York Undercover”. Created by Dick Wolf and starring Malik Yoba and Michael DeLorenzo, the show followed the work and personal life challenges of two undercover cops in the 4th Precinct. Executive produced by Andre Harrell, the show was in touch with every aspect of the hip-hop culture from its musical guests to the style and slang used on the show.
Before there was “Sex & The City,” “Girlfriends,” “Broad City,” or “Girls,” there was Living Single. The 1993 series focused on four women in different industries—law, fashion, acting, and journalism (sound familiar?)—living in Brooklyn and their social life. Starring Queen Latifah, Erika Alexander, Kim Coles, and Kim Fields, Living Single tackled dating, the career struggle, sexism, and literally everything that goes on with 20-somethings today.
“Making The Band” (EVERY DAMN SEASON):
Let’s be honest, early reality TV was a gem. No scripts, no need to be politically correct or fake drama, just real people on real TV. MTV’s “Making the Band” was of the best series that the channel ever had. Season One started with Lou Pearlman creating and attempting to mold his second coming of The Backstreet Boys, O-Town. The following seasons all included Diddy attempting to re-create the glory days of Bad Boy with Da Band, Danity Kane, and Day 26.
Outside of the dope music that came from Making the Band, what was the best part of the series? The fights. Bring Back Making the Band, damnit!
“The Proud Family”:
The Disney Channel cartoon, “The Proud Family” focused on the life of young teen, Penny Proud and her lively family. The show which was voiced by Kyla Pratt, Jo Marie Payton, Paula Jai Parker, and Tommy Davidson was hilarious but also educational and brought culture to the network. The show tackled the true meaning of Thanksgiving, explored different religions, and the struggles many pre-teens faced in school.
“The Richard Pryor Show”:
Though it only lasted four episodes, “The Richard Pryor Show” was the original “Chappelle’s Show.” The skits were so controversial that it lead to its cancellation on NBC. Given how open and raunchy TV is today, “The Richard Pryor Show” definitely needs to be streamable.
“My Brother & Me”:
The Nickelodeon series, “My Brother and Me” was one of the first shows in the early 90s to focus on young Black boys. The show followed Alfie and his younger brother, DeeDee as they grew up in North Carolina. The series unfortunately only lasted one season.
With the resurgence of black superheroes currently happening, it’s only right that “Static Shock” is on this list. As one of the first shows to feature a black super hero in the early 2000s, “Static Shock” followed the life of Virgil Hawkins after the exposure to a gas during a fight gave him superpowers. The DC comic based show tackled social issues and injustices as well as gang violence that was effecting many cities at the time.
“The Parent ‘Hood”:
The Robert Townsend created show, “The Parent ‘Hood” was often looked at as a ’90s version of “The Cosby Show.” The show featured Robert Townsend and Suzzanne Douglas raising their four kids in Harlem. The series lasted on The WB for five seasons and four years .
“Fresh Prince of Bel Air”:
Easily one of the most popular shows today, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” followed the life of a Philly teen as he adjusted to his new life in Bel-Air with his wealthy uncle’s family. The show was filled with a talented cast such as Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff, the late James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali, and many more. During its six year run, the show tackled social issues, drug abuse, racial identity and much more. Though this classic has been syndicated on many cable channels, “The Fresh Prince” is currently only streaming on Netflix Spain. Come on, Netflix.
Created by Mara Brock Ali and executive produced by Kelsey Grammer, “Girlfriends” followed the life of four friends in L.A. trying to make it in their respective fields. Each of the girlfriends depicted different personality trait thats sometimes clashed with each other which made it more realistic than other women based shows.”Girlfriends” helped the blossoming careers of Tracee Ellis Ross, Jill Marie Jones, Persia White, and Golden Brooks. The series lasted for 8 years until it was canceled by The CW in 2008.