90’s nostalgia is fine and dandy on its own. But there’s nothing like torching one up and checking out a show you haven’t watched since you were in third grade. Something about all those memories and trichromes swimming in your brain at the same time that just puts a smile on your face. So, dig. Here’s our favorite shows from days of yore to watch through the haze of a vaporized dab.
10. The Sifl and Olly Show
The Greatest Adult Swim show that wasn’t an Adult Swim show. Made for stoners up all night flipping through channels, this forgotten wonder from late 90’s MTV was a talk show hosted by two sock puppets and featuring such respectable guests as the world’s fattest banjo player and a fax machine. Like a public access show got dipped in acid and then aired on MTV by accident.
9. Star Search
In the 90’s, this big-haired precursor to American Idle and plot point of Donnie Darko was just like yo mama – everybody was on her. Gorever fuzzy in our memories and VCR-to-YouTube transfers, this bad boy had Adam Sandler, Destiny’s Child, Kevin James, Britney Spears, and a whole lot of other mofos during its initial 12 year run.
Memories of watching this are warm and cozy. The family gathered around the tube for Jim Henson’s entry into the early 90’s TGIF lineup. “Not the mama” and all that. So revisiting Dinosaurs on Netflix is a little bit of a shock. It may be the bleakest family sitcom taped with three cameras. The show’s finale has family patriarch Earl Sinclair helping to bring on the Ice Age through his wax fruit company’s climate changing practices. Then the family stares out the window, watches the snow fall, and waits for the coming apocalypse.
7. America’s Funniest People
Who can forget Dave Coulier’s third most awesome contribution to the world after starring in Full House and breaking super-young Allanis Moriseette’s heart, inspiring her to write “You Ought To Know?” That weird, cloying, straining-to-be-funny cousin to America’s Funniest Home Videos (the Saget years)? Oh, that’s right. I remember who could forget it. Everyone.
6. Space Ghost Coast To Coast
The proto-Adult Swim show. Cartoon Network’s talk show hosted by cartoon ghost crime fighter, but featuring real in the flesh 90’s celebrities like Macho Man Randy Savage and Thom Yorke. The show had the wandering ADD and brilliant non-sequitors of a genius after a three gram dab. Plus Brak!
5. Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist
Another show that foretold the coming of Adult Swim, the first Squigglevision comedy show from Home Movies co-creator Loren Bouchard featured Jon Benjamin (Coach McGuirk, also of Nathan For You and Jon Benjamin Has A Van) and Jonathan Katz as a psychiatrist treating virtually all of the great comedians of an entire generation including Louis C.K., Bob Odenkirk, Dave Chapelle, and John Stewart.
4. The State
All of the funniest people ever birthed into this world were on one show in the 90’s. The cast featured David Wain, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Ken Marino, Tom Lennon, and everyone responsible for everything anyone’s laughed at in the last 20 years including Wet Hot American Summer, Stella, Burning Love, and Reno 911!
3. Twin Peaks
Eerie, hilarious, cool, and balls-out crazy, this saga of demon possession, teenage prostitution, amnesia, cocaine, and good diner food almost counts as a contemporary show after the way it’s caught on in the last five or six years. Watching this stoned is like sinking into a deeply scary, deeply funny nightmare. Past the clearing surrounded by Douglas Firs, through the Black Lodge, in the Red Room lies a story that our words just cannot do service to.
2. The Simpsons
1. Mr. Show With Bob and David
Before Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!, this was the most brain-exploding TV experience to ever hit audiences’ neurotransmitters. As narratively ingenious and mind-bending as a Christopher Nolan movie and as laugh-inducing as a geeked-out tickle-fest. You don’t even need to smoke while watching this show to get high. Bob and David will do that for you.