Television can play such a huge part in shaping us as people, especially when many of us have been fortunate enough to own a TV or two in our homes. Having been born in 1999, with high-tech technology only a few years away – I still grew up with videos and a VCR player until DVD copies were produced. As the technology around me has upgraded, so have I as a person. I’ve watched chunky televisions weighing the same as a baby elephant, transform into sleek, modern and lightweight designs such as the Oled 4K Tv Panasonic option.
There are numerous TV shows and films I can think of that played a huge role in my upbringing, so I thought it would be fun to assemble them together. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and see what there is in store…
Early 2000s British TV for Kids
What a time to grow up! I cherish the childhood I had so very much and love to reminisce about it from time to time. Some of my firm favourites were:
- The Tweenies
- Come Outside
- Balamory (when I visited Balamory it was heartbreaking to find out Archie’s castle was in fact, CGI)
Shows I watched as a young adult
Coming of age shows had me hooked whenever I watched telly and these are shows that I cannot picture my early teenage years without
- Hannah Montana
- Drake and Josh
- That’s so Raven
- The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
- Good Luck Charlie
- Tracy Beaker
Films/Shows I’ve enjoyed on Netflix
Netflix is a lucky dip bag – so many goodies to choose from! Sometimes there is nothing more needed than a night in binge watching a new series with some snacks after a long day. It’s even better when you can’t look away and realise you haven’t touched your phone once!
- Stranger Things (I cannot wait for season 3!)
Back in 2017 I was hesitant to watch this despite the very prominent hype. However, after episode 1, this science fiction series had me firmly in its grips. The eery and hidden tales of government experiments and secrets had many of us glued to our screens.
Atypical is a series encapturing the life of Sam, a teenager with autism. It follows his everyday trials and tribulations and how his less than functional family, function. This comedy drama is the first I have seen that is based around a developmental disability, which I think is key for educating people on the topic.
- Sex Education
I watched this series twice in the space of a couple weeks, which really does say it all. I’m not quite sure why I loved this series so much; set in its USA-UK mashup town with eclectic fashion choices. The topics this series cover are SO important and well received by the public for this very reason. I can’t wait to meet again with Otis, Eric and Maeve.
This is definitely my favourite genre. I am a sucker for anything with Cameron Diaz, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann or Jennifer Lopez in it. Some films I’d find myself re-watching include:
- The Backup Plan
- The Holiday
- The Other Woman
- Love, Rosie
- Chalet Girl
- The Princess Diaries
- Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging
- Wild Child
If you were to ask me what my favourite film of all time is, it’s The Goonies. You just cannot beat a classic 80s movie. I’ve grown up around a family that are very fond of the 80s, especially the music. Artists like Duran Duran, Shalamar and Def Leppard provide the soundtrack to a decent amount of my childhood. Some other favourites are:
- Dirty Dancing
- Weird Science
- Sixteen Candles
Despite being around some sort of TV every day, I’ve never taken the time to think back on all the shows and films I’ve watched over the years and how different my life would be without them. My taste has undoubtedly been shaped by my family and friends and what they too also enjoy. If we ignore the negatives to television and focus on the positives, I’ve made my fair share of memories from sitting in front of that screen.
I’ve laughed, cried, pondered and wondered with so many people – all because of the feelings films and TV shows have elicited. Spontaneous cinema trips and movie nights in have opened my eyes and imagination to so many different worlds; real or fake. I love the feeling of having a deep conversation after watching something so thought-provoking, my brain can’t help but tick over and over. I’m also grateful I have the resources to watch all of these wonderful things.
I’d love to know down below what your favourite TV shows and films have been across the years! Thank you so much for reading!
Until next time,