Throwback TV Shows

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Julia Reyes, staff writer


Teenagers today may be growing up in a world of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max and binge-watching, but that doesn’t mean they can’t appreciate the classics. In fact, many teenagers have a deep love for “throwback” shows from previous decades. Here are some of their favorites:



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“Friends” may have premiered in 1994, but it continues to be a favorite among teenagers today. The show’s relatable characters, witty writing, and memorable moments have stood the test of time, and its themes of friendship, love, and growing up still resonate with viewers today. “Friends”can be streamed on HBO Max.



The Office

Another classic sitcom that teenagers love is “The Office.” This workplace comedy may have aired its final episode in 2013, but it’s quirky characters, cringe-worthy moments, and heartfelt times have made it a perennial favorite among teenagers. Plus, the show’s mockumentary style has influenced countless other shows and movies in the years since it ended.  “The Office” can be streamed on Peacock.


That ’70s Show

For teenagers who love the ’70s, “That ’70s Show” is a perfect throwback. This sitcom, which a

That ’70s show cast (photo credits: Getty Images)

ired from 1998 to 2006, follows a group of teenagers living in the fictional town of Point Place, Wisconsin in the late ’70s. The show’s retro style, memorable catchphrases, and hilarious characters have made it a favorite among teenagers looking to relive the past.  “That ’70s Show” can be streamed on Peacock.


The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

For teenagers who grew up in the ’90s, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is a classic. This sitcom, which aired from 1990 to 1996, stars Will Smith as a street-smart teenager from Philadelphia who moves in with his wealthy aunt and uncle in their Bel-Air mansion. The show’s catchy theme song, memorable fashion, and heartfelt moments have made it a beloved throwback for teenagers today.  “Fresh Prince” can be streamed on HBO Max, Hulu, and Prime Video.


Full House

For teenagers who love family sitcoms, “Full House” is a must-watch. This show, which aired from 1987 to 1995, follows the lives of the Tanner family as they navigate life’s ups and downs. The show’s lovable characters, heartwarming moments, and iconic catchphrases have made it a favorite among teenagers looking for a feel-good throwback.  “Full House” can be streamed on

HBO Max, Hulu, and Prime Video.  The sequel show “Fuller House” can be viewed on Netflix.



While teenagers today may have access to an endless array of new shows and movies, they still have a soft spot for the classics. Shows like “Friends,” “The Office,” “That ’70s Show,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” and “Full House” continue to capture the hearts of teenagers looking for a little nostalgia in their viewing habits. Whether it’s reliving the fashion, music, or culture of a bygone era, these throwback shows offer a glimpse into a different time and place, while still remaining relevant and enjoyable for today’s audience.