Taking a Trip Down Memory Lane

This is my first of two nostalgic based posts. My post tomorrow is a little bit different from this one because it’ll simply focus on one movie I enjoyed as a child but have no clue why I liked it looking back on it now. This post is going to focus on some of my favorite TV shows growing up. I’ll also talk about how it’s beneficial for us to look back on the shows that we watched and feel nostalgia.

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Lizzie McGuire was the coolest middle schooler ever. She was just like me: awkward and crazy about boys. She also had a crush on a boy that wasn’t too smart but was attractive and hardly knew who Lizzie was. Looking back on it now, I realize that Lizzie McGuire was a show that was pretty similar to every other show about growing up. You have your friends, the mean girl, the crush, the annoying parents, and the annoying little sibling. At the time, the show was completely in it’s own category and fit my life perfectly. I think it can be a good thing to rewatch this show because I still love it just as much as I did then. I still wish that I could be Lizzie so I could kiss Aaron Carter.

That's So Raven

I haven’t watched That’s So Raven in a really long time. I still believe that Chelsea is my spirit animal. Everyone wants to be like Raven because she always has the best intentions but they just don’t go according to plan. She’s a fun and relatable character because she loves shopping, boys, and music. She also fights a lot with her younger brother. As someone with a brother, I always understood this about Raven. Her parents were both hilarious characters that were constantly punishing Cory. Eddie was Raven’s fun second best friend who hungout with Cory sometimes. This show is still relevant regardless of how old you get because of the sentiment and lessons it teaches.

Even Stevens

This was our favorite Disney show in the Geiger household. Young Shia LaBeouf as Louis Stevens was the actor at his absolute finest. His incredibly high shrilled girly screams are classic. This is a fun one to go back and watch again. The episodes are pretty silly but somehow the characters still make it hilarious. The banter between Ren and Louis is an accurate portrayal of a brother and sister relationship. The two’s older brother Donny is clueless but loveable. The best character is easily Beans. Every second that he’s on screen is guaranteed to make me laugh.

My taste in what I watch has changed every year. Now I probably watch a little too much HBO so it can be nice to revisit these shows that I loved when I was younger. Taking a trip down memory lane can be fun to do just because of the family element that these shows provide. It can also be nice to get some of those cheesy lesson that you can count on from the episodes. It’s good clean entertainment and sometimes that can be a nice comfort.

Best Of Disney Channel Original Movies

One of the many highlights of growing up in the ’90s-’00s was the amazing Disney Channel Original movies. These are some of the most memorable ones and some classic highlights from them.

Gotta kick it up!

This DCOM focused on Hispanic middle schoolers who came from a variety of different backgrounds and the teacher who helped them by adding a dance team. This movie features a young America Ferrera. This clip shows her audition for the dance team.

Smart House

Ben Cooper enters his family into a contest to win a computerized house. Once they win it, Ben begins to program Pat to help him become a substitute mother for himself and his little sister Angie. Pat soon becomes crazy and overbearing over Nick- Ben’s single father. This particular scene shows Ben and his friends attempting to be cool and dancing along to a song Pat plays.

Johnny Tsunmani

Super gnarly movie about a Hawaiian surfer who is forced to move to Vermont with his family. In Vermont, there are two private schools. One school is for skiers and the other is for snowboarders. Johnny attends the skiers but rebels and learns how to snowboard. This scene is cool mostly because of Jett Jackson (Actually Lee Thompson, R.I.P) and the hat that he gives Johnny. 


Stuck In The Suburbs

Danielle Panabaker and Brenda Song live a normal suburban middle school life until Brittany (Panabaker) accidentally exchanges phones with her pop star crush. Can we just note that the pop star is now in Saturday Night Live? Please keep that in mind as you watch this. 

Cheetah Girls

Who doesn’t love the Cheetah Girls? The music is incredible and so is Raven, This revolves around four best friends who are more like sisters and become united by music but drama constantly threatens to destroy it. This song was where it all began. 


Pixel Perfect

Words cannot describe how much I love this highly underrated DCOM. Phil from Phil Of The Future stars in it as a computer geek. His friend Samantha who writes songs for the band isn’t the best performer, so he creates a computer who is perfect. The only problem is she isn’t real. This is by far the most memorable song from the movie.

High School Musical
This was basically one of the final decent DCOMS of the bunch. There are many memorable moments but my personal favorite it Ryan and Sharpay’s audition.

Camp Rock
Even though she was in Barney, this was Demi Lovato’s big break. The Jonas Brothers are another added plus and the music as a whole is extremely catchy. The natural highlight is “This Is Me.”

Zenon: Girl Of The 21st Century
This is Disney Channel at its prime right here. Zenon is a beyond retro girl with an uber cool 21st century life and she also has Raven as her best friend which is a natural win. The highlight of the movie is clearly this catchy song everyone should recognize right away.

Brink!
This movie about Andy Brink who is a soul skater is definitely one of the most important DCOM movies. It has every epic element plus they make roller skating seriously cool. It was impossible to find just one clip that showcases its greatness so the first one is my personal favorite insult. The second one is long and not really awesome but it shows how evil and unattractive the villain Val is. Team Pup N Suds forever!