The Must See TV Moments of Our Youth

For me, the season 7 Game of Thrones finale couldn’t be more must watch, can’t miss TV if it tried. While I thought the episode leading into the finale was one of the show’s weakest, I’m still all in. And I know what you’re thinking, how could I not like last week’s episode? I’m sorry! I just thought it was a bit on the nose when the Night King turned Sandor Clegane into a literal ice dog. That’s why the finale is must watch though. I have to know if the other characters can turn him back or if he’ll be forced to eat kibble from his Clegane ice bowl for all eternity. With so much intrigue and anticipation all directed at this one episode, I’m left thinking about past moments in my life where I’ve felt similarly to other TV shows.  And since I don’t really watch a lot of TV now that I’m older, I thought I would focus on a time when I did watch a lot of television. So, here are my personal top 3 must see TV moments of my childhood.

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In 1995, adults asked themselves serious life questions like is the truth really out there, how many patients is Goose going to save this week, and should I cut my hair like Racheal? Well, while they were wondering about that, I was busy asking the most important question. IS MICHELLE TANNER DEAD?!?!?! That’s right, my third most must see TV moment is the series finale of Full House. Game of Thrones, take notes because this finale does it all: it ties up loose ends, reminds us of our favorite moments throughout the entire show, and it creates the most unbelievable tension by being a two parter.

I remember sitting at my Grandma’s house, a stunned 7 year old, having just watched Michelle Tanner fall off a horse and lie unconscious on the ground. Is she hurt? Is she dead? What happened? I needed to know, but as I started questioning what was going on, the words, “to be continued,” appeared on the screen. I would have to wait an entire week to find out what happened next.

It was part 2 that really nailed everything a good series finale should be. Part one really felt like another classic episode, but ultimately nothing special. It was that second part that really lead viewers down a road that brought closure to all of the fans. I won’t spoil the episode because part 2 really is everything a fan of the show could ask for. So if you haven’t seen it, look it up. I promise you’ll have a great time.

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One year earlier, 6 year old me had my first ever must see TV moment when the Power Rangers were going to reveal a new ranger. I specifically remember sitting on the floor in front of my Grandma’s television watching my favorite show, wondering what was about to happen. All of the rangers are standing in front of Zordon and suddenly a white light appears above them. A figure can be seen inside the light. He slowly begins to lower to the floor and once he lands, he takes his helmet off.  The camera cuts to Kimberly who passes out and as she faints, the show cuts to commercial.

As a 6 year old, waiting any longer for the reveal was agony. I already had to wait an entire day to just get a clear look at this new ranger, and now I had to wait another 3 minutes to find out who was underneath the helmet. When that round of commercials finally ended, there stood the newest Power Ranger, the former Green Ranger and my good friend Tommy Oliver.

As a kid, Red was always my favorite color, so obviously I was drawn to the Red Ranger. That all changed though once the Green Ranger showed up. I would argue you can’t really blame me. The Green Ranger had cool armor and could literally call knock-off Mecha-Godzilla to come fight for him. Seeing him as the White Ranger was completely worth forcing my Grandma to speed home from school that day. Besides, I don’t think she mind that much. She understood how important this moment was. I liked Power Rangers, she liked All My Children. To a 6 year old kid, Tommy Oliver was the equivalent of Susan Lucci.

That’s right, my number one is Dragon Ball Z related. If you know me at all, you shouldn’t be surprised by this. For those of you too young to remember, there was a time when Dragon Ball Z was Cartoon Network. Yes, I loved watching Sailor Moon, Thunder Cats, Reboot, and the list goes on and on, but the one show I never missed was Dragon Ball Z. Unfortunately though, Cartoon Network didn’t have all of the episodes localized for the United States. This meant that once the network ran out of episodes, they hit the replay button and showed them all over again. I remember a very specific time where I was convinced that today was the day they were finally going to show new episodes and boy was I wrong. I sat there, eyes wide with excitement expecting whatever was next for the show only to be greeted by the beginning of the Frieza Saga yet again.

It felt like I watched that part of the show 4 or 5 times before that amazing day came. I was sitting on my grandmother’s couch watching whatever was on at the time and a quick commercial ran across the screen… new episodes of Dragon Ball Z. You would have thought I was going to get to be in the show based on how excited I was. I couldn’t believe it, I had waited so long and finally, it was coming. I rushed home from school on that Monday and decided that everything could wait. Nothing was more important than finally seeing this episode and I was not disappointed.

While the episode does have a lot of set up, it ends on a high note introducing Trunks, a character many fans of the series would come to call their favorite, being a complete bad ass. To be honest, this entire Trunks introduction and everything that builds to the “Android Saga” was must see TV. Every episode things just got more and more interesting. This character has a heart disease, this character is the son of this character, these two people are going to get married, oh and if the main characters mess up, EVERYONE IS DEAD! I’m sure there will come a day where I sit down and write a short novel on why I think Dragon Ball Z is such a great show, but until then, if you’ve somehow never seen an episode, you should absolutely check it out. I promise, you won’t regret it.

So, those are my top 3 must see TV moments from when I was a kid. I guarantee there are a lot more that I’m forgetting about and will probably start remembering them the minute I start talking about all the shows we watched as kids. So comment down below and let me know what were shows or specific moments that you just couldn’t miss. Can’t wait to see what everyone has to say.

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