Could there be anything better than seeing the cast of your favorite childhood TV show get back together while appearing just as happy as ever?
Well, I suppose we could be getting all new seasons of shows like Friends and Full House, but that would toy with the magic of that particular time. No, I think that this collection of reunion photos from '90s classics might just be enough to hold me over now that I'm about to finish binge-watching Friends on Netflix.
I probably shouldn't get so much enjoyment out of seeing these people back together again, but I'm a creature of stability! Here are some of my favorite adolescent heroes from the '90s, reunited and looking better than ever.
Boy Meets World
Justice for original Morgan! I'm so glad to see Lily Nicksay, who played little Matthew's sister, Morgan, until Lindsay Ridgeway took over, is back with her rightful family. It's too bad Topanga couldn't get in on this little lovefest, but she continues to be a part of the Boy Meets World universe with the Disney show [Girl Meets World](series:762950).
Fun fact: While the Olsen twins are rarely seen at these cast get-togethers, Ashley did make an appearance a couple years ago at one of their reunions.
Not-so-fun fact: Mary-Kate has publicly stated that she and Ashley felt like "little monkey performers" during their time on Full House, and she "would never wish [her] upbringing on anyone." That probably explains the typical absence of MKA...
Did anyone else grow up thinking that the mom in Home Improvement (Patricia Richardson) and the mom in Malcom in the Middle (Jane Kaczmarek) were the same person? Speaking of overlapping identities, the character Wilson, the neighbor whose face is almost always concealed, is based on Tim Allen's childhood neighbor, when he was too short to see over the fence.
Saved by the Bell
Dustin "Screech" Diamond may have caused a falling out among the rest of the cast by writing a not-so-truthful tell-all about them, but the rest of them appear to get along famously! In fact, because Zack (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Slater (Mario Lopez) started their long-lasting friendship right off the bat, producers ended up changing their characters from romantic rivals to best friends.
This reunion photo shows a battle of the Beckys, as the two actresses who played the role duke it out in an arm-wrestling match. In Roseanne, the show cleverly calls out the switch. In Sarah Chaulk's first episode as Becky (after she took over for Alicia Goranson), the family is watching an episode of "Bewitched," and they comment on how stupid it was for that show to replace one actor and expect no one to notice. Everyone comments that they like the original better...except for the new Becky who prefers the replacement.
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
It seems that many of the shows on this list had to deal with recasting a major character, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is no different. Janet Hubert-Whitten departed the role of Aunt Viv after disputes with Will Smith and the producers, but at least we will always have her immortal dance scene!
Another fun bit of trivia: the Carlton dance is actually a parody of the dance Courtney Cox does in Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" music video, which leads us to our next classic '90s show...
I love to see the Friends cast show the kind of unity that they were known for during the production of their long-running show. During its 10-year run, none of the actors ever made more than anyone else. As Lisa Kudrow put it, "The six of us are far stronger than just one person." And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you start making $1 million an episode as a collective!