5 Nostalgic TV Shows Every College Student Should Watch

Let’s have a blast from the past, especially from the 70s, 80s and 90s. These are decades some are iconic due to different breakthroughs such as music and celebrities considered legends to this day. These decades proved individual achievements, but all of them achieved breakthroughs in one field: TELEVISION. Comedy was one of the genres that stood out the most in these decades.These shows more precisely called, sitcoms, are known and adored by viewers today because surprisingly many discuss relevant topics like feminism, homosexuality, sexual taboos and many more, even though some premiered almost 50 years ago. So, let’s have a look at some shows that may be relevant to your life as a student because it doesn't matter how long ago it was, humans still carry on certain problems and life issues technology and social media could never replace.


5. Seinfeld


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This show is considered a 90s classic and it will surely  give you a glimpse of how adult life could be. The sitcom revolves around comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, who lives in New York City and is surrounded by fun, hilarious and egotistical friends. Elaine, Kramer, and George frequently visit Jerry and when they’re together they go through hilarious situations that will make viewers go "that is totally me and my friends." There is one particular episode that really marked television due to how daring the plot was. The four friends place a bet on who would last longer without masturbating, making the episode one of their most memorable ones. I'm not going to spoil the ending so you have to start binging to figure it out.


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Seinfeld is available on Hulu.


4. Full House


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Many college students move away from their family members, causing in many a normal syndrome called "homesickness." This family-based show can help alleviate this feeling. Full House is about a recently widowed father, Danny Tanner, who has to raise his three young daughters DJ, Stephanie and Michelle on his own. To help his best friend, Joey Gladstone moves in, along with Danny’s brother-in-law, Jesse Katsopolis. The show is filled with tremendous comedy and heartfelt moments. Throughout the series, memorable characters and emotional relationships are created, making the show an instant family classic loved by many generations. The show was so loved by viewers that three years ago Netflix released a continuation show of the called Fuller House.


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Full House is now available on Hulu.



3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show


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Consider yourself a feminist? This is the show for you. The Mary Tyler Moore Show is considered by TIME magazine as one of the 17 shows that changed television. Premiering in 1970, the decade when the Women’s Liberation Movement was just starting, the show presented its main character, Mary Richards, as a 30-year-old single woman working as an associate producer for WJM-TV Minneapolis. In her workplace, Richards surrounded herself with tough men and at home with single / men obsessed / independent women, making the relationship between these characters and their interactions hilarious to viewers. To this day, it’s considered to be the show that truly changed the way women were introduced in the workplace. By adding  female writers to its staff, this show helped dispel the belief that women could not write comedy. It also inspired a generation of women we may recognize today thanks to  the lead star, Mary Tyler Moore. She created a production company that not only produced her show but, other major hits of the decade making her a game changer for women in Hollywood. Stars like Oprah, Tina Fey, Katie Couric, Amy Poehler and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were inspired by this comedian and businesswomen to achieve their own success in television due to being influenced so much by her fictional character.


The first three seasons of the show are available on Hulu, but you can also see the first three seasons through Yahoo view by clicking here.


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2. Cheers


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You know those epic conversations that take place in a bar where normally you think to yourself, "wow, this is what life's all about?” Well, this is a great way to define the meaning of this show: memorable conversations and dilemmas often involving one or two beers between friends.  Cheers is the feel-good show of the 80's. The show presents topics like love, friendships, marriage, sex and the best thing about it is that this all occurs in a bar in Boston, Massachusetts. The show is about a bar with the same name, owned by a former baseball player of the Boston Red Sox, Sam Malone. The bar is filled with charismatic, sarcastic, know-it-all people whom even though contain so many differences in their personality, they all come together causing hilarious conversations, moments and even relationships. This show is considered by TV Guide as the 18th best show of all time and it certainly adored by millions due to the importance of seeing the terms friendship and family as synonymous. Like the theme song says, “sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.” This show will make you want to be in bar like Cheers every day, filled with inspiring and amazing friends by your side.


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Cheers is available on Netflix and Hulu.


  1. Friends


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Need one show that describes a crucial part of the college experience? This show is the answer. Friends literally is the perfect show to describe university students. Rolling Stone ranked this sitcom #26 in the category of the 100 greatest TV shows of all time. The show focuses on being alone and having friends as family. A crazy group consisting of three men and three women prove that friendships are really the best thing about life. Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Chandler, Ross, and Joey go through hilarious situations, but their different responses to these situations  are what drives the comedy to insane levels. Everybody can relate to having a group of people completely different from one another, whom when together, form an amazing combo. The sitcom will have you addicted to its many seasons making you want to live in New York and go to Central Perk for coffee.


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Friends is available on Netflix.


Let the binge watching begin!