Monday, 10 February 2014

It's not the 90s anymore

It's not the 90s anymore. This should be a fairly obvious fact, yet sometimes it seems like people are still living their lives like it is. To get a better idea of what I'm talking about, have a look at old economy Steve:

The truth is, things aren't what they used to be, Grandma. 

Recently, my boyfriend and I have taken to revisiting old sitcoms from the 90s. We've found that some of them really stand the test of time, while others.... don't. Cheers was unwatchable, as was Perfect Strangers (not overly surprising though is it?). 

It's funny though, how much less relatable these characters are compared to new shows that are out now. I mean, I am much more like a late 20 something on New Girl, than on Friends or Will and Grace. By the time the "Friends" turned 30, they were pretty much all set. They all had successful jobs that paid the bills, that were pretty much their dream jobs. Sure they had some trials and tribulations along the way (Monica working at the diner, Rachel serving coffee at the coffee shop, Joey an out of work actor), but they all seemed to really pull through in the end (Joey on Days of Our Lives, Rachel working at Ralph Lauren, and Monica head chef at a high end restaurant). Once they decided to get out there and follow their dreams, they were handsomely rewarded for their endeavours. When we watched the episode where Rachel turns 30 and has a meltdown, I just couldn't put myself in her shoes. Rachel, and all the Friends, seemed to have their lives much more together than myself, and a lot of other people my age that I know.

New Girl, on the other hand, now that's a different story. New Girl really portrays what it's like to be a generation Y-er in 2014. Jess lands her dream job as a teacher, gets laid off- has to work at some gross fast food place. Winston plays pro basketball, gets cut from the team. Has no real life or job experience, and has to be a nanny. Nick drops out of law-school, becomes a bartender. I mean, I think I know people, or I myself, have lived pretty much these exact scenarios.

Anyways, my point in all this is just that, it's not the 90s anymore. Clearly.

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