Have mercy! Hulu brings back ABC’s TGIF lineup and other beloved nineties shows to its instant streaming services.
In late July, Hulu struck a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution to bring in some of ABC’s classic TGIF lineup. This includes Full House, Step By Step, and Family Matters, three shows from the original TGIF programming block. Acquiring rights to over 800 episodes, the streaming company will also bring in other nineties favorites, like Perfect Strangers and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.
These shows will be available to stream on September 29th. This falls around the time of the 25th and 30th anniversaries of Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper and Full House.
Now more than ever we need a good laugh. Dark shows like The Handmaid’s Tale feel chillingly realistic amidst the turbulent political climate. So do nineties cult remakes like The X-Files and Twin Peaks: The Return. These shows bring light to contemporary issues but can feel emotionally draining.
Luckily, Hulu knows just the medicine we need. That is the medicine of nineties sitcoms topped with gratuitous laugh tracks. Now, we can live vicariously through the wholesome lives of iconic sitcom characters. Let Urkel’s loud wardrobe and Michelle Tanner’s sassy comebacks grace us all once more.
As Hulu’s vice president of content acquisition Lisa Holme aptly puts it, “Nostalgia programming is comfort food.” More comfort food, please.
Nineties Favorite Currently Available for Instant Streaming
Late September seems so close, yet so far. Here are some nineties shows currently available on Hulu. They’ll satisfy that throwback pang while you wait for those 800 and some episodes.
- Cheers (1982-1993): Silly shenanigans go on between the staff and customers at Cheers, a Boston bar owned by an illustrious athlete. Gary Portnoy croons the charming opening, which will evoke nostalgia upon first listen—”Wouldn’t you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go, where everybody knows your name.”
- Frasier (1993-2004): In this spin-off of Cheers, a therapist moves to Seattle. He starts his own psychiatry talk show while dealing with his own personal problems.
- Seinfeld (1989-1998): This fictional series loosely mirrors after Jerry Seinfeld’s early life as a struggling comedian. Critics have fondly called it a show “about nothing” since it goofily focuses on the trivial matters of daily life.
- Wings (1990-1997): Two brothers operate a small airline company in Nantucket, where they get into antics with their friends. From time to time, Cheers characters visit them.
These shows should keep you on your toes with feel-good comedy before late September rolls around.