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Why did the Fresh Prince have 2 Aunt Vivians?

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was perhaps one of the best sitcoms of the 90s. People still know the lyrics off by heart to it’s theme song…. Did you ever notice how mid way through the show, they replace Aunt Vivian? The first actress was Janet Hubert-Whitten, who placed the role from 1990 – 1993. She was the strong black woman who taught the boys about the importance of culture and family. She had a real-life pregnancy in 1993 which was written into the script, this explains why Baby Nicky was added to the show. But after the pregnancy she was replaced by Daphne Reid. Daphne’s Aunt Vivian was more a enhancement role and took a backseat often to other characters. In this scene, the show breaks the fourth wall to make reference to the change. The official explanation for the change was that Janet had gained 60 pounds and had become “hormonally difficult”…whatever that means. But stories say that she was incredible hard to work with even before. Will Smith stated  “I can say …

David Letterman Show: Lawler attacks Andy Kaufman

One of the most moments and talked about moments in television history happened in 1982 on the David Letterman show featuring first time guest and pro wrestler Jerry “The King” Lawler and performance artists and television star Andy Kaufman. For those who don’t know much about Andy, there’s a reason I call him a performance artist and not a comedian. While he would make the rounds in comedy clubs and starred in the popular sitcom Taxi, Andy wouldn’t tell many jokes. His act consisted of trying anything he can to get a reaction from an audience, both good or bad. Andy grew up a big wrestling fan and emulated wrestling legend The Nature Boy Buddy Roberts. He loved the idea of being a bad guy wrestler, but didn’t want to wrestle men….so he wrestled women. He would go on late night shows or Saturday Night Live and mock women telling them “to get back into the kitchen.” He would then challenge any women in the audience (for real) to a wrestling match. He received a …

Jim Henson Production’s Dog City

Now this brings back memories. For those of you who don’t remember Dog City, it was a Jim Henson Production’s animated series that ran from 92 – 94 on FOX. In Canada it was rerun’d all the way up until 2000 on Teletoon. It started as a 39 minute TV movie which featured a mix between puppetry and cartoon animation. It of course spun into a 31 episode series. The cartoon portion of the show followed Ace Hart a canine private investigator, while the Muppet portions focused on the Ace’s interaction with his animator Eliot Shag. Both were German Shepherds. Eliot would illustrate the stories while Ace would traverse through them, solving mysteries and saving the day. It was actually a pretty inventive show for its time and had fun breaking the fourth wall with Ace’s and Elliot’s conversations.

Jon Hamm on a 90s dating show…FOR REAL

I don’t know if the world is truly ready for this, especially with the new and final season of Mad Men just starting… But apparently when Jon Hamm was 25 years old, he appeared as a contestant on The Big Date, a bad 90s dating show hosted by the guy from Blind Date. Jon is defiantly one of those individuals who gets better with age, like a fine wine or scotch.  But back in 1996, Jon was a struggling waiter sporting a middle-school haircut. His vocabulary consistent solely of the word “fabulous” and his face seemed disproportionate compared to today (when he’s filled out). This video effectively gives hope to all young men/boys who haven’t hit their stride with the ladies yet.  

Claymation TV of the 90s

Cartoons have always been a dominate force in the annals of Prime-Time television, especially in the 90’s when shows like The Simpsons and King of the Hill would pull in big ratings for FOX. In 1998 a new form of cartoon was catching wave and thought to be the next big thing. I’m not talking about Seth MacFarlane, he was still a year away before releasing Family Guy. I’m talking about claymation. You mean like Rudolf and the California Raisins? Yes, exactly like Rudolf and the California Raisins…only a little more adult skewed sprinkled with repetitive plot lines and cheap pops. UPN banked a lot on this trend picking up. I’ll be the first to admit that I was very excited for their Friday line-up of Gary and Mike, followed by Celebrity Deathmatch. And being totally honest, I enjoy Gary and Mike; the story of two friends traveling across the country on a road trip, accomplishing nothing of importance, and unwittingly destroying hopes, dreams, and personal property.And  it featured the voices of Harland Williams and …