Did I Do That? The Best (And Worst) Of The ’90s: Book Review

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Thanks to our friends over at Abrams Books I’ve had the pleasure of reading Amber Humphrey’s upcoming book Did I Do That? The Best (And Worst) Of The ’90s. As you can guess from the title the Author takes a humorous look book at the kid culture of the 90s, covering the then hot toys and movies and clothing fashions…and the not so desirable trends from that decade (Like the Talking Kevin Doll from Home Alone. Yikes!).

The 208 page book is filled with 200 color photographs of everything from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Power Rangers, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System as well as the Sega Genesis, New Kids on the Block and Green Day, ABC’s TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Funny) and Jurassic Park and many, many more.

Amber provides a top 40 of pop culture, often injecting her personal anecdotes on the subject matter, small spoiler, but she relates her own sad experience with her Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collection at the day care she attended at the beginning of that chapter…after reading the chapter I wanted to send her some of my own Turtles collection to hopefully make her feel better!

As is often with a book of this type the true joy is turning a page and feeling a big grin cross your face when you look at a picture of something that had somehow gotten lost in the clutter of your memory. For example I had completely forgotten that a line of 80 “LAFFS” TV trading cards had been released featuring the likes of ABC Sitcoms Perfect Strangers, Full House, and Family Matters.

Also included with the book is a T-Shirt Transfer DIY style of Family Matters’ “Urkel”. To finish about how great the book is the Author also has a chapter on Pogs…and I don’t care what anyone says…there is nothing wrong with selling your soul for ALF Pogs. Nothing.

Did I Do That? The Best (And Worst)Of The ’90s by Amber Humphrey will be released to a bookstore near you on March 12, 2013. It will retail for $19.95 and you can pre order the book by following the Abrams link provided up top or heading over to Amazon. It’s worth your time and purchase and I’m willing to bet you’ll find yourself smiling as much as I did while reading it.

Family Matters: The Complete First Season on DVD

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“Hi, everybody!” Fans of ’90s sitcoms know those words mean Steve Urkel has come to call, bringing lots of geeky, goofy fun with him. A spinoff of Perfect Strangers, Family Matters began as the at-home adventures of elevator operator Harriette Winslow and her multigenerational family. But midway through the first season, Jaleel White made a one-shot appearance as neighborhood nerd Urkel. With oversized glasses, undersized body, screechy voice and indomitable self-confidence, Urkel proved irresistibly funny, turning White into an overnight sensation and a new star of the show. Join Urkel and the Winslows for the 22-episode debut season of the hit series that proclaims love matters, laughing matters, Family Matters!

I watched the first 2 seasons of Family Matters when it was one, but when the show got more Urkel-centric, I abandoned it. Not that I disliked Urkel, the show had just gone in a more absurd direction that I didn’t enjoy as much. Why did I like Family Matters? That’s a hard thing to answer. It did have a talented cast, but the writing was never what I would call sharp, although with Urkel it could be clever and surreal at times, which is interesting. I think what I liked about the show is how comforting it was. It was plain and predictable in the same way that Full House was throughout its run. It is the TV equivalent of Chicken Noodle Soup or Macaroni and Cheese on a cold winter night. The only question is, does it bring that same comfort 20 years later?

I was apprehensive at first, but after 2 episodes I settled back into my groove and watched the entire first season. When it ended, I felt cold and empty. So yes, the show still has that comforting effect that a good TV sitcom should have and I am looking forward to picking up Season 2 on DVD. I am not sure what I will do about season 3. Perhaps I will be deeply entranced enough to be pulled into the Family Matter Universe further. I won’t need to think about that for a while though (a few months?), in the meantime I will bask in the warm comforting glow of the Winslow family and their dorky neighbor.

Family Matters: The Complete First Season [@] Amazon