If you follow my blog, then it’s no secret I’ve been watching Perfect Strangers lately. Yes, the show from the late 80s/early 90s. Here’s a post about how it’s been going as I watch as an adult for the first time. This show, as you may remember, was part of a memorable line-up of Friday night sitcoms designed for kids, a block of scheduling called TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Friday). The original lineup included Full House, Family Matters, Perfect Strangers, and Just the Ten of Us. Of course, it went on to include my favorite show of all time… Boy Meets World.
But getting back to the point of this post, at the very center is an actor named Ernie Sabella.
He played the boss man at Larry and Balki’s work on Perfect Strangers. Well, right away I remembered him for playing the boss on another popular show around the same time: Mr. Carosi, the boss at Malibu Sands Beach Club in season 3 of Saved by the Bell. Yes, the same guy Zack Morris was always at odds with… and Zack also dated his daughter!
I mentioned this to a clever and like-minded friend who then pointed out the location of the Malibu Sands Beach Club is the very same location used in the original Beverly Hills 90210. Both Brandon and Dylan worked at the Beverly Hills Beach Club, different name than what was used on SBTB but the same exact set! Crazzzzzy!!!!! My friend gets major kudos for making this connection.
Well, we also shouldn’t forget the connection I actually kind of sort of forgot about… Tiffany Amber Theissen played Kelly Kapowski on SBTB and then Valerie on 90210. I guess they knew she was a teen heart throb so another role on a popular teen show just made sense. To bring this full circle, T-Theiss is also linked to Perfect Strangers in another rather roundabout way… she appeared on an episode of Step by Step… a show featured in the Friday comedy block TGIF (although not one of the original TGIF shows).
Was Hollywood just a small town back then, or did Miller-Boyett become the GOAT for sitcom TV shows before calling anything “the GOAT” was a thing? Anywho, thanks for going down the rabbit hole with me on this one 🙂
On behalf of Out of the Wilderness and Full House fans everywhere, happy birthday to Michelle Elizabeth Tanner! Ok, really it’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s birthday today, but Michelle is the one we can thank for the popular phrase, “You got it dude!” which is so popular, it’s been translated it into 2 other languages (by me, here at my desk)! So for Spanish readers all over the world, “Lo tienes, amigo.” And for our French friends, “Vous l’avez, mec.”
My water bill was $19 last month. That’s high in my world because my dogs are the only ones who drink water (regularly) and I’m the only one who showers in it (semi-regularly). So for whatever reason I woke up this morning singing the Zest soap jingle. It reminds me of something Joey and Uncle Jesse would come up with in the episodes where they were advertising partners. The jingle also reminded me I need to buy soap today. And I’ll use it the next time I take a shower… in a few weeks.
Do you ever have random songs pop into your head? I’m not talking about the one you just heard on the radio, or even the one you heard last week. Like a few minutes ago, I started singing “Forever” as performed by Uncle Jesse on Full House. Sure it’s a touching song and all that, but what in the world!?
Yes, that’s a line from the Full House theme song. Sometimes I wonder if a show like that could ever be successful if it debuted now, instead of the 90s. Of course, the answer is ‘no.’ So here’s another question… are the popular shows a reflection of society or is society a reflection of popular shows? The boring answer is: probably a little bit of both. I mean, without tv, we wouldn’t have ‘GTL,’ ‘that’s what she said,’ or ‘dun nah nah, dun nah nah!’ and yes, that’s the ESPN highlight theme song. But when it comes to morality on tv, it seems like it will only digress because society itself is digressing. Curse words that were taboo 20 years ago are permissable on daytime tv now. I don’t see tv or media becoming more conservative. We’ve passed the point of no return in society, so our only hope is to slow the progress of complete immorality down on tv, as well. It concerns me to think of what my nieces and nephews will deal with as adults, heck, what they’re dealing with right now as 10 year old’s and younger. But it cheers me up when they they ask to watch shows like Flipper and Boy Meets World. It cheers me up when they say ‘oh my gosh’ instead of the capital G word. Would I watch Full House if it aired now? I rather watch a fart float around the room, but I’d feel way better with programming that’s safe and influences decent human morality, that’s for sure. So all this liberal behavior on television now? Cut. It. Out.