Bizarre Facts You Never Knew About Your Favorite ’90s TV Shows
You may have every episode of your favorite 1990s TV shows memorized forward and backward. But do you know all the quirks that went into making them? With help from Redbook Magazine, we take a look at bizarre facts you never knew about your favorite ’90s TV shows. (Don’t miss the tidbit on
1. Friends was originally called something else
In fact, the hit sitcom had numerous titles that didn’t stick. Redbook Magazine tells us the show was set to be called Insomnia Cafe, then Friends Like Us, then Across the Hall, then Six of One. The title we know today wasn’t set until just before the show debuted.
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2. Sister, Sister was created on the set of Full House
There would be no Sister, Sister had now-famous twins Tia and Tamara Mowry not attended a taping of Full House. A producer discovered them there and then a show was developed around them.
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3. Melrose Place was cancelled because …
… well, because it became too unrealistic that all the characters still lived in the same building. “You could not believe after seven years these people, who had actually attained some stature in their careers and had some money, were living in that building,” writer Carol Mendelsohn later told Vulture.
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4. The true inspiration behind The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s infamous dance
Actor Alfonso Ribeiro revealed in 2013 that his famous “Carlton dance” from Fresh Prince was actually inspired by the way Friends star Courtney Cox danced when she appeared in Bruce Springsteen’s music video for “Dancing In The Dark.”
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5. The Full House twins that almost never were
According to Redbook Magazine, Uncle Jesse actor John Stamos initially had Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen removed from the Full House pilot because they cried so much. The now-infamous Olsen twins were brought back when other child actors didn’t work out.
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6. The Saved By The Bell set lives on
The Saved By The Bell cast may have graduated from Bayside High, but the set lived on to be used for other TV shows. The recognizable high school layout was used for the Nickelodeon show iCarly and Disney Channel
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7. Mad About You almost had a different title
The key word here is ‘almost’. Paul Reiser’s camp reportedly wanted the show to be named after the actor himself, which the producers didn’t like because the show was about Reiser and Helen Hunt’s characters being a couple. The name Mad About You wasn’t pinned down until the summer before the fall debut.
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8. Blossom was originally going to be about a boy
That’s right. Blossom was originally going to be called Ritchie and was going to focus around an older brother figure for Blossom played by True Detective star Stephen Dorff. After an NBC executive suggested focusing the show a girl, the plot rapidly shifted around Mayim Bialik’s character. The Ritchie character evolved into Joey — memorably played by Joey Lawrence.
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9. The Dawson’s Creek theme song was almost this ’90s hit
According to Redbook Magazine, head’s of the hit ’90s show originally wanted Alanis Morissette’s “One Hand In My Pocket” to be the theme song. It wasn’t until after they couldn’t secure the rights to it that Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Want To Wait” became the penultimate theme.
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10. There was some serious drama on the Family Matters set
Apparently, there was a little bad blood on the set of the TGIF show when Urkel-mania took over. But actor Jaleel White later said in an interview with Vanity Fair that “over nine years and 215 episodes, obviously relationships get better. I still talk to certain cast members to this day.”
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11. Beverly Hills 90210 didn’t originally have this staple character
Long story short: Luke Perry’s character, Dylan McKay, was only supposed to be in a couple episodes of the show. But Aaron Spelling fought to make him a regular cast member. Safe to say, we’re all thankful for it.
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12. Ally McBeal was supposed to get married
The lovable lawyer was supposed to marry Robert Downey Jr.’s character in the Season 4 finale. But according to Redbook Magazine, the actor — before his resurrection as Iron Man — was in trouble with the law and ties with the show were cut. Naturally, the fictional wedding never took place.
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13. This actress made her debut on Party of Five
Long before her Golden Globe-nominated role in Almost Famous, a young Kate Hudson tried her hand at the family business by playing a character on the second season of Party of Five.
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14. This is where Seinfeld really came from
How does “a show about nothing” come to be anyways? According to Redbook Magazine, Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld conceived the idea for the show because of some goofy banter they had in the middle of a grocery store.
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15. The truth behind the accents on The Nanny
When viewers weren’t mocking Fran Drescher’s voice, they were complaining Charles Shaughnessy’s — aka Mr Sheffield’s — British accent wasn’t as believable as the one Daniel Davis used to play Niles. For the record: Shaughnessy is actually English. Davis is from Arkansas.
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