You may have been too falling in love with Topanga Lawrence to notice, but 90's TV was weird, man. Here's a brief review of five sitcom sidekicks that truly out-weirded the rest.
1. Sam Anders, "Clarissa Explains it All"
2. Kimmy Gibler, "Full House"
3. Cody Lambert, "Step by Step"
Because a sitcom about a family of 8 obviously didn't have nearly enough characters, the Step by Step writers invited Cody Lambert to the party. Cody was the flakely nephew of patriach Frank Lambert. The family loved him enough to feed him and invite on family outings, but not enough to let him move out from his van in the driveway. Seriously. This guy was on the show for 5 seasons, shared a last name, and slept outside like a damned dog. Actually, scratch that, because they had a dog. And it slept in the house.
4. The Entire Plot, "Dinosaurs"
I'm going to sidestep the horrifying character of Baby Sinclair who'd crazed shouts of "I'm the Baby, Gotta Love Me" while hitting family members with frying pans still haunts my dreams. Because you know what? The crazy dinosaur baby isn't even the weirdest part of this show. Now we were largely too young to catch the subtle undertones in each weekly episode, so I'll make my point with the show's finale
which ended with the DESTRUCTION OF THE WORLD. If you fail to remember that, it's because the final episode came with a parental warning and you probably weren't allowed to watch it. Let me set the scene: chemically-fuelled storms clouds roll in, all plantlife of the entire planet dies out, and the dino-children gaze into their parents beady eyes and whisper "What's going to happen to us?" Then the TV they're huddled around announces the impending cold front of the Ice Age
.anddddd fade to black. Leave it to the 90s to end a primetime sitcom with the apocaylpse.
5. Mr. Belding/Dennis Haskins, "Saved By The Bell"
Not because his character had a relationship with his students that was far too close for comfort. Not even because he himself still hangs out in Spring Break destinations, ripping shots with co-eds and slurring about his glory days at Bayside. Why? Because last month, over a decade after it went off the air, Dennis Haskins put out an entire album entitled "Karaoke with Your Favorite Principal Dennis A.K.A. Mr. Belding." I'm not joking. It's real. And I want it.