Youth-Oriented TV Shows Millennial Parents Know Shaped Their Childhood

Do you miss these shows on television? We know you actually do!

If you were a kid of the 90s and 2000s, television after coming home from school was something you look forward to. Whether it be Monday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, these youth-oriented TV shows changed the viewing habit. Let’s do a trip down memory lane with some of the shows from the childhood of millennial parents.

T.G.I.S: Thank God It’s Sabado

Our Saturdays would never be the same thanks to the teen-oriented show TGIS. Or Thank God It’s Sabado launched in 1995. The show that Dominic Zapanta and Mark Reyes directed launched the careers of Angelu de Leon, Bobby Andrews, Red Sternberg, Raven Villanueva, and Michael Flores. Ciara Sotto, Rica Peralejo, and Onemig Bondoc would later join the group.

The show’s success gave a second generation of T.G.I.S led by Dingdong Dantes and Antoinette Taus. Angelu, Bobby, and the rest of the group later starred in a spin-off, Growing Up. Angelu and Bobby would reprise their roles in another spin-off, Ten Gen, confronting their failed relationship and life as single parents.

Thank God It's Sabado  cast
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Viva released a T.G.I.S movie in 1997.

California Dreams

California Dreams was a US TV show that started in 1992. It tells the story of high school kids with a band known as the California Dreams. The show lasted close to 5 years before wrapping up in 1996.

In 2010, some of the cast members got together for a mini-reunion via the Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon. They even sang the theme song.

Save by The Bell

One of the iconic shows of the early 90s was Save by the Bell. It introduced actors Mark-Paul Gooselar, Dustin Diamond, Mario Lopez, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, and Elizabeth Berkley and their characters from Bayside High School. The show would have two more spin-offs: Save by the Bell: The College Years and Save by the Bell: The New Class.

In 2020, almost all of the cast members reunited for a season of the Save by The Bell TV Series. This showed some of their kids now going through life in Bayside High.

Beverly Hills 90210

Next to Save by the Bell, Beverly Hills 90210 was another cult classic TV show. It launched the careers of Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestly, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Gabrielle Carteris, and Brian Austin Green. The show initially did not do well but later gained popularity after a special was aired.

In 2019, a 6-part reboot called BH90210 aired with some of the characters returning. The show ended in November of that year after it was canceled.


In 1996, ABS-CBN launched its own youth-oriented show called Gimik, led by Judy Ann Santos and Rico Yan. The show introduced G Toengi, Diether Ocampo, Marvin Agustin, Jolina Magdangal, Mylene Dizon, and Bojo Molina to the young generation of that time. Patrick Garcia, Kristoffer Peralta, and Kaye Abad were also part of the show.

Its success created a movie, Gimik the Movie. It also launched a special called Gimik 2010, which became part of the show Your Song.

Another show called G-Mik was telecast in 1999 and was led by siblings John and Camille Prats and Heart Evangelista.

Dawson’s Creek

Broadcast in the US in 1998, Dawson’s Creek tells the story of four friends played by James Van der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, and Joshua Jackson. The show became one of the most popular shows of all time. It even launched the careers of the four stars to the stratosphere.

Its theme song “I Don’t Want to Wait” by Paula Cole became one of the most-played songs of all time in the late 90s and 2000s.

Tabing Ilog

Tabing Ilog is a teen drama show that first aired in 1999 on ABS-CBN. The show launched the names of Kaye Abad, John Lloyd Cruz, and Jodi Sta. Maria, Baron Geisler, and catapult the likes of Paula Peralejo, Patrick Garcia, and Paolo Contis into the teen market. It tells the story of friends who love hanging by the riverside and going through challenges in their lives from family to love.

The theme song was performed by Barbie Almalbis.

Which of these TV shows is your favorite?

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