New Girl and 90’s TV: Did they do that?

I mentioned a frustration I encountered recently on my Twitter, but I wanted to delve in deeper. On a recent episode of New Girl (recent, if you’re me and only watch TV on Hulu and therefore have an eight-day delay on new episodes of FOX shows, silly FOX), a bunch of 23 year olds moved in across the hall from the gang.

As soon as they started joking about generational gaps, I started to get on edge. First, they’re all technically considered Millennials (anyone who’s currently about 35 to about 15, give or take). Second, I knew something that would fill me with nerd rage was going to happen, and I was right: they joked about those “youngsters” missing out on classic pop culture references from the late 80’s/early 90’s.

Thank you, Liz Lemon, for embodying Nerd Rage last Thursday. Perfect timing.

That infuriates me. I love TV, film and all things pop culture, and I take great effort to educate myself not only on pop culture that I’ve been alive to witness, but pop culture from before my birth. It makes me feel well-rounded, and it makes me very useful when it comes to trivia games. I understand that not everyone my age (I’m about two weeks out from being 24), puts that much effort into knowing pop culture references, but when it comes to TGIF references, they do just fine.

See, New Girl joked that the 23 year olds would not know the Urkel catchphrase “Did I do that?!” Are they for real? Yes, we 23 year olds were infants when Family Matters started, but by the time it ended, we were fourth or fifth graders. Old enough to stay up for TGIF shows, and old enough to imitate an oft-repeated line. Not to mention the hours of syndicated Family Matters available to us long after the show’s run on weekday afternoons and early mornings, playing in the background as we did homework, caught another freaking Pidgey playing Pokémon Red on our GameBoys, or skimmed using the dial-up version of AOL. (I mean, I didn’t do any of those things, except for homework…I was quite the studios tween).

Everyone loves a little TV nostalgia, and everyone loves feeling like a little bit of that nostalgia belongs exclusively to them or their age group (Should I count the number of my peers who’ve liked an “I ❤ ❤ ❤ 90’s Nickelodeon” Facebook page?), but come on, New Girl writers, “Did I do that?!” is for everyone, just like “D’oh,”  “Kiss my grits,” and “No soup for you!”


One Comment on “New Girl and 90’s TV: Did they do that?”

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