TV shows launched in 1990 celebrate 20th anni
Was it all the Jolt Cola they were drinking in 1990? The acid wash jeans they were wearing?Whatever the reason, the broadcast networks struck primetime gold during the 1989-1990 TV season, developing and launching several series that remain on the air today. Shows celebrating their 20th anni this year and next include “The Simpsons,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “Law & Order” and “Cops.” Several already have celebration plans in the works: Fox’s “The Simpsons” continues to mark its 20th year through January, while ABC just announced that original host Bob Saget will return to co-host a 20th-anni special of “Home Videos.” If that’s not enough to proclaim 1990 a seminal year in primetime history, how about a few more cases of déjà vu: “Beverly Hills, 90210″ – the precursor to today’s “90210” — launched that year. Ditto NBC’s short-lived sitcom version of “Parenthood” — a franchise the net will once again launch, this time as a midseason drama. Peacock’s recent “Jay Leno Show” promos touting comedy at 10 p.m. even forgets that one year the net ran comedies at 10 p.m. on a Saturday night. That year? You guessed it: 1990.