Being sick as an adult is royally awful, but being sick as a kid definitely had it's perks. A day off from school meant that you could slack on your homework, get a special lunch from mom, and, best of all, spend all day in bed watching '90s TV shows. It was the original binge-watching, and it was a beautiful thing.
But since On Demand, DVR, and Netflix weren’t in existence yet (seriously, kids today don't know how good they have it), you couldn't just watch episode after episode of Boy Meets World or Full House. You were at the mercy of what was actually programed to be on television between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. before the shows you really wanted to watch came on.
But let's be honest, you secretly loved the shows you got to watch when you were out sick. Between nose blows or — worst case scenario — upchucks, you got to feast your eyes on the cinematographic masterpieces that was ‘90s daytime TV. From game shows to soap operas, here are 11 ‘90s shows you definitely watched when you were home sick (and probably still do to this day.)
1'The Price Is Right'
How can a game show that consists entirely of guessing how much things cost not be amazing? Also, Bob Barker is an absolute legend.
Talk about #squadgoals. Arthur and the crew were the reason most of us were able to overcome childhood woes like homework, bullies and sisters — although, tbh, D.W. was kind of a boss.
3'Beverly Hills, 90210'
Teenage drama really makes for the best TV, and Beverly Hills, 90210 is the absolute pinnacle of the genre. Because there ain't no drama like a high school drama.
Who needs scripted drama, though, when you can watch Maury? If you ever enjoyed this show on a sick day, chances are you considered asking for a lie-detector for your birthday.
5'Clarissa Explains It All'
Who didn't want to be Clarissa Darling? She was super-cool, totally true to herself, and had a best friend who visited via ladder. Talk about a pre-teen dream.
Survey says: Family Feud is the best TV show to watch when you're stuck at home with the flu.
7'The Golden Girls'
When Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha grow up, they're totally going to become Sophia, Dorothy, Rose and Blanche respectively. This classic shows that true friendship knows no age.
8'The Rosie O'Donnell Show'
Rosie was the '90s equivalent of Ellen Degeneres. She got all the best guests, donated to the best charities, and gave her audiences the best gifts, which made you want to always to go see a live taping.
Literary classics + Jack Russell terrier = best child's show ever. You didn't even know you were getting an education as you watched, but when you finally read Romeo and Juliet in high school you totally thought about Wishbone in his Shakespearean garb.
10'Saved By The Bell'
You totally wanted to be one of the Bayside High gang growing up. And it's still a classic because Zach and Kelly will always be one of the best television couples of all time.