The Teen Choice Awards aren’t necessarily every adult’s favorite show to tune into, but this year they’ve got one category that may get their older fans to not only watch but maybe even vote.
They just introduced a new category titled Choice Throwback TV Show and it’s a game changer. Six vastly different television shows are nominated and they all were extremely popular back in the day and still beloved by many to this day.
Let’s take a look at each of the nominees and why they could win the coveted surfboard!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Created by Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is still a cult classic today. The show really resonated with audiences as it found a way to balance humor and horror with a badass female lead and strong supporting cast. Whedon’s ability to blend real life issues and supernatural stories allowed the show to not only stand the test of time, but to also pave the way for many supernatural shows in the future.
Why it could win: Not only was Sarah Michele Gellar one of the reigning queens of the 90’s, but people loved ‘The Scooby Gang’ in general. With Buffy’s recent addition to the Amazon Prime catalog, a lot more are tuning in.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Will Smith’s breakout role on the long running sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is what made him a household name. The show ran for 148 episodes and followed Smith as he leaves Philadelphia to live with relatives in Bel-Air, California. For what was meant to be a comedy the show really dove into some real issues, such as race and societal norms, and who could forget Smith’s emotional outburst about his father not being around?
Why it could win: Who doesn’t know the words to the classic theme song for this show? Both The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Will Smith are still relevant today, which may give this show a bit of an advantage. Not to mention that the show was actually canceled after season 4, but the fans were so outraged that they managed to get the show picked back up for two more seasons. So, the passion is there.
When The O.C. came onto the scene in 2003 it was a massive and instant success, completely reviving the teen drama genre. Everyone was talking about the wild lives of Ryan, Seth, Marissa, and Summer and they didn’t want to stop. The drama was fascinating, the production value was pretty unmatched, and the talented cast both young and old really carried the show. Sure, it had a little bit of a rough time after it’s season 3 finale cliffhanger, but when it comes to successful first seasons of a TV show, The O.C. will always be on the top of the list.
Why it could win: I mean, it’s The O.C.
One Tree Hill
If there was one way to describe One Tree Hill, it would be the little engine that could. The CW drama hit screens at the same time as The O.C. and was carried by passionate fans and brilliant writing to run for 9 seasons (despite cancellation rumors almost year). What started out as a show about the bonds of brotherhood, quickly became a saga about family, home, love, and the importance of music.
Why it could win: The one thing that One Tree Hill always had going for it was it’s extremely passionate fan base. Not only did the fans vote like maniacs in E! Online’s old “Save one Show” campaign for two years, which secured it’s renewal, but they also still have conventions a few times a year with a majority of the cast in attendance.
Probably one of the more surprising nominees is Disney Channel’s Sister, Sister, which starred Tia and Tamara Mowry as twins separated at birth who find each other again in high school. It was a classic Disney staple and was the perfect mixture of real life issues and humor that their audiences craved. The Mowry’s were a fixture on the Disney Channel and still remain relevant today.
Why it could win: Never count out a retro Disney show. Sister, Sister brings people back to the good ol’ days of the Disney Channel and that alone could carry this show to a win.
Veronica Mars has has quite an interesting journey. It was met with critical acclaim on The WB, but was abruptly canceled after just two seasons, leaving fans feeling unsatisfied and wanting more. Luckily, the show’s creator, Rob Thomas, posted on Kickstarter about crowd-funding for a movie and they hit their goal almost immediately. So, a feature film came out in 2014 and did considerably well.
Why it could win: Fans have never been quiet about always wanting more Veronica Mars. Wining this category could be another push for the studio to release another film. Kristen Bell and the cast have always been very vocal about their passion for the show so this could be the kickstart it needs.
Which show would you want to win Choice Throwback? Do you have another show you think should have been nominated?
Be sure to head online and vote and tune into the show live on Sunday, August 13.
Having studied Media & Writing at James Madison University, I always knew that I wanted to do some type of creative writing, but being able to write about zombies, Starks, and superheroes on a daily basis for Fan Fest is my actual dream. While I probably shouldn’t be as proud as I am to be so similar to Nick Miller, I do hope to one day write my own “Pepperwood Chronicles’.