Television in the 90s was an emotional rollercoaster with heartwarming highs and dramatic lows. It hit all the right spots with the dramatic breakups, heart-to-heart-makeups, extreme sports challenges that had us questioning our fitness levels, and quirky game shows that had us daydreaming about confetti showers and grand prizes. We related to the kids on the other side of the screen who was going through the growing pains we were too embarrassed to talk about, and we felt their pain as our own. It wasn’t always that deep though. Sometimes we just marveled at how everyone on TV had the bedroom of our dreams – we’re looking at you, Clarissa, with your giant room and your computer and your cool checkered wall. As great as everything looked on TV, knowing the secrets behind the scenes could change the way you rewatch those reruns for better or worse. Keep scrolling for the 411 on your 90s favorites.
Full House is known for its tight-knit, unconventional family that has heart-to-hearts sweet enough to give you diabetes, but the chemistry wasn’t always there in the beginning. The Olsen twins got the ax early on after John Stamos refused to work with them because they were fussy and cried too much. Their replacements didn’t work out, and Stamos asked for the Olsens back.
He also saved Ashley Olsen’s job. The fraternal twins only looked identical until they started getting a little older, at which point producers mulled over having only one actress continue playing Michelle. Stamos loved them like a real-life Uncle Jesse by that time and made sure both girls stayed on the show. We’re glad it ended well, but now we can’t help but see season 1 a little differently.