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What Were You Watching in 1997?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 10, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 10, 2009 |

Last week, apropos of nothing, we looked back 21 years at the 1987-88 network primetime schedule, to take some of our geriatric readers (those over 30) on a trip down memory lane before they actually lose their memory. Today, apropos of nothing, let’s take a gander at the 1997-98 primetime network television schedule for the benefit of our under-30 readers.

And if you were under 30 and a teenager in 1997, man: Your television options sucked. We don’t have an image this week, so in order to see the entire schedule, you’ll have to click here. It’s amazing the difference a decade makes: While I watched a ton of television in 1987, a few of the shows in 1997 don’t even ring bells: “Over the Top,” “Hiller and Diller,” “George and Leo,” “Cracker,” and “Promised Land”? And those were on the Big three networks. How did NBC manage Must-See Thursdays? It had “Friends” and “Seinfeld,” but I don’t remember ever watching “Union Square,” and I may have accidentally watched one episode of “Veronica’s Closet.”

Of course, there was “Buffy” and “The X-Files,” and “Mad About You” was still on, as was “Spin City.” I believe “Ally McBeal” was the huge break-out hit that year. But otherwise: Wow. TV really sucked in 1997. Did anyone actually watch “Michael Hayes” or “Delaventura”?

I’m glad that by 1997, I was drinking.

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