Crushin on All Things 1992 

From the movies to the mutants, D’Manda Martini and I covered a lot of bases when it came to 1992, but before we say goodbye to the year that gave us the best cover song ever via Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” for ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack – we have to cover just a few more. 

This was the first year I went to school. Mrs. Evinger was my teacher and I made my first-ever school friend, Tatiana. She’d go on to take the powdered donuts off my plate when those were packed in my ‘Little Mermaid’ lunch box instead of the chocolate ones. It was also the year I found out my reign as the baby of the family would cease to exist come April ‘93. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. 

I also really started to take notice of the world around me and bank memories from the things I tuned into this year, so you’ll notice a lot of my favorite things are still based around TV and movies, but let’s not waste any more time – let’s get to the things that made me crush in 1992.  


Originally released in 1991 in the UK, this ‘Rock-a-Doodle’ wasn’t around my neck of the woods until 1992, and when I tell you I rented this way too much…that’s a very huge understatement. Disney movies were amazing, but there was something about being a kid during a time when animation all felt very fresh. It wasn’t just a bunch of bubbly, bug-eyed characters. Anyways, for me ‘Rock-a-Doodle’ was never not an amazing time when I sat down and popped it into the VCR. 

Barney & Friends

My nephew was only one when ‘Barney & Friends’ debuted but soon enough he’d be a toddler obsessed with the purple dinosaur whether I was watching with or without him, I was enamored as a kid by the songs and the overall joy that this PBS show brought to my life at the time. 

FernGully: The Last Rainforest

The early ‘90s were really about trying to teach the children about the environment. We had ‘Captain Planet’ and then this movie that, at times, got dark as hell. All in all, though, the fears were washed away thanks to a cute lead and a bat voiced by Robin Williams

Melrose Place

If there is one thing everyone in my house loved when I was a kid, it was TV and back in the day we often watched together so whatever my mom tuned into – I did as well, and that includes things that perhaps were not meant for a five-year-old. Alas, ‘Melrose Place’ became one of my first must-watch TV experiences. I’d eventually fall off when it moved nights years later, but those first few seasons I was hooked. 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

When it comes to ‘Buffy’ the 1997 television series pretty much eclipsed the movie that debuted five years prior. However, for me, it’s always been about the movie and like ‘Rock-a-Doodle’ this was a very common choice when it came to Friday night at the video store. I think, if I’m being honest, it had everything to do with how dreamy Luke Perry was in it. 

Blind Melon “No Rain”

Without a doubt, this is my favorite song. So it had to be included in this year’s round up. There’s something so reminiscent of the free-love of the ’60s in this song that, as a kid, I gravitated towards. Plus, I’m forever a sucker for a tale about an outcast, so I vibed with the bee girl then and still today.


Everyone’s favorite problematic Disney boyfriend debuted in ‘92 and despite being a liar and fraud, we fell in love with his antics. Is this why the women of my generation have problems on dating sites? 

Are You Afraid of the Dark? 

If you head over to Popverse, you can read why I think ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ is an amazing series and how it acted as a gateway into horror for a generation that perhaps may’ve been a little too scared of their older siblings’ scary movie collections. 

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

No one should be shocked. ‘Home Alone’ was one of my favorites in 1990, and because I do love the sequel just a bit more – here we go again. For me, ‘Home Alone 2’ was more thrilling because as a kid in a town where buildings are no higher than three stories, if that, New York City seemed like this magical place. So you take Kevin McCallister and put him in that setting? Say no more. Took my money then and it’s still taking my money over 30 years later. 


My brother’s ex made me watch a lot of ‘I Love Lucy’ as a kid and before this year I was not amused. It was not a cartoon and I wanted nothing to do with it. Then one day, probably around this year, I started to watch it on my own, and soon enough it was my favorite show. And I think that lined up perfectly with the debut of ‘Martin’ because Martin Lawrence’s physical comedy was very much like Lucille Ball’s and because of that, is probably a huge reason why ‘Martin’ made me cackle then and now. 


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