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Raiderbowl has ended in a successful win for us seniors, now we move on to the rest of our homecoming events.  The class of 2019 theme for homecoming is Back to The Future. Since we can’t go into the future, we can follow the movie’s first plot of going back to the past.

Lately my friends and I have been talking about how we miss the shows the defined our childhood, so I thought why not go back and rewatch them? So me, along with some friends  (who I used to eliminate some bias as well as get multiple points of view ) went ahead and rewatched the first episodes of Drake & Josh, Victorious, iCarly and Big Time Rush and ranked them from best to worst (strictly based upon first episodes). Here’s what we decided on…

In first place, we chose Big Time Rush’s first episode named “Big Time Dreams”  When I rewatched BTR I instantly remembered the early 2010s and why they were a huge part of my childhood. The plot stuck true to what they show was going to be about and showed how Kendall, James ,Carlos, and Logan became a band, making you excited for the future episodes. When we watched this we honestly were constantly laughing and going “oh my god”. Between the good humor and nicely followed plot we chose Big Time Dreams as our winner.

In a close second, was Drake & Josh’s first episode “Pilot”. This episode had my friends and I constantly laughing and once again missing the Golden Age of Nick’s Sitcoms. Drake being so very relatable and Josh being so dorky but lovable. It was a good time watching these two become step-brothers and creating the iconic “Hug me, Brothah!” punchline. We chose this as second because we though the plot should have been a bit more focused on the fact that they just became brothers rather than Drake manipulating Josh into helping him win a girl’s heart. If were being 100% honest though “I Found A Way” by Drake Bell is most definitely the most memorable theme song.

In third place, was Victorious’ “Pilot” (again, I know). The iconic theme song is referenced in the title as well as being the song Tori Vega sings and gets noticed by. We decided that while the show stayed true to the overall plot of the show, sometimes the humor was forced and the characters were introduced in a strange way, with the typical bully the new girl scenario between Jade and Tori. The acting was mostly good but BTR and Drake & Josh had it beat easily.

In Last place was iCarly’s ”iPilot”  (the creator, Dan Schneider ,was not very creative with these names). While remembering how relatable Sam was; we knew right way that iCarly, although being an amazing show, overall would come in last place because Miranda, Nathan, and Janette were really young making the acting a bit iffy. In addition to this, a lot of the humor was forced and seemed a bit unrealistic regarding the topics 8th graders would choose to make fun of. Also,  the main reason they created the web show was to spite Ms. Briggs (a teacher they hated as well as a detail I forgot) we all believed the reason should have been more personal to Carly, Freddie, and Sam.

Don’t get me(and my three friends who helped with these opinions) wrong these shows are all iconic, and if you asked anyone who was a preteen-teen in the early 2010s they are most likely to agree, or at least know of all these shows (if you don’t believe me ask Mr. Carpluk, he seemed to be a fan of iCarly. If you didn’t know he plays Guppy singing “Happy Birthday!” over and over if it was your birthday) . These sitcoms hold a special place in our heart, defining our childhood and having created a legacy that cannot be touch.

 

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