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We all know Hypable is “For Fans, By Fans,” and “fans” have existed since the dawn of human civilization.

“OMG, is that the guy who created fire? I’m totally making fire from now on!”

“Did you hear that lute player in the town square yesterday singing about the epic battle of Troy? I’m going back tomorrow because I NEED to know how it ends!!”

“So Shakespeare’s, like, amazing, amirite?”

In the interest of brevity I’m not going to include things like Fire, The Odyssey, the works of William Shakespeare. I’m thinking more like the 1980s, 90s, and early 00s. Assuming most of us Hypable users are between the ages of 10 and 40, I thought it would be interesting to speculate what fandoms Hypable might have covered before it (and the internet as the engine of fandom that it is today) existed.

As someone born in the late 80s, and a human being in general, I do not claim to have a comprehensive knowledge of pop culture ever since the day I was born, especially from before I was born. I know what I watched and listened to as a kid, but that doesn’t mean everyone did, too, or that I wasn’t missing out on something because of age or personal taste.

The following list contains movies, TV shows, and musicians from the 80s, 90s, and 00s. I decided to omit books and video games. Books simply because of the sheer number of them, and also because it’s hard to compare today’s resurgence of YA fiction as fandom to popular literature of past decades that tended to be geared toward adults. Video games because I never had video games growing up and can only speculate as to what was and is popular. That being said, feel free to include books and video games and any other genre of fandom in the comments.

Ultimately, the most fun part about imagining what fandoms Hypable would have covered before it existed is the fact that many fandoms, or genres of fandom, have their roots in the last 50 years of pop culture. We all know Hypable would cover an artist like Michael Jackson or a movie franchise like Star Wars, but one great facet of fandom is the thrill of experiencing it from its inception and throughout its rise to acclaim and subsequent legend.

So let’s go back in time and imagine how awesome life would be if we could experience these “old” fandoms in full swing, and how awesome life would be if Hypable had existed that much sooner. =)

TV Shows:

- Alias – My favorite TV show EVER. No female super-spy can compare to Sydney Bristow in my heart.
- Heroes
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer – I’ve never seen it, but my sister was obsessed, and Joss Whedon is a god.
- Prison Break – Ok, TRUTH BOMB, I just marathoned this series in a week, and I can’t imagine Hypable wouldn’t be attracted to the conspiracy, romance, and moral ambiguity of Michael Scofield & Co.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Friends, Will & Grace, Cheers, Seinfeld, Three’s Company
- Married…With Children, Roseanne – Family sitcoms at their weirdest and finest.
- Family Ties, Growing Pains, Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Full House – I learned everything I needed to know about growing up from Michael J. Fox, Tracey Gold, Steve Urkel, and Michelle Tanner. Everything about love and high school I learned from Cory, Topanga, and Mr. Feeny.
- Saved by the Bell, Beverly Hills 90210 – Teen angst: can’t live with it, can’t live without it.
- Power Rangers – Don’t try and deny it, you STILL love Power Rangers.
- Dallas – one of the original primetime soap operas.
- Fantasy Island – In retrospect I feel like this was probably an inappropriate show for me to be watching as a child.
- The Love BoatGrey’s Anatomy on a boat.
- The A-Team, Dukes of Hazzard, Hawaii Five-0, Knight Rider, Magnum P.I., Miami Vice
- Star Trek – All series.


- The Matrix
- Lord of the Rings
- The Fifth Element
- Clueless
- Star Wars – Might as well be a current fandom
- Ghostbusters
- Police Academy
- Back to the Future
- Die Hard
- Alien
- The Goonies – Sean Astin! Martha Plimpton! Joe Pantoliano! Josh Freakin’ Brolin!
- Scream
- Titanic? – I suspect the angst would be too hard to resist.
- Superman – All movies.
- Star Trek – All movies, even if they were terrible.
- Indiana Jones


- ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, Hanson, Spice Girls
- Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey
- Michael Jackson
- Elton John
- Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson
- Madonna
- Jay-Z, Puff Daddy, Tupac Shakur
- Bruce Springsteen

What would YOU like to see on Hypable… in the past?

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  • krislintz

    Haha, clever and accurate article. Is it sad I still listen to that late 90s-early 00′s genre of music? I cant resist it, Backstreet Boys were my childhood!

    • hpatdh33

      That’s not sad at all, I want it that way is the song I think about when I think of my childhood.

      • aaron

        i was more of Nsync XD i still have them on my ipod #RegretNothing hahahah

  • http://profiles.google.com/mandyflu Mandy Brennan

    Nick shows! – All That, The Secert World of Alex Mack, & Are You Afraid of the Dark.

    I know you said no to books, but come on, Goosebumps!! & the TV show for that matter.

    As for music, it would totally be Hanson or *NSYNC for me, but for a while, I was a big TLC fan – gotta give props to that R&B era

    I miss the old days, everything was so carefree back then!

    • akacj18

      i only didn’t mention any cause i didn’t really start reading until i read Harry Potter. yep. i’m one of those kids! but Goosebumps is a good call! it made me think of The Box Car Children! and maybe even Sweet Valley High? haha

      • http://frankifoni.tumblr.com/ Franki94

        THE BOX CAR CHILDREN! I found one the other day in my shed, and I read it thinking, “I swear they were older….” haha.

    • akacj18

      i only didn’t mention any cause i didn’t really start reading until i read Harry Potter. yep. i’m one of those kids! but Goosebumps is a good call! it made me think of The Box Car Children! and maybe even Sweet Valley High? haha

  • http://twitter.com/eiVega eiVega

    Xena, Hercules, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, The Disney Afternoon.  Heck, The Simpsons would still be news because it was brand new back then.  I would love coverage on the then evolving Disney Renaissance: The Little Mermaid,  Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King.  The first online fandom I had was The Hunchback of Notre Dame back in 1996 and I remember being really surprised I could already learn about upcoming films like Hercules, Mulan and Tarzan.  I can remember life before and after Ariel and how every little girl shared in the discovery of this new wonderful movie.  I wonder what an online equivalent would have been back in 1989.

  • http://twitter.com/TerryMilien Terry Milien

    What, no Charmed?!

  • KristenKranz

    I know that Gilmore Girls, West Wing, & Smallville would all be covered. Smallville especially had a huge & quite active fandom. It kind of ended just as the internet fandom communities really got going… sad. I also think Dawson’s Creek, Greek, Scrubs would all have been pretty popular fandoms as well…

  • Vantage

    And for TV game shows: Nickelodeon’s “Legends of the Hidden Temple”.
    I always thought that I would do so much better than those contestants. Haha

    • http://twitter.com/BrandiTiana Brandi Delhagen

      AGREED! How is it that it took those contestants forever to put that damned skeleton together! Sheeeesh

  • Ridhimad

    ‘Brat Pack’ movies like the Breakfast Club

  • http://hypable.com Selina

    What an awesome post! You could have trusted me to cover Buffy, Lost and Alias. And probably The Tribe ;) remember that show? That was so awesome/super weird.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer

    Great list!!  I feel like Veronica Mars would have been covered as well.

  • http://twitter.com/BrandiTiana Brandi Delhagen

    Little Kid Shows (other)- Big Comfy Couch, Barney, Magic School Bus, The Weekenders (anyone?), Punky Bruster (anyone?), Eureka’s Castle

    Young Kid Shows (other)- Clarissa Explains it all, Sabrina, Are you afraid of the dark, GUTS!, WEINERVILLE (anyone?), ….I know i’m forgetting a bunch

    Movies (other)- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (anyone, anyone?), Flashdance, The Matrix Trilogy (I know you already named it but I had to again, it’s that amazing), Batman Forever, The Purple People Eater?

    Musicians- Beastie Boys (RIP MCR), Nirvana, Hole, TLC, Aaliyah,…this list could go on forever.

    TOYS- This is one thing you didn’t mention! What about the Skip-it? or Teddy Robinson (I think that’s what it was called), Pogs, Giga Pets, Nano pets…

    That was a nice blast from the past. Good post! It put a smile on my face.

    • Hagrid’s Coat

       lollll…”Loonette speaks on how she became flexible enough to do the clock stretch”
      i used to love that show.

  • http://twitter.com/fcathopeck Faith Hopeck

    TV Shows: The OC and One Tree Hill

    • http://twitter.com/hmycx2 Helen Chang

      I <3 One Tree Hill! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002039691247 Daniel Stinson

    You guys still need to add star wars. Seriously.

  • Gary65

    You guys would def have covered Arrested Development.

  • Gary65

    Can we set up an article where we suggest fandoms we think Hypable should cover going forward?

    Really surprised someone isn’t covering Revenge. It’s AMAZING!!!

    • Sabrina

      Umm… They are covering Revenge. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the link.

      • Gary65

        They weren’t when I posted this comment 7 months ago.

  • belac889

     I know Richard would want The West Wing

  • Mac-e-doodle


  • Morgan


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Berkowicz/100001206459875 Adam Berkowicz


  • Greenballcrew


    • aaron

      without a doubt!!!

    • Monica

       Ahh you took mine!! :)
      Pokemon was my pre-Harry Potter obsession… great times!

  • Kayla


  • blackkiko

    YEAH Alias! Best show ever!

  • Random

    Dawson’s Creek. Duh.

    • lorepottter


  • Dreamer

    Northern Exposure? I’ve only seen  few episodes but my mom and a lot of her friends watched it.

    • Chris

      That show was awesome and hilarious.

  • CJ

    anybody remember Relic Hunter w/ Tia Carrere? or V.I.P. w/ Pam Anderson? speaking of Pam Anderson – Baywatch most definitely. 

    • lorepottter

       yes, i love Relic HUnter, i used to watch it sunday nights in nbc

      • akacj7

        i vaguely remember watching it on Saturday afternoons? my shotty memory suggests Relic Hunter and V.I.P. were paired up in this possibly imaginary Saturday matinee presentation. haha weird.

  • HPfanatic

    Sabrina the teenage which? Lizzy McGuire? Rugrats?

  • http://imnomuggle.wordpress.com Im_No_Muggle


  • LilyLuna

    Very clever topic! :)

    I’d have loved to see Friends, Full House, 7th Heaven, Gilmore Girls, That 70s show, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Powerpuff Girls and the 90s Nicktoons (Rugrats!).

  • Musician

    X-Files would totally have been a fandom.

  • lorepottter

    Freaks and Geeks,
    Alex Mack,
    Melrose Place…nothing like a lobotomy…
    The OC
    The Nanny
    Mission Imposible
    Louis and Clark
    Step by Step
    Teen Angel
    Twin Peaks
    Weird Science
    the one and only The Wonder Years with Kevin Arnold, Winnie Cooper, Paul Pffeifer
    Life goes on….

  • Sara

    Charmed and lost definitely!

  • 7Starrchasers


  • http://frankifoni.tumblr.com/ Franki94

    Kim Possible, anyone? I still have the movie, and I occasionally watch it. Not to mention Happy Days, Brady Bunch, and Sabrina (my sister and I always watch them after school. I draw the line at I Dream of Jeanie and Bewitched though.) 

    • http://frankifoni.tumblr.com/ Franki94

      Music-wise, they 80s would have been mental!

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