1. Brad from Hey Dude
You can substitute any character who is not Melody here, but for me (and for Ted), it was always Brad. God, did I want to be her, jodhpurs and all.
2. Linda Ellerbee
Linda, where are you? They tell me you are still at Nick News, but all I see are children from Benetton ads. You taught me to feel ok about Bill Clinton, even though every other kid in my Atlanta junior high’s fake election voted for Bob Dole, and I will never forget that.
3. Pete & Pete
Doug is to Ren & Stimpy as Friends was to Seinfeld—you may own the DVD of the latter, but you watched the former, and you loved it. You did! It’s ok! I did too! So did this a capella group. We’re in good company.
5. Are You Afraid Of The Dark
This isn’t so much a star as a whole TV show, but everyone I know still speaks about it in reverent, terrified tones. Those who could actually watch it, that is. I 100% could not. Too scary.
Angela Chase corned the “feelings” market, but Clarissa cornered the “tell you what’s what” market. She was also extremely instructive in the ways of experimental fashion and allowing cute boys to climb in through your bedroom window. And charts, of course.