Middle school is the absolute worst, but difficult experiences can always be improved when there's someone you feel you can genuinely relate to. When As Told By Ginger premiered on Nickelodeon back in 2000, it gave tween girls a character with whom they could do just that. Oh, and the show was sort of hilarious, as well. It had all the same tropes as a high school show, if you recall: There were the mean popular girls, the floaters, the rambunctious and social little brother, and the unattainable cute boy. But more than anything, the show was about making light of the little embarrassing moments of going through puberty. As Told By Ginger made an awkward and sometimes demeaning experience for girls to feel normal.
Aside from the warm and fuzziness of it all, As Told By Ginger was actually incredibly well-written and fun, too. And even though Ginger and her friends may have been cartoons, they were drawn to reflect that middle school honesty of frizzy hair, mismatched clothing, and a general lack of attractiveness. But it's best if I let the show do the talking.
Here's a compilation of stellar moments that remind me why this show was the absolute best:
FIRST THINGS FIRST, MACY GRAY SANG THE THEME SONG
THE BEST CHARACTER, MACI
We're all just little seal girls, aren't we?
GINGER WAS A REAL INTELLECTUAL AT 13
BUT THE WAY SHE FLIRTED SHOULD'VE BEEN ILLEGAL
COURTNEY GRIPLING WAS A MEAN GIRL WITH A HEART
AND HER POPULAR LACKEY, MIRANDA, WAS THE ORIGINAL SANTANA LOPEZ
So much sass.
DARREN <3 <3 <3
Ugh, the romantic tension between these two.
GINGER'S MOM WAS THE BOMB
Could she be any cooler? I aspire to be Mrs. Foutley one day.
WE ALL HAD THAT ANNOYING FRIEND LIKE DODIE
But like Ginger, we loved her anyway.
EVEN THE MEAN GIRLS WEREN'T PERFECT
AND THE UNPOPULAR GIRLS COULD BE THE HEROES, TOO
Thanks for the memories, Ginger.