Jan 10, 2018
Saturday Morning Beefcake: the 1990s
In the late 1980s, Saturday morning became cool again. Everybody watched Pee-Wee's Playhouse and Saved by the Bell. For some reason, most gay men preferred Slater (Mario Lopez, right) to Mark-Paul Goesselaer's prettyboy operator Zack Morris.
Between 1993 and 2001, there was a whole lineup of teencoms to watch with your boyfriend and whatever guy you had brought home to "share" the night before. They all had the about the same plot: a group of high schoolers go out for sports, consider cheating on tests, take part-time jobs, date, and start bands. There was always a Zack Morris clone and a Slater clone, plus sundry stereotyped athletes, nerds, cheerleader-type girls, and brainy-type girls.
Boring stuff. But who was watching for the plots?
Fortunately, Book Circus had a full selection of teen magazines with Michael Cade centerfolds.
You can also see Christian Oliver in the 2012 film Blow Me.