So if you haven’t already heard, Mediacorp has teamed up with streaming company Netflix, to broadcast more than 20 locally-produced Chinese drama serials.
The list includes shows like The Little Nyonya, The Golden Path and The Dream Job. The idea is to showcase these homegrown dramas to a global audience, via Netflix’s network of over 86 million members in more than 190 countries.
Since the announcement was made, the Internet has been ablaze with Singaporeans indignantly protesting the partnership, stating all sorts of reasons ranging from — that it’s a waste of Netflix’s catalogue space, to “worldwide cringing”.
But guys, calm down for a second. Don’t you remember a time before Pirate Bay and Xbox, where all most of us had for entertainment was an old television set, VCR and the newspaper TV guide? This coincidentally, was also the golden age of local TV, home to some nostalgic dramas that every Singaporean is bound to remember.
So before you melodramatically cancel your Netflix subscription in protest, check out this list and maybe petition to get these classics on board first.
At a certain period in the late 90s, everyone, and we mean everyone was hooked on this show. To the point that we can still hum the theme song two decades later. The premise was simple — a regular Singaporean family living in the 60s, going through the trials and tribulations of life. But damn if it wasn’t filled with so much heart.
It was the perfect recipe for a feel-good local television show — warm, touching, funny, sad and so relatable. Also, we’re willing to bet that the episode where the mother died (from a stab wound after being mugged!) was probably the most watched (and cried about) episode in the history of Singapore TV.
This show is probably singlehandedly responsible for Singaporeans’ general respect for the police. These detectives were the epitome of 90s cool. Everyone either wanted to be a cop, or had a secret crush on James Lye or Wong Li Lin — back when it was still semi socially acceptable to have crushes on local celebs. Also, it paved the way for Lye to become VR Man, and for that, we are eternally grateful.