Favorite Childhood Shows Friday: Favorite Childhood Shows: Taina

This is another Nickelodeon show.

Taina premiered in Janaurary of 2001, and it focused on the titular character, 15-year-old Taina Morales, who longs to be an actress and singer.  She comes from a Puerto Rican family living in Queens, and she attends the Manhattan School of the Arts, to work towards her goals.

I began watching the show during the second season.  I found it absolutely hilarious, with all of the characters easily saying witty and funny things.  Another big part of the show was musical numbers.  Every so often, Taina would have a fantasy depicted as a music video performed by her.  This helped reinforce the theme of Taina wanting to be a star.  The show even spawned a soundtrack album.  However, it was not meant to last.  The show was cancelled after two seasons despite being popular.  The supposed reason was that it was not popular enough among boys, and Nickelodeon at the time was more interested in targeting boys.

Nonetheless, none of that diminishes the show in my eyes; it remains smart, funny, and hopeful.