Squad goal (skwäd/ɡōl) (noun) (plural noun: squad goals): an inspirational term for what you’d like your group of friends to be or accomplish. Used best when placed at the end of a directional statement. (Taken from Urban Dictionary-the trustiest of all sources, obviously)
Last May, Taylor Swift debuted her “Bad Blood” music video featuring a gaggle of her famous girlfriends, and the term “squad goal” came into fruition throughout social media. But before Tay-tay and her squad, there were the ’90s cliques on television we so desperately wanted (and still do want!) to be a part of.
Take a walk down memory lane and review some original throwback #SQUADGOALS from your favorite ’90s TV shows.
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
Friends who slay together, stay together. The Scooby Gang gained a good number of new members throughout the seven seasons of Buffy, but the four core members of the Scoobies are Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Giles. Not only did they display some serious badassery skills while battling against the supernatural forces of evil, they always had each other’s backs since the beginning of the series.
2. Boy Meets World (1993-2000)
Witnessing the bond between Cory, Shawn, Topanga, and Eric in Boy Meets World taught us the greatest coming-of-age life lessons in friendship. As Mr. Feeny put it, “Friendship…is a real gift. It’s given with no expectations and no gratitude is need, not between real friends.”
3. Hey Arnold (1996-2004)
Arnold and his close-knit neighborhood community made us all wish we could live within a 10 block radius from all of our friends. Hello, block parties! Remember when Grandpa Phil flooded the street with water on a snow day for a makeshift ice rink and the whole squad gathered together to play hockey? If only our squad was as cool.
4. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993-1996)
While we were growing up, the colorful Mighty Morphin squad showed that not only was it totally rad to don matching spandex suits while protecting the world, the members worked far better when they were together. Hurrah for teamwork!
5. Sex and the City (1998-2004)
The debate still stands. Which Sex and the City character are you? Are you a Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, or Samantha? This iconic foursome may be comprised of four drastically different personalities but their surprising compatibility and fierce loyalty for one another make the ultimate #goals.
6. Seinfeld (1989-1998)
The comedic chops of Jerry, Elaine, Cosmo, and George are the reasons why a “show about nothing” was also “the greatest television program of all time” in 2002 (according to the TV Guide). If our squad was as hilariously eccentric as Seinfeld’s, everyday life would definitely be a lot more interesting.
7. Martin (1992-1997)
The hilarious banter amongst Martin, Gina, Pam, Tommy, and Cole showed us that some of the best friendships are built upon laughter and good jest. At the end of the day, despite the constant jabs, this sassy crew had some serious love for one another.
8. Rugrats (1990-2006)
This baby squad may very well be the youngest #squadgoals, like, ever. But the friendship and support within Tommy, Chuckie, Lil, and Phil transcends all ages. Who wouldn’t want to stumble into adventurous, day-to-day shenanigans with their BFFS?
9. Friends (1994-2004)
Honestly, these six iconic Manhattanites are beyond #squadgoals, they are #everythinggoals. Even though the series ended over a decade ago, tight-knit BFFS, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Ross, and Joey continue to inspire new generations and set #hairgoals, #relationshipgoals, #bestiegoals, and even #smellycatgoals. *clapclapclapclap*
And now that you’ve made it to the end of the article, how many non-functional hashtags were used in this post? Answer: Probably too many.