She was just your average kid until an accident changed her life. 25 years later The Secret World of Alex Mack still sticks with us today.
On Saturday, October 8, 1994, a new series debuted on Nickelodeon’s SNICK lineup, The Secret World of Alex Mack. The series was about Alex Mack, who one day was walking home from having a miserable first day of school, until she gets into an accident from the town’s chemical planet truck that was carrying a top-secret chemical and gets it on her. After that, her life would never be the same as she developed superpowers from moving things with her mind to zipping electricity and even turn into a puddle of goo. Yes, you heard right.
The show starred Larisa Oleynik as Alex Mack; along with a talented ensemble cast from Darris Love as Ray, Meredith Bishop as Annie Mack and John Nielson as Dave and John Marzilli as Vince. The series lasted for four seasons; with 78 episodes altogether. Once it debuted it was one of Nickelodeon’s staple shows; even moved to Tuesdays and Thursdays airing new episodes twice in one week. The series ended on January 1998 with a finale that served up an ending; with one moment left us with a cliffhanger of whether or not Alex ends her powers.
I’m writing about this series because it’s literally my top two all-time favorite television shows of all time; right with ER. The series was my first live-action show other than watching the Nicktoon’s lineup. I connected with the character of Alex Mack; with just her innocents that makes you really want to be your best friend. But also she just has this way of tugging your heart with not only intense moments and humor but those emotional moments. But also I can’t forget the hats, hats, hats that she wore during the four seasons. Other than Indiana Jones, Raymond Reddington, and Jane Timone, Alex Mack wears the best hats on television.
There are many episodes that I’ve enjoyed. But it’s season two’s “The Gift” that stands out the most in the series. Alex tries to make money to buy Christmas gifts for her family; but instead learns that the meaning of Christmas. And now since the complete series is out on DVD now, I can rewatch it during the holiday season.
It’s hard to believe that the series debuted 25 years ago. If you haven’t seen the series I highly recommend to check it out. You can catch the complete series of The Secret World of Alex Mack available on DVD available on Amazon.com.
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