I'll admit that I wasn't really that into watching "High School Reunion."
I don't have bad memories of high school, and I've moved on, keeping in touch with the friends I liked best. Plus I went to a school with like 5,000 students. I probably didn't know 3/4s of my class.
But wouldn't you know, I found the first hour of this show pretty darn interesting. It comes on tonight at 10pm.
The show reunites the 1988 class of Chandler High of Chandler, Arizona at a resort in Hawaii. And most of the "types" are present: The jock and the homecoming queen (they actually married, then divorced); the ignored ugly duckling, who is now sweet, more aggressive and compelled to dress like a hootchie; the wannabe, who still holds a grudge against the mean girl; the class clown, the one who got pregnant and others.
It's easy to dismiss some of the issues folks arrive with at the reunion as silly. I mean, it's been 20 years. Who cares that the boys teased you because you were busty?
Still, as though of us who survived them know, those teen-age years are intense. And the relationships can be too; friends become family. Almost anyone can relate to how when you get back among your family, you often revert right back to your younger self, and the role you played as that younger self. And that brings up the good times as well as the grudges and slights.
So those years can leave scars that might have shaped who you are now. And maybe having the chance to stand up to the bully now clears out some lingering demons. If you're not ready for that tune in to TVLAND and watch someone else do it.