Retro Rewind: ‘The Ricki Lake Show’

Published: Saturday 16th Jul 2016 by David

Welcome to Retro Rewind, the TGJ original feature carved out to celebrate TV and Film’s glorious past.

Today we make our way back to 1993, the year in which the world was introduced to ‘The Ricki Lake Show.’

Following her standout performance in John Walter’s ‘Hairspray’, Lake caught the attention of Columbia Pictures Television who, with the full support of the Garth Ancier and Gail Steinberg, built the series for the 24-year-old.

A staple in many a 90s baby’s entertainment diet, the show would become one of the decade’s highest-rated series, rivalling ‘The Jerry Springer Show’, Jenny Jones and Sally Jesse Raphael’s ‘Sally’ with support from a memorable theme tune created by Madonna’s ‘Holiday’ producer,Jellybean Benitez.

Reunite with Ricki and her neck rolling guests after the jump….

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  1. Weezy Tha Goat/ Zayn is ? July 16, 2016

    The Riki Lake Show was lit back in was lit during its first run. Although I was too young to watch some episodes I would still sneaks some of the recorded tapes to my room while my parents were at work. They should have never brought it back TBH.

    • MUSICHEAD July 16, 2016

      Ricki Lake and Jenny Jones were doing ratchet tv before Love & Hip Hop and Real Housewives lol.

    • MusicFan103 July 16, 2016

      I like that they brought the show back, but I think they needed to give her 2-3 seasons to find her audience again. I loved her as a kid for some reason. I don’t know why but I liked this show a lot lol! She could have been a great successor to Oprah with second run too, but they didn’t give it time to grow.

  2. MUSICHEAD July 16, 2016

    Ricki Lake would be on in my house everyday when I came home from school. I actually still remember the commercial promos hyping the premiere of the show back in 93. Being so young, I had no idea she was only 24 when she started. She seemed so much older and out of touch to me.

    • MusicFan103 July 16, 2016

      I agree I never would have assumed she was so young then too. Like its strange to think of because she appeared more grown back on her first talk show.

  3. LadyS July 16, 2016

    I use to love Ricky Lake show.

  4. Bissshhhhhh July 16, 2016

    I thought the post pic was Azealia Banks… ☕

  5. Sherrele July 16, 2016

    Oh how I miss her shows

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    Her show was interesting.

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