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….