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TV Teens That Were Slackers

Why weren't the in the army?

Mike Stivic, Robbie Douglas (reserves don't count), Eb Dawson, Jeff Stone, others?

--Dobie, Maynard and even Zelda
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Greg Brady after graduation.

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Maynard G. Krebs

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They weren't teens yet but except for Bumper Robinson and Chad Allen, most of Webster's friends were kind of skeezy and never stuck around very long.

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OP -- What grammar error did you make with your thread title?

Think, dumbass!

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Maynard G. Krebs

Both Dobie Gillis and Maynard G. Krebs served in the U.S. Army.

--Zelda Gilroy
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All Maynard served in the Army was Shit On a Shingle.

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Eldergay alert!

I don’t recognize anybody mentioned.

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Wally Cleaver and Eddie Haskell. Was it ever mentioned that they were in the service in "The New Leave it to Beaver?"

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OP does not know the meaning of the word "slacker." Thread failed. Queue for deletion.

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What about Joey on Blossom? Does he count? He wasn't edgy enough to be a headbanger despite the torn jeans, and they tried to pass a single of his as R&B just because it was at the end of Cop and a Half.

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Actually slacker is 100% correct, for a person who should serve in the armed forces and doesn't.

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There should be a distinction made between those that were eligible when a draft was in effect and those that came later.

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Ken Miller, Nick Andopolis and Daniel Desario on 'Freaks & Geeks'
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Trent Lane on 'Daria'
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Jordan Catalano on 'My So Called Life'
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Point of information: the US ended the draft in 1973.

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Mike Stivic was in graduate school.

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r16 You don't have to tell me! I turned 18 in 1970 and had a very low lottery number (68). Fortunately I was in college and a student deferment until the draft ended. Otherwise I probably would've ended up as one of the names on that wall in DC.

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Okay, I guess I didn't understand that the word 'slacker' had a different meaning during WW1 & WW2 so please disregard my contributions at R13, R14 and R15.

The term achieved renewed popularity following its use in the 1985 film Back to the Future in which James Tolkan's character Mr. Strickland chronically refers to Marty McFly, his father George McFly, Biff Tannen, and a group of teenage delinquents in Part II as "slackers".[11] It gained subsequent exposure from the 1989 Superchunk single "Slack Motherfucker", and the 1991 film Slacker.[12] The television series Rox has been noted for its "depiction of the slacker lifestyle ... of the early '90s".[13][14][15]
Slacker became widely used in the 1990s to refer to a subset of apathetic youth who were cynical and uninterested in political or social causes and as a stereotype for members of Generation X.[16] Richard Linklater, director of the aforementioned 1991 film, commented on the term's meaning in a 1995 interview, stating that "I think the cheapest definition [of a slacker] would be someone who's just lazy, hangin' out, doing nothing. I'd like to change that to somebody who's not doing what's expected of them. Somebody who's trying to live an interesting life, doing what they want to do, and if that takes time to find, so be it."[17]
The term has connotations of "apathy and aimlessness".[18] It is also used to refer to an educated person who avoids work, possibly as an anti-materialist stance, who may be viewed as an underachiever.[12]
Slackers have been the subject of many films and television shows, particularly comedies. Later examples include the films Slackers and Clerks,[19] The 2007 film Slacker Uprising describes an attempt to rouse those under 30 to participate in the 2004 U.S. election.[20]
The Idler, a British magazine founded in 1993, represents an alternative to contemporary society's work ethic and aims "to return dignity to the art of loafing".[21]
--R13, R14, R15
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boner from growing pains...

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Megaphone Mark Slackmeyer
--OK, so not a TV character
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Beavis & Butthead

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