So you've got Free-Range Children
. And it's not The Fifties
. How are we to keep them from a life of crime
Enter Youth Center. A stock setting since the 70s.
Kids go here to have fun. A typical youth center will be like a club, except without the alcohol or all the gay kids
. It may also have a rec room. But in fiction, youth centers have new features as the plot demands
. Gyms, movie screens, and restaurants are just a few examples.
But, like Christmas
, youth centers are always threatened.
(This is sort of Truth in Television
, as these places often have No Budget
in real life.) So it works as a MacGuffin
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Live Action TV
- V-World from Caprica is a non-wholesome version.
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers had Ernie's Gym and Juice Bar. It had other prominent features, such as an arcade and outdoor cafe, and held just about every school or community activity within it's walls. They even brought one into the Cowboy Episode with Ernest's Juice Saloon.
- Power Rangers Zeo introduced a beach club, which was shown alongside the Juice Bar, and featured live music.
- And once the remainder of the original teens were kicked off the show, the Juice Bar was soon replaced by The Surf Spot, which was basically the same hangout minus the gym.
- Power Rangers Dino Thunder had Hayley's Cyberspace cafe.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch had The Slicery before ditching it for a coffee shop in the fourth season.
- The Max from Saved by the Bell.
- The Hub from That '70s Show.
- Byker Grove was set in and around a fairly realistic version Oop North in Newcastle.