The original Mickey Mouse Club, from the Fifties, became a cultural icon for the first generation raised on television. It was replayed in syndication for decades afterward.
The one from the Nineties, called MMC in all of its faux-hipness, continues to ruin music to this very day by introducing Justin Timberlake, Christina Agulera, Britney Spears, and other talentless urchins to a nation of easily entertained simpletons.
What was the culture significance of the short-lived and long-since-forgotten New Mickey Mouse Club? Well, it ruined my life. And it also gave us Tits McGee's favorite person, Lisa Whelchel, who went on to megastardom as Blair on The Facts of Life. She's the one in the second row wearing the kelly green prison jumpsuit.
A few other thoughts regarding The New Mickey Mouse Club:
-With its ethnically diverse cast, the show proved that blacks and Hispanics are just as capable as white kids of being stomach-churningly enthusiastic.
-If anyone ever tries to give you a Mousketeer hat that isn't the traditional black model, punch that person in the face.
-This show was a major component of President Carter's controversial "Complete and Utter Disco-ing of America" initiative.
-All of the girls on the show are now in their early forties; and all of them but Lisa Whelchel will blow you for bus money.