’90s

‘Friends’ Doesn’t Deserve Your Nostalgia

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On September 22, Friends will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The show premiered in 1994 with a rather unimpressive pilot and an uneven first season that received mixed reviews and was repeatedly unfavorably compared to Seinfeld, another NBC staple in the ’90s. The show continued for nine seasons, sometimes getting better but mostly staying stuck in a repetitive rut of Ross/Rachel nonsense, the “struggles” of living in fancy apartments in a disgustingly expensive city, and the perils of drinking coffee. While I can sort of wrap my head around the mass appeal, it’s still worth mentioning that Friends was, to put it bluntly, not a very good show. So why is everyone still so nostalgic for it?
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15 Things You Didn’t Know About ’90s Nickelodeon

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You Can’t Do That on Television. Double Dare. Ren and Stimpy. Rugrats. Kids who grew up in the 1980s and ’90s were lucky enough to have the ultimate cable TV network created just for them: Nickelodeon. Usually anti-authoritarian, always funny, and tons of fun, Nick’s golden years featured a slew of shows, personalities, and moments that are ingrained in the memories of millions, from Budnick on Salute Your Shorts to the song “Killer Tofu” performed by the fictional band The Beets on Doug. Mathew Klickstein’s new oral history Slimed! tracks down the likes ofMelissa Joan Hart and Keenan Thompson, who talk about everything from crazy game-show parents to the network’s diversity issues. Click through for some of the book’s craziest revelations.
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10 More Cultural Touchstones of the ’90s That Should Never Come Back

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Everybody remembers the ’90s these days, even the kids who are barely old enough to call themselves “’90s kids” without a sense of irony or self-deprecation. And we’ve been remembering them for a while now! Less than three years ago, we came up with a list of cultural artifacts we didn’t want to re-live. Unfortunately, boy bands and Titanic both came back. And so did Tamagotchis! So before we lose all of our minds and keep bringing back all of the ’90s, here’s another sampling of terrible trendy items from the decade. 
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Your Favorite Classic Board Games: Then and Now

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This week, The Atlantic pointed out a troubling development in Candy Land: namely, all the updated (read: sexy Bratz-doll) versions of classic characters and what looks like altogether too much 2D glitter. So how have the other classic games of your youth aged? After the jump, check out the original versions, ’80s incarnations, and current models of your favorite board games, from LIFE to Chutes and Ladders. My, how things have changed.
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