‘Friends’ Doesn’t Deserve Your Nostalgia

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? … Read More

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Creationists Beware: This Supercut of ’90s Vocal Hooks Confirms Evolution Once and for All

All Darwinism skeptics may want to look away — evolution has never been clearer than in watching this supercut of wordless ’90s… Read More

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About ’90s Nickelodeon

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. … Read More

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10 More Cultural Touchstones of the ’90s That Should Never Come Back

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.  … Read More

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Your Favorite Classic Board Games: Then and Now

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. … Read More

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Revealing Behind-the-Scenes Photos from ’90s TV Shows

Inspired by the news of a Boy Meets World sequel series, we decided to slip into the past and dig up some old behind-the-scenes photos from of our favorite ’90s television… Read More

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The 10 Most ’90s Songs of the ’90s

Just the other day, New Radicals’ 1998 one-hit wonder “You Get What You Give” came up in conversation, and it occurred to us that, over a decade into the new millennium, the music of the ’90s is starting to sound as dated as disco did when we were kids. From cultural references to Tonya Harding, Hanson, and white kids who desperately wanted to be gangstas to zeitgeist-y topics like Gen-X disaffection and sex education, there are just some songs that unmistakably evoke the decade. We’ve rounded up what we think of as the most ’90s songs of the ’90s after the jump; keep in mind that this isn’t a list of the best tracks of the era, just the ones that are clearly the products of its preoccupations. Let us know what you’d add in the comments. … Read More

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10 ’90s Kids Movies We’d Actually Watch the Sequels To Today

This week, we heard a rumor that Disney is developing a sequel to everyone’s favorite ’90s Halloween cult classic Hocus Pocus, tentatively titled Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch. This, obviously, is an idea we are 100% behind, and the vague promise of the project got us to thinking about which kids movies from the ’90s we’d actually like to watch the sequels to now, as our grown up selves. Not that there wouldn’t obviously be an enormous camp factor regardless of the film, but still. Obviously, we’ve stayed away from movies that already have sequels to their name, but otherwise, we let our little nostalgic hearts run wild. Click through to see which ’90s kids movies we think deserve sequels, and let us know which ones you’d race to the theaters for in the comments! … Read More

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The Most Profoundly Regrettable Moments in 1990s Musical Fashion

With the inevitable 1990s revival in full swing these days, it’s perhaps a good time to remind ourselves that it can be awfully easy to look back at the past with distinctly rose-colored glasses. Sure, the ’90s gave rise to some definitive musical trends, the influence of which is still felt today — the tail end of acid house, the advent of grunge, the evolution of hip hop into a full-fledged commercial behemoth. It also gave rise to some distinctive musical fashion, as anyone who sports a Cobain-esque flannelette shirt can attest. But lest we forget, much of the decade was also a pretty dark time for both music and musical fashion — so in a lighthearted spirit of reminiscence, here’s a look back at some of the most profoundly dreadful music-related fashion statements of the decade. What did we miss? … Read More

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Video of the Day: If Facebook Were Invented in the ’90s

For better or for worse, Facebook will go down in history as one of the defining inventions of the aughts. But what if it had been created in the ’90s instead? Squirrel Monkey explores that alternate timeline in a hilarious video tutorial that will take you back to the days of Windows 3.1 and Netscape Navigator. Alf, Golden Girls, eye-assaulting mid-’90s computer color schemes, and the perennially confusing (even in 2012!) act of “liking” something that is actually tragic all make appearances. It all serves to remind us that, when taken out of its apparently essential contemporary context, social media can seem pretty ridiculous. Watch the clip after the jump, then visit Squirrel Monkey to learn about Twitter and Google in the ’80s, and what Draw Something would look like as an ancient PC game. … Read More

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