10 Things That Made The 90's Nostalgic
A Simpler Time
The 90’s may have been a simpler time, but much like the 80’s, this decade was jam-packed with gems that had a great influence on modern society as we know it today. Let’s look away from our smart phones and stroll down memory lane to what could arguably be one of the best decades to grow up in.
Here are 10 things that make the 90’s nostalgic:
Friends is undoubtedly one of the most iconic TV shows ever to bless our screens. Insomnia Café (the original title), ran for 10 years with over 200 episodes. The show became so big that several aspects of it leaked into pop-culture.
Friends became one of the few shows to influence fashion. One of the most notable influences was Rachel’s hairstyle. At the height of the show’s popularity, millions of girls across the world had their hair done like Rachel’s.
In the 90’s, most sitcoms revolved around a family setting. Friends, however, was one of the first few shows to feature young characters, living carefree, with little to no interaction with their parents. I do believe that this fresh take was a huge reason for the success of the show.
Friends also resonated well with a lot of people because it was very relatable to the majority of its viewers. It was able to tackle usually mundane tasks and make those moments highly entertaining.
Read our full post, Why We Still Watch Friends Today.
2. Wolfenstein 3D
When floppy disks were still a thing, Wolfenstein 3D was surely the game to get. Hailed as the ‘grandfather of first-person shooters’, Wolfenstein 3D is widely regarded as one of the best video games ever made.
Yes, there are many more complicated and graphically impressive first-person shooter games around now, but there is just something quaintly special about the simplicity of Wolf 3D that you just can’t get enough of.
If you want to explore the evolution of first-person shooters by going back to its explosive beginning, then Wolfenstein 3D is the game to play.
Read our full post, Is Wolfendstein 3D The Best Game Ever?
The 90’s was definitely not short of iconic sitcoms and Frasier was one of them. It’s a show about a psychiatrist named Frasier Crane who attempts to start a new life as a radio jockey dispensing psychological advice to the people of Seattle. Along with this, he also accepts the responsibility of taking in his retired, cop father, who can no longer live alone after he gets shot in the hip.
What I like most about this show is how it tackles a very real enemy that a lot of people face – themselves. Behind all the comedy and light moments, we get to fully explore the shortcomings, emotions, insecurities, and uncertainties of a divorced, middle-aged man.
This 90’s series really delivered the goods in the most satisfying way. From the perfect chemistry of the casting, the perfectly timed comedy and meaningful life lessons, Frasier showed us what a group sitcom should be.
4. Jurassic Park
At this point, I would be surprised if anyone is not familiar with the Jurassic Park franchise. The first movie, based on a novel by Michael Crichton, premiered in 1993 and soon became a box-office smash.
This story takes us to an island, where scientists have been able to create dinosaurs through experimentation. Things get hairy when the lead IT guy gets bribed and sabotages the security network which allows the dinosaurs to roam free and wreak havoc on the staff and visitors.
This highly-suspenseful, out-of-this-world movie keeps you on the edge of your seat at all times. The 90’s would’ve felt a little dull without the birth of this now massive franchise.
5. The Simpsons
The Simpsons is now the longest-running scripted U.S. primetime television series of all time and it’s not difficult to see why. From the show’s outlandish jokes to the hilarious situations the characters are placed in, there always seems to be something funny going on with our iconic yellow friends.
If you watch some of the newer episodes and compare them with one of the first few episodes of the show, you’ll see that not a lot has actually changed. The animation has perhaps improved a bit, but the humour is all the same. This proves how timeless the show is and how The Simpsons is an excellent gateway drug for anything nostalgic.
6. The Shawshank Redemption
I still get jealous when I meet people who haven’t watched The Shawshank Redemption yet because they get to experience it for the first time which is something I can’t do. This 1994 film features a banker named Andy Dufresne, who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murders of his wife and her lover, despite his innocence.
Although the majority of the movie is set within a prison, I believe that The Shawshank Redemption eventually became so successful because of how it tackled real life issues that so many people face in their own lives. From persevering through tough times, to the desire for freedom, to the importance of friendship, this movie hits close to home on many levels.
Read our full post here, The Power of The Shawshank Redemption.
When talking about iconic gaming consoles in the ‘90s, Nintendo’s Gameboy has to be at the top of just about anyone’s list.
The Gameboy brought portable gaming to the market way before portability even became a popular feature for gaming. Likewise, the Gameboy served as the platform for many gamers to play their favorite games such as Mario and Pokemon, without spending a fortune.
Years later, the Gameboy is still one of the most recognizable gaming devices. This is truly an icon and I am sure that this gaming console has its own special place in a lot of early gamer’s hearts.
The Pokemon craze seems to never end and I’m not complaining. In the year 1996, Japanese designer Satoshi Tajiri released cute little creatures called Pokemon on the Gameboy platform. Decades later, Pokemon has grown to be the second-largest Nintendo franchise, only behind Mario.
Since its initial release, Pokemon has been adapted into TV shows, movies, card-collectibles, pop-culture merchandise, and a whole slew of video games available on different platforms. All of these expansions show how much of the world has fallen in love with these cute little creatures.
Pokemon is one of the most endearing things to come out of the 90s. Being alive and well today with kids and even adults, there is no question that these nostalgic creatures will continue to be present in pop-culture for years to come.
If you were a 90’s kid, you’ll no doubt be familiar with Tamagotchi fever. This incredibly original and fun concept revolved around taking care of virtual pets and making sure that they stay happy, clean, and fed. You get to experience their entire life cycle, from an egg all the way to adulthood.
The cool thing about Tamagotchi is that you get to feel the responsibility of owning a pet, but are not plagued with the actual realities if you screw it up. Ultimately, it’s just a little computer but to many, they were virtual creatures that, as the relationship grew, became inseparable companions.
10. Dumb And Dumber
If you’re a fan of Jim Carrey, then you’ll probably be familiar with Dumb and Dumber, one of Carrey’s first movies that massively boosted his career.
I don’t want to give too much away, but in short, this hilarious movie tells the story of two dim-witted friends who get themselves caught up in the middle of an elaborate crime.
Aside from the endless laughter, I also love this movie because of how relatable it is. If you want to watch a movie that will undoubtedly brighten up your day, while at the same time showcasing what true friendship means, then watching Dumb and Dumber is a no-brainer.
For more, read our full post, Why Dumb And Dumber Is A Genius Film.
The 90’s was a simple but meaningful decade. It really showcased the idea that new gadgets or even the Internet are not integral to happiness. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the pace of modern life, check in with some of these 90’s classics. The time will be well spent and will no doubt lull you into a state of calm reflection.
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