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The 1990s, pronounced "the Nineties", was the decade that started on January 1, 1990 and ended on December 31, 1999. The last full decade of both the 20th century and the 2nd millennium.

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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Grunge Angst-ridden
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3 Too much political correctness Being PC goes way overboard
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4 90s = lame version of the 60s It tried to be edgy and cool but was obnoxious
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5 Divorce rates skyrocket Everyone and their brother now from a broken home
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6 1993 The real Nineties take off.
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7 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 I remember hating the '90s at the time and missing the '80s. Now of course I'd kill to be living in the '90s again. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on March 10, 2014, 11:39 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 One thing that stood out to me in the 1990s was that television and film depicted children taking on adult-like roles and outwitting them in some capacity. Then, said kids would get all sorts of recognition for it...yadda, yadda, yadda. I surmise Home Alone kicked that trend off as it was filmed in 1990. Then that film got ripped off by some obscure movie called "Remote" which was direct to video. I think all that ended when Home Alone 3 came out. Aside from the movie aspect, there were those infamous "McWorld" commercials that aired during Sat. morning cartoons and Nickelodeon where it showed how kids would dominate the world one reason or another...then, they would head to McDonalds and end the commercial with "Hey, it could happen!" The only truth to that is with the excess frequenting of McDonald's they would become the size of elephants in no time!! -- Submitted By: (RockinReed) on February 5, 2014, 1:32 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Call me biased, but I really do admire most of the 90s pop culture (especially the animation of that time). -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on September 7, 2012, 9:11 pm - (5 votes) - Login to Vote
4 With a few exceptions the 90s pretty full of self absorbed, shallow, politically correct brooding little Bill Clinton worshiping bitches who over the past ten years got bitch slapped with a little reality. -- Submitted By: (JimPickens) on February 26, 2012, 12:58 am - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 The economy was in better shape and gas was still cheap.. see a connection? -- Submitted By: () on November 26, 2011, 10:15 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 How can folks go retro re a decade which itself was ALREADY retro re the 1970's and 1980's? -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 22, 2011, 5:29 pm - (4 votes) - Login to Vote
7 So much better than the last decade and this one. -- Submitted By: (MacFan95) on January 6, 2011, 10:46 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 That does it MCS, you have forced me to go on a political rant!!! j/k :-) IMO the idea of divorce became popular when after the "sexual revolution" men and women alike started asking themselves why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free, if ya know what I mean. It's casual sex that destroyed marriage as our grandparents knew it. These days it really is just better to live together without getting married, for a variety of reasons. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on October 3, 2010, 4:14 pm - (4 votes) - Login to Vote
9 I forgot to mention, the divorce rate did seem to start skyrocketing in the 80s. This is not meant to be a political statement in any way, but does anyone think it is possible that the fact that Reagan had been divorced made it more acceptable at this time? Just a thought, please don't start a political rant on it. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on October 3, 2010, 11:19 am - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
10 I say that the 90s ended on September 11th because that was when we really were into the era of George W. Bush's presidency. That single event was the very last tie that severed his administration from the Clinton administration and it was what defined the Bush administration. It seemed in general society took a very different focus than what it had before. Terrorism was even more at the forefront than what it was before and of course politically Bush's administration was much more conservative than Clinton's. I will agree that pop culture signs of the 00s were visible in 98-99; The Simpsons was tanking, boy bands were taking over, and reality TV was starting to appear (look at the FOX network). I think every decade does have a bit of a transition but I think September 11th abruptly changed the 90s into the 00s. You also cannot discount the burst of the dot com bubble in 2001. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on October 3, 2010, 11:18 am - (5 votes) - Login to Vote
11 I guess reality really is in the eye of the beholder. I don't remember divorce rates being all that bad until the past 10-20 years. But, like everything, perhaps some areas have higher rates then others. As well, it could be that I'm now simply more aware of it. I graduated HS in 1997 (though from a five year system). One could classify my generation as being the next generation after yours. Although, to be honest, I think I relate more to Gen X then to Gen Y. Though in some ways, I feel caught right in the middle. Sort of, feeling not cool enough for Gen X but not haven grown up surrounded with tech to the extreme people perceive with Gen Y. The mid-late 90s were a lot different from the early 90s. The one thing I associate with the early 90s was the whole PC movement. I think the Internet growing more popular in the mid-late 90s was what really got the tech obsessed ball rolling and ushered in a sort of second 90s era. People started getting more knowledgeable but perhaps some loss of innocence accompanied that knowledge. The Internet growing in popularity seemed to be around where technology took off and perhaps went too far. But, I accept that this is matter of opinion. For all I know, 20 years from now we could be discussing that time as the more innocent days. Perhaps it indeed is a case of one's perception of a decade mattering more. Maybe there is no 'real' definition of a decade as much as there is a definition of what one experienced during that decade. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on September 30, 2010, 6:39 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
12 MCS, I disagree about when the 90s officially ended. Just like "the sixties" was really just '65-'69, the 90s were really just from '91 to '97. In '97 and '98 things started going downhill and then bottomed out in '99 when all of pop culture boned the fish. And who put divorce as a reason? The frequent divorce phenomenon actually started in the 80s. Half the kids I went to school with were from broken homes and I graduated high school in '91. I even remember the school counselor asking me if my parents were still together for graduation arrangements, that's how common divorce was even back then. And also, kids of the 90s never really got the chance to imitate the 60s because the baby boomers saw that my generation was the first one to really question authority since those days and because THEY were now in authority they did their best to stamp us out, including attaching the derisive and dismissive "Gen X" label to us--and then turning around and spoiling the generation right after us rotten!!! -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on September 29, 2010, 8:07 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
13 The 90s was a fun decade. That was my high school years and it was a great time to be a teenager. There were good sitcoms on TV. The Simpsons was king and you also had Friends, Home Improvement, NYPD Blue, and the X-Files. This was the last time that there were regularly good sitcoms on TV, before reality TV took over. The 90s witnessed the decline of MTV but had some decent music until the bubblegum music of the latter part of the decade took over and hip-hop and rap became the norm. The 90s ended on September 11, 2001. I guess you can't really say it boned, it just went past its prime (except in fashion which still seems to be hanging on). As an aside, does anyone else think the transition period from about 1989-1991 was such an awkward time period? It was a weird bridge between the two decades. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on September 12, 2010, 1:04 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
14 The 1990s was a decade of change. Granted, one could say the same for almost any decade. The 1990s saw major changes in communication and computers with the Internet becoming public and mainstream. That was of course only one way in which the 90s changed everything. In some ways, the 1990s was a 60s wanabe. That does make sense however, given that the 90s was the decade in which at least some of the Baby Boomers kids' were teenagers. The 1990s saw entertainment want to be darker and edgier. In some ways, this paved the way for far higher quality entertainment. In other ways, it also gave some characters (and I know how strange that might sound) a sense of entitlement that it was okay and perhaps mandatory to be edgy simply because it was the 90s. The 1990s also saw a sharp increase in one annoying trend, that being parenting issues. That however, is a whole different post. The 1990s did have another annoying issue. That being the obsession with being politically correct. This is an issue I've been hesitant to point out of because of the concern that it's wrong for me to say this. However, it was something I noticed. One effect of wanting to be more politically correct was the idea that being anything but a white male somehow made you cool. Ending racism and sexism (or at least trying to) is good. However, giving preference to someone because of their race or gender is still discrimination. The difference being that it's just taking a different form. I understand that this was an effect of a society that gave preference to white males and that people were trying to even the playing field. However, I think it ended up punishing people for discrimination in which they never participated. That's not fair either. Having said that, I do feel that the 90s was an important decade. It was a decade of change that changed things in ways that we still feel today and generally for the better. The main issue of the 90s was that it was a decade that perhaps took the various trends and themes of the decade a little too seriously. It was as though it had the attitude that it was the 90s and the 90s are cool and edgy and people felt a need to be that way simply because it was the 90s. It was however, an important decade in my life given I was a teenager. It was awesome in ways yet obnoxious in others. Perhaps both at the same time. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on July 21, 2010, 5:24 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
15 The 90s ROCKED! Better than the cheesy and lame 80s and WORLDS better than the last abomination of a decade! I was too young to really remember all of the 70s so it comes in second. The 90s will be the last time any form of entertainment isn't completely juvenile or corporate controlled. These days it's all about conformity while pretending to be a rebellious 14-year old. Best years of my life! -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on July 20, 2010, 8:18 pm - (-3 votes) - Login to Vote
16 Ah the 90s... the decade I grew up in... grunge, OJ, Oklahoma City bombing, Bush Sr., MC Hammer, Nirvana, Vanilla Ice, Clinton, Gulf War, Michael Jordan was king, Dream Team, MTV aimed for college kids, Nickleodeon was still hip and edgy, Third Eye Blind, Monica Lewinsky, Newt Gringrich, The Internet revolution, Instant Messenger, Cell phones, gangsta rap, East Coast vs. West Coast, L.A. riots, The Simpsons, Y2K, the beginning of the dot com boom... Not as good as some decades, but lots better than the 2000s. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on July 19, 2010, 4:26 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
17 True, 90s music wasn't as great as the ones from the decades before it. However, in other aspects pop culturally, the 90s was very good. IMO, the 90s had better animated shows and animated movies than the 80s did, and it was also the decade when the internet became popular. It did have its flaws, but then again, what decade didn't? -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on July 18, 2010, 6:16 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
18 Musically, the 90s sucked compared to the 60s, 70s, and even the 80s. However they were still way better than the 2000s. -- Submitted By: (JayD) on July 18, 2010, 12:02 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote

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