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27th May '18 4:31:57 AM jormis29
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* The Nineties was also a decade in which CountryMusic rode a new wave of popularity outside its rural demographic, fueled by superstar "hat acts" and crossover performers like Music/GarthBrooks, Music/RebaMcEntire, Travis Tritt, Music/AlanJackson, Clint Black, Music/VinceGill, Music/ShaniaTwain, Music/FaithHill (and her future husband, Music/TimMcGraw) and Billy Ray Cyrus (yes, [[Music/MileyCyrus Miley's]] father), along with country groups like Music/{{Lonestar}}, Music/TheMavericks and Music/BrooksAndDunn who found a way to market the style to modern, baby-boomer rock audiences while retaining a country/rural image and style. Albums like Garth's ''Ropin' The Wind'' and ''No Fences'' and Billy Ray's ''Some Gave All'' competed mightily with {{Music/Nirvana}} and Music/MichaelJackson on the Billboard album charts, and line dancing was a widespread trend. It helped that Walmart's Soundscan system reinvented how music sales were being counted, revealing a huge interest in crossover country with Walmart shoppers.

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* The Nineties was also a decade in which CountryMusic rode a new wave of popularity outside its rural demographic, fueled by superstar "hat acts" and crossover performers like Music/GarthBrooks, Music/RebaMcEntire, Travis Tritt, Music/TravisTritt, Music/AlanJackson, Clint Black, Music/ClintBlack, Music/VinceGill, Music/ShaniaTwain, Music/FaithHill (and her future husband, Music/TimMcGraw) and Billy Ray Cyrus Music/BillyRayCyrus (yes, [[Music/MileyCyrus Miley's]] father), along with country groups like Music/{{Lonestar}}, Music/TheMavericks and Music/BrooksAndDunn who found a way to market the style to modern, baby-boomer rock audiences while retaining a country/rural image and style. Albums like Garth's ''Ropin' The Wind'' and ''No Fences'' and Billy Ray's ''Some Gave All'' competed mightily with {{Music/Nirvana}} and Music/MichaelJackson on the Billboard album charts, and line dancing was a widespread trend. It helped that Walmart's Soundscan system reinvented how music sales were being counted, revealing a huge interest in crossover country with Walmart shoppers.
14th Apr '18 3:20:28 PM KizunaTallis
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Some useful notes regarding the Real Life [[TheNineties 1990s]], from tropers who remember them.

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Some useful notes regarding the Real Life [[TheNineties 1990s]], from tropers who remember them.
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* On the subject of the National Curriculum, this was the decade the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Curriculum_assessment National Curriculum assessments, colloquially known as "SATs"]] were brought in, designed to test kids in English, Maths and Science at the end of every "Key Stage" (typically at the end of Years 2, 6 and 9). These have attracted a lot of criticism (including from teachers' unions) over the stress they were supposedly putting kids under, teaching to the tests, their use as part of school league tables etc.

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* On the subject of the National Curriculum, this was the decade the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Curriculum_assessment National Curriculum assessments, colloquially known as "SATs"]] were brought in, designed to test kids in English, Maths Maths, and Science at the end of every "Key Stage" (typically at the end of Years 2, 6 and 9). These have attracted a lot of criticism (including from teachers' unions) over the stress they were supposedly putting kids under, teaching to the tests, their use as part of school league tables etc.



* The GameShow genre hit its lowest point since the quiz-show scandals during the decade, as show after show got cancelled. Of the shows that debuted in syndication for the 1990-91 season (reboots of ''Series/TicTacDough'' and ''Series/TheJokersWild'', ''Quiz Kids Challenge'', ''Trump Card'' and ''Series/TheChallengers''), none survived into the next season, primarily because of the ''Series/WheelOfFortune''[=/=]''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' combo snagging the good timeslots and destroying any other games put against it. The networks, especially NBC and ABC, had completely cleared their schedules of games by 1995, and CBS merely had ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' by that time. However, cable networks began to take over instead- the Creator/USANetwork had both originals and plenty of reruns, and what was then [[Creator/ABCFamily The Family Channel]] took a similar approach. Nickelodeon had their own shows, as did Creator/{{Lifetime}}. Creator/{{GSN}} launched in 1994, to the delight of fans of the classics. But by the end of the decade, nearly all of the original cable games had ended, with Lifetime, USA and the newly-renamed Fox Family having eliminated their games, while Nickelodeon began focusing on other programming; and the GSN originals of the time (especially the infamous ''[[Series/TheGongShow Extreme Gong]]'') weren't very good. But at the tail-end of the decade, when ABC decided to import a show from Britain called ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', the genre was given new life, with new prime-time games popping up overnight- even if half the new shows were [[WhoWantsToBeWhoWantsToBeAMillionaire Millionaire clones]]. This carried over into the next decade, with mixed results.

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* The GameShow genre hit its lowest point since the quiz-show scandals during the decade, as show after show got cancelled.canceled. Of the shows that debuted in syndication for the 1990-91 season (reboots of ''Series/TicTacDough'' and ''Series/TheJokersWild'', ''Quiz Kids Challenge'', ''Trump Card'' and ''Series/TheChallengers''), none survived into the next season, primarily because of the ''Series/WheelOfFortune''[=/=]''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' combo snagging the good timeslots and destroying any other games put against it. The networks, especially NBC and ABC, had completely cleared their schedules of games by 1995, and CBS merely had ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' by that time. However, cable networks began to take over instead- the Creator/USANetwork had both originals and plenty of reruns, and what was then [[Creator/ABCFamily The Family Channel]] took a similar approach. Nickelodeon had their own shows, as did Creator/{{Lifetime}}. Creator/{{GSN}} launched in 1994, to the delight of fans of the classics. But by the end of the decade, nearly all of the original cable games had ended, with Lifetime, USA and the newly-renamed Fox Family having eliminated their games, while Nickelodeon began focusing on other programming; and the GSN originals of the time (especially the infamous ''[[Series/TheGongShow Extreme Gong]]'') weren't very good. But at the tail-end of the decade, when ABC decided to import a show from Britain called ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', the genre was given new life, with new prime-time games popping up overnight- even if half the new shows were [[WhoWantsToBeWhoWantsToBeAMillionaire Millionaire clones]]. This carried over into the next decade, with mixed results.



** Across UsefulNotes/ThePond, by contrast, this is the decade where ''Series/DoctorWho'' was mainly conspicuous by its ''absence'' from TV screens, having been cancelled by Creator/TheBBC in 1989. The one HopeSpot was the [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie TV movie starring Paul McGann]], designed to try and finally crack the US market for the show it never took off into a new series, which would have to wait until 2005. [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse A loyal fanbase meant the franchise, along with various spinoffs and tributes, continued in other media, though.]]
* This is the decade where international interest in ''[[SoapOpera telenovelas]]'' truly exploded, expanding even further that it was in the previous decade. The decade was practically dominated by Mexican shows, with Venezuelan ones following its steps, at least during the first half. Thalia became a household name on three continents, thanks to the three "María" soaps she starred, up to ''Series/MariaLaDelBarrio''. On the latter half, interest for productions from Brazil and Colombia's soaps increased, due to the comparatively "grittier" and "realistic" feeling they had compared with the most classical Mexican exports, without putting the romance on the backseat. Among the Brazilian soaps, series like ''Pantanal'' and ''Xica da Silva'' generated intercontinental interest, while Colombia grabbed some on its own with ''Café con aroma de mujer'', ''Las Aguas Mansas'', and ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea''.

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** Across UsefulNotes/ThePond, by contrast, this is the decade where ''Series/DoctorWho'' was mainly conspicuous by its ''absence'' from TV screens, having been cancelled by Creator/TheBBC in 1989. The one HopeSpot was the [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie TV movie starring Paul McGann]], McGann]] as the Eighth Doctor designed to try and finally crack the US market for the show it never took off into a new series, which would have to wait until 2005. [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse A loyal fanbase meant the franchise, along with various spinoffs and tributes, continued in other media, though.]]
* This is the decade where international interest in ''[[SoapOpera telenovelas]]'' truly exploded, expanding even further that it was in the previous decade. The decade was practically dominated by Mexican shows, with Venezuelan ones following its steps, at least during the first half. Thalia became a household name on three continents, thanks to the three "María" soaps she starred, up to ''Series/MariaLaDelBarrio''. On the latter half, interest for productions from Brazil and Colombia's soaps increased, due to the comparatively "grittier" and "realistic" feeling they had compared with the most classical Mexican exports, without putting the romance on the backseat. Among the Brazilian soaps, series like ''Pantanal'' and ''Xica da Silva'' generated intercontinental interest, while Colombia grabbed some on its own with ''Café con aroma de mujer'', Mujer'', ''Las Aguas Mansas'', and ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea''.



** Also on the 3D animation front, ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' got underway in 1994, as the first CGI-made TV series, and (much like ABC stablemate ''Sonic'') gained renown for it's complex plots. Unfortunately, when Disney took over ABC they banished ''Sonic'' and ''[=ReBoot=]'' back to Canada. However, ''[=ReBoot=]'' managed to survive in syndication and on Cartoon Network, and also led to ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' being revived with the equally complex ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''.

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** Also on the 3D animation front, ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' got underway in 1994, as the first CGI-made TV series, and (much like ABC stablemate ''Sonic'') gained renown for it's its complex plots. Unfortunately, when Disney took over ABC they banished ''Sonic'' and ''[=ReBoot=]'' back to Canada. However, ''[=ReBoot=]'' managed to survive in syndication and on Cartoon Network, and also led to ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' being revived with the equally complex ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''.



* The Nineties also saw the large scale return of the DisasterMovie. After being a staple of Seventies cinema, the genre was almost completely absent in the Eighties, but from the mid-Nineties on, it blasted back. The difference was CGI, which was now sufficiently advanced (and sufficiently cheap) that all sorts of disasters could be simulated using it. The first new film of this type was ''Film/{{Twister}}'' in 1996, but [[FollowTheLeader copycats swiftly followed it]].
* 1995 saw the beginning of UsefulNotes/Dogme95 by danish filmmakers Creator/LarsVonTrier and Thomas Vinterberg who, in an attempt bring power back to the directors from the studios while restricting special effects and gimmicks, created a manifesto (referred to as the "Vow of Chasity" containing 10 rules (such as no genre films and all films must be shot on location) filmmakers should follow. Vinterberg's Film/TheCelebration, released in 1998, was the first film to follow the rules of the manifesto (for the most part), and 34 other films have since been considered part of the movement.
* Creator/DreamWorks was formed as Dreamworks SKG in 1994 by director Creator/StevenSpielberg, ex-disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and music producer David Geffen. It was one of the first new Hollywood studios in several decades due to the vast expense of operating a studio. The studio focused on live action and animation films (the latter handled by Creator/DreamworksAnimation). It also operated a television division and a [[Creator/DreamWorksRecords record label]].
* A number of independent film managed to not only receive critical acclaim but varying degrees of success at the box office. Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, released in 1990, grossed over 100 million at the box office and was the highest independent film at the time. The Sundance Film Festival, owned by Creator/RobertRedford, helped gain momentum for an independent film movement. Mini Major Creator/MiramaxFilms helped launched the careers of many directors like Creator/StevenSoderbergh, Film/QuentinTarantino and Creator/KevinSmith, They also began an 11 year streak of having a film nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture (a feat no other studio was able to do while the number of films that could be nominated per year was 5). By the end of the decade though, a number of the major studios either made their own independent film divisions (Fox Searchlight, Sony Classics and Paramount Classics) or bought a mini major that specialized in independent films (Disney bought Miramax in 1993 and the Turner Broadcast system bought Creator/NewLineCinema in 1994 and merged it with Time Warner in 1996). This help make independent film more mainstream and institutionalized in the process.


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* The Nineties also saw the large scale large-scale return of the DisasterMovie. After being a staple of Seventies cinema, the genre was almost completely absent in the Eighties, but from the mid-Nineties on, it blasted back. The difference was CGI, which was now sufficiently advanced (and sufficiently cheap) that all sorts of disasters could be simulated using it. The first new film of this type was ''Film/{{Twister}}'' in 1996, but [[FollowTheLeader copycats swiftly followed it]].
* 1995 saw the beginning of UsefulNotes/Dogme95 by danish Danish filmmakers Creator/LarsVonTrier and Thomas Vinterberg who, in an attempt bring power back to the directors from the studios while restricting special effects and gimmicks, created a manifesto (referred referred to as the "Vow of Chasity" containing 10 rules (such as no genre films and all films must be shot on location) filmmakers should follow. Vinterberg's Film/TheCelebration, ''Film/TheCelebration'', released in 1998, was the first film to follow the rules of the manifesto (for the most part), and 34 other films have since been considered part of the movement.
* Creator/DreamWorks was formed as Dreamworks SKG in 1994 by director Creator/StevenSpielberg, ex-disney ex-Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and music producer David Geffen. It was one of the first new Hollywood studios in several decades due to the vast expense of operating a studio. The studio focused on live action and animation films (the latter handled by Creator/DreamworksAnimation). It also operated a television division and a [[Creator/DreamWorksRecords record label]].
* A number of independent film films managed to not only receive critical acclaim but varying degrees of success at the box office. Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', released in 1990, grossed over 100 million at the box office and was the highest grossing independent film at the time. The Sundance Film Festival, owned by Creator/RobertRedford, helped gain momentum for an independent film movement. Mini Major Creator/MiramaxFilms helped launched the careers of many directors like Creator/StevenSoderbergh, Film/QuentinTarantino Film/QuentinTarantino, and Creator/KevinSmith, They also began an 11 year streak of having a film nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture (a feat no other studio was able to do while the number of films that could be nominated per year was 5). By the end of the decade though, a number of the major studios either made their own independent film divisions (Fox Searchlight, Sony Classics and Paramount Classics) or bought a mini major mini-major that specialized in independent films (Disney bought Miramax in 1993 and the Turner Broadcast system bought Creator/NewLineCinema in 1994 and merged it with Time Warner in 1996). This help helped make independent film films more mainstream and institutionalized in the process.




* In 1993, ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' became the first successful collectable card game (at least in the United States). It would be followed by several other competing [=CCGs=]. None would succeed at surpassing ''Magic's'' popularity, at least until TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}} came along...Even then though, most people with Pokémon cards simply collected them with no other motivation. It took until the following decade, when ''Manga/YuGiOh'' took the world by storm, for most of the kids with Pokémon cards to realize there was a game attached to it. Hence, ''Magic: The Gathering'' remained the only truly popular collectible card game people actually ''played''.

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* In 1993, ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' became the first successful collectable card game (at least in the United States). It would be followed by several other competing [=CCGs=]. None would succeed at surpassing ''Magic's'' popularity, at least until TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}} came along... Even then though, most people with Pokémon cards simply collected them with no other motivation. It took until the following decade, when ''Manga/YuGiOh'' took the world by storm, for most of the kids with Pokémon cards to realize there was a game attached to it. Hence, ''Magic: The Gathering'' remained the only truly popular collectible card game people actually ''played''.



* Nowadays, '90s fashion is often remembered as being indistinguishable from either TheEighties, or the TurnOfTheMillennium, depending whether or not the focus is before 1996. While there were some stylistic similarities due to proximity of time (urban wear in particular has seen little change since the days of Music/{{NWA}}), in some respects the styles were ''vastly'' different. More noticeably different are the styles earlier in the decade; fashion in the mid-90's[[note]]roughly 1992 to about 1998[[/note]] had a definite "grunge" look to it, and early '90s fashion[[note]]1990 until about early-mid 1992[[/note]] included many features held over from the late '80s. Bright "pop" colors were very much ''au courant'', with aquamarine sported by many boys and hot pink a favorite of girls (and, to a lesser degree, [[RealMenWearPink boys too]]).

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* Nowadays, '90s fashion is often remembered as being indistinguishable from either TheEighties, TheEighties or the TurnOfTheMillennium, depending on whether or not the focus is before 1996. While there were some stylistic similarities due to the proximity of time (urban wear wear, in particular particular, has seen little change since the days of Music/{{NWA}}), in some respects the styles were ''vastly'' different. More noticeably different are the styles earlier in the decade; fashion in the mid-90's[[note]]roughly 1992 to about 1998[[/note]] had a definite "grunge" look to it, and early '90s fashion[[note]]1990 until about early-mid 1992[[/note]] included many features held over from the late '80s. Bright "pop" colors were very much ''au courant'', with aquamarine sported by many boys and hot pink a favorite of girls (and, to a lesser degree, [[RealMenWearPink boys too]]).
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* A number of independent film managed to not only receive critical acclaim but varying degrees of success at the box office. Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, released in 1990, grossed over 100 million, the first independent film to do so. The Sundance Film Festival, owned by Creator/RobertRedford, helped gain momentum for an independent film movement. Mini Major Creator/MiramaxFilms helped launched the careers of many directors like Creator/StevenSoderbergh, Film/QuentinTarantino and Creator/KevinSmith, They also began an 11 year streak of having a film nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture (a feat no other studio was able to do while the number of films that could be nominated per year was 5). By the end of the decade though, a number of the major studios either made their own independent film divisions (Fox Searchlight, Sony Classics and Paramount Classics) or bought a mini major that specialized in independent films (Disney bought Miramax in 1993 and the Turner Broadcast system bought Creator/NewLineCinema in 1994 and merged it with Time Warner in 1996). This help make independent film more mainstream and institutionalized in the process.


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* A number of independent film managed to not only receive critical acclaim but varying degrees of success at the box office. Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, released in 1990, grossed over 100 million, million at the first box office and was the highest independent film to do so.at the time. The Sundance Film Festival, owned by Creator/RobertRedford, helped gain momentum for an independent film movement. Mini Major Creator/MiramaxFilms helped launched the careers of many directors like Creator/StevenSoderbergh, Film/QuentinTarantino and Creator/KevinSmith, They also began an 11 year streak of having a film nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture (a feat no other studio was able to do while the number of films that could be nominated per year was 5). By the end of the decade though, a number of the major studios either made their own independent film divisions (Fox Searchlight, Sony Classics and Paramount Classics) or bought a mini major that specialized in independent films (Disney bought Miramax in 1993 and the Turner Broadcast system bought Creator/NewLineCinema in 1994 and merged it with Time Warner in 1996). This help make independent film more mainstream and institutionalized in the process.

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* A number of independent film managed to not only receive critical acclaim but varying degrees of success at the box office. Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, released in 1990, grossed over 100 million, the first independent film to do so. The Sundance Film Festival, owned by Creator/RobertRedford, helped gain momentum for an independent film movement. Mini Major Creator/Miramax helped launched the careers of many directors like Creator/StevenSoderbergh , Film/QuentinTarantino and Creator/KevinSmith, They also began an 11 year streak of having a film nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture (a feat no other studio  
Was able to do while only 5 films per year could be nominated). By the end of the decade though, a number of the major studios either made their own independent film divisions (Fox Searchlight, Sony Classics and Paramount Classics) or bought a mini major that specialized in independent films (Disney bought Miramax in 1993 and the Turner Broadcast system bought Creator/NewLineCinema in 1994 and merged it with Time Warner in 1996). This help make independent film more mainstream and institutionalized in the process.


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* A number of independent film managed to not only receive critical acclaim but varying degrees of success at the box office. Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, released in 1990, grossed over 100 million, the first independent film to do so. The Sundance Film Festival, owned by Creator/RobertRedford, helped gain momentum for an independent film movement. Mini Major Creator/Miramax Creator/MiramaxFilms helped launched the careers of many directors like Creator/StevenSoderbergh , Film/QuentinTarantino Creator/StevenSoderbergh, Film/QuentinTarantino and Creator/KevinSmith, They also began an 11 year streak of having a film nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture (a feat no other studio  
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studio was able to do while only 5 the number of films that could be nominated per year could be nominated).was 5). By the end of the decade though, a number of the major studios either made their own independent film divisions (Fox Searchlight, Sony Classics and Paramount Classics) or bought a mini major that specialized in independent films (Disney bought Miramax in 1993 and the Turner Broadcast system bought Creator/NewLineCinema in 1994 and merged it with Time Warner in 1996). This help make independent film more mainstream and institutionalized in the process.

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*A number of independent film managed to not only receive critical acclaim but varying degrees of success at the box office. Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, released in 1990, grossed over 100 million, the first independent film to do so. The Sundance Film Festival, owned by Creator/RobertRedford, helped gain momentum for an independent film movement. Mini Major Creator/Miramax helped launched the careers of many directors like Creator/StevenSoderbergh , Film/QuentinTarantino and Creator/KevinSmith, They also began an 11 year streak of having a film nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture (a feat no other studio  
Was able to do while only 5 films per year could be nominated). By the end of the decade though, a number of the major studios either made their own independent film divisions (Fox Searchlight, Sony Classics and Paramount Classics) or bought a mini major that specialized in independent films (Disney bought Miramax in 1993 and the Turner Broadcast system bought Creator/NewLineCinema in 1994 and merged it with Time Warner in 1996). This help make independent film more mainstream and institutionalized in the process.

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* Creator/DreamWorks was formed as Dreamworks SKG in 1994 by director Steven Spielberg, ex-disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and music producer David Geffen. It was one of the first new Hollywood studios in several decades due to the vast expense of operating a studio. The studio focused on live action and animation films (the latter handled by Creator/DreamworksAnimation). It also operated a television division and a [[Creator/DreamWorksRecords record label]].

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* Creator/DreamWorks was formed as Dreamworks SKG in 1994 by director Steven Spielberg, Creator/StevenSpielberg, ex-disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and music producer David Geffen. It was one of the first new Hollywood studios in several decades due to the vast expense of operating a studio. The studio focused on live action and animation films (the latter handled by Creator/DreamworksAnimation). It also operated a television division and a [[Creator/DreamWorksRecords record label]].
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* Creator/DreamWorks was formed as Dreamworks SKG in 1994 by director Steven Spielberg, ex-disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and music producer David Geffen. It was one of the first new Hollywood studios in several decades due to the vast expense of operating a studio. The studio focused on live action and animation films (the latter handled by Creator/DreamworksAnimation). It also operated a television division and a [[Creator/DreamWorksRecords record label]].
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* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise was at its zenith with ''three'' almost concurrent series in that decade, not to mention the feature films. However, viable TV competitors to Trek's SpaceOpera monopoly finally arose with the ambitious ''Series/BabylonFive'' and the amazingly enduring ''Series/StargateSG1''.
** Across UsefulNotes/ThePond, by contrast, this is the decade where ''Series/DoctorWho'' was mainly conspicuous by its ''absence'' from TV screens, having been cancelled by Creator/TheBBC in 1989. The one HopeSpot was the [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie TV movie starring Paul McGann]], designed to try and finally crack the US market for the show it never took off into a new series, which would have to wait until 2005. [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse A loyal fanbase meant the franchise, along with various spinoffs and tributes, continued in other media, though.]]
* This is the decade where international interest in ''[[SoapOpera telenovelas]]'' truly exploded, expanding even further that it was in the previous decade. The decade was practically dominated by Mexican shows, with Venezuelan ones following its steps, at least during the first half. Thalia became a household name on three continents, thanks to the three "María" soaps she starred, up to ''Series/MariaLaDelBarrio''. On the latter half, interest for productions from Brazil and Colombia's soaps increased, due to the comparatively "grittier" and "realistic" feeling they had compared with the most classical Mexican exports, without putting the romance on the backseat. Among the Brazilian soaps, series like ''Pantanal'' and ''Xica da Silva'' generated intercontinental interest, while Colombia grabbed some on its own with ''Café con aroma de mujer'', ''Las Aguas Mansas'', and ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea''.



* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise was at its zenith with ''three'' almost concurrent series in that decade, not to mention the feature films. However, viable TV competitors to Trek's SpaceOpera monopoly finally arose with the ambitious ''Series/BabylonFive'' and the amazingly enduring ''Series/StargateSG1''.
** Across UsefulNotes/ThePond, by contrast, this is the decade where ''Series/DoctorWho'' was mainly conspicuous by its ''absence'' from TV screens, having been cancelled by Creator/TheBBC in 1989. The one HopeSpot was the [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie TV movie starring Paul McGann]], designed to try and finally crack the US market for the show it never took off into a new series, which would have to wait until 2005. [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse A loyal fanbase meant the franchise, along with various spinoffs and tributes, continued in other media, though.]]
* This is the decade where international interest in ''[[SoapOpera telenovelas]]'' truly exploded, expanding even further that it was in the previous decade. The decade was practically dominated by Mexican shows, with Venezuelan ones following its steps, at least during the first half. Thalia became a household name on three continents, thanks to the three "María" soaps she starred, up to ''Series/MariaLaDelBarrio''. On the latter half, interest for productions from Brazil and Colombia's soaps increased, due to the comparatively "grittier" and "realistic" feeling they had compared with the most classical Mexican exports, without putting the romance on the backseat. Among the Brazilian soaps, series like ''Pantanal'' and ''Xica da Silva'' generated intercontinental interest, while Colombia grabbed some on its own with ''Café con aroma de mujer'', ''Las Aguas Mansas'', and ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea''.
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* ProfessionalWrestling experienced some significant changes in the 1990s. The first was [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling]] breaking away from the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance on August 27, 1994 and subsequently renaming themselves Extreme Championship Wrestling. The second was on September 4, 1995, when Wrestling/{{WCW}} debuted ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'', launching the Wrestling/MondayNightWars against ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} WWF/E Monday Night Raw]]'', which had debuted on January 11, 1993. Wrestling/HulkHogan's [[FaceHeelTurn heel turn]] at ''WCW Bash at the Beach 96'' on July 7 launched the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder NWO]] angle and made ''Nitro'' the number 1 wrestling show on TV for a year-and-a-half. Facing serious pressure in the ratings war, and with their current direction failing, WWE went DarkerAndEdgier by ripping off ECW to create the Wrestling/AttitudeEra. WWE finally broke Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s ratings streak on March 30, 1998, and effectively won the war on January 4, 1999, which saw [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind (Mick Foley)]] fulfill a lifelong dream by defeating [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Title]] on a taped episode. ''Nitro,'' on the other hand, was live and announcer Tony [=Schiavone=] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard/ProfessionalWrestling infamously mocked ''Raw,'' saying, "Yeah, that'll put asses in seats!"]] ''Nitro'''s "main event" that night? The FingerpokeOfDoom.





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\n* ProfessionalWrestling experienced some significant changes in the 1990s. The first was [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling]] breaking away from the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance on August 27, 1994 and subsequently renaming themselves Extreme Championship Wrestling. The second was on September 4, 1995, when Wrestling/{{WCW}} debuted ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'', launching the Wrestling/MondayNightWars against ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} WWF/E Monday Night Raw]]'', which had debuted on January 11, 1993. Wrestling/HulkHogan's [[FaceHeelTurn heel turn]] at ''WCW Bash at the Beach 96'' on July 7 launched the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder NWO]] angle and made ''Nitro'' the number 1 wrestling show on TV for a year-and-a-half. Facing serious pressure in the ratings war, and with their current direction failing, WWE went DarkerAndEdgier by ripping off ECW to create the Wrestling/AttitudeEra. WWE finally broke Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s ratings streak on March 30, 1998, and effectively won the war on January 4, 1999, which saw [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind (Mick Foley)]] fulfill a lifelong dream by defeating [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Title]] on a taped episode. ''Nitro,'' on the other hand, was live and announcer Tony [=Schiavone=] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard/ProfessionalWrestling infamously mocked ''Raw,'' saying, "Yeah, that'll put asses in seats!"]] ''Nitro'''s "main event" that night? The FingerpokeOfDoom.
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