A work that is shot so that it looks like it happened sometime in the years before it was actually filmed, often right around the time that the target audience were kids. It's not a [[PeriodPiece historical piece]] related to some specific event, person, or story written in that time and thus specifically tied down, but it may have a specific date attached just to increase realism or allow for [[EstablishingShot Establishing Shots]] so you can imagine the mindset of the characters (for instance, the Cold War mindset is used now in works set in that time period even if the story has nothing to do with it; a similar phenomenon has occurred concerning 9/11). It may be tinged with nostalgia, or maybe the props were just easy to pick up at a secondhand store. In recent times, this can be to avoid the plot-destroying parts of modern life, such as mobile phones and social media like YouTube and {{Facebook}}.

Vaguely related to TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, but without the AppliedPhlebotinum. Compare and contrast NextSundayAD.

Depending on how much time passes in-universe during the series' run, a show that starts off in the PresentDay may become this.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Film/NegadonTheMonsterFromMars'', created in 2005, but with many indications of being set in TheSixties or TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, as it would be seen in sixties.
* ''{{Literature/Another}}'' had the original novel written in 2009 and the anime in 2012, but is set in 1998.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* All of [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2689121/Mr-FanficGuy Mr. Fanfic Guy's]] fanfics, which are set between 2005 and the present, especially ''Fanfic/TheDayEverythingChanged'', ''Fanfic/HolidayVacation'', most of ''Fanfic/LuckyStarAfterStory'', and ''Fanfic/FromConcertToChaos''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'': Set in the 1980s, released in 2007.
* ''Film/AmericanPsycho'': Set in the late 1980s, released in 2000.
* ''Film/DefinitelyMaybe'': Set during Clinton's first presidential run. (1992)
* ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet'': Released in 2013, set in the 1990s.
* ''Film/SpaceJam'', released in 1996, set during 1993, and ending during Michael Jordan's return to the Bulls in 1995.
* ''Film/AnimalHouse'', released in 1978, set in 1962.
* ''Film/TheBigLebowski'', released in 1998, was set during the first Gulf War in 1991.
* ''Film/DonnieDarko'', release in 2002, set in 1988.
* The 2011 Creator/TomHanks film ''Literature/ExtremelyLoudAndIncrediblyClose'' is set during and shortly after 9/11.
* WordOfGod is that ''Film/ThankYouForSmoking'' is set in the 1990s, before the tobacco-industry settlement in which they finally, formally admitted that smoking ''is'' bad for you.
* The JimCarrey vehicle ''Film/FunWithDickAndJane'' is set in early 2000, and was released in '05.
* ''Film/{{Super 8}}'' is set in 1979, mostly because that was the beginning of the Spielberg era.
* ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'' was released in 2004 and seems to take place at around that time, but the fashion and culture of Idaho is rooted firmly in the Eighties.
* ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'', made in 1998, was set in 1985.
* ''Film/LoveAndOtherDrugs'', made in 2010, set in 1996.
* The segment "10/31/98" from the 2012 anthology film ''Film/{{VHS}}'' is an example. The costumes worn by the young men on their way to a Halloween party are all pop-culture and news references from 1998.
* ''Film/FlightOfTheNavigator'' starts in 1978 then via TimeTravel goes to 1986, when the movie was made.
* ''Film/BadDayAtBlackRock'' set in 1945, released in 1955.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''NoCountryForOldMen'' set in the 1980s.
* ''The Usual Rules'', published in 2003, takes place in the months after the 9/11 attacks. The main character's mother worked in the Twin Towers and died in the attacks. Really, when it was written, it was more like 5 minutes into the past.
* ''Where Have All the Flowers Gone?'', from the ''DearAmerica'' series, was published in 2002 and takes place in 1968. Also unusual for the series, in that the most recent year before that is 1941 and the vast majority of the books take place in the 19th century.
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' is set between 1991-1998 or so while [[Literature/HarryPotter the books]] were released 1997-2007 and [[Film/HarryPotter the films]] 2001-2011. The books are nonspecific enough (owing to the general lack of modern technology) to occur anywhere in that period, but the films are clearly set in the aughts.
** Rowling continues the trend with her later books. ''Literature/TheCasualVacancy'' was written in 2012 but never gives a precise date, though certain pop culture references put it late in the aughts. 2013's ''Literature/TheCuckoosCalling'''s use of ChekhovsNews specifically places it during certain landmark events of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_general_election,_2010#Campaign the 2010 UK federal election]].
* Despite being set in the eponymous date and immediately after, later works in the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' series have started to use this since the American town of Grantville was transported to that time from the year 2000- so writers must be careful to give their computers only the capabilities and programs they would have had then, for instance.
* ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}'', the famous novel by James Joyce was published between 1918 and 1920, yet is set on the perfectly ordinary day of June 16, 1904.
* ''Literature/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower'' was published in 1999 and takes place in the 1991-92 school year.
* Creator/JulesVerne ''loves'' this trope, despite [[CommonKnowledge everybody assuming]] [[PopculturalOsmosis his books are meant to be futuristic]]:
** ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'' (1864), set in 1863
** ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' (1871), set in 1866
** ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'' (1873), set in 1872
** ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'' (1874), set in 1865
** ''Literature/TheChildrenOfCaptainGrant'' (1868), set in 1864
** [[LongList etc., etc.]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/That70sShow:'' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Self explanatory.]]
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is an interesting example, as the main story takes place in the present, but is told from the future's perspective as if it were taking place 20-something years in the past.
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and its [[Series/LifeOnMars2008 American counterpart]], which both take place in 1973.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' takes place during the Korean War, but it would have been twenty minutes in the past when it aired in the '70s and '80s. Now, it's more like forty minutes.
* ''Series/HappyDays''. Set in the 1950's-1960's, ran from 1974-1984.
* ''Series/MadMen''. Set in the 1960's, started in 2008.
* ''Series/PanAm''. Set in the early 1960's, started in 2011.
* The (very) short lived ''Series/ThePlayboyClub''. Set in 1961, started in 2011.
* The beginning of ''Series/TheXFiles'' is set in early 1992 though the show started in 1993.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' started out as PresentDay, but was definitely TwentyMinutesIntoThePast by at least the 2nd Season. [[TimeTravel Then it got more complicated]].
* Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles has this for part of the pilot, since it starts in 1999 before time jumping them to 2007 (the year the show premiered). It allows for some real world events to surprise them, like 9/11.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}'' was set in 1986-1987 and released in 1999 but you wouldn't notice it at first glance - especially since the main character has a SegaSaturn.
** However, this is only true for the first game. The second game is mostly set in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowloon_Walled_City Kowloon Walled City]], which had been torn down by 1999.
* ''VideoGame/TheHouseOfTheDeadOverkill'' is set in 1991 and was released in 2009. This confuses matters because, while it's a prequel, all the other games in the series were set in the future.
* In the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series, most of the games in the "''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' era" other than that game itself were explicitly set in the past:
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'': Released in 2002, set in 1986.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': Released in 2004, set in 1992. [[spoiler:Since San Andreas is an {{expy}} of early-90's California, the ending features [[HistoricalInJoke the GTA universe's counterpart to the 1992 LA riots.]]]]
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories'': Released in 2005, set in 1998. Less so for the purpose of exploiting the period like the previous games, but more for being an explicit ''GTAIII'' prequel.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories'': Released in 2006, set in 1984. Like the above, it's more meant as a direct prequel to ''Vice City'' rather than poking fun at the time period itself.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''DaveTheBarbarian'': While the show is initially set in a ThemeParkVersion of the Middle Ages, Ned Frischman, a character that comes across a time traveling device thanks to a heap of DeusExMachina, is from the year 1994.
* Once every few seasons, ''TheSimpsons'' do an episode of this.
** They had one from the turn to the '70s, which featured Homer as a teenager, trying to date Marge. It featured bell-bottom pants and a Volkswagen Mini Bus.
** They had one from the turn to the '80s, which featured Homer & Marge as a young couple with baby Bart. To set the date, Marge had a throw-away line about the latest episode of ''M.A.S.H.''
** They had one from the '90s that was a 30-minute AffectionateParody of that decade. It had Homer & Marge in college, with Homer in a generic GarageBand and Marge with a '90s Creator/JenniferAniston haircut.
** Of course, being a LongRunner operating on ComicBookTime, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' features NegativeContinuity when it comes to deciding just ''which'' era is currently Twenty Minutes In The Past. If one considers a suitable timespan for this trope to be the last two or three decades, say, then a lot of that period by now falls within the period the show has actually been running in RealLife.
** Examples include "The Way We Was", "That Nineties Show", "The Way We Weren't", "Lisa's First Word", etc.
** The third act of "The Wettest Stories Ever Told" is a retelling of ''ThePoseidonAdventure'' set in the not-so-distant past.
-->'''Homer''': It was a dark time for mankind, a time when madness and ignorance ruled... the 1970s.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. In "Meet the Quagmires", Peter and Brian travel back in time so Peter can relive life as an 18-year old.
* ''WesternAnimation/Recess'': While made in, and set during the 90s, when the 2000s rolled around, the show stuck around in the 90s.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Webcomic/YumeHime is set in 2010, but started in 2014. According to the annotes, the date the story starts is actually the date it was first conceived.
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