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->''"With dated [[TheSixties '60s]] references like these, we won't have much of a life in reruns!"''
-->-- '''[[HypocriticalHumor Babs Bunny]]''' imitating [[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Rocky Squirrel]], ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''

A work set in the present day at the time of its creation, but is so full of the culture of the time it resembles a [[PopularHistory deliberate exaggeration of the era in a work made later]].

To provide a concrete example, let's say you're changing channels, and come upon an episode of ''BarneyMiller''. You see two gay men go to the police station to talk to Barney about what a recent California court decision would mean for them if they moved there[[note]] The subject of the decision was police raids on gay bars, something whose legal ins and outs Captain Miller could reasonably be expected to know[[/note]]. Even if you don't look up the decision or when the episode aired from outside sources, you can tell it places the episode at least a few years post-Stonewall (in other words, after 1969); then, they get stuck there because the station is under quarantine because a prisoner who was being held there might have had smallpox, which also places the episode quite firmly in time (the last case of smallpox was diagnosed in 1978).

Thus, even without knowing anything about the show, you can immediately say "filmed in the mid-1970s" without question.

And that's an Unintentional Period Piece; by being current at the time of production, it winds up feeling like a {{period piece}} when viewed later.

NarrowParody is a subset of this trope. {{Zeerust}} is when a work's depiction of the ''future'' becomes dated, so all works with a far-future setting belong there, not here.

While just about every work becomes somewhat of a period piece after it becomes more than a decade old due to the characters referencing old trends, wearing out of style fashions and using out of date technology, this trope only really applies to works that wear their dates so blatantly that a viewer can identify the era or even year it was made in as soon as they begin to watch it. For example, while the 1990s sitcoms ''Series/{{Friends}}'' and ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' show their age in many respects, they don't wear TheNineties so blatantly as to have this trope apply to them.

Some jokes fall victim to this, when a history lesson is essentially required to explain the joke to folks who weren't around at the time the joke was funny. While a joke about a president who is long remembered may have many years of life, a joke about a news story that isn't well remembered 20 years later except by the people who were alive at the time or paying attention, or based on a then-popular but now long-gone ad campaign - inverting DontExplainTheJoke because the explanation is necessary. As years pass, the number of people who get the joke or remember the reference shrinks until the joke becomes an artifact of the generation. Historians studying an era, however [[GeniusBonus read the joke and get a good laugh out of it still]] and these jokes can liven up an otherwise dullish history lesson, or a [[SmallReferencePools group of people knowledgeable of the era]], or catch your grandparent off guard "I haven't heard that joke for years!".

Subtropes include FashionDissonance (when this is caused by clothing and hairstyles alone) and {{Zeerust}} (when it's just the technology that's outdated). Look for examples of [[TechMarchesOn Technology]] and [[SocietyMarchesOn Society Marching On]], AluminumChristmasTrees, and scenes that would resemble {{Mister Sandman Sequence}}s if they occurred in an ''actual'' period piece. Compare with TwoDecadesBehind, which is when something inadvertently feels like a period piece despite having been made a good time after the period it seems to be based on. Sometimes, especially when the viewer has spent too long on ThisVeryWiki, [[DiscreditedTrope the very tropes in use]] may be recognisably of an era -- such as the NinetiesAntiHero.

Note that a work being a product of its time [[TropesAreNotBad doesn't necessarily mean it isn't relevant or entertaining to modern audiences]], even notwithstanding the kitsch or nostalgia factor ([[ValuesResonance as many of the examples below will demonstrate]]). If the work's severe datedness also makes it inaccessible to modern audiences, then you have ValuesDissonance. When a work's ''popularity'' can be specifically dated to a certain era, that makes it DeaderThanDisco. If a concept was new in its day but is now well-established and evolved beyond that, you're looking at SeinfeldIsUnfunny. Obviously films done in black and white, as well as video games, will automatically be dated for technology reasons, but if we listed them all we'd be here all day. So it would be best to judge them more by content and plot.
!!Examples, organized by both decade and media:


!! [[TheRoaringTwenties 1920s]]

[[folder:1920s Literature]]
%%* You name it, none other than Literature/TheGreatGatsby.
* Anything written by Creator/FScottFitzgerald over the course of his career.

!! [[TheGreatDepression 1930s]]

[[folder:1930s Film]]
* ''Film/TheLittleRascals'', which today come off as quaint stories your grandparents might tell about being children at the time.
* Any given [[SilenceIsGolden silent movie]] tends to put a pretty narrow window on things, and limitations on the medium means that anything from the dawn of cinema until "talkies" is pretty doomed to be - it has been over a century, relatively few people are even alive to genuinely relate.
** Ironically, in the 2011 film ''Film/TheArtist'', this could be an InvertedTrope, the film as a comment on the desperate employment and fiscal conditions many people faced during TheGreatDepression rings true to RealLife in the present time almost as ValuesResonance.
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' averted this trope by cutting a [[CutSong musical number]] in which the Wicked Witch of the West sends "[[{{Jazz}} jitterbugs]]" to torment Dorothy and her friends, specifically to avoid dating the movie.
%%* ''Film/AngelsWithDirtyFaces'', due in part to its MisterSandmanSequence.
%%* Music/CabCalloway's ''Hi De Ho''.
* ''Film/GoldDiggersOf1933'' evokes TheGreatDepression in both its story and its songs. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that the movie is very much about the difficulties of life in the Depression years.
* Classic Universal horror movies like ''Dracula'' or ''The Wolf Man'' play their supernatural menaces with a straight-faced sobriety that would never have survived an audience jaded by WWII.
* Averted/inverted in ''Film/ModernTimes'': As the film was actually a "talkie," Charlie Chaplin wanted to thumb his nose... at the new "talkies." Even more cutting since his career (like many silent film stars) was never the same, all dialogue and sounds are somehow obscured or distorted (a hammer dropped on a concrete floor makes a muted "thud" sound, for example). [[/folder]]

[[folder:1930s Literature]]
* Most of the works of Creator/JohnSteinbeck. (Arguably a ''[[TropesAreNotBad good]]'' [[TropesAreNotBad thing]], since [[CrapsackWorld Steinbeck's protagonists don't tend to meet happy fates]].)

[[folder:1930s Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/TheWomen''. The author's 1960s SettingUpdate of her play has been generally ignored, and revivals tend to be based on GorgeousPeriodDress.
* A SettingUpdate of ''Theatre/OfTheeISing'' reached Broadway in 1952, and flopped. Later productions have reverted to the original 1931 version, in which [[TheGreatDepression "the country thinks it's got depression"]] but it turns out that posterity (not prosperity, as President Hoover said) is just around the corner. Even educated audience members may still wonder what [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoover_Moratorium moratorium]] the chorus of reporters didn't want to know about.
* The plot of the 1938 musical ''Leave It to Me!'' relied on the facts that relations between the US and the USSR were relatively cordial, while their relations with UsefulNotes/NaziGermany were not, and war in Europe, though seemingly imminent, was not yet a reality. Several of these facts changed irrevocably while the musical was in its post-Broadway tour.

[[folder:1930s WesternAnimation]]
* The cartoons of Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer, especially when they'd have a MusicalEpisode featuring Music/CabCalloway or Music/LouisArmstrong. WesternAnimation/BettyBoop herself, a flapper, had already become dated by the end of the 1930s. ([[TheRoaringTwenties Twenties]] in this case).
* The WesternAnimation/PorkyPig cartoon "Porky's Super Service" (released in 1937) uses this trope when it shows the (at the time ridiculous) price for gas at Porky's station. A price that, today, just about everybody would kill for (ignoring inflation). Specifically, three cents per gallon before the various taxes and fees (some of which are added for comedic effect), forty-three cents per gallon after.
* It's technically a film from the '40s (1941), but Disney's ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' has a very opaque '30s reference in its very first song, "Look Out for Mr. Stork." The singers casually mention "those quintuplets," which at the time would not have been necessary to explain because it is clearly a reference to the Dionne Quintuplets, five identical French-Canadian girls who became enormous celebrities during the Depression years simply by virtue of being quintuplets (and even that is dated, as quintuplets would hardly impress anyone today because ''octuplets'' have since been born). The North American media obsessively covered the Dionne story for years (partly because it gave them an excuse to avoid any controversial economic or political topics that might have offended people in what was at the time a fairly heated social climate), with the result that the girls' entire childhood and adolescence became world news. You probably only remember the Dionne Quintuplets today if you're a Thirties buff, or a student of old newsreels, or maybe if you saw that ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode that subtly parodied the phenomenon with a big fuss in the town over five identical Romanian girls.

!! [[WorldWarII 1940s]]

[[folder:1940s Film]]
%%* ''Film/AnchorsAweigh''
* ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' actually could be considered a couple of years ahead of its time, since back when America was neutral, the Nazis were rarely badmouthed in the media. But it is cemented as an early Forties film that could not have been made after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII because Creator/CharlieChaplin couldn't have known the full scale of the Holocaust at the time the film was made (the Nazis are shown bullying and harassing the Jews, but nothing much worse than that). Chaplin later said that if he'd known about the full scale of it at the time, he wouldn't have made the film.
* Likewise the award-winning ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' short ''You Naszty Spy'' was based on prewar conceptions of the fascists as little more than thugish buffoons; The Stooges (who were all Jewish) were devastated when they discovered the horrifying reality underlying all of the Nazis' pompous posturing.
* "Confessions of a Nazi Spy," filmed in 1939 and released in 1940, portrayed a United States when it was feasible enough for German immigrants and German-Americans to have enough of a dual loyalty to the United States and Germany that they could be seduced into spying on the former for the latter. Several of the spies in the film are members of the German-American Bund, an organization that began to be viewed as possibly treasonous by 1942, when the US was at war with Nazi Germany

[[folder:1940s Music]]
* "Route 66". The title route became a lot less relevant when the Interstate highway system was enacted in the 1950s, combined with the re-routing of US-66 to include freeway-grade bypasses of many major cities in the 50s and 60s. As Interstates became more prominent in the 60s and 70s, many of said bypasses, and even some portions of the "original" Route 66, were supplanted by the several freeways that ended up taking over US-66's original function over the next couple decades (mostly Interstates 40 and 55). The number was finally decommissioned in 1985.

[[folder:1940s WesternAnimation]]
* Any WartimeCartoon.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts tend to be full of the pop culture of the decade they were made, particularly those made in the 1930s and '40s. This could also be said of episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' or any number of cartoon shorts.
** Any short directed by Creator/TexAvery is especially full of dated and forgotten {{Memetic Mutation}}s of the day.
** The ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' short "The Zoot Cat" deserves special mention, not only for its 1940s FashionDissonance but because the slang and the dances featured in it place it firmly in the 1940s.
* The 1946 [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Disney short]] "All the Cats Join In", with its jazz soundtrack produced by Benny Goodman, features teens partying in a malt shop, doing swing dancing as a jukebox plays.
** Also the DonaldDuck cartoon "Wide Open Spaces" showed Donald refusing to pay the (at the time) expensive price of $16 to stay at a hotel. These days, it makes Donald look ''really'' cheap, which is actually almost funnier.

!! [[TheFifties 1950s]]

[[folder:1950s Film]]
* Hysterical RedScare films like ''I Married a Communist!'' date to a very specific point in time.
%%* ''Film/GuysAndDolls''.
* Downplayed but still present with TheMovie of ''Film/WestSideStory'', which was made (very early) in TheSixties but is presumably set in 1957, which is when the play debuted. Admittedly, the Jets look and talk like a product of their time, but the much grittier Sharks look like they could be from two or three decades into the future! The dialogue, however, was fairly authentic teenage slang from the '50s--which of course makes it sound ''incredibly'' dated to modern viewers.
* ''Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?'' takes place in an extremely played-up version of the period in which it was made– accurately predicting how people in the future would remember the fifties.
* ''TheSevenYearItch'' (1955) is a time capsule of the mid-1950s due to ValuesDissonance and other reasons. For starters, the entire plot is set in motion when the wives and children of New York City leave for New England to escape the summer heat, which would not be necessary just a few years later when air-conditioning became more prevalent and reliable. The female characters, almost without exception, are seen wearing the high-waisted, long-skirted "New Look" style of dress that was already starting to pass out of fashion when this movie was made. The script is littered with subtle and not-so-subtle references to the popular culture of the time period, some of them bordering on (and in one case even crossing) the CelebrityParadox: the characters going to a theater to see ''The Creature from the Black Lagoon'', a pretty blatant parody of ''Film/FromHereToEternity'', etc. Perhaps most striking, however, is the characters' discussion of the [[Creator/MarilynMonroe Marilyn]] character wearing nothing but a bikini for a ''U.S. Camera'' photo shoot: we are told that police had to show up on the beach to keep the crowd under control, and until we actually see the photo, the way the characters refer to it leads us to believe that The Girl had actually been posing nude.

[[folder:1950s Literature]]
* A couple of Ian Fleming's ''Literature/JamesBond'' stories from ca. 1959 reference the anti-Batista forces in revolutionary Cuba with some sympathy, which wouldn't be the case a year or so later.
* Max Shulman's 1957 novel ''Rally Round the Flag, Boys!'' has suburban housewives organizing committees to welcome a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nike Nike installation]], which leads to a fight between soldiers and GreaserDelinquents. Throwaway references include a HenpeckedHusband comparing trying to make a date with his wife with "like trying to get tickets to ''Theatre/MyFairLady''."

[[folder:1950s LiveActionTV]]
%%* ''LeaveItToBeaver''.
%%* ''ILoveLucy''
%%* ''TheHoneymooners'', though the show was always slightly more realistic than other sitcoms around at the time.
%%* ''FatherKnowsBest''.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone''. Though most of its seasons were aired in the early '60s, it still comes off as '50s for the most part, with a lot of commentary on the ColdWar and RedScare in many episodes. There is of course still some ValuesResonance to be found in some episodes though, so it varies from episode to episode.
* RogerEbert has written that starting in the 1950s, television made it possible for pop-cultural fads to spread like wildfire and then burn out just as quickly as other, "cooler" fads replaced them. He could swear to this since he was an adolescent during that decade and watched quite a lot of TV, and he could date his childhood pop-culture phenomena - Davy Crockett, ''TheMickeyMouseClub'', Zorro - not just to the mid-1950s, but to the exact year and sometimes to the exact month.

[[folder:1950s Music]]
* The original version of "Santa Baby" as sung by Eartha Kitt refers to a "[19]'54 convertible", changed in some covers to "''outer space'' convertible."
** Though it can be subverted, as 1950s cars are highly sought after nowadays. Maybe if you heard this song in the 1960s or 1970s, it'd be closer to this trope.
* Many songs by Music/ChuckBerry are simultaneously timeless yet also time capsules of the era, especially for automobile historians (see "Maybelline", "No Money Down", "Jaguar and Thunderbird", etc.).
* In the Clovers' 1959 song "Love Potion Number Nine" the lyrics go: "''I told her that I was a flop with chicks / I've been this way since 1956''". Wow, that guy's been a flop with the girls for a looooong time....
** Later covers of the song avert this; you can change it to 1996 or 2006 and the song's no longer dated.

[[folder:1950s Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/TheMostHappyFella'', despite being set in the 1920s, is commonly supposed to take place in the 1950s, when it was written. This is largely because the musical deliberately dropped the contemporary political topics of the 1924 play on which it was based, including all references to Prohibition.

!! [[TheSixties 1960s]]

[[folder:1960s Film]]
%%* ''{{Barbarella}}'': This film ''[[IAmTheTrope is]]'' [[IAmTheTrope the '60s]].
* ''Love With the Proper Stranger'': Quite progressive and un-dated in many ways, but clearly made before abortion was legalised in New York state in 1970.
* ''Film/MagicalMysteryTour'', and not just because it starred the Beatles. Pretty much everything about it, from the bus painted in the most psychedelic colors possible to the fashions to the "experimental" (in reality incomprehensible) plot, screams 1960s.
%%* ''Film/MidnightCowboy''
* ''Film/{{Revolution 1968}}'': This {{Documentary}} captures the feeling of the 1960s, even though the topics in them might seem old-fashioned nowadays.
* ''Film/OneTwoThree'': This film ''literally'' became a period piece ''during'' shooting -- when the production started, the BerlinWall had not been erected yet, and shooting could happen at the Brandenburg Gate. However, as filming continued, and they needed to film a chase between JamesCagney's character and his companions and some East German policemen that continued over the border between East and West Berlin, EastGermany very unobligingly decided to put up the Wall. The film is written and performed as if still in the pre-wall period.

[[folder:1960s Literature]]
* ''The White Album'' by Joan Didion, which is an intentional reflection on the period (that goes into the early 1970s as well).
* In the forward to ''Literature/TheWarriors'', Sol Yurick notes that at the time the book was written, gangs had limited access to guns and cars.

[[folder:1960s LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' bleeds its late 1960s/early 1970s origin, due to FashionDissonance and being a touch too conservative for the '70s proper. This is lampshaded in the ''Brady Bunch'' movies, where they have this attitude in ''the 1990s.''
%%* ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn''.
* The ''Series/{{Batman}}'' live-action series, arguably intentionally. The creators of the series deliberately went for an over-the-top "pop" palette reminiscent of 1960s artists like Warhol and Liechtenstein, and much of the humor derived from Batman and Robin's "old-fashioned" values becoming outdated in a more permissive era. By the time the show ended, the counterculture and hippies had started to creep in.
%%* ''TheMonkees''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBananaSplits'', especially during the song segments. For example, in the "San Francisco" version of ''Wait 'Till Tomorrow'', as well as the "Pop Cop" segment (which doesn't feature the Splits), you can see various, then-current styles of cars from the time.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'' clearly dates itself by a combination of two factors: on the one hand, while the conflict with the Soviet Bloc could carry the stories into the 1980s, several episodes dealing with Nazis keep it from going later into the 1970s as concerns about Nazis plotting a fourth Reich faded from popular culture. Also, many episodes mention then-extravagant amounts of money that would be considered rather paltry in the 2010s thanks to fifty years of inflation.
* Depending on the episode, ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' has this going on alongside its {{Zeerust}}. Between the color palette, the miniskirts, the ColdWar Fed/Kling politics, the civil-rights-era Aesops and Chekhov's ''Monkees'' hair, it comes across as some kind of Neo-'60s even when they ''aren't'' confronted with space hippies.
* ''Series/ThePrisoner'', although how unintentional it was is debatable, and the series' influence is such that it probably shaped later perception of the '60s. Nonetheless, the show criticizes Cold War power structures (with the major implication that Number Six's captors may be his own "side" and his retirement from spy service as a "matter of conscience"), and has an overall tone that can only be described as 'psychedelic', features very 1960s fashions (most notably Number Six's jacket, the multicoloured capes seen on a few characters, and the prevalence of lava lamps). The finale includes (without giving away too much) the music of Music/TheBeatles ("All You Need Is Love") and a character, thematically representing universal youth culture, calling everyone "dad" or "baby".

[[folder:1960s Music]]
* In Petula Clark's hit single "Downtown", she makes sure to mention that "There are movie shows/Downtown." Since then movie theaters moved out of Downtown areas into the suburbs and then consolidated as home video and the Internet took off.
** Still relevant in capital cities in many countries, where you are more likely to find cinemas downtown because of the size of the place and the demand for them, being that people don't necessarily want to drive out of a busy city. In England for example there remain Odeon theatres in London, and in Sweden there are plenty of SF Bio theaters around Stockholm, just to name two.
* "Happy Together" by The Turtles includes the line "If I should call you up, invest a dime..." Telephone booths often cost 50 cents nowadays, and even they are becoming obsolete as cell phones are becoming more commonplace.
* "Mustang Sally" sung by Wilson Pickett: "I bought you a brand new Mustang, 1965..."
* "Magic Bus" by TheWho manages to still sound reasonably timeless until it betrays the fact that it was written before British currency was decimalised with "[[UsefulNotes/OldBritishMoney Thruppence and sixpence]] every day just to drive to my baby".
* Music/ElvisPresley song "Return to Sender" has a lyric in which the singer gets the letter returned to him stamped "no such number/no such zone". The "zone" is a reference to postal zones, a way of routing letters in large cities that was introduced in 1943 and retired in the 1960s in favor of modern-day ZIP codes.
** If you know that ZIP actually stands/stood for "Zone Improvement Program" (which is why it's "ZIP Code," not "Zip Code"), it's still pretty clear, but most people who know that are old enough to remember zones outright.
** "Bossa Nova Baby" has the line "Loan me a dollar and I'll buy some gas." Nowadays, $1 worth of gas ''might'' get you around the block.
* TheBeatles' "Taxman" refers to contemporary tax rates = "One for you, nineteen for me." (a 95% supertax on earnings for British subjects in the top income bracket) and contemporary politicians - "Mr. Wilson" and "Mr. Heath" refer to Harold Wilson and Edward Heath, who were the leaders of the Labour Party and the Conservative Party, respectively.
** "[[Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand Everyone you see is full of life]]/It's time for tea and ''"Meet the Wife''"." (''"Meet the Wife''" was a popular BBC TV sitcom of TheSixties.)
* Scott [=McKenzie=]'s OneHitWonder "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)", dates from a very specific time, namely the spring and summer of 1967 in San Francisco, popularly known as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_of_Love "Summer of Love"]].
* ''The Ventures' Christmas Album'' has holiday standards arranged around hooks from contemporary pop hits like "I Feel Fine", "She's Not There", and "When You Walk in the Room", making it unmistakably mid-1960s.
* "Kay" by John Wesley Ryles, a 1968 country music song about a broken-hearted taxicab driver. Two of his customers are soldiers who say that they hate "that war in Vietnam".

[[folder:1960s Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/{{Hair}}'' focused heavily on TheSixties while while they were still going on, but did so intentionally.
* ''Theatre/TheBoysInTheBand'' is ''very'' much a look at the [[{{Gayngst}} self-loathing, dread and neurosis]] in a pre-Stonewall gay culture - especially since it hit the stage in 1968, one year before the Stonewall Rebellion. In fact, when Willaim Friedkin adapted the play for the screen in 1970, right when gay liberation and pride were on the rise, he was excoriated for putting together a "throwback" to the days of gay shame.

[[folder:1960s WesternAnimation]]
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'', thanks in no small part to the bubblegum pop background music during some chase scenes (starting with the second season in 1970-- which makes this show a good candidate for the 1970s entries as well!).
* As noted in the page quote, ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''. Ironically, ''Rocky and Bullwinkle'' has had a much longer life in reruns -- appearing in syndication through the 1960s, '70s and '80s, on {{Nickelodeon}} in the early 1990s, and occasionally elsewhere since then -- than the show poking fun at it in the page quote (''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' hadn't been seen much on TV since the late 1990s until The Hub brought it back in 2013).
** It helps that there are over 100 episodes and the rights aren't owned by any of the big networks (so it's easier to negotiate syndication rights from area to area), whereas ''Tiny Toons'' has only 98 and is owned by Warner Bros., which owns all the Turner networks.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', despite taking place in the past and the future respectively, have enough 1960s pop culture references that they come off as "The 1960s [[RecycledInSpace With Cavemen]]" or "The 1960s [[RecycledInSpace With Flying Cars]]".
** The 1980s ''Jetsons'' revival is a weird double example, essentially being 1980s pop culture references in a [[ZeerustCanon 1960s-style future]].

!! [[TheSeventies 1970s]]

[[folder:1970s Anime/Manga]]
* ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' absolutely ''oozes'' TheSeventies. When it was dubbed into English (26 years later), they ''tried'' to cover it up, but some aspects just stood out too strongly.
** The outfits worn by Fujiko and the secondary characters are all contemporary fashion. Most of that fashion never escaped the 1970s. Averted by Lupin, Jigen, and Zenigata, who wear classic late 1960s vintage suits, and by Goemon, who wears ''15''60s vintage.
** [[Recap/LupinIIIS2E3 "To Be or Nazi Be"]] involves the cast making an airborne escape over the BerlinWall (still standing in 1977, but long gone by the time the English dub came out in 2003). The American localizers didn't even ''try'' to write around that one.
** [[Recap/LupinIIIS2E7 "Cursed Case Scenario"]] involved Lupin and the gang going to Egypt to steal King Tut's burial mask... but Zenigata is stuck next door in Israel, and manages to get himself arrested when he loudly demands a flight to Cairo, the Israeli official angrily retorting, "There are no flights from Israel to '''''any''''' Arab country!" This episode aired in 1977, two years before the Camp David Accords and the signing of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. Nowadays, though the two nations' ''peoples'' certainly still hate each others' guts, it is ''usually'' possible to get from one country to the other... eventually.[[note]] Other former enemies that have signed peace treaties with Israel are its eastern neighbour Jordan, and the not-Arab-but-still-Muslim Turkey.[[/note]]
** Another episode had a reference to Creator/RogerMoore - who played Film/JamesBond at the time - in the Japanese original; this was changed to Creator/PierceBrosnan in the English dub. That made the ''dub itself'' an Unintentional Period Piece in the 2000s, when Brosnan was replaced by Creator/DanielCraig.
** [[Recap/LupinIIIS2E2 "Guns, Bun, and Fun in the Sun"]] takes place fairly explicitly on January 10, 1977. Why? Because that's the day the New York Cosmos went to [[UsefulNotes/{{Brazil}} Rio de Janeiro]] for a friendly match against Santos Brasil; Lupin's caper of the week was stealing all the money made from ticket sales for the game. The episode itself wasn't made and did not air until about ten months later, in October 1977.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'' is clearly set in the seventies given the hairstyles, clothes and technology.
* The manga ''Manga/FromEroicaWithLove'' is, at its outset, clearly a seventies piece. From its art style, to its neo-nazi hunting West German NATO officer, to its AffablyEvil {{Husky Russkie}}s. As the decades rolled on and the manga continued, it first became a PeriodPiece, and then eventually moved forward in time a little, the BerlinWall falling, and Klaus having to make nice with the Russians.
* The ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'' anime ''JackToMameNoKi'' is very much a product of its time you can tell in the music, like the music the vendor who sells Jack the beans plays a song on his piano which sounds a lot like the rock music of the time, the melody of Princess Margret's song "No One's Happier Than I" sounds like the song "Top of the World", and in the original Japanese version of Jack's TheVillainSucksSong about Tulip, Tulip does an ElvisPresley impression.

[[folder:1970s Film]]
* ''Film/TheWarriors'' for 1979 UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. Interestingly enough, the film is [[{{Zeerust}} supposed to take place in the future]], but was based on a novel from the mid-1960s.
* "Slap Shot". The fashions, hairstyles, and music are so seventies its painful. Plus the background story is the the closing of a steel mill and the crushing blow to the local economy. A very serious issue throughout the rust belt in the seventies. To boot there's a very memorable scene about women's sexual liberation!
%%* ''Film/SaturdayNightFever''.
%%* ''Film/TheMuppetMovie''.
* ''Film/EyesOfLauraMars''. In hindsight, this movie resolves two mysteries. The more interesting mystery: "what killed disco?" is revealed pretty early in the film.
* ''Film/{{Koyaanisqatsi}}''. Released in 1983, but largely filmed in TheSeventies. It starts becoming a period piece when they begin showing people in [[FashionDissonance dated clothing]], and really dates itself when it shows the inside of an arcade (bridging those years in which the 1970s transitioned into the '80s culturally).
* ''Film/{{Zardoz}}''. Even though the movie's set in a PostApocalyptic future, its '70s influence shows ''everywhere''.
* Most {{disaster movie}}s, such as ''Film/{{Airport}}'', ''Film/ThePoseidonAdventure'', and ''Film/TheToweringInferno''.
* Plenty of rock/pop musicals of the time ''scream'' the 1970s. It's a part of their NarmCharm: ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}'', ''JesusChristSuperstar'', ''{{Tommy}}'', ''SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'', and ''TheWiz'' all qualify. The final run of such musicals in 1980 (''Film/{{Xanadu}}'', ''Can't Stop the Music'', and ''TheApple'') come off as the final gasp of disco.
* ''Film/{{Popeye}}'' and ''Film/FlashGordon'', both early 1980s HBO staples, could ''only'' have been made in 1980, at the end of the "maverick" era of filmmaking and 1970s excess.
* ''Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth'' supposedly takes place over several decades, but the fashions, technology and virtually everything else remain pure 1970s. This isn't helped by the fact that WeAreAsMayflies to an AlienAmongUs hero who isn't physically aging, meaning that only the appearances of the supporting characters clue us in to the passage of time. On top of that, just the fact that Music/DavidBowie plays an alien clearly dates it as in the decade of his Ziggy Stardust sci-fi glam phase (by the time the film was shot in 1975, he had already moved on from that persona and sound).
* ''Film/GodzillaVsHedorah''. So grounded in the very early '70s it hurts, with hippies all throughout the film, a very groovy score, and bar scenes that are said by WordOfGod to be inspired by {{Woodstock}}.
* Many {{blaxploitation}} films characterized the defining characteristics of the '70s. ''Black Caesar'' and ''Hell Up In Harlem'', for instance, featured a pre-overhaul Times Square (back when it was known for its sleazy theatres as opposed to the LCD mecca of the late 1990s and 21st century), mink coats, kids shining shoes on the streets, afros, accounting ledgers written in multiple books, JiveTurkey dialogue, and much more.
* ''TheBadNewsBears'': so very mid-'70s, and a fine example of what a PG-rated film could get away with before the PG-13 rating came along. Just listen to 7-year-olds toss out four-letter words, racial epithets and ethnic slurs like there's no tomorrow and try to keep your head from exploding. Also watch as the kids douse each other in beer and see a then 14-year-old JackieEarleHaley smoke like a chimney.
* ''Film/RaceWithTheDevil'' shows off its '70s-ness in the first ten minutes, where Frank is showing his friend Roger all the features on his $36,000 RV (money that, today, would buy a bare-bones BMW 3-Series). Said features include a color television with stereo sound, a microwave oven, and tons of faux-wood paneling.
* ''Film/TaxiDriver'', and not just because of the fashions. At the time it was filmed, [[BigApplesauce New York City]] was America's [[BigRottenApple crime capital]], the city was effectively bankrupt, and [[{{Scandalgate}} Watergate]] was still fresh on the public mind. Not to mention there's a brief scene in a porno cinema.
%%* Burt Reynolds. Anything with Burt Reynolds.
* And even without Burt Reynolds, ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' would qualify for this trope thanks to the rampant CB radio usage.
* In 1979, ''LoveAtFirstBite'' was a comedy about Dracula dealing with the modern world. Thanks to the disco dancing, JiveTurkey supporting characters, DirtyCommies as Romanian government flacks, cheerfully-unprotected sex and ''{{Roots}}'' references, it's now [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Dracula]] dealing with this trope.
* ''An Unmarried Woman'' is very much a window into a time of increased divorce, women's lib, and the very height of the pre-A.I.D.S. sexual revolution. It also takes place in 1978 New York City, so it's dated in the same way as the ''Taxi Driver'' example.
* ''Film/TheTakingOfPelhamOneTwoThree'': New York City in the 1970s, in all its "glory". And there's no way the villains' plan would have worked if cell phones existed. In the remake, this had to be heavily rewritten.
* ''[[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus And Now for Something Completely Different]]'' features sketches about fear of a Chinese communist takeover, ''incredibly'' [=1970s=] hairstyles, and most of all a considerable amount of poking fun at the British upper class. The old upper-class was on its way out by the [=1970s=], but it still had much more of a presence than it does now.
* The original version of ''Film/TheWickerMan'' is a pretty unmistakable chunk of early '70s British styles. On top of the soundtrack of folk music and the presence of contemporary sex symbol Creator/BrittEkland, there's also the fact that everyone is wearing tweed jackets with turtlenecks. Maybe not as over-the-top as some of these other examples, but that only makes it seem less like a spoof of the '70s and more like the actual '70s.
* ''Film/BreakerBreaker'', starring a young, facial hair-less ChuckNorris. Truckers, CB lingo, vans with custom paint jobs, distressingly tight denim jeans and EverybodyWasKungFuFighting.
* ''Film/BeingThere'''s main character grows up with television serving as his only window beyond his SmallSecludedWorld, and watching TV is his favorite pastime, so the movie winds up presenting a large cross-section of what American television consisted of at the end of TheSeventies.
* ''Film/{{Convoy}}'': Truckers running from cops, lots of CB radio chatter, and Ali [=McGraw=] in an Afro and bell-bottom slacks. If that's not enough, a plot point is the "new" 55 mile-per-hour speed limit, which everyone thinks is what sent the truckers over the edge.
* ''Film/GetCarter'': one of the most dating parts of the film is the porn movie that Carter sees: it is on film, silent, in black-and-white, and Carter watches it on a clattering projector. Home video reached the United Kingdom in the late 1970s.
* ''Dracula: A.D. 1972''. It's right there in the title. Hippies, bell bottoms, and funk music galore.
* The 1976 Creator/BrianDePalma adaptation of ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', with its epic SeventiesHair, teen heartthrob Creator/JohnTravolta, and a soundtrack by Pino Donaggio that combines PsychoStrings with funkadelic '70s cues. All of those pale in comparison, though, to the fact that absolutely ''everybody'' ignores the horrific bullying that Carrie goes through, with at least one of her teachers even joining in on it in one scene. In today's social climate, where youth bullying is seen as a national crisis, such behavior by Carrie's classmates would be cause for scandal. It's not for nothing that the 2013 remake placed a much greater focus on its anti-bullying message.
* ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' (1975) avoids this trope for the most part thanks to its sheer strangeness. In fact, in quite a few ways the movie was ahead of its time: it looks more like an '80s film than a '70s film (accurately predicting the punk/New Wave hair and makeup styles, as well as the satiric BlackComedy brand of humor that characterized comedies during the Reagan era). What's more, the [[EveryoneIsBi casual bisexuality]] and Frank N. Furter's (Creator/TimCurry) schizoid mix of CampGay and HardGay behavior are still quite shocking today, at least if you don't consume such entertainments on a regular basis. However, the movie does anchor itself in the mid-1970s early on by playing a radio broadcast of President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's 1974 resignation speech.
* You probably shouldn't try BavarianFireDrill-ing your way through airport security ŕ la ''Film/HighAnxiety'' nowadays.
-->'''Thorndyke''' ''("[[Creator/MelBrooks disguised]]" as an AlterKocker)'': I beeped! I beeped! Take me away! Take me back to Russia! Put me in irons! I beeped! The [[MadBomber mad beeper]] is loose! Take away the beeper! Take me away!

[[folder:1970s Literature]]
* Most of Creator/TonyHillerman's Navajo Tribal Police novels, which ran from 1970 to 2006, have a timeless quality to them. ''Dance Hall of the Dead'', however, published in 1973, features an anti-establishment hippie commune, a psychedelic drug experience, and references to the Vietnam War.
* ''Super Treasury of Amazing Knowledge'', a suitcase-sized children's book from the late 1970s, is packed with several dozen short essays about history, science, popular culture, and more. The essays are accompanied by cartoons that tend to betray their time period (mostly due to the SeventiesHair frequently found on the characters and the cheap, sketchy look of the cartoons themselves), but the real problem is with the essays themselves, which strove to be timely and [[GoneHorriblyRight did it all too well]]. Their essay on kung fu, for instance, acknowledges at the beginning that most Westerners think kung fu is just a show of stupid stunts performed on television, which is obviously not what most Westerners think now. Their essay on pinball, meanwhile, claims that pinball is still quite popular in arcades despite the recent incursion of video games. Speaking of video games, the book's essay on ''that'' opens with a brief description of ''Space Invaders'' (probably the oldest popular video game not named ''Pong'') referring to the game with a breathless excitement that is very, very hard to take seriously now. Worst of all, the videogame essay ends with the essayist happening to mention that, gee-whiz, wouldn't it be great if you could play video games on a TV console at home rather than having to go to an arcade? Well, in just a few months (1979, to be precise, with the introduction of the Atari 2600), you can!

[[folder:1970s Jokes]]
* What do you call a pig with Music/{{wings}}? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_McCartney Linda McCartney]].

[[folder:1970s LiveActionTV]]
%%* ''Series/StarskyAndHutch''
%%* ''GeminiMan''.
%%* ''BarneyMiller''.
%%* ''AllInTheFamily'', along with [[{{Maude}} its]] [[TheJeffersons many]] [[GoodTimes spin-offs]].
* ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' is a very 1970s VarietyShow with ''very'' vague SpaceOpera trappings. This is very sad, especially since the theatrical films do a pretty fair job of averting the trope.
* ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}'' comes off as almost a time capsule of public service announcements of the mid-'70s, with its 70sHair, at the time up-to-the-minute accurate medical techniques and the skepticism with which the paramedics are treated in the early episodes. At the time they really were a new concept and faced a stigma of being (truthfully) "less than real doctors."
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow''. People can learn a lot about the celebrities and pop culture of the '70s by watching this show today.
* The original ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' suffers this in the early seasons, beginning with the 1968/69 season, when episodes regularly revolved around issues arising from the Vietnam War such as drug smuggling by military personnel, incidents involving soldiers on leave in Hawai'i, and vets with psychological issues. In later, post-Vietnam, seasons the military aspect (including [=McGarrett=]'s status as a Naval Reserve officer) was essentially eliminated.
%%* ''MatchGame'', in the Creator/{{CBS}} era.
* ''Series/TheGoodies'', which was made throughout the entirety of the '70s in England. Graeme Garden, one of the writers, actors, and creators, has said that the clothes and trends now qualify as "quaint period pieces", and that you can get a pretty good idea of the trends, celebrities and government around the time by watching.
* ''Series/TheProfessionals'' - Polyester suits! Wide ties! Brown coloured everything! Perms and afros! Sideburns! Disco! [[PornStache Porn Staches!]]
* ''Series/CharliesAngels'' - Shag carpets, Sabrina's dreaded orange Pinto, the speakerbox, and even the freaking Disco Episodes.
* ''Series/CHiPs'' - as well as solving the case of the week, the officers would typically partake in a 70s pop culture fad (disco, bio-rhythms, pinball, etc.) Also, piles (literally) of vintage 70s cars.
* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', not only for the fashions and hairstyles of the killers, victims, and sundry supporting characters, but also because the schemes the killers would use to establish their alibis, muddy up the time of death, or disguise the cause of death would fail if they had been tried even 10 years later, due to the rapid advancement of forensic science, telephone technology, and the like.
** In one episode the killer's alibi was broken when it turned out he had made use of an incredibly sophisticated piece of equipment -[[spoiler:a [=VCR=].]]
* ''Series/{{Supertrain}}'' -- a WHAT-onal Period Piece? I can't hear you over the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUERtAe73NI Disco Funk!]]
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' (begun in 1969) to an extent. While the majority of the Pythons' humour is pretty damn ageless, some of the jokes will fly over your head if you aren't familiar with British television presenters, celebrities and politicians who were around at the time. You might get a joke about a "Mrs. Thatcher", "Mr. (Harold) Wilson", and "Mr. (Edward) Heath", but unless you're well-versed in British culture, you probably won't know who Robin Day was (except that he owned a hedgehog called Frank). Some sketches parody aspects of British bureaucracy that are no longer around - for example the 'Fish License' sketch is based around dog licenses which were abolished in 1987. "Appearing on the M2" are many Vauxhall Vivas - a brand of car long disappeared from the United Kingdom. On top of that, the costuming and hairstyles on the series are pretty definitively '60s-'70s, albeit in a fairly low-key way... except when actual women are involved.
** Probably the most notable thing pegging Python to its time is its use of traditional currency - shillings, sixpence, etc. - in the first two series; Britain did not decimalise its currency until 1971, so pre-decimal money shows up from time to time, like in the "Embezzler Accountant" sketch as well as the "New Television Licenses" end credit background. One third-series sketch included an onscreen note, "Old Sketch written before decimalisation" and helpfully provided conversions, which probably counts as LampshadeHanging.
* ''Series/InSearchOf'', from [[LeonardNimoy Leonard Nimoy's]] clothing to the grainy production values to the spacy {{BGM}} (and Moog-powered theme music), to [[HistoryMarchesOn the arrival of new information on the historic subject matter]] (the wreckage of the Titanic had not yet been discovered), the show ''screams'' late-70s/early-80s, when the show was produced.
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' not just for for its references to '70s-era celebrities and TV shows (one episode was a episode-length parody of ''FantasyIsland'' ) but for the concept of the titular network being a local, small-town TV network. The show would then do early-'80s references as well once Creator/{{NBC}} picked it up.

[[folder:1970s Music]]
* "Le Freak" by Chic features a reference to Studio 54, the popular Manhattan nightclub that was a disco hotspot from 1977 to its closure in 1980.
* JimmyBuffett's songs, especially his later ones. The [[CoolVersusAwesome country-meets-calypso genre mashup]] he perfected itself mirrors the '70s, which was when "world" music and popular music really started to mix. But "Volcano" is the ultimate example: ''anyone'' can tell it's from 1979, thanks to pointed (but funny) references to the Iranian hostage crisis and the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster.
* The deluge of trucking songs in the 1970s, back when trucking and CB radio were at their peak. "Convoy" by C.W. [=McCall=] is one of the most famous.

[[folder:1970s Theatre]]
* ''Vanities'' sets its three scenes in the early 1960s, late '60s, and mid-'70s, respectively. By the time of its [[TheMusical musical adaptation]], it was three decades past its prime. The addition of a [[DistantFinale fourth scene]] set in the mid-1980s to early '90s didn't help.
* ''Theatre/{{Grease}}'', oddly enough. It's possibly the most '70s version of the '50s ever made.

[[folder:1970s WesternAnimation]]
%%* ''Help! It's WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch''.
%%* ''JosieAndThePussycats''.
%%* ''{{Jabberjaw}}''.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheNineLivesOfFritzTheCat''.
%%* ''Disney/TheRescuers'', mostly due to its soundtrack.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/HeavyTraffic'' looks like a conscious reconstruction of the early 1970s counterculture, with its fashions, its pre-gentrified depiction of Brooklyn, and, of course, pinball.
* Any of the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' knock-offs, and most ''any'' lesser-known cartoon series from Hanna-Barbera, for that matter.
* ''WesternAnimation/RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure'', made in 1976, includes plenty of random "patriotic" stars-and-stripes patterns as part of its SceneryPorn - probably a nod to the U.S. Bicentennial that year. Otherwise, the movie avoids this trope.

!! [[TheEighties 1980s]]

[[folder:1980s Anime]]
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}''. It takes place after a nuclear bomb starts off World War III, and while society does rebuild, clothes, hairstyles, and technology show progress didn't really get past the '80s.
* ''Manga/CityHunter'' is definitely set in the eighties. Clothes, hairstyles and techonology ddevelopment level all scream TheEighties. In some stories, [[TheHero Ryo]] imitates Japanese politicians, actors and musicians were popular when the manga was running. In another story, Ryo compares one of the {{Mook}}s with ''Film/{{Commando}}'' since "''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' is too old now". And in another arc, [[{{Tsundere}} Kaori]] asks a child if she wants to play with a ''Main/NintendoEntertainmentSystem''.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' took place in a post-apocalyptic 21st century ([[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture more technically, 199X]]), but with fashions, character designs, and the overall setting inspired by 1980s culture.
* ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'': ''Everything'' in this show -the fashions, the hairstyles, the music, even the video games the characters play in the arcade- shows it was made in TheEighties.
* ''Manga/NewMazinger'': The story begins several centuries after the outbreak of WorldWarThree between America and Soviet Union, making obvious that the story was written before the fall of the Communism.
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''. It took place in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture the then-far off world of 2009]]; but 1980s influences are ''everywhere''.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' has some unmistakably 80's fashion and hairstyles, despite being set in the future. Special shout-outs to Chara Soon and Elle Vianno, neither of whom would look out of place in an episode of ''JemAndTheHolograms''.

[[folder:1980s ComicBooks]]
* ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', which was written in 1986, strongly features an exaggerated satire of the then-contemporary political and social climate. Back then, it was a deliberate contrast to the typical world of young Franchise/{{Batman}}. Now it reads like a deliberate period piece. The sequel, written 15 years later, was written based on the political and social climate of [[TheWarOnTerror the early 2000s]] and is already showing shades of this as well, and will undoubtedly read like a period piece in ten years.
* ''BloomCounty'', for all its surrealism, got hit with this hard due to its very prominent political element and a cornucopia of pop-culture gags (such as a story arc spoofing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Us_Festival the 1983 US Festival]]). It was for this reason that a complete series collection was put off for years -- Breathed was ''positive'' no one would get most of the jokes. The ''Complete Library'' was eventually released with historical commentary next to relevant strips and two-page spreads featuring then-recent newspaper headlines.
* ''ComicBook/TheManOfSteel''
* ''The Adventures Of Olivia'' was absolutely doomed to this given it debuted in ''1989'' and style-wise would've fit more in '84-85 with the [[EightiesHair big hair]] that would've made ''Jem'' proud and [[PrettyInMink fur coats]] belonging on an episode of ''The Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous'' before getting into the cultural jokes of TheSimpsons as a cutting-edge ratings juggernaut, neon spandex gym culture and ''especially'' [[ValleyGirl Sandy Shores.]] However, unlike other examples, this can be forgiven as [[AuthorExistenceFailure Bob Outlaw was dying of diabetes]] and it [[StillTheEighties stayed the eighties well into 1994]] via guest artists out of respect for him.

[[folder:1980s Film]]
%%* Most of the teen films from the heyday of that genre:
%%** Almost every Creator/JohnHughes teen film.
%%** ''Film/ValleyGirl''.
%%** ''FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh'' (which also contains some '70s references, thus bridging the two eras).
* ''Film/TheWizard''. It will forever be a symbol of the time when the NintendoEntertainmentSystem was the dominant force in video games; featuring many of the games that were popular at the time, a scene where the kids call the ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' hotline for game tips (''Nintendo Power'' ceased publication in late 2012); and the final challenge of the movie being [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 SUPER! MARIO BROS.! 3!]]
* Every movie with a scene in an arcade is usually dated to the mid-to-late '80s. ''Film/TheKarateKid'' is a notable example.
* ''Film/{{Tron}}''. Kevin Flynn being an arcade owner and arcade game pioneer is a surefire product of the 1980s. The sequel, ''Film/TronLegacy'', released 28 years later, makes a point of Sam Flynn returning to the arcade for the first time since he was a kid; and panning over all the still working arcade games wrapped in plastic and covered in dust, with Film/{{Journey}}'s "Separate Ways" playing on the jukebox. (the soundtrack even doubles as MythologyGag given Journey contributed tracks to ''TRON'')
* ''Film/WarGames'' is also very much of its time, what with Cold War nuclear paranoia, the theme of the emergence of home computers and videogames (there is also the obligatory arcade scene as alluded to in the example above), and computing technology like acoustic-coupler modems combining.
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' is very strongly '80s, to the point where the sequence introducing the "present day" of 1985 is now counted as an unintentional MisterSandmanSequence like the introductions to [[TheWildWest 1885]], [[TheFifties 1955]] and [[{{Zeerust}} 2015]].
** The establishing sequence could be interpreted as a subversion, however- the filmmakers deliberately introducing visual cues which point to the 1985 setting in order to contrast it with other eras.
** The over-the-top portrayal of 2015 also demonstrates a particularly '80s flavour of {{Zeerust}}.
%%* ''Film/ToLiveAndDieInLA''.
* ''Film/{{Manhunter}}'' was directed by Michael Mann, creator of ''Miami Vice''. It shares that show's fashions and emphasis on synth-rock and eighties-era AOR.
%%* The AlPacino version of ''Film/{{Scarface}}''.
* ''Film/WallStreet'' actually became a period piece before it was released; developments related to the prosecution of Ivan Boesky for insider trading caused the film's setting to be explicitly turned back to 1985.
* ''[[Film/BillAndTed Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure]]'', in which the far future is based on hair metal that would actually go out of date in a few years.
* ''Film/RoadHouse''. Website/TheAgonyBooth's recap called it "a tone poem of late '80s cheese.".
* ''Film/RealGenius'' could only have existed when the SDI was a pressing concern.
* The same goes for ''SpiesLikeUs''.
* ''DoTheRightThing'' features a character who seems to do nothing but walk around carrying a boombox blaring PublicEnemy's "Fight the Power", and makes reference to several contemporary well-publicized hate crimes, making it a perfect period piece of its late 80s release date (it was released in 1989)
%%* ''Film/RedDawn1984''.
* In his commentary for ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', director Nicholas Meyer paraphrases Orson Scott Card's claim that all works are inevitably the product of their time period when it's pointed out how Khan and his followers look like the entourage of a hair metal band.
* Much of ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' takes place in then-current 1986 (the year of the film's release); punk rock, pizza, and exact-change buses abound; placing it in that time forever. Also, the clear irony of Chekhov getting caught on a US Navy ship whilst the Cold War was obviously still going on, a newspaper discussing nuclear arms talks (again referencing the Cold War, and perhaps very specifically [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Arms_Limitation_Talks SALT II]]) Kirk's communicator getting mistaken for a pocket pager (not a mobile phone) and Scotty's attempts to get to grips with a Macintosh Plus ("just use the keyboard"!) also date the film.
* ''Film/TheTerminator'' has a memorable scene in a horrifically '80s nightclub, and also features Sarah and her friend dressing in everything you think of as '80s women's fashion and declare themselves "Better than mortal man deserves." The giant laser sight on the T-800's pistol is dated, turning it into a HandCannon, is also dated.
* ''{{Rad}}''. And a noteworthy case where [[TotallyRadical the title itself]] is dated.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''. Vince Di Cola's synthesizer and heavy metal soundtrack; as well as Daniel Witwicky's monogrammed tracksuit place it heavily in the 1980s. That's to say nothing of Soundwave and Blaster still being depicted as [[TechnologyMarchesOn cassette players in 2005]].
* ''Film/BrightLightsBigCity'' (adapted from the eponymous novel, see below).
* ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds'': Now that the terms geek and nerd have been appropriated willy nilly by the mainstream as something trendy to label yourself. Also, the nerds' supposedly cutting edge understanding of technology has also become dated, such as the [[TechnologyMarchesOn "spy-cam"]] they used to spy the girls' dorm.
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' is perhaps the most 1980s of 1980s fantasy films: There's the extensive use of special effects techniques (matte paintings, puppets and animatronic costumes, bluescreen, early CGI) that were largely abandoned by Hollywood once CGI became high-quality and commonplace in the next decade, a synthesizer-heavy underscore, and a ''serious'' case of EightiesHair on the villain. Said villain is played by Music/DavidBowie, whose international popularity peaked in this decade, and he also wrote the musical numbers.
* ''CrocodileDundee'', which, among other things, has the World Trade Centre in almost every establishing shot of New York.
** Many of the city-dwellers can also be seen dressing in characteristically '80s fashions. Dundee of course is timeless, much like his character...
* ''Film/BasketCase'', and its depiction of the era's ultra-seedy Times Square.
* ''Film/TroopBeverlyHills'' is a major show of late 80s fashions, as well as exercise trends. It even shows car phones to be something only rich people had.
* ''Film/{{Flashdance}},'' from the music constantly playing to the absolutely 80s outfits most of the characters wear to the dancing that would seem weird today to the frizzy hair on every woman's head. "What a Feeling" and "Maniac" got popularized thanks to this movie and are widely seen as representative of the decade. And the main character is a woman working at a steel mill, which was a surprise back then and, while uncommon today, is no twist.
* ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' falls into this with separate sections for smokers and nonsmokers on flights and preachers in airports.
* ''Film/TheStuff''. It's got kids playing the Atari 2600, ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' shower curtains, mocking the Wendy's slogan "Where's the Beef?", etc.
* ''Franchise/DieHard'' The references to [=VCR=]s and the fact that John [=McClane=] seems really uncomfortable using the computer monitor at the front desk of Nakatomi Plaza. The lax airport security in ''Die Hard II: Die Harder'' and the fact that John is allowed to bring a gun aboard a plane in the original put it pre-9/11. Indeed, [=McClane's=] inability to adjust to the modern world (the technology, especially) becomes more apparent in later sequels, with him shouting "Goddamn cellular phones!" in ''Die Hard With a Vengeance'' and being outright mocked by the villain for being an anachronism in ''Live Free Or Die Hard''.
* ''Film/TheThing1982'', featuring very '80s hair (most notably on Kurt Russell), loads of Cold War paranoia, and a plot that mirrors the AIDS crisis.
* StElmosFire features a character who is almost constantly doing cocaine, a couple who when they break up argue over who gets to keep the Bruce Springsteen, the Police, and the Pretenders albums, and a passing reference to the Cold War as an unbridgeable stalemate. Oddly, the portrayal of gay people is fairly 70s, with Jules believing that Kevin is gay because he was never interested in her [[spoiler: he was actually interested in her roommate, who was dating her best friend]], and trying to set him up with her decorator next door neighbor. Despite coming out in 1985, there are no references to the AIDS crisis.
* The ''Film/LethalWeapon'' movies aimed to be topical, and are now firmly in this trope. ''1'' establishes that Murtagh and Riggs are both Vietnam War veterans, [[spoiler: as are the villains]], and ''2'' centres around South Africa still being an apartheid state.
* ''Film/{{Stripes}}'': Besides the ColdWar setting, during the scene at the Army recruiting center, John and Russell are specifically asked whether either one is homosexual, which points itself to pre-1994, before "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" first allowed LGBT people into the military.
* ''Film/RoboCop1987'' is very 80s in both its look (especially some of the fashions and the [[OurGraphicsWillSuckInTheFuture crappy computer graphics]]) and themes (consumerism, the War on Drugs, [[ThereAreNoGoodExecutives free-market capitalism run amok]]) which make it a biting satire of the Reagan era. Of course, those themes are [[HistoryRepeats just as applicable today when viewed in the context of the late 2000s economic crisis and the failing auto industry, rising unemployment and high crime rate in Detroit.]]

[[folder:1980s Jokes]]
* What does [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PLO PLO]] stand for? Push [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Klinghoffer Leon]] Overboard.
* The 1980s marked the dawn of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Unfortunately, it was initially pegged as a gays-only disease by the masses, and with homophobia still entrenched in mainstream culture a lot of cruel jokes made at the expense of AIDS victims made the rounds (an early stretch of Eddie Murphy's concert special/album ''Delirious'' pokes fun at the crisis). As homophobia became less acceptable and the true nature of the disease and its transmission became widespread knowledge, such jokes passed into DudeNotFunny status.
** Why haven't they found a cure for AIDS yet? They can't get the lab rats to buttfuck.
*** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Hudson Rock Hudson]] was a heartthrob of the 1950's and '60's. He was the first major celebrity to die from the disease, and his homosexuality, which he had worked hard to keep quiet, came out when he was diagnosed with AIDS.
*** What do you call Rock Hudson in a wheelchair? Rolaids.
*** Why is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prudential_Financial Prudential]] insurance going out of business? No one wants a piece of "the rock".[[note]]Prudential's ad campaign in the 1980's was "Get a piece of the rock" - their logo was and still is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_of_Gibraltar Rock of Gibraltar]].[[/note]]

[[folder:1980s LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/MiamiVice'' exemplified some of the most prevalent trends of the era (and created several of them), including a heavy focus on synth-rock and popular songs of the time, the usage of pastel colors in their clothing and many instances of TechnologyMarchesOn. One could likely fill an entire page detailing all the dated examples found throughout the series.
** The second-season opener, "The Prodigal Son", is of particular note. Among other things, it has music from Billy Ocean and Huey Lewis and the News, a woman wearing a dress with massive shoulder pads and a climax that takes place at the World Trade Center.
** However the tone of the show averts the trope. Most cop shows of the era had a light tone, villain of the week, flat characters, always get their guy, etc. Miami Vice had some very slow pacing for the time, story arcs which could last all or part of a season, lots of character development, and often bittersweet or downer endings. Its grim tone was much more in line with current shows like ''Series/BreakingBad'', Series/TheCloser, etc.
* ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'' (started in 1979; but is very much associated with the 1980s).
* ''FullHouse'', which is also an Unintentional Period Piece for [[TheNineties the early 1990s]], perhaps inevitable with three trendy teenage girls in the cast. For example, the episode where Stephanie's band sings "The Sign" by Ace of Base could ''only'' have been made in 1994-95.
* ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'' and ''Series/DegrassiHigh''.
* ''TheGoldenGirls'' did this, both with the ladies' fashion choices and with a lot of their pop culture references (which they wisely kept to easily ignored asides, as much of today's PeripheryDemographic is far too young to appreciate the endless stream of jokes about Donna Rice or Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker).
%%* ''FamilyTies''.
%%* ''SmallWonder''.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}''
%%* {{MTV}}, when they played music videos on a regular basis.
* ''Series/TheBeiderbeckeAffair'' is like a time capsule of Leeds in the early 80s, and in particular of the British education system before the National Curriculum.
* ''TheYoungOnes'', being set explicitly during [[MargaretThatcher Thatcher's]] Britain.
* ''RedDwarf'' 's first two series are instantly recognisable as 80s British sitcoms because of their low production values, their focus on a limited range of sets, the comedy mostly being based around two characters arguing, and the fact that there are barely any influences from American comedy. Subverted in that Season 3, made in 1989, clearly reverses all of these, and led to the series becoming far more popular.
* ''{{Rockschool}}'', a {{BBC}} miniseries later broadcast by Creator/{{PBS}}, was a show (in fact, two separate miniseries), the first (concerning a guitar-bass-drums PowerTrio) of which lasted in 1984, and the second one (which added a keyboardist to the trio) in 1987, attempting to teach kids the basics of playing and singing in a rock band. Not only were the computer graphics used in the show, along with the hair and fashion styles of the four teenage presenters/musicians dated to the '80s, but naturally the special guests the show interviewed in segments, as well as the music technology the show demonstrated. Along with [[ValuesResonance the stiil very useful information the show presents]], the use of [[TechnologyMarchesOn what would now be considered very crude and outdated]] (currently vintage) synthesizer, sampler, guitar-synthesizer, sequencer, MIDI and drum machine technology in particular ''scream'' 1987 in the second series. (E-mu Emulator II! Moog Memorymoog!! Fairlight CMI!! Yamaha [[=DX7=]]!!).
* ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'', certainly during the early 1980s, has references to ''GeneralHospital'' and dated video arcade games (and the occasional period sociopolitical issues) in various episodes. The clothes and hairstyles of the teen cast members often betray their '80s origins almost as much as their accents and certain phrases they use betray their [[CanadaEh Canadian origins]].
* ''Series/WhizKids'' had a heavy focus on computers at a time before the existence of the Apple Macintosh or the Windows operating system. Home computers existed but were not common, and laptops were even rarer (as well as being large and clunky).
%%* ''Series/{{Thirtysomething}}''
%%* ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet''
* ''Series/{{MorkAndMindy}}'', among other things, when Robin Williams ran out onto Denver's (Original) Mile-High Stadium as a member of "The Pony Express." The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders only used that name from 1977 to 1980.
* ''CosmosAPersonalVoyage'', a {{PBS}} miniseries featuring the late CarlSagan, definitely dates to 1980, thanks to its ColdWar anxieties, production values, spacy, analog-synth-driven music by Vangelis, Sagan's hairstyles and clothing, and the datedness of Sagan's "Starship Of The Imagination".

[[folder:1980s Literature]]
* Creator/KimNewman has acknowledged that his Sally Rhodes stories have become unintentional period pieces; the character is just as tied to TheEighties (or ''very'' early nineties) as Edwin Winthrop (an ''intentional'' period piece) is to TheRoaringTwenties. "Organ Donors" features references to the poll tax, seven satellite TV channels, the {{ITV}} bidding war, and a "portable phone" as being a big deal.
* Literature/LessThanZero by BretEastonEllis
* ''Bright Lights Big City'' by Jay [=McInerney=].
* The first ''Literature/DirkGently'' book (published 1987) by Creator/DouglasAdams has some specific technology references that place it firmly in the 1980s. Part of the plot revolves around an answering machine cassette tape, and one character trying to reach a telephone. The protagonist in the first book is a wealthy 'early adopter' computer programmer and electronic-music whiz, so his flat is filled with then-high tech Apple computer hardware, and 1980s synthesizers and electronic instruments. In the [[TheLongDarkTeatimeOfTheSoul second book]] (from 1988) an important setting is the long-abandoned Midland Grand Hotel at London's St. Pancras railway terminal. One of the themes of the book is how humanity abandons things from the past it no longer requires and the rotting hulk of a Victorian railway station would have been an apt metaphor for this in 1988. Since then a huge amount of gentrification has gone on in the UK and in 2011 the Midland hotel was renovated and reopened.
* ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' is a complicated case. As regards politics and general culture, it's a 1980s-masquerading-as-future novel, period. Still, its emphasis is on future technology and technology-related culture. As the TechnologyMarchesOn entry on its work page describes, whenever Gibson describes actual technology in detail it's still more 1980s than 2030s. He does however manage to be vague enough to make many aspects of technology use sort of timeless, and as the last paragraph of the introduction on the work page notes, the language he uses to a large degree ''became'' the language of the future as writers and scientists adopted it.
** He does make one specific mention in the introduction to the 25th Anniversary Edition, where he describes a scene in an airport where an entire bank of payphones starts ringing. He apologizes to younger readers, assuming that the description of the scene would be utterly alien to them.

[[folder:1980s Music]]
* Kurtis Blow's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_shxzlTRK44 Basketball]]''. The song cashes in on the rising popularity of the NBA in the 1980s and mentions some of the biggest draws of the time, such as Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The music video even throws in some martial arts for good measure, which was also rising in popularity at the time.
* "Forever Young" by Music/{{Alphaville}} is about the "live for the moment" mindset that occurred in the 1980's due to fear of nuclear annihilation. Needless to say, TheGreatPoliticsMessUp means that it hasn't aged all that well.
* A lot of 80s production techniques are very tied to their time period. For instance, reverbed drums mixed upfront in the mix (common in 80s 12" Mixes), slap bass and prominent synths. They were considered very in vogue at the time, but haven't been since, and as such many songs from this period are instantly recognisable as such. Even 80s revivalists like electropop groups rarely use reverbed drums.
* Obviously, Music/BillyJoel[='s=] "We Didn't Start the Fire" only covers historical events up to 1989. In fact, it was released at a point in that year when the Tiananmen Square massacre had happened ("China's under martial law"), but the fall of the BerlinWall had not (and it would surely be significant enough to be mentioned). Therefore, the song is dated to between June and November of 1989.
** Some people have joked about updating the song for the 1990s and beyond. Just think [[TheSimpsons how]] [[OJSimpson many]] [[JessicaSimpson people]] [[AshleeSimpson named]] "Simpson" you could rhyme!
* Nolan Thomas's song "Yo' Little Brother". The synthesized notes and thickly [[{{Narm}} cheesy]] TotallyRadical lyrics with an [[{{Anvilicious}} anti-drugs message]] subtle as a peacock could not come from anywhere else. But what takes the cake is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L0H_w9kBx8 video]], which was intentionally made so silly it distracted from the song's morals, complete with child impersonators of the popular celebrities of its day. It feels like nostalgic parody of the [=1980s=], only it was made in 1984!

[[folder:1980s Theatre]]
%%* ''{{Edmond}}''.
* Despite the numerous (and, by most accounts, unsuccessful) attempts to modernize ''StarlightExpress'', the show remains firmly grounded within the 1980s. The disco-tinted score, neon-colored costumes, and references to DOS programming as if it were futuristic have been toned down or removed since the musical's inception, but the musical's premise and choreography require that the performers wear old-fashioned roller skates, so it can't avoid representing its decade. Some fans argue that if the show had declared itself an intentional period piece at the beginning of the 1990s, it would be more popular today.
%%* ''AngelsInAmerica''
* Seeing as ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'' has a plot so focused on the ColdWar and was first staged in 1986 - with the original concept album done in 1984 - this trope was practically nipping at its heels with each new production. By 1991 it didn't have much choice but to accept its new status as a period piece, and it's been played that way ever since.

[[folder:1980s Video Games]]
Video games from this era are obvious examples, due to 8-bit technology (and later in the decade, early 16-bit technology). Games from this era are also Unintentional Period Pieces for other non-technology reasons:
* Any game with a then-current ColdWar setting:
** ''Raid Over Moscow''.
** ''Communist Mutants from Space''
** The ''When Superpowers Collide'' strategy game series: ''Germany 1985'', ''RDF 1985'', ''Baltic 1985: Corridor to Berlin'' and ''Norway 1985''.
* The NES version of PunchOut is definitely set in the 1980s, due to Mac's pink jogging suit, Mike Tyson being champ, and references to Bombay (now "Mumbai"), India and the USSR.
* ''VideoGame/{{NARC}}''. While the War on Drugs is still going on as strong as ever, anti-drug messages are nowhere near as ubiquitous or {{anvilicious}} as they were in the '80s, and the entire effort has faced a significant backlash since then -- just look at how the DARE program, the "Just Say No" campaign, and others like it have become SnarkBait for an entire generation. Notably, when the game was [[VideoGameRemake remade]] in 2005, it became a ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''-esque experience that turned the drugs into ''power-ups''.
%%* Some versions of ''{{Tetris}}''.
* ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' is a perfect encapsulation of 1980s Reagan-era conservatism demonizing urban areas as blasted landscapes of crime, corruption, and immorality, with denim-wearing blue-collar white male protagonists taking on pimps, prostitutes, and perverts. The game can be adequately described as Music/LynyrdSkynyrd beating the crap out of the Music/SexPistols.
** An awesome description, to be sure, but likely a case of [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical someone reading way too much into it]]; ''DD'' was made in Japan, where American social politics weren't very high on the radar. What ''was'' deliberately done and is now dated was the old [[TheQuincyPunk "studded leather & mohawk" style punks]] that were everybody's favorite boogeymen in the '80s, but are now just seen as kind of goofy.
* In a near-identical vein, ''VideoGame/RiverCityRansom''; which captures the high school life of the 1980s in a BeatEmUp setting.

[[folder:1980s WesternAnimation]]
* As a general example, virtually any MerchandiseDriven animated show produced in the U.S. from this era will be easy to identify as being a product of the eighties. Regulations on how toys can be advertised to children were lifted during this time, and several toy companies were quick to jump on the bandwagon. The shows from this time were pretty blatant about being narrative toy commercials. The merchandising of animation in later decades became a bit more subtle as more overt consumerism fell out of style.
%%* ''BeverlyHillsTeens''.
%%* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''. Both [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the original cartoon]] and, to a lesser extent, [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles the films]], which showed how '80s pop culture persisted into the early '90s.
%%* ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''
%%* ''RudeDogAndTheDweebs''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne''.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats'', what with Cleo wearing leg warmers, and the 80s pop music cues.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/DenverTheLastDinosaur''.
* ''WesternAnimation/KiddVideo''. As with ''Heathcliff'' (also a show from Creator/DiCEntertainment), the show has Glitter the fairy, a female character wearing leg warmers, not to mention that it plays clips from music videos of the era (though it was mostly the band's).
%%* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster''
* ''GarfieldAndFriends'' prided itself on its pop-culture awareness, with episodes devoted to compact discs overtaking records and liberal references to then-popular shows like ''TheOprahWinfreyShow'' and ''MuppetBabies'' (the latter of which aired immediately before G&F).

!! [[TheNineties 1990s]]

[[folder:1990s Anime]]
* As a general rule, ConspicuousCG. The first anime to make use of CGI at all was the 1983 movie ''Golgo 13: The Professional'' (and only then because it was a newly developed technology and [[RuleOfCool because they felt like it]]), but the technique didn't really start being widely used until the mid-90's, as a shortcut. However, anime was still being produced with traditional cels-n-paint at the time, so the CG tended to be ''really'' obvious, especially in lower-budget shows.
** Even in a relatively high-budget series like ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', the CG elements can be absurdly obvious (anything that spins or rotates, basically).
* ''Manga/GunSmithCats'': The series clearly happens in TheNineties, not only cause the fashions and hairstyles... but also because the action takes place in Chicago, and the entire animation team visited the city to scout locations and take reference photographs. And their attention to detail was so accurate that many Chicago fans of the series can identify the specific time-period the anime was made by certain key features, most notably the construction scaffolding that surrounded the Field Museum of Natural History during that building's renovation.
* ''Shin Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'': Although the show itself is made in TheEighties and it ''shows'', the film was made in TheNineties, and it dates itself when it is mentioned that adult Kyosuke is a war reporter went missing in action taking pictures in TheYugoslavWars.
* Early episodes of ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]'' and the original series in general; they show how 1990s culture spilled over into the early 2000s.
** The same could be said for the games, with the technology and clothing style.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. Izzy's Apple PowerBook-like computer gives one an idea of the time; and the dial-up based methods both later in the season and the movie would become very quaint as broadband caught on very quickly in the early 2000s. The "You've Got Mail!" line from said movie also doesn't have the same impact in the age of Facebook, Website/YouTube, and Twitter.
* In the ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' anime, Genki is clearly shown playing a ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' game on a {{Playstation}} lookalike.
* ''GaoGaiGar'' may have been intended as a GenreThrowback to the SuperRobot genre, but its use of ConspicuousCG places it here as well.

[[folder:1990s Comic Books]]
* The first arc of ''WildCATS'' has Dan Quayle (or, rather, a Daemonite impersonating him) as a big mover-and-shaker in the plot, references to his infamous misspelling of "potato" included. A few issues later, a LawyerFriendlyCameo features the recently remarried [[Comicbook/XMen Jean Grey and Scott Summers]] -- yeah, this was 1992 alright.
** Since {{Wildstorm}} moved from Image to DC in 1999, everything involving Image characters in the Wildstorm books is automatically dated between 1992 (when Image started in the first place) and then.
* ''ComicBook/{{Cable}}'' #1 unintentionally and uncomfortably dates itself to 1993 by mentioning offhandedly [[HarsherInHindsight the destruction of the World Trade Center]], [[TooSoon not long after]] [[RippedFromTheHeadlines the bombing that same year]].
* The short lived children's comic [[http://ukcomics.wikia.com/wiki/Cosmic Cosmic]] came into (and ended its) existence at roughly the turn of the century. The main "Captain Cosmic" strip managed to avoid this (being a parody of the SpaceOpera genre) aside from a few references (Wrigley's "juicy fruit" flavoured chewing gum being a subtle one). But the back up strip, "Taliska's Travels in Time", used then contemporary references as a source of gags (for example, one issue had them find a monastery of monks in Ancient China singing the lyrics to Aqua's "Barbie Girl", with the explanation being they could see into the future -they also namechecked the ''Music/TheSpiceGirls'' for good measure).

[[folder:1990s Film]]
* ''Film/TheMatrix'': the world inside of the Matrix is in the year 1999, and it certainly looks very, very '90s. The computers are all boxy, the monitors CRT, and the mobile phone that Morpheus first calls Neo on is big, blocky, and has an antenna. The club that Neo meets Trinity in dripping with IndustrialMetal aesthetic, and the credits song is by Music/RageAgainstTheMachine. This could arguably qualify as an intentional example, though, since the machines are said to have specifically chosen the simulation to take place in that period. Presumably, the reason is because it was [[TechnologyMarchesOn before the internet took off]], since one could imagine that, with the net to allow people around the world to discuss the strange artificiality of their surrounding, the number of people figuring out the truth and breaking out of the Matrix would skyrocket.
* Creator/TimBurton's ''{{Batman}}'' films present a mixed bag. The first movie (which is actually from 1989, not the '90s, but enough hairsplitting) has held up pretty well, in large part due to the 1940s style in the production design and more (heck, one scene shows a character reading a newspaper with the date 1947!)...but the "smooth funk" songs by {{Prince}} on the soundtrack do ''not'' help. Nor do some magazine covers we see: a 1980s-font cover of ''Time'' and a ''very'' '70s/'80s-looking cover of ''Vogue''. And the HellBentForLeather fashion sense of TheJoker's gang looks more than a little cheesy today, partly because leather jackets have become not only socially acceptable, but so commonplace that they're hardly noticed anymore. Things get worse with ''BatmanReturns'': the script mentions murderer Ted Bundy (who had been executed just a few years earlier), Alfred suggests that Bruce Wayne switch the TV channel to ''Series/LoveConnection'', and in one crowd scene the camera briefly passes over a young man wearing a jacket with a picture of Gogo Dodo from ''TinyToonAdventures'', as if the filmmakers were daring us: "Betcha can't catch us trying to date this film!"
* ''Film/HomeAlone'', pegged to the early 1990s thanks to a lack of cell phones that, if not for some AppliedPhlebotinum, would have made the movie a really short one. Also, the lax airport security indicates a pre-9/11 setting.
* ''Film/OfficeSpace'' has a great deal of technology still in use in the late 1990s (CRT monitors, floppy disks, as well as the use of Traveler's checks to transfer money) that immediately date the setting, and a soundtrack largely consisting of 90s rap.
* TheViewAskewniverse, specifically, ''Film/{{Clerks}}'', ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'', and ''Film/ChasingAmy.'' KevinSmith admits as much at the beginning of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzyZFgQa_rg&NR=1&feature=fvwp this interview]], when he says that ''Clerks'' "...could only exist in the era that it was created." ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' and ''Film/ClerksII'' are both homages to the era.
* ''Film/{{Clueless}}'' is a mix of this and ''Intentional'' PeriodPiece. Yes, the {{grunge}} and [[GenreMotif/HipHop hip-hop]] fashions and ubiquitous cell phones establish it as a '90s film, but much of the music is actually from TheEighties, and Cher Horowitz would likely feel right at home in a movie like ''Film/ValleyGirl''. One of the more subtle notes that pins this to the '90s is the character of Christian, who is gay and whose tendency to dress stylishly is cited as clear proof of his sexuality, firmly placing the movie in a period before the metrosexual ideal took off.
* ''Film/EmpireRecords'', [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-movie-soundtracks-that-put-actual-movie-to-shame_p2/ as noted]] by ''Website/{{Cracked}}''. They refer to the experience of watching the film today as being "like stepping inside a Gen-X time capsule with Matt Pinfield," chiefly because of its mid '90s alt-rock soundtrack but also due to its "''Film/RealityBites''/''Film/{{Singles}}'' in high school" plot.
%%* ''Film/{{Bio-Dome}}''.
* ''FIlm/SpiceWorld'' belongs in that moment when the Music/SpiceGirls were ''huge''.
* ''Film/CoolAsIce'', like the later ''Spice World'', could only have been made when Music/VanillaIce was at his most popular. Today the film is so early-1990s it's painful.
* ''Film/{{Airheads}}'' really captures the music scene of the early '90s. Prominent references are made to, among other things, ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', Rodney King, Creator/BeaArthur, and Creator/{{MTV}} being primarily associated with music. Classic '90s toys like Stretch Armstrong and a Game Gear are seen. In addition, the plot involves the only copy of a demo reel being a cassette tape in the possession of someone who can't be easily located because she doesn't have a cell phone.
%%* ''Film/SurfNinjas''
* ''{{Slacker}}'' perfectly defines the alternative culture of the early '90s, including the lingering effects of the late '80s.
* ''Film/{{Singles}}'' is an ode to the nascent grunge scene.
* ''Film/StayTuned'', in which cable and satellite TV are presented as a brand-new technology (which they were for many middle-class people in the decade), and satellite dishes took up a sizable fraction of the backyard. Furthermore, its TV show parodies are largely based on shows (''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', ''Series/NorthernExposure'', Creator/{{MTV}}, Wrestling/HulkHogan-era ProfessionalWrestling, and [[ActorAllusion of course]] ''Series/ThreesCompany'') that were well-known in the two decades before 1992, the year the film came out.
* ''HumanTraffic'' was created with this purpose in mind, although this may be an inversion of the trope as it doesn't rely on cultural references or fashion, but more the mindset of the time.
* Nearly anything by Creator/SpikeLee.
* ''Film/{{Antitrust}}'', being a film revolving around what was then the hot new technology of 2000/2001, was bound to fall into this. Not only is a great time capsule of late '90s computer culture and the general cultural climate of the "dot-com" boom (which ended around the time the film came out), but the big new technology that the film revolves around, a network capable of linking all of the world's computers, cell phones, and other electronic gadgets, has been old hat for several years now thanks to the development and proliferation of smartphones, tablets, [=WiFi=], and similar technologies.
* ''Film/{{Hackers}}'': the music and tech-talk all date the film, as well as the idea that hackers are a strange and exotic community of brilliant hipsters rather than dime-a-dozen assholes.
* ''Film/{{Airborne}}'', which was made at the height of the in-line skating craze. Plus, it feels like a commercial from the '90s.
* ''Film/CantHardlyWait'', to the point where the special edition DVD comes complete with a '90s trivia game to lampshade this fact.
* ''ShesAllThat'', another teen movie that contains Freddie Prinze Jr. as the main character, mentions of TheRealWorld, a Creator/SarahMichelleGellar cameo, Usher as a DJ, Matthew Lillard playing a [[LargeHam hammy Scream-like character]], for heck's sake, look at the poster tagline! "Hip, smart and hilarious".
* ''Film/WaynesWorld'' and its sequel thanks to its pop culture references, depiction of the music industry, and especially the ShowWithinAShow modeled after the public access boom of the time.
* ''Film/YouveGotMail''. The title alone immediately dates it to that period when America Online was the biggest ISP in the country. It also centers around the booming expansion of big-box chain bookstores, which today are in freefall thanks mostly to the internet.
%%* ''Film/TheNeverendingStory III: Escape From Fantasia'' is so painfully '90s.
* ''Film/RealityBites'' is another ode to 90's-era Generation X, a bunch of feckless hipsters without any significant obstacles in their life, who are overeducated and underprepared to live in the real world.
* ''WesternAnimation/FernGully'' is a pretty good encapsulation of the rhetorical excesses of the '90s environmental movement (same message as ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'', but in movie form).
* The first ''Film/AmericanPie'' movie was made in 1999, a time when adolescent boys used [[PoorMansPorn grainy, scrambled cable channels]] and [[PornStash print magazines]] as masturbation aids, when streaming video and [[MemeticMutation internet memes]] (like Jim's HomePornMovie GoneHorriblyWrong) were still cute novelties, and when people could be forgiven for thinking that [[ArtisticLicenseGeography Czechoslovakia was still one country]]. The fourth film, ''American Reunion'', lampshades this during the scene where Jim returns to his childhood bedroom for the first time in years; the computer is an old brick with a bulky, plug-in webcam, and his PornStash sits hidden under an old issue of ''Consumer Reports'' hyping [[MillenniumBug the Y2K problem]].
* ''Film/FallingDown''. Smog chokes the UsefulNotes/LosAngeles cityscape on a 110-degree day as Creator/HowardStern blares through construction sites and tinny car radios and flashy rollerbladers go by along the cluttered beach. The opening scene practically plays out like a MisterSandmanSequence for 1993. That's not even mentioning the motivation of the VillainProtagonist, who lost his job at a defense contractor due to TheGreatPoliticsMessUp [[WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell removing the need and justification for the Reagan era's military spending]], a major plot point that could only have worked at a very specific point in history. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiY-q6Wafgg The trailer]] even lampshades it:
-->"Life in the '90s got you down?"
* ''Film/{{Showgirls}}'' came out in 1995, and is a time capsule of the final days of "old" Las Vegas. The premise of an anti-heroine finding stardom in a showgirl revue at the Stardust Hotel and Casino was completely dated well before the resort was imploded in 2007; at the TurnOfTheMillennium, such shows were marginalized/put out of business by the more elaborate, ambitious, and classier productions of Siegfried and Roy, Creator/CirqueDuSoleil, Music/BlueManGroup, and others like them. No hotel newer than the Luxor (opened 1993) appears, and characters drive on downtown's Fremont Street (by the time the film hit theaters, it became a pedestrian-only thoroughfare).
* ''Film/FightClub'' has several things that date it, including technology (no one seems to have a cell phone, Project Mayhem plays pranks on stores selling CRT monitors and VHS tapes) and attitudes about airport security (the narrator is surprised and confused when his luggage is held because of a perceived security risk). Tyler's speech about how his generation has "no great war and no great depression" also firmly places it in a time of relative peace and economic prosperity. Most importantly, though, its themes were in large part an exploration of a popular meme in TheNineties, the idea that [[RatedMForManly "traditional" masculinity]] was in collapse as a result of the ever-growing penetration of technology and the modern world. The film (and the book it was based on) was largely a {{deconstruction}} of those ideas, and of the men's movement that emerged out of them.
* In ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'', Billy is marked as a suspect [[spoiler:(correctly, as it turns out)]] because he is found to have a cell phone on him. Nowadays this is laughable, but in 1996 cell phones were still luxury items that were only owned by rich kids and businessmen, making it easier to narrow down a killer whose M.O. was to make [[EvilPhone threatening phone calls]] before offing his victims.
** This trope is also referenced in the second film. The rise of caller ID ([[TheRedStapler attributable, in part]], to [[ParanoiaFuel the first film's success]]) means that Sidney is able to easily identify a prank caller posing as Ghostface and tell him off.
* ''HigherLearning'', John Singleton's 1995 follow-up to ''BoyzNTheHood'' and ''PoeticJustice''. Even if you can ignore the hairstyles of the male characters, which by themselves date this film, there is also the heavily closeted lesbian relationship - not to mention the (literally) black-and-white racial politics and general exaggeration and cartoonishness, which will have "[[PoorMansSubstitute poor man's]] Creator/SpikeLee" spilling from your mouth within seconds.
* ''Terminator2JudgmentDay'' has GunsNRoses blaring in John Connor's boombox and a few guys wearing colorful early '90s clothes. And it is [[NextSundayAD supposedly set in 1994-95]], ten years after the original (the film itself came out in 1991).
* ''Film/{{Volcano}}'': The film's portrayal of racial tensions in post-Rodney King UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, particularly the ending scene where the ash makes it impossible to tell the color of anybody's skin, mark it as a product of a period in the mid '90s when racial issues were at the forefront of national discussion.

[[folder:1990s Jokes]]
* What do you call a constipated German? "Far-from-poopin'" ("[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fahrvergn%C3%BCgen Fahrvergnügen]]" was an advertising slogan for Volkswagen, loosely meaning "The joy of driving")

[[folder:1990s LiveActionTV]]
* ''The ArsenioHall Show'' is certainly a product of the first half of TheNineties, from the guests to the politics to the music to Arsenio's hair and fashion sense. ''The RosieODonnell Show'' similarly reflects the second half of the decade.
* ''Series/TheBenStillerShow'', especially the first episode, where they make fun of commercials you have to have been around in the early 90s to even remember. Even beyond that, there's various dated references, like "The Grungies", a parody of Franchise/TheMonkees with a {{Grunge}} band, or a parody of ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', with Creator/BenStiller playing both JasonPriestly and LukePerry.
* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'' and its SpinOff, ''Series/MelrosePlace''. Really, just watch them now, and you will see.
* The early seasons of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' don't so much ''scream'' "1990s" as they beat you with a sledgehammer labeled "1990s" and perhaps [[Machinima/RedVsBlue teamkill you with a tank]]. The effect gradually fades as the seasons progress, though. The same is also true of SpinOff ''Series/{{Angel}}'', on an accelerated scale.
* ''ClarissaExplainsItAll'', particularly in the fashions, but also the fact that nobody has a cell phone or has ever even ''heard'' of one.
* ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' is very much a product of the 90s, from the Jim Henson Company's work on bringing the characters to life, to its veiled references to the social issues of the day (the first Gulf War, drugs, environmentalism, etc.). It basically was to the 90's what ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' was to the 60's.
* ''FistOfFun'' has a few points that date it to the 1990s; the Simon Quinlank Hobbies sketch where his hobby is to destroy all computers so that "nerds" will have to stop surfing the internet and go back to real hobbies. And the spoof Events Listings (full of nonsense events on in the next week) at the end spoofed real end credit listings designed to be paused on a VHS tape.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', especially the early seasons, which had frequent references to early-1990s politics-related things such as Desert Storm and Dan Quayle, and celebrity scandals such as Zsa Zsa Gabor's slapping of a police officer and evangelist Jimmy Swaggart's arrest for solicitation.
** Special note must go to Will Smith's wardrobe, especially in the earlier seasons. It was considered eccentric even for the time, but in an unquestionably 90s way, what with the flamboyant (often neon) color schemes and being generally two sizes too big.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'', whilst not in itself very topical, did manage to capture the burgeoning coffee shop scene of that era as well as gentrification of New York's brownstones under Giuliani.
** Many, many shots of the World Trade Center towers.
** In Season 1 finale "TOW Rachel Finds Out", Rachel is able to go all the way to Ross's departure gate when Ross is leaving for China and when Ross is coming back.
** Season 1, especially, has some ''very'' dated haircuts and fashions. Just witness Chandler's neon flannel shirt in "TOW The Dozen Lasagnas" or Joey's post-grunge haircut in "The Pilot."
** In Season 2's "TOW Five Steaks And An Eggplant", the gang loses their minds with excitement over a Hootie And The Blowfish concert. To be fair, Hootie was probably the biggest band in the country when the episode aired (their debut album "Cracked Rear View" had sold more than 10 million copies in the US by then, despite being released only one year prior). So it's easy to see why the writers assumed they would have more staying power than they did.
* ''FullHouse'': As mentioned under TheEighties, it bridged that decade and TheNineties and is a great example of just how long it took for Eighties style to die out.
* ''Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes'', by virtue of being a topical political satire show, gets this in spades. The series [[LongRunner started]] when Kim Campbell became Canada's first Prime Minister (in 1993), and was heavily prevalent on minor scandals and political drama that can seem incomprehensible to mondern audiences. So much so, in fact, that it hasn't received any DVD releases after season 2 due to low sales.
* The 1990 BBC special ''Hyperland'' was actually perhaps a few years ahead of its time, as it was all about the possibilities of hypertext and easy computer access to information databases, two foundational concepts of what would come to be known as the internet. This is putting aside the fact that the co-presenters were Creator/DouglasAdams and Creator/TomBaker, who are now nowhere even close to how big they were in the late 80s and very early 90s.
* ''Series/InLivingColor'' is this, since it's a topical sketch comedy show with a particular focus on African-American celebrities and topics. All the skits in the 1992-93 season premiere deal with the previous summer's riots in Los Angeles in the wake of the Rodney King verdict, for instance.
* ''Series/TheLarrySandersShow'', to the point where characters casually mention world-changing events on a [[AluminumChristmasTrees conspicuous]] basis.
* ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' and the rest of the Zordon-era ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' series (''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'') relied heavily on early-to-mid 90s culture, clothing and slang.
** Sister series ''Series/VRTroopers'' is even worse, as its premise is essentially 'virtual reality can create anything,' but even beyond that, at one point the characters bemoan the fact that they cannot contact one another at any time, being dependent on pay phones and landlines, resulting in a specific piece of tech being created for them, the VR-[=VTs=]. The complete lack of cell phones place the show blatantly in the early nineties.
* ''Series/MurphyBrown'', particularly for the early '90s. Just like ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' and ''TMNT'', it's also a good example of [[TwoDecadesBehind how the eighties didn't immediately fade out]]. This is particularly apparent when looking at the fashionable female presenters.
** ''Murphy Brown'' might go the extra mile of being an '''intentional''' period piece, as the newsroom setting almost guaranteed that a large chunk of the show's material would be ruthlessly topical about politics and entertainment. This has been to the show's detriment; with a large chunk of the show's material falling flat without context, the show has struggled to gain a foothold in syndication or in DVD sales (the first season's sales were so low, the remainder are unlikely to ever see the light of day.) Notably, ever since {{Dan Quayle}} became little more than a political footnote, the shows infamous [[TakeThat tirade against him]] is completely deflated.
* ''Series/MySoCalledLife'' is a time capsule for teen angst in the '90s. Especially with the way it handles issues like gay acceptance and bullying.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' has a lot of jokes that reference events and pop culture of the 1990s. This includes references to Zsa Zsa Gabor's arrest, the Rodney King beating, and {{Creator/Gallagher}}.
* ''TheNanny'', the clothes and fashion are obvious enough, but they also made a lot of topical references to scandals such as the John Wayne Bobbitt story, the OJ Simpson trial, and the Menendez brothers that made it clear the show started in 1992.
* ''Series/PopUpVideo'', pre-{{revival}}, smacks of mid-to-late '90s special effects and commentary. Not only that, but several of the blurbs and trivia were rendered out of date by 2000.
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'', like ''TMNT'', is a terrific example of how [[TheEighties 1980s]] pop culture "hung over" into the early [[TheNineties '90s]]. Zack's "brick" cellphone is a prime example - in the early '90s, the idea of a high-school kid with his own cellphone bordered on ridiculous, and the joke was that he was such a [[HighSchoolHustler hustler]] that he could invest in an executive-level business tool. Now it's the size of the thing that's the joke.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. An unfortunate byproduct of its desire to mine humor from the small details of regular life is that it marks itself rather unavoidably as being of its time:
** For example, one episode ("The Bubble Boy") has Jerry and Elaine getting lost when the car they are following to their destination goes through a light turning red that they have to stop at. Modern viewers can be excused for having no idea why this would be a problem at all; GPS would solve this problem, as would cell phones. Jerry and crew having neither immediately marks the show as mid-90s. (And for you younger readers -- yes, this used to happen. You had to hope that the person you were following would notice you weren't behind them any more and pull over to wait for you.)
** The finale featured a bit where Elaine is reprimanded by Jerry for calling someone to ask about their health on a cell phone. With the ubiquity of cell phones in the new millennium, it seems almost laughably outdated to suggest that calling someone on a cell phone rather than a home phone would be seen as rude.
** "The Puerto Rican Day Parade" heavily features a guy with a laser pointer as a plot point. The fact that the laser pointer is treated as being an interesting and cool novelty dates the episode pretty clearly to a time when such things generally weren't purchased at dollar stores.
** Any episodes involving airports are solidly pegged as pre-9/11 due to the fact that the characters are always shown as waiting right outside arrival gates. As well as the fact that it, like any other show set in New York City, is bound to feature a shot of the Twin Towers.
* ''{{Spaced}}'' perfectly captured the lives of the {{Playstation}} (1) generation of kidults and late Nineties Britain.
* ''StepByStep''. This one ran from 1991 till 1998, so it gives you examples of the fashions, music, and other trends from across pretty much the whole decade.
* ''Series/TheStreet'', a short-lived drama about the lives of high-powered Wall Street executives, had this in spades:
** The decentralization of Wall Street is played up as something that's incredibly bizarre to the main character, as he expresses confusion when two brokers point out how they can trade stocks from the comfort of their luxury boat.
** TechnologyMarchesOn is in frequent effect. Characters are seen [[ProductPlacement hyping]] the latest technology. The firm's chief broker pulls out a Palm Pilot and taps away at it while an employee looks at the device admiringly in the pilot, while the design of the office and tickers heavily evoke 90's-era tech. Meanwhile, a VHS tape (in a large clamshell case, no less) is used as the impetus for Mitchell to break up with his girlfriend in another episode.
** ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' makes up a plotline in one episode - Mitchell identifies an exotic dancer because he "saw (her) at [=XenaCon=] a few months back". There are also frequent references to popular films of the era like ''Film/{{Gattaca}}''.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'', especially in the early seasons, mostly due to a bad case of TechnologyMarchesOn. The show was infamous for showcasing new technology; cell phones, computers, e-mail, the internet, and various other items are seen in every episode from season 1 through season 9. Unfortunately, season 1 was in 1993. They were very good about updating their technology -- season 8 episodes (2001) see flat-screen Apple computers -- but just the sheer size and appearance of the technology in early and mid-seasons is enough to date it horribly.\\
On top of that, there's also the values of the show. It was made in a post-ColdWar environment where the big buzzword was the "new world order", [[GeorgeHWBush Bush Senior]]'s term to describe the new, American-dominated state of global affairs where capitalism reigned supreme -- and coincidentally, also a term used by {{conspiracy theorist}}s to describe the EvilPlan of the conspiracy. The [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic militia movement]] and their pet conspiracy theories were at their peak during this era, especially after President BillClinton was [[CaughtWithYourPantsDown caught with his pants down]]. It's been said that the real death blow for the show was the 9/11 attacks and TheWarOnTerror removing that environment from the mainstream, consigning it to the radical fringes of society and making it somewhat disrespectful to openly support. (Until TheNewTens, that is...)

[[folder:1990s Literature]]
* Several ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' books come across like this, due to the author's fondness for real contemporary pop culture references, as well as some situations that would be [[TechMarchesOn greatly changed by advancing technology]] (especially cell-phones). Probably the most blatant example was ''The Warning'', with a plot that heavily involves the internet as it existed during the mid-nineties.
** Also plenty of scenes that, uh, evoke a pre-9/11 sensibility. Several planes get crashed into buildings. Also -- hilariously -- when they travel to the future, the only recognizable building still standing in Manhattan is the World Trade Center. Whoops.
** The ''Animorphs'' series was being rewritten, apparently replacing jokes and references from the 1990s with more modern ones. However, it's possible that 90s technology like the lack of cameraphones or Facebook made it harder for the current generation to connect. The rewrites stopped at 7, with 8 being axed after preorders were taken.
* Almost anything by Creator/DavidFosterWallace.
* Creator/MichaelCrichton's 1994 novel ''Disclosure'' has a plot that features the main character trying to clear his name when accused of sexual harassment by a female coworker; while he is innocent and she is the real instigator of the harassment, with a history of harassing male coworkers that the company has been covering up due to her value, he is told in the beginning that his case is paper thin due to the idea of a female sexually harassing a male being completely unheard of, and that in in sexual harassment cases everybody automatically takes the female's side, especially if it delves into a "He-say-she-says" territory. Fast forward to twenty years later, where the idea that women are just as capable of sexual harassment as men has near-universal acceptance (at least in the western world) and companies' sexual harassment policies follow the idea that harassment can happen between any two people, even people of the same gender, and give individual harassment cases much more equal merit, and this novel now reads like a ridiculous piece of Pulp Fiction. Add in that the company in question is a pre-internet high technology company that is developing a Virtual Reality machine and is scrambling to iron out production defects on a new CD-ROM drive to place this novel firmly in the mid-1990s.
* Creator/ConnieWillis's ''Literature/{{Bellwether}}''--written in the mid-90s, its narrator is a sociologist researching fads, so the book is a perfect time capsule of fashions in ''everything''. Remember hair wraps? Sunflowers on everything? The spread of Seattle-style coffee houses? Notably, e-mail is treated more as a gimmick than anything, and the narrator speculates about the way that attitudes to smoking will change in future... and gets it wrong (so far!)
* ''Literature/{{Glamorama}}'' by BretEastonEllis, especially whenever a person who was considered famous at the time is mentioned.
* ''{{Goosebumps}}'' is full of references to the 90s, and ''Blog/BloggerBeware'' makes a tally out of all the 90s references a book makes at the end of its review.
* The early ''StephaniePlum'' books were written in, and take place in TheNineties, and almost feel like throwbacks to TheEighties. The title character doesn't get a cellphone until book 3 or so.
* In the Creator/TimPowers book ''Literature/LastCall'', a major character drives around in an SUV, which the protagonist describes as if the reader has never seen one before, occasionally calling it a "Jeepy-type vehicle." The book was published in 1992, a few years before the SUV explosion.

[[folder:1990s Music]]
* Music/{{Megadeth}}'s "Foreclosure of a Dream" and Ministry's "N.W.O." both sample speeches from then-current president George H.W. Bush.
* Music/MichaelJackson's video for "Black or White", made in 1991, was initially notorious for its crotch-grabbing coda, but nowadays is almost as notorious for all the then-awesome, now-lame (or mundane) elements that were its big selling points:
** [[Film/HomeAlone Macaulay Culkin]] as a kid rocking out to a guest guitar solo by [[Music/GunsNRoses Slash]], and [[Series/{{Cheers}} George Wendt]] as his disapproving dad.
** Culkin lip-syncing to the song's [[AWildRapperAppears rap bridge]] while multi-racial kids in pastel "street" gear dance around him and Jackson on a brownstone stoop.
** Big and small sequences built around CGI morphing effects just months after ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' introduced them to the masses.
** The quick epilogue featuring [[TheSimpsons Bart and Homer Simpson]], complete with a "Chill out, homeboy!" from the former.
* The video for {{Hanson}}'s "[=MMMbop=]" features glimpses of a '90s desktop PC and "whale" Chevy Caprice taxi as well as a payphone and clips of the guys rollerblading.
* John Hiatt's "Shredding the Document" (from the album ''Walk On'' released in 1995) has the line "The twentieth century's closing," as well as references to Larry King and Oprah Winfrey ('90s talk show hosts).
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpMvS1Q1sos "It's All About the Pentiums"]] was made to be humorous in the first place, but unsurprisingly has become a period piece of 1990s computing. TechnologyMarchesOn, and the things the singer brags about are now quaint memories: Pentiums[[note]]Pentium processors are still used as a middle-range processor, just hardly worth bragging about[[/note]], a T1 line, Y2K, Floppy Diskettes, a modem, Creator/SarahMichelleGellar being a TeenIdol and geek hearrthrob, a "32-bit-world", and mentioning a newsgroup called "alt.total-loser". On the bright side, having 100 gig of ram and a 40-inch monitor is still very impressive.
* The video for Music/{{Blink 182}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ht5RZpzPqw "All the Small Things"]], a parody of late '90s {{boy band}}s whose subject matter marks it as being very clearly of that time.

[[folder:1990s Other]]
%%* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGYcNcFhctc This Windows 95 video guide with Jennifer Aniston.]] ALL of it.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8F495aMd50&feature=related The infamous]] post-{{Columbine}} (and pre-skinny jeans) ExtendedDisarming video produced by a manufacturer of metal detectors.

[[folder:1990s Theatre]]
* Eric Bogosian's ''subUrbia''. So much that Bogosian wrote a new version of the play set in the post-9/11 and the Iraq War
* ''{{RENT}}''. The movie, at least, starts on Christmas Eve 1989, but the show has always been synonymous with TheNineties. The repeated references to VirtualReality as [[NewMediaAreEvil an evil takeover plot]] by TheMan are downright HilariousInHindsight. AIDS spreading like wildfire to several of the characters (and being a short-term death sentence) is less hilarious, but pegs the action just as firmly in the early 1990s. Benny's desire to sleep with Mimi, who he knows to be infected, is arguably the worst case. It's also important to note that a large part of the reason so many people contracted AIDS in the [[TheNineties 1990s]] was because it took a while for accurate information about how HIV spreads to become common knowledge, and even longer for preventatives to become easy to get (and that's not even getting into the fact that, because it was mostly known as a "gay disease" at the beginning [[HeteronormativeCrusader a lot of people in the government]] and other positions of power considered it a ''good thing''). Also, plenty of HIV negative people are in sexual relationships with HIV positive people, although it was much more dangerous back then, since so little was known.

[[folder:1990s VideoGames]]
* ''CrazyTaxi'', made in 1999, establishes itself as a product of '90s pop culture with [[AwesomeMusic/SixthGeneration its soundtrack]] by TheOffspring and BadReligion, its over-the-top TotallyRadical attitude, and the ProductPlacement by, among others, Tower Records (which shut down in 2006 after years of financial troubles).
* Many games centered around [[MascotWithAttitude mascots with attitude]], most notably ''SonicTheHedgehog'', thanks to their TotallyRadical-ness becoming more noticeable once the pop culture trends they were based on have passed by.
** In Sonic's case it was more the marketing and his characterization in the {{Animated Adaptation}}s that were period pieces than the games themselves.
* The ''VideoGame/DukeNukem'' series. Interestingly, ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' wound up becoming this despite having been released [[DevelopmentHell eleven years after the '90s ended]] -- though it took on many modern gameplay innovations (two guns, RegeneratingHealth) over the long course of its development, the humor and "style" of the game remained squarely in the '90s, something that caused a fair bit of ValuesDissonance with 2011 reviewers.
* The Make My Video series of games on the [[OtherSegaSystems Sega CD]] reek of early-nineties pop culture and [[TotallyRadical slang]]. The fact that their entire premise is making videos for {{One Hit Wonder}}s like [[MarkWahlberg Marky Mark]] really doesn't help.
* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', Zangief's home country is the U.S.S.R., which disolved nine months after the game was released. Later updates and ports continued to refer to the U.S.S.R., cementing the game in 1991.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'' falls into the same, with much of the plot making a big deal about how Cold War-era East vs. West tensions have screwed up the lives of almost every character present, when the actual Cold War ended a year after the game came out (despite the game itself [[AlternateHistory supposedly taking place in 1999]]).
* The clothing styles, especially for the heroes, and technology levels in ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' really date it in the late 90s, though the remakes look more modern. The latter narrowly avoided this even more by removing the skateboard element they were planning to have.
* ''VideoGame/{{Action 52}}'' is this by having a game based on Operation Desert Storm, firmly setting it in 1991.
* ''VideoGame/ComixZone'', due to the comic book aesthetic, the protagonist's fashion sense, and the grunge soundtrack.
* Creator/WorkingDesigns routinely inserted pop culture references into its localizations, including references to real people. Some have aged better than others.

[[folder:1990s WebOriginal]]
* [[http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com/gorgeous-websites-from-the-late-90s-to-inspire-you-if-you-have-no-taste.html '90s web page design]] is almost a trope in and of itself, and when it's used as a comparison, it's usually not a compliment. The technology was inferior, and web page design was still a very new art form. Visiting one of these websites through the Wayback Machine really is like stepping back in time.
** The website for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj6x9vwi23o Janus Capital Group]] (featured in the above link) is a case in point. Not only is the web page design primitive, but the site indulges in stereotypical '90s {{Totally Radical}}-tude, featuring lots of scenes of and references to "extreme" mountain biking -- on the website for an ''investment firm''. Even [[Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet Jordan Belfort]] would've found it tacky.
** Not long ago, a blogger found that the official Warner Bros. website for ''Film/SpaceJam'' had not been updated since 1996. [[http://www2.warnerbros.com/spacejam/movie/jam.htm It certainly looks it.]]
* [=JenniCAM=]. Remember when broadcasting your everyday life over a webcam was a novelty?

[[folder:1990s WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch''. From promoting Anna Kournikova and Elizabeth Hurley as the internet's top two pinups, to billing the long-separated Creator/BruceWillis[=/=]Creator/DemiMoore and Creator/TomCruise[=/=]Creator/NicoleKidman as two of Hollywood's biggest power couples, to featuring a fight between UsefulNotes/BillClinton and Kenneth Starr to finally settle the Lewinsky scandal, it is impossible for ''Celebrity Deathmatch'' to escape the turn-of-the-New-Millennium time period in which it aired. The show's pop culture reference-based humor is extremely dated and many of the celebrities featured are now far past their fame. To millennials who don't have a decent understanding of late '90s pop culture, this show is a hard watch.
** The relaunch that aired on [=MTV2=] likewise dates itself to the mid '00s, and will likely see the same fate as the original series. The first episode alone is built entirely around parodies of the long-canceled and largely forgotten shows ''The Simple Life'' and ''Series/VivaLaBam'', while other fights are about such TurnOfTheMillennium ephemera as ''Series/TheOsbournes'', ''Series/PimpMyRide'', [[Series/DaAliGShow Ali G]], crunk rap, Music/BritneySpears' public meltdown, and the [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Major League Baseball]] steroid scandal. One fight did reflect how the aforementioned Bruce Willis and Demi Moore had broken up... with the fight being between Willis and [[Series/{{Punkd}} Ashton Kutcher]], Demi's new lover (a relationship that ended in 2013).
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' is laden with contemporary early 90's pop culture references, very much in keeping with the tradition set by ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' (and for some reason occasionally had references from that era). While other Warner Bros. cartoons of the period made many of their pop culture references to figures and events of the past and thus weren't as obviously products of TheNineties, ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'''s penchant for lampooning political figures make it age very poorly and some jokes in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' are similarly dated ("Baloney and Kids" - which is itself only mildly dated - made two jokes about the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan fiasco of 1994).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', for the mid-late '90s, to the point of having [[http://www.dariawiki.org/wiki/index.php?title=Datedness_of_Daria a page on the fandom's wiki]] about it. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zq1D6xSQ8Ok remarked]] that it's the sort of show that could only have existed in the '90s, as that was the era when "[[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] alternative-ness" was in fashion among young people. This is especially true when watching [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes old video tapes and bootlegs]] of ''Daria'' before the DVD release, as all of the incidental music was composed of popular songs from the era. The DVD release would have never gotten permission for all of the music without making it prohibitively expensive, so it was given new incidental music.
* ''AGoofyMovie'', thanks to a combination of FashionDissonance (especially the flannel shirts and boys' hair that's parted in the middle) and the very '90s-sounding FakeBand "Powerline" that features heavily in the story.
* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam!'', which probably contributes to its lack of life in reruns.[[note]] Well, that, and [[ScrewedByTheLawyers a whole bunch of annoying rights issues]].[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' shows cassette-tape systems and boomboxes whenever there's in-universe music. Famously, Helga's father runs Big Bob's ''Beeper'' Emporium, having built his successful business on technology that couldn't be more [[TheNineties nineties]]. Additionally, one episode has Gerald telling Arnold that he'll call him later, saying that he'll ring twice [[note]](ring, hang up after one ring, immediately re-call, a TruthInTelevision technique for phones without caller [=IDs=])[[/note]] to let Arnold know it's Gerald calling. Caller [=IDs=] are standard for phones nowadays.
* A lot of the early ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episodes feature 90s references. For example when the adults watch a movie on video they say "that [[Creator/GeneSiskel bald guy]] liked it, but the [[Creator/RogerEbert fat guy]] didn't".
* ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' is undeniably 90s. From the style, to the references, and everything inbetween. In case that's not enough, the World Trade Center towers are ''in the opening title sequence''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' is a good encapsulation of the mid-'90s. Most of the bad movies Jay reviews parody real movies that came out over 1991-94. New York City is portrayed as ''merely'' a dump, not a terrible ViceCity like in ''Film/MidnightCowboy'' or ''Film/TaxiDriver'', with Manhattan actually shown to have some artistic merit. BillClinton jokes are made, but not Bill Clinton sex jokes, just Bill Clinton fat hillbilly jokes. Kids play video games on consoles and Jay uses a cordless phone, but no one uses a computer. And Margo dates a {{Grunge}} artist in one episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', especially the original Nickelodeon version. Most of the clothing and technology are very `90s.
* Early episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', though this was downplayed after the first season. A rare example from the third season (1999) has Gretchen mention posting information on a newsgroup. Nowadays, this would either be Facebook or Twitter, as newsgroups have much fewer users than in the `90s.
* Pretty much any show/movie that features extreme sports, like ''[[AGoofyMovie An Extremely Goofy Movie]]'' or ''RocketPower''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', what with the main characters being parodies of `90s teen metalheads and the MST3K-esque commentary on music videos from that decade.
* Although it's reasonably good at avoiding it, the first ten or so seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' can at times be this. In particular, "Stark Raving Dad" (all of Springfield becomes obsessed with MichaelJackson, dating it pre-summer 1993, due to MJ's drop in popularity domestically after he chose to settle instead of fight a child molestation suit), "Mr Lisa Goes to Washington" (the family meets Barbara Bush, and President George H.W. Bush appears at the end), and "Itchy and Scratchy Land" (a side joke at a '70s disco bar, where Marge notes the bartender looks like JohnTravolta, who looks from side to side and says "Yeah, ''looks'' like." is very pre-1994 and Travolta's CareerResurrection in ''Film/PulpFiction'').
** "Itchy & Scratchy Land", in addition to the Travolta reference[[labelnote:*]] The episode came out ''after'' Pulp Fiction hit theatres, but went into production before (''Simpsons'' has a really long lead-time),[[/labelnote]], also shows a cutaway to a completely empty Euro-Itchy & Scratchy Land. This is a reference to the very difficult time Euro-Disney had establishing itself in France; a situation that is today somewhat rectified.

!! [[TheNoughties 2000s]]

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[[folder:2000s Anime & Manga]]
* The infamous English GagDub of ''Anime/GhostStories'' was recorded in 2005, and boy does it ever sound like it. References to the UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush administration, the then-current political landscape of the USA (particularly Texas), the then-still-powerful Fundamentalist Christian groups, Hurricane Katrina, LindsayLohan being called attractive ''unironically'', Scientology, certain now-long-dead [[VideoGame/ZeroWing memes]], and name-dropping of several prominent media personalities.
** One particular ColdOpen that, in the original Japanese, had been silent, was given some LullDestruction in the form of a news-radio broadcast that culminated in referring to popular CNN anchor Anderson Cooper as a closeted homosexual. This became HilariousInHindsight a few years later when Cooper actually ''did'' come out.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', despite being set two centuries in the future, stands out among Gundam shows for being one, thanks to Seiji Mizushima's obsession with being "topical", with many of the conflicts in the show being based around ones that had been in the news at the time and caricatures of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton featuring as the first and second presidents of TheFederation. Particularly amusing was the show's featuring of the Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers; two years after the show premiered, the Indian government utterly ''crushed'' this group in 2009.
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'''s anime was quite reliant on mid-to-late 2000s references.
* While WordOfGod swears up and down they're based on the Ainu people Hiromu Arakawa grew up near as a farm girl in Northern Japan, the Ishvalans of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' and their parallelism to Muslims in the early, madly paranoid and xenophobic days of TheWarOnTerror (as contrasted with the apathy, exhaustion and casual bigotry of the current decade) makes some people wonder. The politicization was then taken UpToEleven in the first anime version, directed by (surprise, surprise) Seiji Mizushima. The Middle East references are laid on much thicker, much more attention is given to Edward (and CanonForeigner Dante)'s militantly atheistic views (Creator/RichardDawkins and other atheist spokesmen were getting a lot of press at the time) and the movie, ''Conqueror of Shamballa'' involves UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, at a time when WWII movies and video games were wildly popular around the developed world.

[[folder:2000s Comics]]
* ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'s origins as a former soldier who was kicked out under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" dates her series to before that policy was repealed.

[[folder:2000s Fan Fiction]]
* ''FanFic/MyImmortal'' has a PresentDayPast, but that "present day" is now dated to the 2006-2007 years in which it was written. Creator/LindsayLohan and Music/HilaryDuff have yet to be displaced by Music/MileyCyrus, the last ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book hasn't come out yet, and ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' is conspicuous by its ''absence''. There's even a mention of Hilary Duff dating [[Music/GoodCharlotte Joel Madden]], dating the story to the two years (2004-2006) in which they were together. Another give away comes in if you're a Music/MyChemicalRomance fan (since they tend to be the band mentioned most in the fic), as most of the songs by the band mentioned in the story are singles off of ''Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge'', MCR's first big mainstream release (though technically their second album[[note]]amusingly, the story never mentions any songs off of MCR's first album, showing that even Tara sticks dominantly to mainstream "punk" and "goff" bands[[/note]]), which came out in 2004. The story makes no references to any songs off of ''The Black Parade'', released in late 2006, meaning most of the story was likely written prior to its release (which goes along well with the other aforementioned facts that date this infamous fanfic).

[[folder:2000s Film]]
* Each of the works in the collective ''oeuvre'' of Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg (except for ''Film/VampiresSuck'', which was released in 2010 and focused on [[Literature/{{Twilight}} one work in particular]]) is one of these not only to the TurnOfTheMillennium, but to the specific year in which it was released. One of the main criticisms of their work is that the pop culture jokes that they rely on become outdated within just a few months, with the things that they're parodying having fallen out of the collective consciousness. Their tendency to base brief parodies on the ''trailers'' to movies that wouldn't be released until well into their own production probably has something to do with it.
** Similarly, the ''Film/ScaryMovie'' franchise, especially the sequels. As [[http://www.joblo.com/digital/dvd_review.php?id=2996 this review]] (written in 2011) puts it:
-->I think the greatest redeeming quality [of ''Scary Movie 4''] is that it works as something of a comedic time capsule from 2006, with so many jokes and cultural references that I had honestly forgotten completely about cheaply exploited for this movie. Like TomCruise going crazy on [[TheOprahWinfreyShow Oprah]] (the only part of the movie that had me near to tears in laughter), it almost makes you feel nostalgic...
* The scene in the first ''Film/SpiderMan'' film where a bunch of New Yorkers come to Spider-Man's aid and one shouts "You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us!" definitely serves as a reminder of the mood of post-9/11 solidarity that was prevalent for over a year or so after the attack. Especially given that that particular scene was [[EnforcedTrope added in post-production]], after the attacks had occurred.
** Interestingly, the movie was very close to being dated to the ''Nineties'', because the original climax involved Spidey fighting Green Goblin on and around the World Trade Center ([[OrwellianRetcon one now-yanked trailer from mid-2001 showed a giant web spanning the Twin Towers]]). After 9/11, the nearly-complete film was hastily kicked back into production to redo the climax, shoot the scene mentioned above, and remove shots of the WTC.
* ''Film/KickAss'' with its many references to MySpace, which had already become dated between the time the movie was filmed and when it was released. (but wasn't that much in the [[Comicbook/KickAss source material]], released in 2008)
* Just look at the soundtrack for ''JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' : *Music/{{NSYNC}}, BackstreetBoys, Aaron Carter, etc. Not to mention Libby's bulky cellphone and a girl group poster in Cindy's room.
** A lot of early 2000's Nickelodeon movies come off as Unintentional Period Pieces. ''Film/SnowDay'', for example, has a soundtrack that's filled with many Britney Spears and N-Sync wannabes like Hoku and 98 Degrees.
* Despite its massive popularity, ''Film/TheHangover'' managed to become this through a brief shot late in the film of a billboard advertising entertainer Danny Gans and his show in Las Vegas. Gans died a month before the film opened.
* The fourth ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' film is starting to look like this, with Myanmar's tentative steps toward political freedom.
* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice''. Much of its humor is directed against targets like Creator/MichaelMoore, [[UsefulNotes/NorthKorea Kim Jong-il]], the films of Creator/MichaelBay, anti-war celebrity activists like Creator/GeorgeClooney and Sean Penn, and America's gung-ho behavior in TheWarOnTerror, all of which were political and cultural touchstones of the year (2004) when the film came out. Now that America's (mostly) left Iraq and terrorism has faded from the agenda, it can feel rather dated, especially with Kim Jong-il's death in December 2011.
* The ''Series/AmericanIdol'' fame vehicle ''From Justin to Kelly''. One of the many things that WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick and WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/tis/toddspecials/35198-from-justin-to-kelly-with-nostalgia-chick mocked]] this film for was its portrayal of the internet as something that only nerds used, which was hilariously outdated even in 2003.
-->'''Nostalgia Chick:''' "What kind of ''loser'' does things on the internet?" ''''
* The film ''Film/OldSchool'' begins with a scene of Luke Wilson being held up at airport security after inexplicably triggering the new security measures. At one point a man from the National Guard is summoned, pointing his rifle at Wilson while he is scanned. While most of the post-9/11 security measures are still in place, the National Guard was a fairly temporary measure.
* A major feature of the ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie were its snarky jabs at the slang, music, fashion, and general behavior of college students around the late 90's and early 00's. Except what they were mocking was for the most part over, and already on the way out by the time the movie was released in 2002.
* The ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' series. The fashions, styles, and music in the films seemingly go out of their way to mark them as being products of the '00s, almost as though they were ''Film/{{Grease}}''-esque nostalgia trips made twenty years later.
* ''Film/TheMasterOfDisguise'' has a soundtrack that's filled with 3 early 2000s-era pop songs, and references to many things that were popular or relevant back then, like ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', ''Music/TheBackstreetBoys'', ''Music/BritneySpears'', The Olsen Twins, and ''Series/AllThat'' in a deleted scene.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' has Smash Mouth and The Baha Men on the soundtrack, and it stars Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy, two guys whose careers have cooled off considerably since the movie came out.
* The LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/JosieAndThePussycats'', made in 2001, takes place in a world where {{boy band}}s and {{girl group}}s are the biggest things in pop music, the major labels wield near-supreme control over what becomes popular, Creator/{{MTV}} is still thought of as a music network first, and everyone gets their music from brick-and-mortar record stores. File-sharing isn't even mentioned, despite the fact that Napster was at the peak of its popularity and infamy when the film came out.
* The [[Film/WarOfTheWorlds 2005 adaptation]] of ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', much like the ''Spider-Man'' example above, is an example of a PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie that isn't explicitly about terrorism. The aliens in Creator/StevenSpielberg's version of the story are very obviously meant to be a metaphor for 9/11 and America's feelings of helplessness and insecurity after the attack, and the film employs heavy use of imagery from the disaster to drive that point home.

[[folder:2000s Literature]]
* ''Literature/WorldWarZ''. While the ZombieApocalypse is supposed to begin at an unspecified point in [[NextSundayAD the early 2010s]], and makes some decent guesses as to what the world would look like by then (it references America recovering from an economic crisis, for instance), the [[Series/{{Zoey101}} Jamie Lynn Spears]] reference alone dates the book to before 2007, when Spears' TeenPregnancy [[ContractualPurity scandal]] destroyed her career. Couple that with references to the NintendoGameCube, AOL, and TheWarOnTerror, as well as [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed thinly-veiled expies]] of Howard Dean, Karl Rove, Colin Powell, [[Series/AmericanIdol Ruben Studdard]], [[Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher Bill Maher]], and Creator/ParisHilton (all of whom enjoyed their greatest cultural prominence in the early-mid '00s), and you have a book that wears its "[[GeorgeWBush Bush-era]] America" origin on its sleeve.
** A microcosm of this is the Mary Jo Kopechne story. The Jamie Lynn Spears reference come from this story, and on top of that, Mary Jo's son plays with Ultimate Soldier action figures (a toy line that was discontinued in the mid '00s) and she uses AOL's welcome page as her primary news source (today, it would be Yahoo! News or something similar).
** Speaking of AOL and Yahoo!, there's also the book's presentation of technology and NewMedia. While Max Brooks correctly predicted that touch-screen and voice-assisted computers would exist by 2013, he completely missed the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, which are completely absent; instead, we see desktop [=PCs=] with the aforementioned technologies. More importantly, he greatly underestimated just how big the online media would become, something that actually plays a role in the story on more than one occasion. The only online news sources mentioned are [[{{Imageboards}} 2ch]] in Japan and the aforementioned AOL in the US, and one interviewee states that, in the run-up to the ZombieApocalypse, alternative media outlets were scorned as untrustworthy and appealing only to an [[BourgeoisBohemian elitist, "latte liberal"]] Creator/{{PBS}}[=/=]Creator/{{NPR}} audience. All of this is in keeping with the book's rooting in the mid '00s, assuming that the near future would resemble 2006 culturally and politically.
** In the book, the core of many national survival/continuity of government plans involves a retreat to an easily-defensible safe zone where the government and military can get enough breathing room to reorganize. The US' safe zone is the West Coast and the Rockies, Britain's safe zone is Scotland, and UsefulNotes/{{Ukraine}}'s safe zone is... the Crimean peninsula. Following Crimea's vote for independence and union with UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} in 2014, the chapter on Ukraine easily falls into this trope.
* ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'' manages to date itself thanks to Stieg Larsson's insistence on giving detailed specs on Lisbeth Salander's computer. He had intended to make her sound like a cutting-edge hacker with top-of-the-line equipment. Nowadays, she would come off as a Luddite with an Apple fetish.

[[folder:2000s LiveActionTV]]
* ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', being a [[PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie Post-9/11 Terrorism Show]] that [[LongRunners ran until 2010]], was arguably an example of this ''while it was still on the air''. By the time it finished its final season, America was well into its withdrawal of troops from Iraq, and was just a year away from finally catching OsamaBinLaden.
* {{VH-1}}'s ''[[ILoveTheExties I Love the New Millennium]]''. It was made in ''2008'', before the decade it was supposed to be nostalgically looking back on was even over. This, of course, presented some problems in hindsight. The show is fascinating now as a time capsule for what people ''thought'' would be memorable and lasting about, say, 2007; some things apply, but some look laughably dated, even just a year or two down the road. And yet, it's almost more apt for the sort of nostalgia the show was made for.
* A lot of 2000s shows on {{Nickelodeon}} and DisneyChannel are becoming this, especially ones from the early 2000s. Technology in the 2000s changed rapidly, so you can tell when a show was made by what they're showing.
** ''Series/HannahMontana'', being a show about a white teenage female IdolSinger in a blonde wig, not only dates itself via Hannah's (and Lilly's, Oliver's, heck, nearly any teenage character present) late-2000s fashions and the notion of "pop princess" as being like Music/HilaryDuff, Music/BritneySpears and Music/ChristinaAguilera in image, but through including then-current pop culture references to the likes of [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Orlando Bloom]], Music/LadyGaga, guest star JesseMcCartney, ''Series/AmericanIdol'', Music/KatyPerry, Music/{{Coldplay}} vs. Music/{{Radiohead}} (though both bands were from TheNineties), DrPhil, the [[PerezHilton gossip]] [[{{TMZ}} culture]] of the day, BarackObama and Music/KellyClarkson, among others, and well as the then-fellow-stars of the DisneyChannel.
** ''{{Series/iCarly}}'' looks dated to around 2005/2006 due to its long time between production of series one and the airing in 2007. This happened because of the in-universe response of it being "crazy" and unexpected that the characters could create, film, and have their videos go "viral" and that tens of thousands of people will watch them. By 2007, YouTube had already established the YouTube Partnership program which enabled popular web stars to make a lot of money via YouTube advertising and by the turn of the 2010s there were new viral videos and memes being hatched weekly.
* ''TheWire'': Season four makes heavy reference to the "No Child Left Behind Act" and its effects upon modern high school educations, and street level dealers branded their product as "Troop Surge", "[=WMDs=]", and "Pandemic" (i.e. bird flu).
* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', particularly the final season, the references to the War in Iraq are so specific that they tie the show to that exact time period. For example, GOB's wife is shown posing a la Lynndie England of Abu Ghraib infamy. There are also several references to the Enron accounting scandal.
* FX Network has this problem too: while ''Series/TheShield'' only made occassional references to current events[[note]]One of the characters nearly loses her job after she makes racist remarks to an Arab woman whose husband was killed by a racist after 9/11, references are made regarding Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger becoming governor of California, and reference to the housing crisis in the last couple of episodes of the series.[[/note]], ''RescueMe'' was definitively based around the aftermath of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center. ''Series/NipTuck'' made references as well -- ''Hearts & Scalpels'' was a ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' [[SoapWithinAShow rip-off]], and the final season began with an episode that outright references the 2008 recession.
* If you ever need a refresher on what was happening in 2006-2007, watch the first season of ''Series/ThirtyRock''. A particularly good example is in the episode "The Fighting Irish", when Pete tells Liz that "you look like that lady astronaut who tried to kidnap that other woman." This refers to a then-headline news story involving [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Nowak Lisa Nowak]], which you either forgot about or never heard of. Presumably, this will also happen to newer seasons once enough time passes.
** The first two seasons make several jokes about the Bush administration and the upcoming 2008 election. They even managed an accidental ItWillNeverCatchOn joke when Jenna hears that BarackObama is black and sarcastically dismisses the idea that he has a chance of becoming president.
* Like the ''Spider-Man'' example above, the attacks on 9/11 came just before the third season of ''TheWestWing'' began. The first episode was a VerySpecialEpisode hastily written to address the anti-Muslim sentiments in the aftermath of the attacks, and the third and fourth seasons in particular are ''heavily'' influenced by 9/11. Watching these episodes ten years later, you almost have to remind yourself that this was how people felt at the time.
* In the TV series Series/BirdsOfPrey, a great deal of recent inventions ([=PDAs=], portable CD players, wireless earpieces) feature which look considerably low-tech 10 years on - in particular, the supposedly hi-tech enormous computers that Oracle uses look laughably old-fashioned, although this could be put down to budget constraints.
* ''{{Skins}}'' will always be rooted in that mid-late [=00s=] era when teenage sexual mores were almost at national crisis point and chlamydia was a standing joke; the expression "Skins party" left the lexicon almost as soon as it arrived. Interesting in that they actively tried to avert this by refreshing the core cast every two seasons, resulting in each generation also feeling very specific to its own period (Cook's episode in season 4 frequently features ''[[VideoGame/RockBand Rock Band 2]]'', something Tony would never conceive of and Nick would consider passé).
* ''MySuperSweetSixteen'' hearkens back to an era, pre-Great Recession and Occupy movement, when flaunting immense wealth was in style and something it was thought there was even a [[PointAndLaughShow point-and-laugh]] audience for.
* One ''{{Scrubs}}'' episode centered around TheWarOnTerror when a soldier previously wounded in Iraq was admitted to the hospital and his presence caused a rift between pro-War and anti-War hospital residences, and Dr. Kelso's attempts to control the situation. At one point, Kelso also attempts to control the situation by bringing up the then-recent news that Pluto had been downgraded from planet to dwarf-planet. Oh, and at the end of the episode, [[AlmightyJanitor The Janitor]] says that he believes the US should look for (then at large) Osama bin-Laden [[HilariousInHindsight in Pakistan]].

[[folder:2000s Machinima]]
* Made during the Golden Age of machinima, ''TheStrangerhood'', made with ''[[VideoGame/TheSims The Sims 2]]'', is arguably either this or an actual intended PeriodPiece. Its first few episodes could have arguably taken place anywhere at any time. But from the sixth episode onward, it quickly degenerated into "let's spoof this or that show from the 2000s for five minutes and see what happens." That ''Series/{{Lost}}'' was spoofed but ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' was ignored dates the miniseries even more to early 2006. ''Series/AmericanIdol'', ''DesperateHousewives'', ''CSIMiami'', and ''Series/{{Alias}}'' jokes seal the deal that this show could only have been made from 2004-2006, three years shy of the release date for ''The Sims 3''.
** Most machinima pieces, due to being made with games from their time periods and limited by the technology of those times, are almost inevitably doomed to this trope.

[[folder:2000s Music]]
* Defied by BradPaisley's 2007 single "Online", which originally contained the line "Go check out MySpace". In concert, he now changes this line to the more timely "Go check my {{Facebook}} page".
* Several songs which came out shortly after the 9/11 attacks, including a great deal in the often-patriotic CountryMusic genre.
** "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)" by TobyKeith. This one has a fair bit of NarmCharm, and someday Americans will look back on it and swear that it ''must'' have been [[PoesLaw a parody]]. (Heck, some have thought that from the beginning.)
** "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)?" by AlanJackson is a subversion, in that it's framed as a look back to that important day.
** "This Ain't No Rag, It's a Flag" by Charlie Daniels.
** And bridging the gap between it and the Iraq War was Darryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten?" It can be jarring to hear him singing "And you say we shouldn't worry 'bout Bin Laden" in modern times.
* Ministry's trilogy of albums protesting the George W. Bush administration.
* Music/{{Train}}'s "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" metions Tae Bo, a "cardio-boxing" program popular in the late 1990s/early 2000s.
* The BeastieBoys' ''To the 5 Boroughs'', with its numerous criticisms of George W. Bush's first term, falls squarely into this territory.
* Music/JoyElectric's ''Favorites at Play'', released in 2009. It's a CoverAlbum, except instead of covering the songs he considered influential (which would have resulted in [[ItsBeenDone yet another 80s nostalgia album]]), Ronnie Martin covered then-recent songs he liked. So the album is a weird little time capsule of songs that got played on the radio between 2003 and 2008.
* Gothic industrial band Lucid Dementia's 2008 album Trickery has a lot of {{Protest Song}}s, most of which relate to the Bush Administration and thinly veiled references to the Iraq War. It's especially noticeable when listening to their next album, released in 2013, which is mostly horror themed and very light on politics.
* Music/{{Eminem}}'s ''The Real Slim Shady'' is quite obviously a product of its time, with references to Pamela Anderson, Tom Green, and [[Music/LimpBizkit Fred Durst]].
** ''Mosh'' is a protest song that feels pretty heavily dated to 2004, especially since the song was released as a single prior to the 2004 US election. The lyrics make mention of Bin Laden still being considered a terrorist threat, Em voicing frustrations about the Bush administration by saying that then president George W. Bush should go fight in the Iraq War as a way to "impress daddy" (George Bush Sr.), and the final lyrics are of Em saying "Mr. President! Mr Senator!" referencing the candidates of the 2004 US election (the aforementioned George W. Bush, and Senator John Kerry). The music video even had two versions made (mainly just with different endings) and both are also equally as dated. The first one, released before the election, shows people showing up to vote between Bush and Kerry, and then the second version, released after the election, shows protesters breaking into the US Capitol Building while Congress is in session, with signs saying stuff like "Down with Bush!"

[[folder:2000s Tabletop Games]]
* ''AgeOfAquarius'' Second Edition is easily identifiable as "so 2000s". Or, as Russians are more likely to identify periods, as "so Putin's first presidency". Certain events in the [=NPCs=]' backstories reference dates such as 2003, and [[UsefulNotes/SpellOurNameWithAPo the police]] still spells its name with a "mi" (which means it's not the Medvedev presidency which started in 2008).
** The first edition is so 1990s.

[[folder:2000s Video Games]]
* The ''{{Emogame}}'' series. Playing these games is like stepping back in time to 2002-04, what with all the pop culture references, '80s kid show nostalgia, hatred of GeorgeWBush, Music/{{emo}} treading the line between "underground" and "mainstream", and {{MTV}} [[NetworkDecay still, at the very least, basing its reputation around music videos]].
** This trope wound up [[DevelopmentHell killing]] the planned third game in the series, ''Super Emogame III''. It had become one of these to 2005-06, and it even had a demo released, yet it had been languishing as {{vaporware}} well into 2007 and beyond as Jason Oda's work commitments making advergames started piling up and eating into his time. It would've taken another couple of years to finish, meaning that, by the time of its eventual release, most of its humor and references (to things like Website/{{Myspace}}, Music/AshleeSimpson, and then-current Music/{{emo}} bands) would've been very outdated. Any attempts to update the humor would've delayed production for even longer. Realizing this, Oda pulled the plug on it.
* Same as above for the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' hack ''[[Website/SomethingAwful Awful Fantasy]]'', made in 2003. It shows.
* And again for the Interactive Buddy flash game, what with it giving you the ability to beat up caricatures of George W. Bush, John Kerry, and Michael Moore.
* Various ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games have had this happen to them. ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]'', ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', and the ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories Stories]]'' [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories games]], on the other hand, averted this by being ''intentional'' period pieces to the '80s and '90s.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' is supposedly set in Autumn 2001, when many aspects of both the late '90s and the early '00s, such as the dot-com boom, [[HummerDinger massive SUVs]], {{boy band}}s, the infancy of RealityTV, and the rise of the CellPhone (the main character still uses a pager), were easy topics to explore and satirize. Although the game was released two months after [[TheWarOnTerror 9/11]], very little was [[TooSoon changed to reflect that]][[note]]The police cars' colors were changed from blue and white to black and white so that they bore less resemblance to those of the NYPD, and a series of side-missions involving a hobo/revolutionary named Darkel who gave out missions involving acts of terrorism was removed (one mission was instead {{retool}}ed and turned into an attack on a street gang).[[/note]], and as such, the atmosphere of the game is more grounded in the immediate pre-9/11 period of 2000-01 than later.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' is set squarely in then-contemporary (2008) [[BigApplesauce New York]], and when played in [[TheNewTens the current decade]], becomes this to the [[TurnOfTheMillennium mid-late 2000s]]. There's the obvious use of contemporary music and vehicles, but it also extends into the political and cultural satire. The economic crisis was just starting to sting (especially in the expansion pack ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]]''), but the President was still [[GeorgeWBush the cowboy from Texas]] rather than [[BarackObama the professor from Chicago]], and much of the satire was directed at such targets as TheWarOnTerror (including the Patriot Act and the now-discontinued terror alert system) and the then-politically empowered Christian Right. Given time, it's inevitable that the game's depiction of Bloomberg-era New York will be just as dated, and [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV its successor]] will inevitably become one for TheNewTens as well.
* ''[[VideoGame/Area51FPS Blacksite: Area 51]]'', an {{anvilicious}} take on TheWarOnTerror in the form of a first-person shooter, fell pretty painfully into this just a few years after it came out.
* {{Game mod}}s often fall into this as well, even if just by some random texture on a wall, because modders tend to be more blatantly political than developers that are [[GenreSavvy aware of this trope]] - for one example, the ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'' vehicle CTF map "[=AggressiveAlleys2k4=]" includes [[http://www.political-humor.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/anthrax-this.gif this New York Post cover]] in each vehicle garage. Remember the last time anthrax was relevant?
* Most of the ''VideoGame/SeriousSam'' series clearly give away that they were products of the 2000's simply for the fact that there are [[TakeThat just so many references]] to ''Duke Nukem Forever'' being VaporWare for as long as it was - there were jokes that delays in ''Sam 3'''s release were from having to remove and replace these sorts of references due to ''DNF'' actually coming out.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', set NextSundayAD, falls into this partially because of its influence on other contemporary shooter games. For instance, ''Call of Duty 4'' was released in 2007 and set in 2011, but features a rather standard weapon list (M4, AK, [=MP5=], and whatnot), nothing of which began production later than 2001 and not much different from the real-world guns they were modeled after. By the time 2011 rolled around in the real world, ''Call of Duty'' and [[FollowTheLeader its ilk]] were filled with various small arms that were [[GunPorn covered in accessory rails]] and just starting development at the time the games were released, but were treated in the games as total replacements for contemporary weapons in every military present in them.
** ''Modern Warfare 2'', set in 2016, has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", which was repealed in 2010, a year after the game came out.
* Even the ''Grand Theft Auto''-inspired video game adaptation of ''VideoGame/TheWarriors'' from 2005 falls victim to this thanks to its anachronisms. Yes, it's set in the late '70s and based on a movie from that time period (which was itself inspired by a book from the '60s, for that matter), and for the most part it's pretty good about being period-accurate... until you get to that level set in the South Bronx and see, amidst a bunch of punks with Afro and shag hairstyles, one guy with a ''very'' TurnOfTheMillennium-appropriate soul patch. Plus, there's a comic relief scene set in Brooklyn with a thug [[TalkingInYourSleep mumbling in his sleep]] and suddenly moaning "I don't wanna ride the pony!" -- obviously a ShoutOut to a similar scene in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' (1995), which was still an ongoing film series at the time.
* J2e's fan retranslation of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' is loaded with pop culture references that were nowhere to be found in the original script, some of which (like a ''Film/PulpFiction'' quote or a few lines of lyrics taken from "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)") firmly date it as being a product of the late '90s-early 2000s.

[[folder: 2000s Webcomics]]
* Doubling with AnachronismStew, the ''Webcomic/CiemWebcomicSeries'' was written from 2007-2010. It is supposed to be set in 2020, but depicts technology that dates it to happening between 2004 and 2009, largely due to being made with ''VideoGame/TheSims 2''.

[[folder:2000s Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' features as one of its protagonists a programmer who boasts of recently helping to save the world from the disastrous effects of the [[MillenniumBug Y2K Bug,]] irrevocably dating the work to the early 2000s at best.

[[folder:2000s WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily''. It has a not-so-subtle reference to Napster in one episode, when Napster as it once was went down in the early 2000s (around 2002).
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''. Gamecubes (and a Wii in a 2007 episode), Game Boy Advances (which would become a Nintendo DS later), and a lot of other technology references make it an obvious product of the mid 2000s.
* In the 2006 ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Saving Private Brian", Brian and Stewie attempt to get kicked out of the military by pretending to be gay. "Don't Ask Don't Tell", the law that required the military to discharge gay servicemembers, was repealed in December 2010 and the military's ban on gay soldiers was officially scrapped a few months later in 2011.
** The third act of "Thanksgiving" is about the family and their guests arguing about America's stance in the Iraq War, which ended a month after the episode's premiere.
** "The Juice Is Loose" is about Peter becoming friends with OJ Simpson. Only problem is, it aired in March 2009, shortly after OJ was imprisoned in Las Vegas. Acknowledged with a title card saying this [[AnimationLeadTime was a 'lost' episode from 2007.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': [[WereStillRelevantDammit "Lost In MySpace"]], anyone?
** [[SelfDemonstratingArticle "What the hell is MySpace?" "I think it's a cult."]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants" (the first post-9/11 episode) has people worrying about anthrax attacks. Plus with Osama's death in 2011...
** The ''majority'' of South Park fits due to the extremely short lead time allowing for very precise topical humor that often becomes dated after less than a year.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': The first Chip Skylark episode had Vicky watching the concert on Pay-Per-View, which had since been declining in favor of "On Demand" services.

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!! [[TheNewTens 2010s]]

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[[folder:2010s Film]]
* One of [[http://io9.com/5719453/gullivers-travels-will-make-you-seasick-in-the-cineplex io9's chief criticisms]] of the 2010 movie adaptation of ''[[Film/GulliversTravels2010 Gulliver's Travels]]'' was that it was "immediately dated" to 2010. The review called it "a ferociously shameless time capsule of 2010 pop culture."
* The New Zealand-made film ''[[http://www.theholyrollermovie.com/ The Holy Roller]]'' has [[HarsherInHindsight sadly become this]], thanks to the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.
* The 2012 film version of ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' attempts to be an updating of the famous comedy team, yet also dates itself severely by including the cast of JerseyShore as themselves for much of the film.
* The EddieMurphy comedy film ''A Thousand Words'' was made in 2008 but released in 2012. It featured Flip Phone product placement, "The Shack" and Miley Cyrus were referred to as hot trends, and the protagonist was a wealthy literary agent who would not exist in an e-book era. Many critics used the phrase "Unintentional Period Piece" in their reviews.
* If the film is ever released, David O. Russell's BlackComedy ''Nailed'' would be one of these. When it began filming in 2008, the premise of a waitress with a nail lodged in her skull fighting for health insurance was timely. Now with society marching on due to the Affordable Care Act, this premise is now considered dated and would severely limit its audience due to the irrelevance (another factor is that Russell refuses to finish the film due to fights with the film's producer).
* ''Vampires Suck'', as mentioned above, and ''TheStarvingGames'' (the [[Music/{{PSY}} Gangnam Style]] "joke" ALONE arguably throws it into this category).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNutJob'' also dated itself right out of the gate by using "Gangnam Style" (complete with an animated Psy in the credits!) nearly two years after the song's heyday (the movie came out in January 2014).
* ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet'' relies on things that have changed among teenagers between the mid-2000s and early 2010s for much of its humor.

[[folder:2010s Live Action TV]]
* A funny one occurred on ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' when the subject of one episode was Libyan government agents sent by Qaddaffi killing a rebel propagandist and trying to use his identity to get the rebel leadership into an ambush. Obviously written and filmed when the Libyan Civil War seemed (from the outside) to be deadlocked, by the time the episode aired (October 2011) the rebels would be more properly called "The Libyan Government", having been recognized as such internationally in September 2011 with Qaddaffi the one on the run who should be wary of ambushes. The "Arab Spring" references also clearly date the show.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' is a curious example, considering the first season aired in 2008. However, considering the timeline of the series only takes place over the course of a year, and in the final season a character makes a reference to "whacking Bin Laden", means the series takes place no earlier than mid 2011. However, the use of flip-phones by every character rather than smartphones baffles some viewers.
** This is a case of ShownTheirWork for the main characters, as cheap, pre-paid cell phones are very commonly used by drug dealers because their low cost and lack of binding contracts makes them easy to dispose of and quickly replace as needed.
* Turn on almost any given episode of ''{{Series/Glee}}'' from the second season on, and you're likely to hear at least one song that was popular at the exact time the episode was made, not to mention the frequent references to current fads.
** This tends to be true of any "let's-put-on-a-show" fictional musical series (another example being Disney's ''KidsIncorporated'' in the 1980s and early '90s). Since the musical is essentially an old-fashioned genre, these shows often try to [[WereStillRelevantDammit come across as current as possible]]. You might remember that the major controversy on the very first episode of ''Glee'' was the club's decision to incorporate post-1960s rock and pop music (some of it very current) into their repertoire of old show tunes.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is starting to become this with frequent pop culture references to things like ''Film/{{Inception}}'', [[MemeticMutation memes]], and ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''. Possibly justified, as the {{Framing Device}} dates the show by the month/year. The references would be hip at the time of the episode.
* In ''Series/TheFosters''' fifth episode, the morning-after pill is kept behind the counter, available to over-16s only; the tenth features a fully legally sanctioned California same-sex wedding, placing them before and after the 2012-13 Supreme Court session, respectively.

[[folder:2010s Music]]
* The Music/RiseAgainst song "Make It Stop (September's Children)", which is about homophobic bullying and makes reference to a number of high-profile gay teen suicides.

[[folder: 2010s Western Animation]]
* A few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' falls into this:
** "The Duh-Vinci Code" makes a crack at Leonardo being unable to determine the mass of the Higgs Boson. At the time of its production (July 2010), researchers at the Large Hadron Collider famously furiously attempted to discover it. It has since been discovered and documented in March 2013.
** "That Darn Katz!" is made up largely of lolcat jokes at their peak of popularity. They are still reasonably popular now but have been slipping out of mainstream.
** "Decision 3012" falls into this since it's a satire on all the BarackObama conspiracies.
** "A Farewell to Arms" can be seen as this since the plot is a parody of the supposed end of the world in 2012.
** A precancellation episode "I Dated A Robot" involves celebrities' personalities being downloaded onto blank robots through a company called (Kid)Nappster. This is dated to the early 2000s when Napster was popular, and has since been shutdown. The writers acknowledge this on the DVDCommentary.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "A Scauze for Applause" ends with Jesus leading the townspeople in a "Free Pussy Riot" rally, which becomes this after the members of Pussy Riot were freed in 2013.

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!!Special Cases (either multiple decades, or OlderThanRadio)

* Advertising in general has a tendency to be dated to whatever time period it came out, due to its constant attempt to capture the zeitgeist of whatever era it appeared in in order to better market products. As CharlieBrooker [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVj389dsd6o&feature=g-vrec explains]]:
-->"Old adverts are like little nostalgia bombs, really. Each one sums up the year in which it appeared in an instant. [[TheSixties '60s]] ads are cool and swinging, the [[TheSeventies '70s]] ads are sort of [[RealIsBrown brown and grotty]], whereas [[TheEighties the '80s]] were characterized by {{power ballad}}s and absolute swaggering fuckery like this." ... "[[TheNineties '90s]] ads were all huggy-wuggy and sophisticated, whereas [[TurnOfTheMillennium the noughties]] can't decide if they're all troubled and [[DadaAd weird]], or inspirational like this bloke whose cycling glory has prompted an identity crisis."
* Any ad that features a photorealistic drawing rather than an actual color photograph can't be any later than the 1960s (unless, of course, the advertiser is going for a {{Retraux}} effect).
* Honda's "One More Thing To Love About Today" ad puts its' subject in the inspo board for a mid-2010s MisterSandmanSequence complete with [[Series/AdventureTime Finn and Jake]] and [[http://www.autoevolution.com/news-image/honda-promotes-2014-civic-coupe-with-love-today-ads-video-74379-1.html pictures of animals from memes]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Look at any issue of ArchieComics. Even back in the early '90s, they acknowledged this with their ''Americana Collections'', showcasing the iconic strips of each individual decade. Usually they will feature one "LoveTriangle"-themed story, then dozens of others about then-current fads, or parodies of then-popular movies. The fashions of most strips shown in the Digest format issues years later also date certain stories greatly.
* ''[[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000AD]]'' has an interesting relationship with this trope, being something of a LongRunner:
** [[TheSeventies Early]] ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'' stories were often steeped in the ColdWar, with the Soviet Union surviving into the 22nd century and being the main antagonists in quite a few stories, at least until East-Meg One got nuked to oblivion. The Volgan Empire in ''[[{{Savage}} Invasion!]]'' and especially ''ABCWarriors'' was an incredibly obvious Soviet stand-in, at least until they were retconned.
** During TheEighties, nearly every strip made some reference to MargaretThatcher or RonaldReagan.
** TheNineties featured strips such as the [[Music/SpiceGirls ''Space Girls'']] and [[TonyBlair ''BLAIR 1'']] (a parody of ''MACH 1'', an early strip from 1977) in order to stay relevant. These were not well-recieved.
* Many superheroes have dated origins, according to either comics canon or tradition. Bruce Wayne became {{Batman}} after seeing his parents get shot outside a movie theater showing ''The Mark of Zorro'' (1940), while Bruce Banner became TheIncredibleHulk in the early 1960s while trying to stop a beatnik-like teenager from wandering onto a nuclear testing site. Understandably, many of these details have been [[{{Retcon}} altered by later stories]].

* Porn films. Due to NoPlotNoProblem, most porn is set in the time it was filmed in, the performers wearing their streetclothes and current haircut. When released it looks "normal", but give it 10-20 years and it's a period piece. The video quality and [[BowChickaWowWow soundtrack]] can make it look even more dated.
* {{Exploitation film}}s have a strong tendency to fall into this, due to the way exploitation filmmaking works.
* ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' shorts, made from [[GoldenAgeOfHollywood the 1930s through the 1950s]], were always a product of their time.
* [[SilenceIsGolden Silent films]], except for the handful made in the 1930s by Creator/CharlieChaplin, will always be associated with [[SilentAgeOfHollywood the 1910s and 1920s]].
* Most of the ''Film/JamesBond'' films, with each version of Bond being this to (roughly) one particular decade. The Creator/SeanConnery films have their feet planted in TheSixties, Creator/RogerMoore's Bond is a product of TheSeventies, the Creator/TimothyDalton films are products of TheEighties, the Creator/PierceBrosnan films are filled with the [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp post-Cold War]] vibe of TheNineties, and Creator/DanielCraig's DarkerAndEdgier Bond is a man of the TurnOfTheMillennium and TheWarOnTerror.

* This joke is funny, but the boy in the joke has to be from the 1970's-1990's to have a grandfather who in WorldWarII, making it dated, sadly. Giving this background kills the surprise.
-->A boy was upstairs playing on his computer when his grandad came in the room and sat down on the bed.
-->"What are you doing?", Asked the grandad. "You're 18 years old and wasting your life! When I was 18 I went to Paris, I went to the Moulin Rouge, drank all night, had my way with the dancers, pissed on the barman and left without paying! Now that is how to have a good time!"
-->A week later, the grandfather comes to visit again. He finds the boy still in his room, but with a broken arm in plaster, 2 black eyes and missing all his front teeth.
-->"What happened?", he asked.
-->"Oh Grandfather!", replied the boy. "I did what you did! I went to Paris, went to the Moulin Rouge, drank all night, had my way with the dancers, pissed all over the barman, and he beat the crap out of me!"
-->"Oh dear!", replied the grandad. "Who did you go with?"
-->"Just some friends, why? Who did you go with?"
-->"Oh!" replied the grandad. "The Third Panzer Division."

* JaneAusten's books, which define the Regency Romance subgenre.
** ''PrideAndPrejudice'' is used on the PeriodPiece page to illustrate a story whose crisis DoesNotCompute in a present-day 21st century setting.
** ''NorthangerAbbey'' was actually this ''at the time of publication'', being an early work of Austen's only published later in her lifetime, and being a send-up of the GothicHorror novels which were popular when it was written; however, tastes had since moved on. The author even issued an apology for this in the preface.
* Creator/StephenKing's works are [[ReferenceOverdosed chock full of pop-cultural references]] from whenever the book was written, to an almost ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''-like extent. It helps that he tries to keep things timeless by heavily reference-mining 1950s and '60s pop culture, but that in itself evokes the poignant Baby Boomer nostalgia that was everywhere in the '80s when King wrote many of his most iconic novels.
* The ''SherlockHolmes'' stories, which practically ''define'' VictorianLondon to modern audiences. Part of Creator/StevenMoffat's motive in writing ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' was that he felt the books' nature as Unintended Period Pieces was getting in the way of what Creator/ArthurConanDoyle ''intended'' them to be, which was crime thrillers.
** Well... it is a bit more complicated than that. Doyle kept writing Sherlock Holmes stories until 1927 but he never ''set'' any of them later than 1914 - and even that story ('The Last Bow') is far later than the others. Most Holmes stories written in the 1920s were set two decades (or more!) in the then past making them ''intentional'' period pieces.
* Vintage movie reviews often fall prey to this, usually because of a critic either [[ItWillNeverCatchOn panning a movie that goes on to become a cult classic]] or [[ThisIsGoingToBeHuge lavishly praising a movie that nobody likes years later]]. Most film critics are well aware of this fallacy and have learned to laugh at themselves because of it, but there are critics who take the tendency UpToEleven. Creator/RogerEbert, for example, has been known to pepper his reviews with TotallyRadical slang (perhaps to [[WereStillRelevantDammit stay relevant, dammit]]), mentioning "dig" (as in, "think something is cool") in his 1972 review of ''TheGodfather'' and "the max" (meaning "the greatest") in his 1985 review of ''WeirdScience''. [[https://twitter.com/ebertchicago/status/8092631309 Sometimes in parody]].
* Dan Simmons' ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' series (taking place some hundred years into the future) is filled to the bursting with reference to 20th century culture. There are a few older references and a few references to fictional future events, but the overwhelming majority of them are from Simmons' lifetime.
* While the ''Literature/JamesBond'' novels fall into this when it comes to fashions and [[ValuesDissonance attitudes]], Ian Fleming went out of his way to avert this somewhat with the introduction of SPECTRE in the later books. By using a strictly apolitical organization to replace SMERSH as the main evil group, he intended for the books to avoid being too firmly entrenched in the ColdWar culture in which he was writing.
* Creator/PGWodehouse's books took place in a kind of flexible ComicBookTime version of the GenteelInterbellumSetting that he originally began writing them in, and he kept them coming until his death in the 1970s. In one interview, he noted with bemusement that he was was writing "historical novels".
* The NancyDrew and HardyBoys books, which have been written ''non-stop'' since the late 1920's, always give an interesting cross-section of culture at the time. The originals actually had to have their very 20's sensibilities modernized during the 60's, where it happened all again. It got worse after they switched publishers in 1979, since the new publishing house was a lot prone to using much more topical themes. Two 80's spinoffs, ''The Nancy Drew Files'' and ''The Hardy Boys Casefiles'', had stories taking place in very 80's settings, such as on a soap opera (at the peak of ''Series/GeneralHospital'' supercouple Luke and Laura) or horror movies (back when ''Friday the 13th'' and ''Nightmare on Elm Street'' were churning out sequels left and right.) Similarly, the most recent series, ''Nancy Drew: Girl Detective'' and ''Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers'', are even moreso, with stories about reality TV and cyberbullying.
* Some of Creator/BillBryson's travelogues; In ''The Lost Continent'' Bryson is startled to see how much America had changed since TheSixties. Reading it today is reveals how much the country has changed since 1987-88. It's certainly one of the last works to mention strip clubs in Times Square; Similarly in ''Neither Here Nor There'' Bryson discovers how much Europe has moved on since he backpacked around as a student in the 1970s. Being written in 1990 it has a pre-single European currency Europe and a [[TheYugoslavWars pre-Balkan war Yugoslavia]], pre-[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%98resund_Bridge Oresund Bridge]] Denmark, as well as relying on printed guidebooks for European train times; ''A Walk in the Woods'' the Gizmo-crazy hiker is kitted out with technology that was advanced in 1997 (GPS, self-pitching tent) but is fairly standard fare now; ''Notes from a Big Country'' mostly deals with a mid-90's world just before the internet and cellphones became ubiquitous - Bryson mentions the difficulty of finding change for a payphone at the airport, the amount of mail order catalogues he's sent, sending faxes to the UK, and renting movies on videotape.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Quite unavoidable with a LongRunner such as ''Series/DoctorWho'' -- the special effects and fashions give the production decades away within minutes. When the stories have been restored to DVD with new special effects, the Restoration Team have very deliberately shot many of the new effects in appropriate styles so they wouldn't clash with the source material. So the Five Doctors Special Edition has new and improved CGI effects that ''actually look like Eighties effects''.
** And once again used deliberately in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash Time Crash]]", which alternates between the grand orchestral score of the Tenth Doctor's era and the the [[{{Retraux}} synthesised background music]] of the Fifth Doctor's era.
** Watch's 50th Anniversary rundown of the Doctors pointed this out while discussing each Doctor - pointing out how each Doctor's personality, the personality of the threats they faced, and especially their personal appearance was informed by the era from which they came. For instance, the narrator suggested that the addition of Mel was inspired by the 1980s fitness craze, and most of the talking heads seemed to agree that, while Colin Baker's outfit was [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes incredibly awful even in-universe]], it's really only a mild exaggeration of [[IWasQuiteAFashionVictim hideous things people sincerely wore in the 80s]].
** Played with in the novelization of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E6Shada Shada]]", which was a 1979 DevelopmentHell episode originally written by Creator/DouglasAdams, and eventually novelised by a writer on David Tennant/Matt Smith-era ''Doctor Who'' in 2012. As a result, the 1970s setting, which was LikeRealityUnlessNoted for Adams, is deliberately played for kitschy absurdity - the male companion is specifically noted to have long, feathered hair and a taste for denim jackets (which would have been assumed default in the 70s), a very Douglas Adams joke about humanity's obsession with digital watches goes from being satirical (similar to a modern joke about fixation on smartphones) to being funny entirely because of the anachronism of it, and the band Music/StatusQuo show up at one point, for laughs. At the same time, the Time Lord tech is altered to be more like modern tech, with K-9 being given a battery charge indicator that works like one on a modern phone, and Chronotis's time telegraph having a touch screen and a 'Sent Mail' folder, and it's likely this was intended to look equally silly in the future.
* ''Series/SoulTrain'': Mainly for TheSeventies, but also for TheEighties and TheNineties.
* Thanks to the RippedFromTheHeadlines formula, ''LawAndOrder'', depending on the season, can seem quite dated. [[AvertedTrope On the other hand]], the fact that they just [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed switch the names]] makes it so that the older episodes can still be enjoyed [[TropesAreNotBad on their own merit]].
* Episodes of ''SaturdayNightLive'', thanks to its musical guests and its use of topical, current events humor (from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General%C3%ADssimo_Francisco_Franco_is_still_dead "Generalíssimo Francisco Franco is still dead"]] to [[TinaFey "I can see]] [[SarahPalin Russia from]] [[MemeticMutation my house!"]]), can be dated almost to the year.[[note]]For those guessing, the Franco one is from 1975, ''SNL'''s first season.[[/note]]
** Parodied in the opening monologue of an episode hosted by John Goodman, with musical guest Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, who both made most of their many appearances in the 90s.
** The Franco one was called back when Chevy Chase hosted and appeared on Weekend Update along with then-host Kevin Nealon, using 1975 news-jokes who Nealon immediately complained about afterwards.
* Pretty much every GameShow is dated to the year that it's produced, whether because of the products (four-figure Datsuns, anyone?) or the questions (which can fall prey to future updates).
** Other times, they will have answers pertaining to then-current pop culture, which may or may not fall under this trope depending on how long-lasting that pop culture item becomes. For instance, an answer on a 2003 episode of ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' was LIFE WITH BONNIE, a short-lived Creator/{{ABC}} sitcom that is barely a footnote in Bonnie Hunt's career.
** Commented on in ''Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego''. The Chief would always read a disclaimer at the end that all geographical information was current as of taping. Given that the show's run coincided with TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, TheYugoslavWars and a number of other events, all of which meant that any given day an atlas may have become obsolete, it makes perfect sense.
** Even {{Rockapella}}'s theme song had to change with the times; After the '93 season, Carmen no longer traveled from Chicago to Czechoslovakia, but to ''Czech AND Slovakia''. And back.
** One episode of Britain's ''Strike It Lucky'' led with an admission that they were out of date; the answer to one of the questions had changed during the week it aired.
* Happens a lot more in ''Series/StarTrek'' than you would think at first glance. The more obvious examples are of how Kirk's ''Enterprise'' looked, essentially, like a 1950s-60s naval vessel in its design and style, and how Picard's ''Enterprise'' was comparatively bright and pastel, just like the [[TheEighties decade]] in which it was envisioned, but more glaring is the almost total lack of anything resembling pop culture in the Star Trek universe from after the end of the second millennium. Everybody listens to jazz and classical music, reads classical works of literature or, at most, stuff like pulp or noir, enjoys classical plays, and the most popular games seem to be variants of ancient games such as chess or racquetball. Movies, television and video games are practically non-existent, the writers never saw the internet coming, and there are scant examples of ''any'' post-2oth century media. It's as if human culture essentially stopped after a certain point, even as TechnologyMarchesOn.
* Episodes of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' from the 20th century often included outdated technology such as [=VCR=]s and phonographs, the vehicles offered during the 80s BLED then-contemporary structure and design, and showcases often included pop music from the 80s. At one point the Giant Price Tag was very, VERY 80s, featuring the show's logo on a Space/Futuristic background. As the contestants were always pulled directly from the audience, the fashions and cultures of the 70s and 80s were very prevalent.
** ''Price'' actually stayed stuck in the 80s well into the early 2000s, given their insistence on using physical props instead of video monitors, a set that went mostly unchanged for 20 years, and of course, the prominent use of Edd Kalehoff's Moog synthesizer in their theme song (it's still there, by the way).
* Long-running {{talk show}}s and {{panel show}}s in general, due to their reliance on topical guests and events for interviews, jokes, and musical performances.
* British panel show ''NeverMindTheBuzzcocks'' falls into this, with many of the show's jokes referring to subjects topical at the time, many of the songs being referenced falling out of vogue a couple of years or so after the episode's original airing and having numerous guests who ended up becoming {{One Hit Wonder}}s. (In the case of the latter, some of these guests had already become obscure by the time they appeared on the show.) As well as this, the theme song changed with the times, to an indie-style version of itself in 2006.
** For example, the first episode (made in 1996) had the drummer from Dodgy as one of the guests (the band faded into obscurity in the late 90s) and one of the intros was "I Love, You Love, Me Love" by Gary Glitter who didn't have a joke made at his expense. [[note]]Not long afterwards, his reputation was destroyed by a pedophilia scandal[[/note]]
** A more recent example would be the times Simon Amstell [[HarsherInHindsight mocked Amy Winehouse's alcoholism]].
* Pick any long running {{Toku}} franchise, and you'll probably be able to guess the decade from the fashions alone. For example...
** ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' is most definitely a product of the 60's, if only for tone. While it still had many of the super science trappings of the late 50's, its tone of hope for the future and building a better tomorrow are more in line for what 60's {{Toku}} was becoming.
*** For that matter, many of the Ultra series date themselves through aesthetics alone, with hippies showing up in both Ace and Jack, and an early seventies PsychedelicRock song in one ep of ReturnOfUltraman.
** The first five ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series (''Series/KamenRider'' through ''KamenRiderStronger'') are essentially products of the 1970's, given the heroes' fashions.
*** KamenRiderSuper1 also manages to date itself through both clothing and background music, as well as the fact that Super 1's bike is a reference to ''Series/{{Chips}}''.
* The producers ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' avoided this by making an ''intentional'' period piece, setting the show in 1980-81.

* Music videos tend to date themselves very quickly, especially videos by female artists, since women's fashions change more quickly than men's. Go look at a video like En Vogue's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7iQbBbMAFE "Free Your Mind"]] and see whether it doesn't ''scream'' 1992 (A big hint is a [[FreezeFrameBonus "blink and you'll miss it"]] shot of one guy's shirt referencing the 1992 L.A. Riots).
** And a close second place behind goes to music videos filmed on location in urban landscapes - cars, architecture, fashions, advertising - you name it. Cases in point:
*** Any music video filmed during New York's [[TheBigRottenApple Big Rotten Apple]] phase, such as GrandmasterFlash's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4o8TeqKhgY The Message]]".
*** The video for "[[http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/auckland-tonight-1981 Auckland Tonight]]" by UsefulNotes/NewZealand punk band The Androidss captured Auckland city nightlife as it appeared in 1981.
*** Music/PhilCollins travels round the world in the video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRY1NG1P_kw Take Me Home]]". In particular, he's seen in UsefulNotes/{{London}}, UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}}, [[UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} Stockholm]], UsefulNotes/{{Moscow}}, UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}}, Memphis, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texas]], and [[UsefulNotes/StLouis St Louis]] -- as they all appeared in 1985.
* Many, but not all, [[ProtestSong political songs]] fall into this category. To name a few:
** Music/GilScottHeron's ''The Revolution Will Not Be Televised'' ripped into many popular culture icons, advertising campaigns and public figures from 1971, when the song was released.
** Songs about apartheid rule such as ''Free Nelson Mandela'' by [[Music/TheSpecials Special A.K.A.]] Just 6 years after the song was released, Mandela was released from prison.
** UsefulNotes/ElvisCostello's ''Oliver's Army'', which name-checked various places that were geo-political hot spots in the late 1970s.
** Just about any song about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.
** Heaven 17's ''Fascist Groove Thang'' is firmly planted in the year 1980, due to mention of Ronald Reagan as 'President Elect'.
*** And, of course, the ColdWar. (''Enola Gay'', ''Dancing With Tears In My Eyes'', ''99 Luftballons'', ''[[Music/{{Genesis}} Land of Confusion]]'')
** Much of the references in political 1980s hardcore punk like Music/DeadKennedys ("Holiday in Cambodia") and Music/{{Minutemen}} ("Viet Nam", "West Germany").
*** Astoundingly, the Music/DeadKennedys' "California Uber Alles" was suddenly relevant again when UsefulNotes/JerryBrown was re-elected California governor about 30 years after the song was recorded.
** John Rich's "Shuttin' Detroit Down" protested the government bailouts of General Motors in 2008-09.
** Another example from the aforementioned Darryl Worley is "Keep the Change", a 2010 song ranting against the second [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Obama]] administration.
* It is the tradition in Trinidadian Calypso to sing about about current events such as politics, news stories, and other calypso singers who are popular at the time. As a result, old calypso is a great time capsule into whatever period it was recorded in.
* Each of Music/WeirdAlYankovic's albums is largely a product of the year it was recorded, as Al fills the albums with parodies of popular music at the time or older songs parodied in a way that references current pop culture. The polka medleys, in particular, contain snippets of pretty much every song topping the charts at the time.
** Al is an odd case - he tended to parody songs that were popular ''two or three years before his album came out'', which means they're usually forgotten by the time his parodies are released. This is the inevitable result of recording times. This has become less of a problem in the modern day, with digital recording techniques and distribution promising a short turnaround -- his parody of LadyGaga's "Born This Way", "Perform This Way", was released digitally only a couple of months after the original song.
*** The fact that his albums generally contain parodies of songs or pop-culture fads that are a year or two old by that time does help the age factor slightly, though. Years ahead people recognize his albums as summaries of the era they were made in instead of hits based off a specific year.
** "I Lost on Jeopardy" is a double example. Besides relying on a song over a year old ("Jeopardy" by The Greg Kihn Band), the music video parodies the original 1964-1974 version of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', complete with cameos from original host Art Fleming and original announcer Don Pardo… all a mere ''three months'' before the current version of ''Jeopardy!'' (hosted by Alex Trebek and announced by Johnny Gilbert) debuted.
** "Biggest Ball of Twine In Minnesota" could easily stand in for any time period for the whole song... until the single line "In our '53 Desoto". That car was aged but reasonable in the 1980's, but now you wonder why he'd be driving that ancient museum piece.
* Also true of other parody artists. For instance, Cledus T. Judd's first few albums usually parodied country songs from the past two years, sometimes going back even further (his first album in 1995 had spoofs of "[[Music/{{Eagles}} Hotel California]]" and "We Are the World", while his second parodied "[[Music/JohnnyCash Jackson]]" and "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"). By 1999, his turnaround was a bit quicker, to the point that his fourth album spoofed "Livin' la Vida Loca" only five months after that song's release. Later albums zig-zagged this, with some parodies ranging from only a few months after the original's release to two or three years. But probably his quickest examples came on 2012's ''Parodyziac!!'', where Little Big Town's "Pontoon" was parodied less than two months after it hit #1, and Music/EricChurch's "Creepin'" was parodied ''while it was still on the charts''.
** Another example is "Martie, Emily & Natalie", which was a timely takeoff of Music/BradPaisley's "Celebrity" that spoofed the Music/DixieChicks' [[CreatorKiller fall from grace]] in early 2003. The original had a reference to ''TheWeakestLink'' which was dated even then. But the whole song's datedness was only exacerbated when it made a repeat appearance on ''Bipolar and Proud'' a year later (most likely because the original version was on a limited-run EP on a label that closed its Nashville branch not long after the EP's release).
* In 1996, the [=GrooveGrass=] Boyz parodied the "Macarena" in country form. ''That's'' [[SarcasmMode in no way]] a period piece.
** Similarly, Creator/{{Disney}} put out a "Macarena" version of [[DisneyThemeParks the Tiki Room theme song]].
* Most of those CD compilation albums that are released every year, such as KidzBop or Now That's What I Call Music! become this within a few years of being released, because they are just compilations of the top hits of the year.
* Obviously Music/TheBeatles have proven to be timeless, but the Moog synthesizer that shows up on a few ''Abbey Road'' songs is a little jarring (primarily on "Because" and "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"; it's slightly more subtle on "Here Comes the Sun" and used only to make noise for the crescendo of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"). What was considered a cutting edge musical innovation in 1969 went on to become the definitive sound of 1970s cheesiness.
** To be honest this is quite true of much music that makes a lot of use of synthesizers, up to at least TheEighties (heck, ''especially'' TheEighties!) due to the way the technology has evolved.
** And on the subject of TheBeatles, whilst their ''appeal'' is certainly timeless, given they're one of the foremost bands to define TheSixties, they do after a fashion play this trope straight- [[TropesAreNotBad albeit in a positive sense]], rather than the negative "hasn't aged well" sense. Their songs themselves vary in this- some almost deliberately evoking a timeless feel, some very much of their time, in retrospect.
* Whenever a GaitaZuliana group decides to tackle a current issue, it instantly dates itself. This is not only on political songs, but also with mundane themes. "[[http://miqueridagaita.blogspot.com/2010/11/la-parabolica.html La Parabolica]] (The Parabolic Antenna)" for example, is still being played, despite being firmly root on its launching year of 1987, three full years before Cable TV arrived to Venezuela rendering most of its complains (like all the programming being on English or its enormous size) instantly obsolete.
* If you want an earful ''and'' eyeful of most of the defining mainstream music trends from TheSixties through the TurnOfTheMillennium -- FolkRock, Music/HeavyMetal, GlamRock, Funk, {{Krautrock}}, NewWaveMusic, Pop rock, HardRock, Electronica, Alt-Rock, with a few other styles thrown in for good measure -- just follow the bouncing [[Music/DavidBowie Bowie]], who helped define some of them in the first place.
* As a {{Long Runner|s}}, Music/RayStevens has done this many, many times in his career.
** 1970: "[[http://www.musicsonglyrics.com/america-communicate-with-me-lyrics-ray-stevens.html America, Communicate with Me]]". It's clearly a song bridging the gap between the 60s and 70s, as the line "Three small bullets took the leaders that could help us all unite" addresses the assassinations of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, UsefulNotes/RobertFKennedy, and [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King Jr.]], and snippets from an interview with actual late 60s protesters are heard in the opening.
** 1974: "The Streak", about the then-popular craze of streaking, because NakedPeopleAreFunny. Sure, some people still do it today, but the 1970s was its peak.
** 1986: "The People's Court", a five-minute parody of, well, ''Series/ThePeoplesCourt'' that name-drops original judge Joseph Wapner (who left the show in 1993).
** 1987: "Would Jesus Wear a Rolex" is a ReligionRantSong against the many controversies present in televangelism at the time. Of course, the "megachurch" movement in American Protestant Christianity is [[ValuesResonance still relevant today, and arguably much more so]]. But it was an astonishingly new phenomenon in the '80s, whereas nowadays it's become such a commonplace element of America's religious culture that the media doesn't bother to cover it that much anymore.
** 1991: "Workin' for the Japanese" is a (surprisingly vicious by his standards) mockery of the insurgence of Japanese products in the American market in the early 90s.
** 2001: "Osama— Yo' Mama": A post-9/11 mockery of you-know-who.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Pro wrestling has traditionally tried to avoid this, not because it would cause their matches to become dated (only since the age of television have the matches actually been recorded for posterity, the wrestling companies pride themselves on never showing reruns, and much of the match's story content is [[SevenYearRule pretty interchangeable anyway]]), but because wrestling is supposed to exist in its own peculiar fantasy world of {{Kayfabe}}, and allowing too much of the real world to seep through would spoil this illusion. At least, that was the case until the late 1990s, when {{WWE}} (and, to a lesser extent, {{WCW}}) developed a ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''-like fascination with "hip" topical humor, such as openly mocking the BillClinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal or airing a fake home movie called ''[[TheBlairWitchProject The Blonde Bytch Project]]''. Things have only gotten worse since then, with WWE whipping out the WereStillRelevantDammit card every chance they can get; the low point was probably Vickie Guerrero parodying Creator/ClintEastwood's addressing of an empty chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention, which 20 years from now will make even less sense to kids than Nikita Khrushchev banging his shoe on a table.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
{{Theme park|s}} attractions in general can frequently fall into this, especially if they rely on animatronics and/or special effects that were advanced for their time.
* Case in point: the ''[[Franchise/{{Terminator}} T2 3-D: Battle Across Time]]'' performance at Ride/UniversalStudios theme parks, specifically the pre-show, which talks about all of the fascinating new technologies that Cyberdyne is working on. Problem is, it first opened in 1996, and has not been updated in the intervening years. Most people watching this pre-show probably have smartphones in their pockets and purses, and various gadgets in their homes, that can put to shame the "advanced" computers and robots on display. To say nothing of the cameo by Shaquille O'Neal.
* Tomorrowland at [[DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]] got hit with this ''twice'' during its lifespan. The original park's RaygunGothic vision of the future became outdated within just a decade, causing them to start making updates to the park over the course of TheSeventies and TheEighties. "Flight to the Moon", for instance, became "Mission to Mars" after the Apollo landings. Of course, by TheNineties these visions of the future were also outdated.[[note]]Making matters worse, the Tomorrowland section of the park was plagued with petty crime and youth gangs (most notably the {{goth}} gang Disneyland Arcane Crew) during this period.[[/note]] In 1998, the Disneyland designers finally threw up their hands and embraced Tomorrowland's {{Zeerust}}, redoing it as a retro-future area inspired by classic sci-fi and Eurodisney's Discoveryland.
** They did get some things right, though. Most notably, the original 1955 imagining of the "future" of 1986 envisioned a no-nonsense, utilitarian design for spaceships and the like - and, come the actual 1986, that aesthetic was indeed popular for sci-fi, especially for children's toys. It certainly looked a lot more timeless than, say, 1970s predictions of what the future would look like (just try to imagine Tomorrowland if Disneyland had opened in 1974, and recoil in horror).
* The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios (Florida) has not had a significant update since it opened with the park in 1989, and the most recent movie depicted in the tableaus is 1981's ''RaidersOfTheLostArk''. Because TheRival Ride/UniversalStudios parks acquired the attraction rights to most of the hits from the BlockbusterAgeOfHollywood, and WarnerBros usually licences its films to other parks (such as the Six Flags chain), it's virtually impossible to update it aside from periodic reedits of the closing {{Montage}} of great movie moments. This has decimated the ride's popularity -- it's housed in one of the park's key structures (a replica of Grauman's Chinese Theater), and was originally the second-most popular entertainment (as opposed to {{Edutainment}}) attraction at the park behind [[Main/StarWars Star Tours]]. But it now has no appeal to the under-35 crowd since its focus on the GoldenAgeOfHollywood is not one they can relate to in an age when the bulk of films made pre-1980 aren't screened on television or given priority on home media. Plans for a replacement have come and gone over the years, and change never comes.
* Because ScienceMarchesOn and TechnologyMarchesOn, virtually all of Future World at Epcot -- which opened in 1982 and was devoted to predicting the 21st century -- has been substantially updated and even replaced over the years. Much as nostalgic Disney park fans miss Horizons, World of Motion, [=CommuniCore=], etc., it's telling that they were replaced with attractions that are easier to update and/or have more appeal to children. (An entire pavillion, Wonders of Life, was shut down because it just couldn't keep up with health and medicine marching on.) Attractions that ''haven't'' been overhauled in more than a decade (the Universe of Energy/Ellen's Energy Adventure show, for instance) get called out for falling into this trope. And when ''Film/CaptainEO'' was revived in 2010 due to popular demand, it served to prove that no matter what Music/MichaelJackson fans might think, EightiesHair, synthesizers, and neon-colored aliens and backup dancers are ''not'' timeless [[TropesAreNotBad (though certainly a lot of fun)]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Due to DevelopmentHell causing the game to be delayed continually since its inception 13 years prior to its release, ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' (released in 2011) has the unintended disadvantage of playing like a game from the early 2000s, right down to its gameplay mechanics and humor. The game plays as though certain parts were only added in a certain decade, the humor is outdated by several years, the references to previous installments are years (and even decades) out of date and the gameplay (as a whole) is much slower than 2010-era FPS's. In additions, several of the "topical references" include an out-of-date reference to ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' ("Power armor is for pussies!") and a near-exact replication of the infamous Creator/ChristianBale rant from the set of ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' (which had already been out for several years by the time the game was released). Because of this effect, the mechanics that were added more recently (regenerating health, and Duke only being able to carry 2 weapons at once) stick out like a sore thumb.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[TwoGamersOnACouch Gaming comics]] are like this almost by design, as they often reference then-current games.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' helped define TheNineties, and episodes from the 2000s are inevitably going to be pegged to future stereotypes given to that decade, too, and [[LongRunner however many more decades the show goes on for]]. FloatingTimeline saves the day again (though with continuity breaking results).
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' does this to a lesser extent beginning in Season 3, due to the short animation turnaround and their tendency to often use plots RippedFromTheHeadlines. Who even remembers ''spiderholes'' still?
* Any BandToon is linked to the period it was made in by default, since they are usually made at the height a band's fifteen minutes of fame. As for Band Toons featuring fictional bands such as ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'', it is the genre of their music that dates them (or the songs they do covers of).
* ''BeavisAndButthead'', in its original incarnation, epitomized TheNineties (back when [[NetworkDecay music videos still aired on MTV]]). With its [[{{revival}} triumphant return]] in 2011, and the focus on some of the shows MTV is now airing (including ''JerseyShore'' and ''True Life'') in addition to music videos, it looks like it's going to try to capture the zeitgeist of TheNewTens as well.
* WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} has this tendency as well, but it's not as obvious as some other shows. Technology of the era are shown. One episode has him watching an {{Expy}} of "The Magician's Secrets Revealed" or refer to Literature/HarryPotter releases. Since they use expies, they're not as blatant.

* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' does this so well that compilation books from each decade since it began in TheFifties have been made. What seemed popular enough to be spoofed on their cover at one time might even two or three years later be forgotten. Sometimes due to a delay in publishing what it parodies may already be old news by the time the issue comes out.
* Any map, due to changing political borders, countries or cities [[IstanbulNotConstantinople changing]] [[{{Egopolis}} their names]], things like TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, etc.
** Even just a road map of an individual city or state can become a period piece due to new roads being built, existing roads being realigned, highway numbers being decommissioned or moved to different routings, etc. This is especially noticeable in the 1960s and 1970s while the construction of new Interstates was at its peak — they were often built in segments, and many had significant gaps in their routing. (For instance, Interstate 75 in Michigan was first designated in 1958 over a freeway south of Detroit that previously bore another designation, but it had a gap in mid-Michigan that was not filled until 1973.)
* Highway design as a whole. Early freeways often tended to have very short, narrow, tight ramps not conducive to high-speed travel, and otherwise archaic designs (very few early interchanges provided complete access in all directions), while the freeways themselves were generally more linear. Over time, on- and off-ramps, as well as transition roads between freeways, generally became larger and more sweeping, and the main routings of the freeways became more curved. The once-common "cloverleaf" exit is also being phased out, due to a major design flaw where merging and exiting traffic are forced to cross over each other's paths at the center. It's often easy to gauge the approximate age of a freeway, particularly if it has not been extensively rebuilt. (Particularly in California, where many of the older freeways still feature ridiculously sharp exit ramps.)
** The Arroyo Seco Parkway between Los Angeles and Pasadena is now an intentional PeriodPiece; as the first freeway in the region, it's a designated historic landmark and will likely never be updated.
* Certain neighborhoods, often in smaller towns, tend to come off like for reasons similar to the above two examples. Architecture may remain from certain decades without being rebuilt, as with designs of certain houses, style of sidewalk (or the lack thereof), or something as seemingly trivial as the width of roads. With today's wider cars, it's not hard to guess which street was built when.
* According to Creator/OrsonScottCard, ''all'' fiction is this way to one degree or another, bearing identifying characteristics of its writer(s)'s time and culture.
** Backstory time: This assertion was made by Card in reference to ''Literature/TheBookOfMormon'', which Card declared could not have been a hoax written by Joseph Smith because the way it is written differs too greatly from contemporary writers of Smith's time. Those whose sympathies are not resolutely with the Church of Latter Day Saints may want to take this theory with a grain of salt.
*** That said, the changes in language over time and this trope are often quite usable to determine when a work was written--sometimes even to identify something as a forgery, as it simply isn't using the language and conventions of the period it allegedly was written in. Basically, while that specific claim is dubious because he's not qualified to make it, the general claim isn't.
* Any StandUpComedy special will have the comedian commenting on life and culture at the time the special was originally made.
* While any extraterrestrial life that may find it certainly won't care, the images encoded on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contents_of_the_Voyager_Golden_Record Voyager Golden Record]] attached to both Voyager Space Probes certainly portrays the world in in 1970's.
** Depiction of real-world space technology in media can cause this for those familiar with it-- works where Mars rovers all look like Sojourner looked strange after Spirit and Opportunity landed and even more so after Curiosity. The space shuttle's 30 years of service are a bit of an exception. (Of course, other things like the [[EightiesHair hair]] of the people seen onboard said shuttle can make it pretty easy to tell the 1980s from the 2010s...)
* Ever since the 9/11 attacks on the original World Trade Center, pretty much any work set in New York City created prior to September 2001 is going to date itself by depicting the Twin Towers in any way.
** Subsequently, numerous films and TV shows set in New York City between 2002 and 2009 will not feature any or all of the current (rebuilt) World Trade Center which is still under construction.
* [[http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/8480/playboy.jpg This]] (SFW) Brazilian ad for {{Magazine/Playboy}} contrasts 1975 and 2006.
* Any mention of long distance phone calls being expensive.
* Movies/TV shows featuring real life sports teams and athletes run the risk of this as well. Though its expected for films to have athletes from that time period , the fact that uniforms and stadiums can change also puts films in a certain timeframe.
* Lots of old TV shows (and movies) feature the characters rave about how hot/attractive/awesome a then-popular real life person is. However, now in real life that celebrity has aged with the passage of time, their popularity has long-faded and is no longer seen as 'awesome' to anyone outside die-hard devotees, which makes it seem strange to see the characters rave about how amazing some real life has-been is. Examples include an old episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' in which Marcy talks about how how attractive John F. Kennedy Jr (who died in 1999) is, an episode from ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'' in which Carrie raves about how Creastor/MelGibson is her dream date, and the movie ''Film/{{Clueless}}'', in which Cher talks about how cool Christian Slater is. Also, on ''TheSimpsons'', Marge's sisters always mentioned how hot ''{{MacGyver}}'' (played by a then [[TheEighties 80s era]] in his mid to late thirties Richard Dean Anderson) was.