->''Boy, the way Music/{{Nirvana}} played\\
Songs that got Music/KurtCobain [[Music/CourtneyLove laid]]\\
They were broke and [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG Smalls]] was paid\\
[[Series/AllInTheFamily Those were the days!]]\\\
[[GoodOldWays And you knew where you were then]]\\
Watching Series/{{Seinfeld}} yak 'bout Franchise/{{Superman}}\\
Mister we could use a man like [[UsefulNotes/BillClinton Bubba Clinton]] again!\\\
[[BloodOnTheDebateFloor Pundits endlessly debate]]\\
VideoGame/{{Doom}} and OJ's [[ConvictedByPublicOpinion big court date]]\\
Gee our [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Genesis]] ran great\\
[[NostalgiaFilter Those were the daaaays!]]\\\
[[BigBrotherIsWatching Folks could voice their discontent]]\\
[[RidiculousFutureInflation Three digits could pay the rent]]\\
[[TheWarOnTerror No-one knew what jihad meant]]\\
Those were the days!\\\
Take the Trans-Sport for a spin\\
Go to watch the Blue Jays win\\
Then home to play some VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein|3D}} on your huge 8 megs of RAM\\\
[[GlobalWarming Summers short and winters long]]\\
{{MTV}} [[NetworkDecay was going strong]]\\
Where the fuck did we go wrong?\\
Those were the days!''


[[folder:Film live-action]]

->We're the middle children of history man. No purpose or place. We have no great war. No great depression. Our Great Warís a spiritual war. Our Great Depression is our lives.
-->--'''Tyler Durden''', ''Film/FightClub''

->Once we get out of [[TheEighties the 80s]], the 90's are gonna make [[TheSixties the 60s]] look like [[TheFifties the 50's]]!
-->--'''Huey Walker''', ''Flashback'' (1990)


[[folder:Live-action TV]]

->First I'm sentenced to a computer tutorial on Saturday, now I have to read some computer book. There are books ON computers? Isn't the point of computers to ''replace'' books?
-->--'''Cordelia''', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ("The Dark Age")

->'''Kimberly:''' ''(on the communicator watches)'' We can teleport and communicate with the Command Center with these things?\\
'''Billy:''' Affirmative.\\
'''Kimberly:''' [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece This is so Nineties.]]
-->-- ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', "High Five"

->Remember when people were content to be unambitious? Sleep 'til 11:00? Just hang out with their friends? I mean, they had no occupations whatsoever, maybe working a couple hours a week at a coffee shop?
-->--'''Jason from [[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles LA]]''', ''Series/{{Portlandia}}''

->We, we're not two years into the nineties, and already it's shaping up as lame, boring stupid decade that we're just going to have to suffer through. Responsibility, restraint, recession. There's no escape! Or is there? Maybe you need the ultimate vacation. A trip to [[TheEighties the 1980s]].
-->--''Series/AlmostLive'' "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bqi16qrbU0 '80s Land]]"



->''So show me yours, I'll show you mine\\
''[[Series/HomeImprovement Tool Time]]'', you'll Lovett it just like Lyle\\
And then we'll do it doggy style\\
So we can both watch'' [[Series/TheXFiles X-files]]
-->--'''Music/BloodhoundGang''' "Discovery Channel"

->''[[CableSatelliteMudslinging Get the satellite]] if you want to see me\\
[[EverythingIsOnline Talking on the net]] I know the way you like it\\
Get your credit card [[CrackIsCheaper cause I need more money]]\\
All I wanna get is you baby''
-->--'''Maurizio De Jorio''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ0xBCwkg3E "Running in the 90s"]]


[[folder:Newspaper comics]]

->In this dance I celebrate the new American optimism. Wherein we look at recession, deficits, education, poverty, racism, sexism, AIDS crime, drugs, poisoned resources, crumbling highways-railroads-buildings-bridges and go 'HO HUM.' Because ''who cares''? '''''[[UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar WE WON A WAR!]]'''''
-->--'''Jules Fieffer''', 1991 [[http://www.adambaumgoldgallery.com/feiffer_jules/we_won_a_warWB.jpg political cartoon]]



->'''V1:''' ''[at wit's end]'' EIGHT PEOPLE on this show wore jorts and some form of t-shirt, or vest, or top.\\
'''OOC:''' That was the style at the time.\\
'''V1:''' Fuck. ''Everyone'' is Wrestling/JohnCena?
-->--''WebVideo/OSWReview'' Ep. 33, ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} Thunder''


[[folder:Video Games]]

->The present--if we can still call it that. Specifically, 1990...a rather perilous time of planetary egocentricism leading to an overemphasis on dangerously shaky interplanetary jealousies and greed. The times reflect the people who suffer stress with a sense of urgency that encourages [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids pragmatism over reason, dulls an awareness of values and leads weaker souls to lives of crime.]]
-->--'''''VideoGame/UltimaII''''' game manual

->It is the nineties, and there is time for ''Klax''.
-->-- '''''VideoGame/{{Klax}}''''', opening screen


[[folder: Web Comics]]

->Nineties kids think they're so great, with their Franchise/PowerRangers and their Music/{{Nirvana}} and their [[BreadEggsMilkSquick non-people corporations.]]
-->-- '''Danny''', ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge''


[[folder:Web Original]]

->Our brains weren't fully evolved back in 1993, as evidenced by ''Series/TheNanny''[='=]s inexplicable popularity.
-->--'''''{{Website/Cracked}}''''' [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/8-classic-movies-with-shitty-posters/#ixzz352td7P7T on]] ''Film/GroundhogDay''

->You are ''not'' a 90's kid, you were [[NoTrueScotsman born in '99.]]
-->-- ''WebAnimation/WelcomeTo Website/{{Facebook}}!''

->The first time someone in the '90s thought to [[TotallyRadical put on sunglasses and stand in front of graffiti]], Satan laughed and said, 'That's exactly how I'm going to greet that guy when his filthy black soul arrives.'
-->-- '''{{Creator/Seanbaby}}'''

->This wholesome golden age was only ever so slightly overshadowed by the beginnings of [[PrivatelyOwnedSociety economic globalisation]], but this was easy to ignore especially with the technological wonder of the [[UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor Game Boy Color]] to marvel at.

->Surprise, I'm not a Millennial! Whew. [[TheNewTens Thank God for that.]] Barely dodged the bullet, too. No, see, I'm a classic Gen-X-er, in case you hadn't noticed from my general apathy, bad attitude and the immense pleasure I take in needling you.
-->-- '''[[http://jezebel.com/5992947/dear-millennials-youre-ok-youll-survive-really Tracy Moore]]'''

->Iím not even kidding when I say that I miss the era when major movies always had their own raps. An era that began with ''[[Film/TheAddamsFamily Addams Family]]'' and ended with ''Film/WildWildWest''. They did what they wanted to do, Matt. [[Music/MCHammer They played how they wanted to play.]]
-->-- '''Chris Sims''' and '''Matt Wilson''' [[http://comicsalliance.com/comicsalliance-reviews-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-ii-2/ on]] 'Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze''

->'The X-Files is'', appropriately enough, a show that helps define what is known as 'Generation X', the generation born following the post war baby boom, as the afterglow from Americaís ascent to global superpower [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen began to wear off]]...itís little wonder that Generation X seemed completely disillusioned with their elders. 'The Erlenmeyer Flask' is quite overt in its handling of [[EvilOldFolks broken father figures.]]
-->-- '''[[http://them0vieblog.com/2013/10/31/the-x-files-the-erlenmeyer-flask-review/ Darren Mooney]]''' on ''Series/TheXFiles'', "The Erlenmeyer Flask"

->Blake strikes me as the ur-Father of [[UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud Freud's]] ''Civilization and Its Discontents'', speaking to the id-driven sales force. In good times, Blake comes across as a parody of all [[BadBoss bad managers]] with his A-B-C rules -- he is Stephen Covey's evil twin. In a bad business climate, however, he is the bearer of profound [[HobbesWasRight Hobbesean truths]], and one feels obliged to internalize him and let him whisper in the back of one's mind, for his is the voice that drives industry.
-->-- '''James Ashley''', [[http://www.imaginativeuniversal.com/blog/post/2009/02/10/Second-prize-is-a-set-of-steak-knives.aspx "Second Prize is a Set of Steak Knives"]]

->I watched all 3 hours of last nightís American Music Awards and it [[INeedAFreakingDrink took a lot of the sweet nectar]] to get through it. Iím surprised Iím not typing this from a hospital bed as a nurse stands next to me, wringing the booze out of my liver before shoving it back up my asshole. Watching it felt like being stuck in a suburban 10-year-oldís [=iTunes=] playlist. It was one shit song after another and at one point I weeped for our nationís children, because when I was a kid our ears were filled with the artistic melodies put out by real artists like Music/MilliVanilli and Music/VanillaIce.
-->-- '''[[http://dlisted.com/2014/11/24/presenting-taylor-swifts-high-school-drama-club-performance-of-blank-space/ Michael K.]]''' on Music/TaylorSwift's "Blank Space"

->Boomer lust for WWII was a simultaneous lame tribute to dying vets (Happy Fatherís Day! Hereís another copy of ''The Greatest Generation!'') and [[InadequateInheritor a slap in the face to their slacker kids]], Generation X. Gen-X failed to get real jobs and in general, to care whether they did or not.
-->-- '''[[http://www.popmatters.com/column/166352-movie-time-travel-and-the-new-nostalgia/ Molly Brown]]''', "Time Travel and the New Nostalgia"

->Generation X hasn't had a real voice since [[LongList Kurt Cobain blew his brains out, Tupac was murdered, Jeff Mangum went crazy, David Foster Wallace hung himself, Jeff Buckley drowned, River Phoenix overdosed, Elliott Smith stabbed himself (twice) in the heart]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Axl got fat.]]
-->-- '''Matt Honan''', [[http://gizmodo.com/5851062/generation-x-is-sick-of-your-bullshit "Generation X is Sick of Your Bullshit"]]

->Around the time Richard Linklaterís film ''{{Film/Slacker}}'' came out in 1991, journalists and critics put a finger on what they thought was different about the young generation of emerging adults Ė they were [[ManChild reluctant to grow up]], [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids disdainful of earnest action]]. The stereotype stuck -- and it stuck hard.
-->-- '''[[http://www.salon.com/2013/08/11/generation_x_gets_really_old_how_do_slackers_have_a_midlife_crisis/ Sara Scriber]]''', "Generation X gets really old"

->Luckily, as most Zís have only a vague memory of the pre-[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Bush v. Gore world]], theyíve known nothing but escalating bullshit for their entire lives. They thus have no baseline of non-suckitude to cultivate bitterness or nostalgia. Generation Xís '[[StepfordSnarker bad attitude]],' on the other hand, has always been a function of [[CantCatchUp living in the boomer shadows]]--culturally, economically, politically, and so on.
-->-- '''[[http://ludicdespair.blogspot.com/2011/09/generation-x-still-relentlessly-and.html Jeffey Sconce]]'''


[[folder:Web Video]]

->'''[[Creator/BenCroshaw Yahtzee]]:''' We're moving on from the happy-flappy 8-bit era to the [[DarkerAndEdgier dark and gritty]] 90's! Do you remember the 90's?\\
'''Gabriel''': I remember them being [[TotallyRadical very radical]] and hyper-colored.
-->--''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgU-KA46THc Let's Play]]'' ''{{VideoGame/Dreamweb}}''

->By looking at the fashions, you can tell that this was made around the time the '80s [[OutdatedOutfit were trying to die]], and the '90s were trying to define themselves in that they have [[CantCatchUp no original way of defining themselves.]]
-->--'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''', ''{{Nickelodeon}} Week''

->'Aw, c'mon Bob! The [=90s=] weren't so bad! ''{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}''! ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''! ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''! ''Franchise/PowerRangers''!' And, OK, fine. If we're speaking strictly in terms of nostalgic children's television... well, the [=80s=] still wins.
-->-- '''WebVideo/{{Moviebob}}''', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7KbI3P4HaU The Big Picture]]"

->It was 1993, when everyone was pretending to be depressed in a [[{{Wangst}} marketing-friendly way]]. 'We're rising against the expectations of society and [[{{Film/Clerks}} playing hockey on the roof]] because I just don't agree with our socially-irrelevant baby boomer world. ''Think about it''.'
-->--'''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVFrAsxjxLs George Weidman]]'''

->Dance music in the nineties was moving in a different direction. People didn't want ''fun'', they wanted '''in your face'''! Aggressive! 'Slammin'![='=] I think we called it, in the nineties.
-->--'''WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows''' [[http://blip.tv/todds-pop-song-reviews/one-hit-wonderland-groove-is-in-the-heart-by-deee-lite-6901708 on]] "Groove is in the Heart"

-> Everything felt like, 'Wow, this is it.' Like 'All of human history has been leading up to this point'.
-->--'''[[NinjaSexParty Danny]]''', ''WebVideo/GameGrumps''


[[folder:real life]]

->A lot of life is hopeless today, even for middle-class kids. I mean, for the first time in I think human history, middle-class kids now assume they are not going to live as well as their parents--that's really something new, that's never happened before. My kids, for example, assume that they are probably never going to live the way that we live. Think about it, that's never happened before in history. And they're probably right, except accidentally--like, some of them may, [[YourDaysAreNumbered but on average they won't.]]
-->--'''Noam Chomsky''', ''Understanding Power''

->For some, they offered a '90s point of view' on young people and their relationships....But older adults 35+ were more critical, and felt this group did not really care about each other like real friends would. These older viewers also found it hard to relate to this group of friends. They found the character [[ThisLoserIsYou smug, superficial, and self-absorbed.]]
-->--'''Creator/{{NBC}}''' [[http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/friends-anniversary internal memo]] on ''{{Series/Friends}}''