->''"The past is another country. 1987's just the Isle of Wight."''
-->-- '''Ninth Doctor''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay Father's Day]]"

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

Vaguely related to TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, but without the AppliedPhlebotinum. Compare and contrast NextSundayAD. If anachronisms end up in unchecked, will end up causing PresentDayPast.

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



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/NegadonTheMonsterFromMars'', created in 2005, but with many indications of being set in TheSixties, or TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture as it [[{{Zeerust}} would be seen in the sixties]].
* ''{{Literature/Another}}'' had the original novel written in 2009 and the anime in 2012, but is set in 1998.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' is set in 2005, a few years after ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' with the main characters now in high school, despite airing 10 years later in 2015.
* While ''Manga/BokuDakeGaInaiMachi'' started in 2012 (with the anime airing in 2016), its [[TimeTravel "present day" setting]] is in 2006. It even starts on a kind of MisterSandmanSequence, with a TV newscast in the background about the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
* ''Manga/HighScoreGirl'' was initially serialized in 2010, but the story itself takes place in the early 90's, beginning in 1991.
* ''Anime/OccultAcademy'' takes place in 1999 but was released in 2010.

* All of [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2689121/Mr-FanficGuy Mr. Fanfic Guy's]] fanfics, which are set between 2005 and the present, especially ''Fanfic/TheDayEverythingChanged'', ''Fanfic/HolidayVacation'', most of ''Fanfic/LuckyStarAfterStory'', and ''Fanfic/FromConcertToChaos''.

* ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'': Set in 2003, released in 2010.
* ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'': Set in the 1980s, released in 2007.
* ''Film/AmericanPsycho'': Set in the late 1980s, released in 2000.
* ''Film/DefinitelyMaybe'': Released in 2008, set during Clinton's first presidential run in 1992.
* ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet'': Released in 2013, set in the 1990s.
* ''Film/SpaceJam'', released in 1996, set during 1993, and ending during Michael Jordan's return to the Bulls in 1995.
* ''Film/AnimalHouse'', released in 1978, set in 1962.
* ''Film/TheBigLebowski'', released in 1998, was set during the first Gulf War in 1991.
* ''Film/DonnieDarko'', release in 2002, set in 1988.
* The 2011 Creator/TomHanks film ''Literature/ExtremelyLoudAndIncrediblyClose'' is set during and shortly after 9/11.
* WordOfGod is that ''Film/ThankYouForSmoking'' is set in the 1990s, before the tobacco-industry settlement in which they finally, formally admitted that smoking ''is'' bad for you.
* The Creator/JimCarrey remake of ''Film/FunWithDickAndJane'' is set in early 2000, and was released in 2005.
* ''Film/{{Super 8}}'' is set in 1979, mostly because that was the beginning of the Spielberg era.
* ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'', made in 1998, was set in 1985.
* ''Film/LoveAndOtherDrugs'', made in 2010, set in 1996.
* The segment "10/31/98" from the 2012 anthology film ''Film/{{VHS}}'' is an example. The costumes worn by the young men on their way to a Halloween party are all pop-culture and news references from 1998.
* ''Film/FlightOfTheNavigator'' starts in 1978 then via TimeTravel goes to 1986, when the movie was made.
* ''Film/BadDayAtBlackRock'' set in 1945, released in 1955.
* ''{{Film/Clue}}'' is set in 1954, released in 1985. The plot is set against a backdrop of [=McCarthyism=] but doesn't use any specific events. (Except the TV broadcast of the [=McCarthy=] inquiry, which is used more as an EstablishingShot.)
* ''Film/DarkShadows'' was released in 2012 but set in TheSeventies. The series it was adapted from ran from 1966 to 1971.
* ''Film/FinalDestination5'': [[spoiler:The ending reveals it's this trope, although sharp-eyed viewers will catch on that the personal electronics are a bit dated before the ending]].
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'': The framing scenes are in 1985 when the movie was filmed, while the core story takes place in 1955. ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' and ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', filmed in 1989, continue to set the present day in 1985, as the story begins promptly when the first movie ends.
* ''Film/It2017'' was released in 2017, but takes place in the eighties. This is to make it possible for the sequel to take place in the present day.
* ''Film/LadyBird'' was released in 2017, and takes place in 2002.

[[folder:Light Novels]]
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'' was originally written in 2007, while the main plot takes place in the mid 1990s.

* ''Literature/TwentyMinutesIntoThePast'' Released in 1989, the modern day settings outside of the framing story are set in 1987.
* ''Literature/NoCountryForOldMen'', published 2005, set in 1980.
* ''The Usual Rules'', published in 2003, takes place in the months after the 9/11 attacks. The main character's mother worked in the Twin Towers and died in the attacks. Really, when it was written, it was more like 5 minutes into the past.
* ''Where Have All the Flowers Gone?'', from the ''Literature/DearAmerica'' series, was published in 2002 and takes place in 1968. Also unusual for the series, in that the most recent year before that is 1941 and the vast majority of the books take place in the 19th century.
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' is set between 1991-1998 or so while [[Literature/HarryPotter the books]] were released 1997-2007 and [[Film/HarryPotter the films]] 2001-2011. The books are nonspecific enough (owing to the general lack of modern technology) to occur anywhere in that period, but the films are clearly set in the aughts.
* Rowling continues the trend with her later books. ''Literature/TheCasualVacancy'' was written in 2012 but never gives a precise date, though certain pop culture references put it late in the aughts. 2013's ''Literature/TheCuckoosCalling'''s use of ChekhovsNews specifically places it during certain landmark events of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_general_election,_2010#Campaign the 2010 UK general election]].
* Despite being set in the eponymous date and immediately after, later works in the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' series have started to use this since the American town of Grantville was transported to that time from the year 2000 - so writers must be careful to give their computers only the capabilities and programs they would have had then, for instance.
* ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}'', the famous novel by Creator/JamesJoyce was published between 1918 and 1920, yet is set on the perfectly ordinary day of June 16, 1904.
* ''Literature/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower'' was published in 1999 and takes place in the 1991-92 school year.
* Creator/JulesVerne ''loves'' this trope, despite [[CommonKnowledge everybody assuming]] [[PopculturalOsmosis his books are meant to be futuristic]]:
** ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'' (1864), set in 1863
** ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' (1871), set in 1866
** ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'' (1873), set in 1872
** ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'' (1874), set in 1865
** ''Literature/TheChildrenOfCaptainGrant'' (1868), set in 1864
* Don [=DeLillo=]'s ''Falling Man'' was published in 2007 and is set in New York immediately after the September 11 attacks of 2001.
* The first two books of ''Literature/ThePlatinumKey'' series were published in 2015 but set around 2007.
* The majority of Creator/RosemaryWells works would sometimes take place at a certain decade such as the 1950s, 1970s, or between the 1980s and 1990s.
** While the Literature/MaxAndRuby series is still ongoing since 1979, the setting would sometimes be a mix between the 1940s and late 70s since the characters still use old fashioned radio to listen to music and a radio show. But the characters are never seen owning any televsions. Which is odd since in one of the later books and a couple episodes of the animated series would sometimes show a character owning a handheld video game called the Game Bunny.
** In the Yoko & Friends, Yoko series and the animated version of WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool appears to be set during the late 90s but the characters are dressed in clothes that are mostly common during the 70s and 60s while they still own 50s and 60s style cars.
* ''Literature/TheGirls'' was published in 2016 but seems to be set sometime in the early years of the 21st century. Evie is described as middle-aged rather than old (she was 14 in her 1969 flashbacks, so 61 in 2016, 45 at the turn of the century), and an off-hand reference to a San Francisco woman getting killed by pit bulls is an apparent allusion to the 2001 death of Diane Whipple.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/That70sShow'' is a sitcom that aired from 1998 to 2006 and is set in [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the 1970s.]]
* ''Series/That80sShow'' aired in 2002 and is set in the 1980s.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is an interesting example, as the main story takes place in the present, but is told from the future's perspective as if it were taking place 20-something years in the past.
* The 2006 ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and its [[Series/LifeOnMars2008 2008 American counterpart]], which both take place in 1973.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' takes place during the Korean War, but it would have been twenty minutes in the past when it aired in the '70s and '80s. Now, it's more like forty minutes.
* ''Series/HappyDays''. Set in the 1950's-1960's, ran from 1974-1984.
* The beginning of ''Series/TheXFiles'' is set in early 1992 though the show started in 1993.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' started out as PresentDay, but was definitely TwentyMinutesIntoThePast by at least the 2nd Season. [[TimeTravel Then it got more complicated]].
* Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles has this for part of the pilot, since it starts in 1999 before time jumping them to 2007 (the year the show premiered). It allows for some real world events to surprise them, like 9/11.
* Sam and Al on ''Series/QuantumLeap'' were natives of TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, but Sam always leaped into the recent past.
* ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' made in 1999-2000 was set in 1980.
* ''Series/TheGoldbergs'' made its debut in 2013, and is set in the 1980s.
* ''Series/{{Treme}}'' Ran from 2010-2013, Set in Recently post-Hurricane Katrina 2005 era New Orleans.
* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' is set in 2002 and started airing in 2015.
* The five years in which ''Series/BreakingBad'' was airing all take place in the same year in-universe (2008/09 in-show for 2008-2013 in reality), making the later seasons this trope.
* In season 2 of ''Series/MrRobot'' this is almost an ExaggeratedTrope, as it was released in 2016 and explicitly takes place around early summer 2015 (computers, newspapers, and the like often show the date).
* As a series where time travel is a central element, it's not surprising that ''Series/DoctorWho'' has done many stories set in the recent past (relative to the release date of the episode). The page quote is from ''Father's Day'', first aired in 2005 and set in 1987.
* ''Series/FreshOffTheBoat'', being [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory loosely based]] on the childhood of chef Eddie Huang (born 1982), takes place in the 1990s.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/TalesFromTheLoop'': Released in 2017, with a setting that is set in TheEighties (in an explicit homage to KidHero media from that [or that references said] era, from ''Film/TheGoonies'' to ''Series/StrangerThings''). A future expansion book, "Things From The Flood", provides information for the same setting in TheNineties.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheNamelessMod'': Released in 2009, set in September of 2004.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}'' was set in 1986-1987 and released in 1999, but you wouldn't notice it at first glance - especially since the main character has a UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn, which was released in '96.
** However, anachronistic issues like the above are only true for the first game. The second game is mostly set in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowloon_Walled_City Kowloon Walled City]], which had been torn down for five years by 1999.
* ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'':
** ''House of the Dead 4'' dialed back on the ridiculous TimeSkip ''III'' pulled and is set in 2003... two years before its release date of 2005.
** ''VideoGame/TheHouseOfTheDeadOverkill'', released in 2009, goes even further back as an explicit prequel to the rest of the series, being set in 1991.
* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'' was released in 2014 with the trailers, and in-game itself, telling you of a Grand Reopening of the restaurant! [[TomatoSurprise Turns out it takes place during 1987]], so it's [[StealthSequel actually a prequel]] to the [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys previous game]], which is itself (most likely) set in 1993.
* In the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series, most of the games in the "''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' era" (i.e. the ones released during UsefulNotes/TheSixthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames) were explicitly set in the past:
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' and ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' are explicit period pieces, respectively released in 2002 and 2004, and set in 1986 and 1992. [[spoiler:Since the setting of ''San Andreas'' is an {{expy}} of early-90s California, the final missions feature [[HistoricalInJoke the GTA universe's counterpart to the 1992 LA riots.]]]]
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories'' and ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories'' are focused more on being direct {{prequel}}s to ''Vice City'' and ''III'' while still happening to be period pieces, respectively released in 2005 and 2006, and set in 1998 and 1984.
** Even ''GTAIII'' itself is this, more or less unintentionally. It's set around autumn of 2001, about the same as its October '01 release, but ostensibly takes place somewhere between August to the first week of that September, because very little was [[TooSoon changed in response]] to [[TheWarOnTerror the World Trade Center attacks]].
** Likewise, in the "HD era" games, ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned'' and ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony'' were released in 2009 but set in late 2008, and the multiplayer content for ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' was released from 2014 onward, but takes place in early 2013. ''GTAV'' also has an opening mission set in 2004, a full decade prior to its release and the setting of the rest of the game.
* ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' begins at the onset of the zombie apocalypse, which would coincide with the beginning of the comic book. This would mean that the game, first released in 2012, is initially set in 2003.
* ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'' was released in 2006. The main game itself is set in 1995, with the framing device of a documentary recorded in 2005.
* According to an official "Campster" site parodying Friendster, ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', which was released in 2006, is set during 2003.
* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' is set in October 2013, but was [[EpisodicGame episodically]] released throughout 2015. Likewise, the 2017 {{prequel}} ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' takes place in 2010.
* ''VideoGame/Persona5'' takes place in [[YearX 20XX]], but comparing the calendar to RealLife and background elements to the series' plotline indicates that it's 2016. The game was released in Japan in September 2016, but this trope applies for the overseas release, which was in April 2017.
* ''VideoGame/Event0'' was released in 2016 and set in an alternate 2012, where space travel advanced ''far'' faster than it did in the real world, to the point where the setting is a late 80's-model space ship complete with vinyl records, [=CRT=] monitors, and ugly carpets and wallpapers.
* The fifth game in the ''VideoGame/DeltaForce'' series, ''[[VideoGame/DeltaForceBlackHawkDown Black Hawk Down]]'', eschews the normal near-future setting in favor of a period piece set in 1993 during and around the Battle of Mogadishu. However, some of the missions take place a decade later in 2003, when the game itself was released.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' was first released in the early 2000s, but takes place in 1983. It's unlikely the series would work if the characters had modern day conveniences such as internet access or easily accessible cellphones. In fact, at the start of the second season of the AnimatedAdaptation, we see a now adult Rena in 2006. [[spoiler:She is now quite melancholy due to being the SoleSurvivor of her ''entire town'' after an incident in 1983.]]
* ''VisualNovel/MahouTsukaiNoYoru'' was released in April 2012 and takes place in the late 1980s.

* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' is an interesting case. It started its run in 2002, and is still going strong in 2018. WordOfGod says that [[http://elgoonishshive.wikia.com/wiki/El_Goonish_Shive_Timeline the fan-made timeline on the wiki]] is canon, meaning that the events of the comic take place in 2013-2014... so the comic began as NextSundayAD but is by now set in the recent past.
* Webcomic/YumeHime is set in 2010, but started in 2014. According to the annotations, the story begins on the day it was first conceived.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'': While the show is set in a ThemeParkVersion of the Middle Ages, Ned Frischman, a character that comes across a time traveling device thanks to a heap of DeusExMachina, is from the year 1994.
* Once every few seasons, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' does an episode of this.
** "The Way We Was", from the turn to the '70s, which featured Homer as a teenager, trying to date Marge. It featured bell-bottom pants and a Volkswagen Mini Bus.
** "I Married Marge" is set in 1980, showing Homer and Marge seeing ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' in theaters and Homer inadvertently giving away the film's [[ItWasHisSled (then-)big plot twist]] as they're leaving.
** "Lisa's First Word", from the turn to the '80s, which featured Homer and Marge as a young couple with baby Bart. To set the date, Marge had a throw-away line about the latest episode of ''M.A.S.H.''
** "That 90s Show" from the '90s that was a 30-minute AffectionateParody of that decade. It had Homer and Marge in college, with Homer in a generic GarageBand and Marge with a '90s Creator/JenniferAniston haircut.
** Of course, being a LongRunner operating on ComicBookTime, ''The Simpsons'' features NegativeContinuity when it comes to deciding just ''which'' era is currently Twenty Minutes In The Past. If one considers a suitable timespan for this trope to be the last two or three decades, say, then a lot of that period by now falls within the period the show has actually been running in RealLife.
** The third act of "The Wettest Stories Ever Told" is a retelling of ''Film/ThePoseidonAdventure'' set in the not-so-distant past.
-->'''Homer''': It was a dark time for mankind, a time when madness and ignorance ruled... the 1970s.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. In "Meet the Quagmires", Peter and Brian travel back in time so Peter can relive life as an 18-year old.
** ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'''s first ChristmasEpisode was similar, where Stan travels back in time to the 70's to stop Creator/JaneFonda from (somehow) ruining Christmas. [[spoiler:It ends with Stan traveling back in time again, this time to the '80s, where he has to undo all the damage caused by his first trip by shooting UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'': While made in, and set during the 90s, when the 2000s rolled around, the show stuck around in the 90s.
* Poked fun at in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', wherein the cast of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' travel through time [[ItMakesSenseInContext to sue the present day]] - which, at the time ''Harvey Birdman'' aired, was now set further forward in time and [[{{Zeerust}} more futuristic]] than ''The Jetsons''.
-->'''George Jetson:''' We're from the future.\\
'''Elroy Jetson:''' Yeah, the 21st century!\\
'''George Jetson:''' The magnificent far-off year of ''2002''!\\
'''Birdman:''' ''(glances at desk calendar, dated 2004)'' [[DeadpanSnarker Really.]]\\
'''George Jetson:''' ''Yes'', talking ape-man! We are from a society much advanced over your own! A society driven by sprockets! A technological marvel that gives us items such as... '''this!''' ''(pulls out a cell phone [[TechnologyMarchesOn as big as he is]]; cue Peanut [[FunnyBackgroundEvent pulling out his own, much smaller cell phone]])''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anomalisa}}'' is set in 2005, and released in 2015.