Oh snap! The ’90s are back in style and that means we get to relive our childhood/teenhood in cropped tops, ripped jeans, and Doc Martens as the 20-year fashion cycle takes effect. Thanks to Netflix, we can reunite with some of our favorite shows and movies from way back when, as well. My bad, I mean the movies and shows that we thought were “all that and a bag of chips.”
While I’m not quite ready to embrace scrunchies and snapbacks, taking a few remote clicks down memory lane sounds like a fun way to honor the hey days, now that I’m living in the mom days.
TV Shows Available for Streaming:
One of the most anticipated releases on Netflix, Friends embodies everything we loved about the ’90s. I mean … the Rachel hair cut alone shaped women’s hairstyles for a good portion of the decade. There is so much to look forward to reliving – the Rachel and Ross lobster relationship anticipation, everyone’s fascination with ugly naked guy, and “Pivot!” No doubt about it, when I heard Friends was coming to Netflix, I was all “How you doing?”
2. Saved By The Bell
“Hey, hey, hey! What is going on here?” Take a “Time Out” and revisit Zack Morris and the preppy ‘90s gang at Bayside High when the cell phones were the size of bricks, and Kelly Kapowski’s bangs were larger than life. All six cheesy-to-the-max seasons have recently been adding for streaming.
3. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Move over Twilight, because Buffy The Vampire Slayer made all things vampire cool way before Bella and Edward existed. This show was the bomb.com. I remember I wanted to BE Buffy. She was cool. She was tough. And she did it all while wearing a dangerously short mini skirt. The spin off series, Angel, is like the male clone of the show and is available for streaming as well.
4. Melrose Place
Like most ’90s evening soap dramas, Melrose Place is about a group of young, beautiful people living it up in sunny California. Full of crazy, unbelievable plot twists, tank dresses and pleated pants, it was our weekly pinnable of juicy drama – the kind of drama you couldn’t wait to hop on the cordless phone and rehash with friends on a three-way call.
5. Ally McBeal
Now who could forget the dancing baby!? All you millennials, this dancing baby, a figment of Ally’s tortured imagination, was groundbreaking animation and the first viral video in the ’90s. Aside from that, Calista Flockhart puts forth a lovable, quirky, yet relatable performance as an attorney who has to work at a law firm owned by the love of her life and his wife.
From the Blair Witch Project, to The Craft (also on Netflix), to Sabrina the Teenage Witch, it’s safe to say we were witch obsessed in the ’90s. Charmed was another witch TV series feather in our cap. I think the easiest way to describe it is Buffy The Vampire Slayer but with sister witches.
Probably one of the most quotable teen movies from the ’90s. The decade’s west coast, California rich kid obsession is epitomized in this movie. Alicia Silverstone became a fashion icon “it girl” after its release. Every teen and tween female, including yours truly, was sporting knee high tights and rolling with the homies, before you could say “as if!”
2. Wayne’s World
Wayne’s World! Party Time! Excellent! This movie was and is a forever classic. We sure liked our half-baked, half-dumb male duos in the ‘90s (Bill and Ted, Dumb and Dumber) but Wayne and Garth reign supreme. They made us fall in love with Queen again and made us all want a licorice dispenser for our cars. Schwing!
3. Tommy Boy
During an era when Saturday Night Live was king of comedy, SNL super stars Chris Farley and David Spade brought this perfect blend of slapstick and dry humor to the big screen. All you have to do is say three lines … “Did you eat paint chips as a kid?” “Housekeeping!” “Fat Guy in a little coat” … and I’m LOL-ing. It’s a must watch and re-watch.
4. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
A poignantly sad story, but with a talented cast of stars, before they were stars, such as Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio. Delivering a particularly stunning performance, the young DiCaprio was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Gilbert’s developmentally disabled brother Arnie.
5. Jerry Maguire
Show me the money! This movie highlights Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger in arguably their best roles, as well as the breakout performance of Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr.
6. Good Will Hunting
It’s the movie that launched careers for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. “How do you like them apples?” It also showcases a stunning performance by the late, and great Robin Williams. (Other shows from Williams also currently streaming on Netflix are Hook, The Bird Cage, Flubber, and Jumanji.)
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