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I Love the 90s’ reviews our youth

This week VH1 is airing “I Love the 90s: Part Deux,” the sequel to the first pop-culture filled show. Many people do not believe the 90s were a great decade, but I am going to explain why it was, at the very least, memorable. Some of these reasons were not positive events, but they are still memories of the decade in which I grew up.

First of all is television. I have only four letters: TGIF. For people our age, Friday nights in the early-to-mid-1990s were ALMOST as fun as they are now. We had “Full House,” “Family Matters,” “Step by Step,” “Just the Ten of Us” and “Perfect Strangers,” among others.

Then we could wake up early on Saturday to catch “Saved by the Bell.” If you were like me, you even had the “Saved by the Bell” board games and dolls.

What do kids really have to watch today? Yes, these shows we watched as kids were cheesy, but at least 90 percent of the plots were not about sex! At 22, I can enjoy every prime time show today, but I doubt my parents would have let me watch most of them if they were on when I was younger.

At least Beverly Hills 90210, one of the more risqué shows of the 90s, was viewable for 11-year-olds.

The 90s were a great time for music too, and most of it was good music. It was not always rump shaker, “let’s get drunk and have a one night stand” music. While rap was popular, and quite better than it is today, songs about love and other things were plentiful in the 90s.

According to Billboard Magazine, some of the longest running No. 1 songs in history are Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” and Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love To You.”

Here we have a bunch of songs that were good when they came out, then we got sick of them after they were played over and over again. But when I hear these songs now, they are oddly enjoyable again.

Today we have artists like Britney Spears who think marrying your best friend for one day is a cool way to get attention.

Speaking of attention, a lot of 90s movies were worthy of it. “Forrest Gump,” “Silence of the Lambs,” “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan” are just a few classic 90s movies — not to mention that one called “Titanic” that was so popular, some people still cannot stand it.

What was it that made some of us see that movie repeatedly? According to the Internet Movie Database, six 90s movies, including “The Lion King,” “Forrest Gump” and “Jurassic Park,” are among the 20 all-time highest grossing box office films.

All those teenage girls obsessed with Leonardo DiCaprio helped “Titanic” become the all-time highest grossing film.

The 90s not only had some good entertainment, but they had memorable news events too. Although they were not always good, they were definitely memorable and had lasting effects. I recall the 1992 election was the first time I actually heard about politics, as my parents would rant about why Bill Clinton was an idiot.

Oh, and that O.J. Simpson saga? I watched it almost every day until the man who I still believe was guilty walked off scot-free.

Who else remembers where they were and what they were doing when Oklahoma City Bombing occurred? That image of the fireman cradling the dead little baby still sends chills down my spine.

Later in the decade we had Clinton’s sex scandal. By this time I pretty much knew I did not like Bill Clinton, so it was funny when the “blue dress” was found.

I’ll bet most of my readers remember the attack on Columbine High School. I will also bet many of you are thinking of the bomb threats at your high school immediately after Columbine.

The 90s were a memorable time in their own way. There were plenty of good times, but also some tragic events. Although these were major news events, I did not think the 90s had any earth-shattering events that made it a troubling period such as the 1960s.

Knock on wood that Sept. 11 happened two weeks into my college career, and thus began this decade that has not been nearly as good as the last one.

E-mail comments to Nicole at [email protected].

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