The 1990s were a simpler time, when frosted hair tips were all the rage and boy bands ruled the music charts. It was a time when kids constantly quoted Nickelodeon cartoons and adults copied Rachel Green’s hairstyle and Carrie Bradshaw’s drink order. The era yielded some truly iconic musicians, movies, TV shows, games, toys, snacks, and fashion trends. To fuel your 90s nostalgia, here are some of the most popular fads that defined the decade.
TV Shows in the 1990s
There were a few TV shows that dominated the 1990s. At the onset of the decade, Cheers was one of the most popular shows on TV, with millions tuning in every week to watch the latest antics at the Cheers bar.
In the mid-90s, a new sitcom became the most-talked about show on the airwaves; Friends absolutely dominated pop culture, becoming a phenomenon so pervasive that even today, 90s babies still regularly watch reruns, reference the six titular characters by first name only and pepper conversations with their favorite quotes.
While Friends is perhaps the most enduring, the 90s bore plenty of different sitcoms, soap operas and dramas that catered to various age groups. From Home Improvement to Sex and the City, there was something for everyone to watch.
Movies in the 90s
From the supernatural romance in Ghost to the shaky cam thrills of The Blair Witch Project, there were many movies that defined the decade. If you were a kid in the 90s you probably spent your time watching and rewatching all of the Disney renaissance movies, classics like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King. Even adults were enchanted by this new class of animated stories.
There were also big blockbusters that filled the theater seats: a heartbreaking love story on a sinking ship, a disastrous theme park filled with dinosaurs, a war movie about saving a soldier caught behind enemy lines and many more.
Snacks in the 90s
If you were a 90s kid, there’s a good chance that a pack of Dunkaroos was your lunchbox staple. You were probably stoked when mom packed you a Lunchables. And to wash it all down, nothing was better than a pouch of Capri-Sun or a box of Hi-C Fruit Punch.
Games in the 90s
In the late 90s, GameBoy Color was the most exciting thing around, with tons of games coming out to compliment this new gaming system. Kids spent hours playing The Legend of Zelda and all of the new Super Mario games.
There were also plenty of board games that every 90s kid loved playing. Everyone had fun bopping and twisting their Bop-It, feeding Hungry Hungry Hippos, and devising elaborate traps in Mouse Trap.
At the end of the 90s, Pokémon was the coolest thing around. Kids loved playing Pokémon games on their GameBoy Color, and every kid had a deck of Pokémon cards they used to battle with their friends at recess.
Toys in the 90s
Growing up in the 90s, there were a few staple toys that could be found in every kid's room. Everyone had their own personal Tamagotchi that they carried with them everywhere they went. For girls, Polly Pocket was the hottest toy around–everyone loved customizing their own little doll. For boys, a Super Soaker or a Nerf gun was a prized possession. And of course, you can’t forget the mania over Furby.
Fashion in the 90s
In the early 1990s, many 80s fashion trends were still popular, like overalls and shirts with bold geometric prints. It took a few years before the decade’s own trends began to emerge. In the early-to-mid 90s, flannel and Doc Martens were the height of cool—the grungier, the better. During this time, muted colors and black clothing completed the look.
But by the end of the 90s, the grunge trend had faded away, and replaced with more casual style. Women often chose to wear casual suits at work, and baseball caps became the go-to accessory for everyday wear.
The end of the 90s also saw a resurgence in 70s styles, with metallic clothing, crop tops and maxi skirts flying off the shelves. As the 90s ended, brightly colored clothing also became popular again.
From classic TV shows to amazing toys, there are tons of trends from the 90s that remain iconic. There were many trends that lasted through the whole decade but each year also had its own unique trends, too. Long live the 90s!