When you think about Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo, Dads, and the Keeping Up with the Kardashians, it’s easy to shake your head and long for the good ol’ days of after-school programming like Pokémon and Saved by the Bell. Doesn’t society need a different set of role models? When did Duck Dynasty replace the Banks and “ratchet” become the new “ghetto”? (Note: both are still inappropriate appropriations)
Pop culture is more like Lost, where each season builds off the previous one even though sometimes things make no sense and happen anyway. Nothing starts anew, with a blank slate like American Horror Story. Keeping that in mind, perhaps we should take the time to scrutinize the '90s, which is arguably the fourth most nostalgicized decade after the '20s, '60s, and '70s.
The '90s certainly wasn’t the epitome of cool—come on, scrunchies? OK, fine we can still reminisce, but let’s not skip over the difficult parts. Take a closer look with 15 Things You Attempted Because '90s TV Shows Made It Look Easy.