June 18, 2012
We’ve scoured the streaming catalog of Netflix to find the best 90s movies and TV to help take you back to the decade that brought us grunge and the Internet. I can’t wait to cuddle up in my over-sized flannel shirt and wool hiking socks and crack open a Zima. The 90s await!
Reality Bites, 1994
This one irritated me when it first came out. I felt sorry for Ben Stiller’s character and wanted to slap Ethan Hawke. Perhaps in re-watching it 18 years later, I will have a different reaction. I look forward to giving it a second chance if only to see the great scene with Winona Ryder dancing in the convenience store to "My Sharona."
Saved by the Bell, 1989-1992
This show from the early 90s was so stereotyped and overdone that it almost seemed like a parody of itself at the time. Even so, who could resist following the antics of Zack, Kelly, Screech and the gang. All five seasons of cheesy goodness are ready to take you back to Bayside.
Hope Floats, 1998
Probably not the first choice for guys; this is a non-apologetic chick flick, but oh, it’s so good. The whole strong, good-with-his-hands, quietly artistic thing that Harry Connick, Jr. has going on this movie works for me. Every time (and I’ve seen it a few). Add in the quirky supporting characters and a good Garth Brooks song, and Hope Floats is the perfect Saturday afternoon at home indulgence.
Good Will Hunting, 1997
Man, oh man, did I love this movie when it came out. Cute and secretly crazy-smart Matt Damon is perfect in this role. It deserved its two Academy Awards and 7 other nominations. Can’t wait to re-watch this one. How ’bout them apples!
Twin Peaks, 1990
As with all really good and interesting TV (see My So-Called Life below for an additional example), Twin Peaks got cancelled much too soon for my taste. I just finished re-watching the whole thing (thank you, Netflix) and was not disappointed. So quirky and creepy and fun. It was from Twin Peaks that I developed a serious girl crush on Sherilyn Fenn.
Nirvana: Teen Spirit: Interviews
A documentary looking back at the making of 1991’s "Nevermind," this one hour program includes interviews with the band prior to explosion on the early 90s music scene. It has gotten some mixed reviews, but for a fan of Nirvana, it is well worth the hour.
Hungry for more 90s movies and TV? Here are some additional options. If you see something you like, it is best to go ahead and watch it, the streaming options change regularly on Netflix.