Growing Up In The 90’s Gave Us All Of This – We’re So Cool…
Growing up in the 90’s means you experienced great 80’s music, great TV shows, great looking cartoons and great toys. Basically, our childhoods were “great”. Sorry later generations.
Here are some of the main things that come to mind looking back.
Iconic movies (in VHS tapes): Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pretty Woman, Interview with the vampire, Wayne’s World, The bodyguard, Empire Records, Jurassic Park, Batman Returns, Titanic, Die Hard, La Risa en Vacaciones, Sandlot, Dangerous Minds, Craft, Scream 1 & 2, Clueless (As if! we could forget this one)
Crazy shows that kept us up at night: It miniseries, La Hora Marcada, The Jerry Springer Show, El Show de Cristina, The X-Files,
TV Shows made us optimistic and think we were also funny: Blossom, Full House, Saved By The Bell, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, FRIENDS, Beakmans World, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Beverly Hills 90210: (Brandon or Dylan/Kelly or Donna?), Seinfeld, Married With Children (last seasons), Don Francisco!
Cartoons and Adventure TV shows were all the rage: Xena, The Warrior Princess, Hercules, Power Rangers, Looney Tunes, Tiny Toons, Dexter’s Laboratory (Cartoon Network went live), Rugrats, Magic School bus
Kids TV shows had us hooked: Mickey Mouse Club, Barney, El Espacio de Tatiana, El Show de Xuxa, Dinosaurs
Disney was killing it: The Lion King 1 & 2, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas 1 & 2, Mulan, Toy Story 1 & 2, 101 Dalmations, and many many more
Oh yeah, Disney made regular movies too: Mighty Ducks 1-3, Honey I Blew Up the Kid, Hocus Pocus, The Parent Trap, George of the Jungle, The Three Musketeers
Toys: Skip It, Jumping jacks, Pick Up Sticks, Troll dolls, Polly Pockets, all things Barbie (remember all the loose Barbie heels you would find around your house? And if you accidentally stepped on one, oh the cursing…), Cabbage Patch, My Little Pony, Furbies, Bebeleche (just needed chalks)
PlayStation what? Super Nintendo and Game Boy were THE game consoles back then.
What games: Solitaire, Snake Game on the Nokia 3310, Mario Bros, Goldeneye 007, Zelda, Street Fighter II
MTV Unplugged’s second episode was Nirvana: The show was a hit and more bands followed the Seattle band’s footsteps.
Floppy disk: Not everyone will know what these are. They were flat and flimsy USBs that came in different colors.
Back to the games. Game night had to have: Dream Phone, Rubric cube (competitions), Atrévete, Operation, Tazos battle, Girl Talk, Jenga, Guess Who, Clue, Risk, Twister, care for your Tamagotchi
With all of these options to keep us entertained, did we need more? Apparently, we did.
- Single line roller blades
- Everything changed color; like Pepsilindros and Sabrimágicos
- We would listen to the radio and rush to record songs with or colored cassettes – so many mixed tapes…
- Disposable cameras with 35 mm and 110 film
- Colored Walkman
- Intense Tetherball games. Not invented in the 90s, but recess was waiting in line for your turn to play
- Lisa Frank school supplies
- Multicolored pens – and yes, we would try to use all the colors at once 😉
Now let’s talk fashion: Neon galore, Corsets; brands like Spirit, Bongo, CK; overalls; high waisted pretty much everything; “Don’t worry be happy” novelty shirts; peace sign necklaces; plastic chokers; haircut “The Rachel”; bangs, rubber Xuxa sandals (with heels…oh man, watch out now) and never ending swatch watch designs.
What about food and snacks? Trix “Silly Rabbit, Trix Are For Kids”, Cap’n Crunch, Pop Rocks, Hamburger shaped gummies, Nerds and Bubbaloo gum
We sang to: Xuxa, Pablito Ruiz, New Kids On the Block, Timbiriche, Nirvana, Caifanes, Soda Estereo, Kabah, Selena, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Spice Girls, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, P. Diddy, Aaliyah, TLC, and we were introduced to house music.
Finally, many of us had our Quinceañeras or went to our friend’s sweet sixteen party. From the big puffy dresses to the over-the-top decorations, those parties were all the rage. It would give us the opportunity for a later curfew which meant – start your night at the party and finish at House party. Sorry mom.
It’s hard to define a decade in one tone or genre when you actually go through your junior and teenage years constantly changing your style. What were the 90’s like for you? Was it more childish or music heavy? Share with us your top memories below.
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