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Top 5 of 90s Television
« on: September 09, 2019, 12:51:10 PM »
There isn't much 90's television that holds up, is there?
This is a Thread worth of discussion because I could give you lists of Individual TV episodes and TV Movies, like Pirates of Silicon Valley. It may seem like Television isn't as quality as movies, but if you factor in the thousands of terrible films, percentages come out about equal.

I want to keep this broad, but I'm hoping for a range of answers covering TV Movies and Mini-Series on both cable and network television along with some outstanding individual episodes of television programs.
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Re: Top 5 of 90s Television
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2019, 12:58:24 PM »
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The Sopranos
Batman: The Animated Series
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Twin Peaks
Spaced
Freaks and Geeks

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Re: Top 5 of 90s Television
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2019, 01:01:35 PM »
Those are some great choices Sam.

I'd add in The West Wing, Mad About You, some seasons of SNL, and Kids in the Hall.
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Re: Top 5 of 90s Television
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2019, 01:39:06 PM »
Quick-shot, grouped & chronological.
EDIT: Per pixote's question: added [last watched/number of times].

Masterpiece
Heimat II: A Chronicle of a Generation (1992, Edgar Reitz, Germany)    [2008/4x]

Mostly great
My So-Called Life (1994)    [2007/5x]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)    [2019/6x]
The West Wing (1999)    [2011/3x]

Noteworthy
Profit (1996)    [2007/4x]
La Femme Nikita (1997, Canada)    [2016/3x]
Nothing Sacred (1997)    [2018/2x]
Ultraviolet (1998, Joe Ahearne, UK)    [2010/5x]
Angel (1999)    [2007/3x]

Honorable mention
Babylon 5 (1994)    [2013/3x]
Daria (1997)    [2011/2x]
Cowboy Bebop (1998, Japan)    [2013/2x]

Of these, Nothing Sacred is the only one still unavailable, AFAIK even on back channels (poor quality copies on Youtube exist, though).

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Re: Top 5 of 90s Television
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2019, 01:53:28 PM »
Love seeing Cowboy Bebop. I might post a Top 5 anime series later, but for now I want to more directly address smirnoff with 5 TV Movies.

1. RKO 281 (1999)
2. Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995)
3. Ghostwatch (1992)
4. Barbarians at the Gate (1993)
5. If These Walls Could Talk (1996)
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Re: Top 5 of 90s Television
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2019, 03:51:39 PM »
Ooh, Ghostwatch. It's pretty brilliant.
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Re: Top 5 of 90s Television
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2019, 04:33:50 PM »
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Re: Top 5 of 90s Television
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2019, 05:34:27 PM »
Mostly great
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)

That one almost deserves an asterisk since season four didn't start till October 1999, and the first three seasons are less than mostly great.

Since smirnoff's original question was about what "holds up", I'm curious to know approximately when people last watched their selections.

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Top 5 of 90s Television
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2019, 07:39:54 PM »
I've watched all my shows in the last 5 years.

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Re: Top 5 of 90s Television
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2019, 11:53:36 PM »
For my own purposes Star Trek: TNG holds up fine. I rip through a season every now and then. How well it holds up for a person coming to the show for the very first time, in 2019... I couldn't say. But I'd love to know. :)

I rewatched some season 2 Seinfeld recently. It was fantastic. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself laughing out loud on a regular basis.

X-files was a regular show for me in the 90's but trying to rewatch it was quite a grind. So I would say it doesn't hold up.



The 90's were so different to, standards wise. You would watch something because it was the best thing on at any given moment, not because you would choose to watch it from every possible thing in the world you could be watching.