TV Review – The Nineties (TV Mini Series)

TV Review – The Nineties (TV Mini Series)

From the Emmy Award-winning executive producers by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, The Nineties follows on from their series – The Sixties, The Seventies and The Eighties.


The Nineties saw technological triumphs and terrorist tragedies, inter-racial conflict in Los Angeles to New York and all points in between, the grunge revolution and hip-hop’s ascendance to the mainstream. A series of extraordinary events crowded across the world stage, including the collapse of the Soviet Union, the reunification of Germany and the end of apartheid in South Africa, while everything from culture to commerce was irrevocably altered as the world went online, and a ground-breaking, genre-bending new era of television change the world forever.

ReviewContains Spoilers

The Nineties TV miniseries is made up of 2 DVDs and 8 subsections, which actually works out rather well. In the past, back in time series and DVDs have shown from 1990 through to 1999 with all aspects through that time being shown each year, so there will be music playing in the background from 1991 and what TV programs were big, with news snippets of home terrorists and information on the birth of the internet etc.

Not all of the above may keep people’s interest, some may be more interested in how the Information technology has changed in a decade and others may be more interested in the politics and the Clinton era, making it a real mixed bag for all to watch.

With The Nineties which is produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, this is where the subsections really come into their own and make it a good DVD collection to own. If you want to know what TVs were ground-breaking in the 90s, including the birth of Friends, Sex in the City and Seinfeld then you pick the 1 of the 2 About TV sections. It will tell you the 10 years of Friends, the birth of programs where kids aren’t all perfect cheerleaders and football players. Freaks and Geeks became a huge hit in the 90s and showed that not everyone is perfect, and so many could relate to this.

Depending on your preferences will depend on which section you will favour. For me, it was Isn’t it Ironic section, which is all about the music! There was SO much music in the 90s, so many genres, so many bands it was by far the most entertaining section for me. It was the birth of MTV when MTV showed music videos, where Gangsta Rap was born, rival gangs and death of music stars. We saw Grunge and Hip Hop featuring samples, alternative, the rise of female singers, Girl power and pop rivals such as Britney and Christina Aguilera. All crammed in one decade and by the end of the era, MTV had moved on to reality TV!

Henry Rollins summed up this section of the DVD best “So many monumental bands, one after the after. That was the 90s”.

There are sections on Politics under the Comeback Kids, which is basically the political news of Clinton and his troubles, for me this is the only drawback to the DVDs, due to the producers it is based on America, and their politics, their TV shows, their issues with racial hate and violence and the horrific school shootings and home terrorist.

Not that that is an issue! Far from it, from a UK point of view it makes it just as interesting to see what was going on around the rest of the world, as mentioned within the Terrorist Hits Home section, not all the shooters, cults etc made mainstream or international news.

The DVDs make great reference material, and if the 90s were relevant for you, you can always sit your kids down and show them just what we went through, how the world was, what we were watching and listening to.

I’m so looking forward to watching the other decade DVDs.

Rachael Jess

Documentary, Television | NR |21st May 2018 (UK) |Network |Dir.Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Mark Herzog

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