12 Ways 2013 Was Exactly like 1995
Most of our eyes widen in fear and the hair on our necks begin to stand up when we realize these horrifying facts: Clueless and Empire Records are 18 years old. It's nearly been a decade since Friends was on television. Noah Wylie is almost nowhere to be found. You might only know a few people still chasing waterfalls.
It's a tough thing to wrap your head around... especially since all of our favorite things about the mid '90s came back in a big way in 2013. Here's a look at all the ways 2013 was exactly like 1995. We're totally buggin'.
Cory and Topanga FOREVER
Romeo and Juliet. Ross and Rachel. Victoria and Albert. Isis and Osiris. Cory and Topanga. All great couples throughout history. Fans of Boy Meets World collectively lost their shit in June when it was announced that spin-off series Girl Meets World would air in 2014. The Disney series focuses on Cory, Topanga, and their young daughter, Riley. The real question is: Will Feeney see them through the trials and tribulations of parenthood? Please, TV lords, say he will.
'Full House' is Coming Back, OR IS IT?
Rumors were buzzing in 2013 about a Full House spin-off series. And though Aunt Becky is heading back to the small screen, the rest of the gang might not be. Apparently all of the hub-bub surrounding the spinoff series was in fact a cruel April Fools’ joke. Who else thinks it was Uncle Joey behind the prank?
'CrazySexyCool' Comes Full Circle
CrazySexyCool, released in 1994, gave us the gifts of “Waterfalls” and “Creep.” In many ways, it was a perfect album: dance hits, soulful jams, and strong female anthems. Though the VH1 biopic Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story wasn’t exactly perfect, it was a reminder of why we loved T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chilli so much. And why we all needed to cry a little (or a lot).
The Package Tour Was a '90s Croon Fest
New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men. The only thing wrong with this bicep-bonanza was the lineup. NKOTB were the clear headliners, but placing Boyz II Men as the first openers was a major flaw in an otherwise spectacular spectacle.
Dave Grohl, Still The Most Awesome Dude Alive And Has the Same Hair
Nirvana, Foo Fighters, and Beyond, Dave Grohl has remained an all-around incredible dude. We were reminded of this fact when he gave the keynote address at 2013’s South By Southwest. Though his hair may not have changed much from the ’90s, his wisdom sure has.
Claire Danes Was/Is Everything
Did any show capture teenage angst and ’90s Seattle disposition quite like My So-Called Life? Nay, I say! Nay! The show only lasted one season, but it left quite the legacy in cult television classics. Danes was again on top in 2013 in her starring role on Homeland, winning a Golden Globe and an Emmy. Swoon.
Everyone Dressed like Elaine Bennes, Cher Horowitz, and Stephanie Tanner
GET OUT. Those floor-length floral dresses, crop tops, and denim-on-denim are totally making fashion history.
We Cared About Blockbuster
This year, 2013, was the year we all poured one out for our fallen Blockbuster Video, as it was the last year any remaining stores were left standing. Alas, no more for 2014. Though it feels like it’s been since 1995 that we really thought about Blockbuster, there are still a few things we will miss about the beloved “Be Kind, Rewind” proprietors.
Nickelodeon Brings You Back to Your Childhood
Though we will soon live in a world without new adventures from Bikini Bottom, we have plenty to celebrate in the world of Classic Nickelodeon. There’s a whole channel online dedicated to streaming ’90s Nickelodeon shows with advertisements and all. That’s right: Clarissa Explains it All, Hey Dude, Salute Your Shorts, and Pete and Pete are now available from the comfort of your own orange couch. Get out your gak and DIY a Stick Stickly because THIS IS AMAZING.
All the Reunions! SO MANY REUNIONS.
This year was the year that the mid-’90s reunited on screen and in our hearts. Monica and Chandler were back together on TBS! John Stamos performed with Jesse and the Rippers on Fallon! We found out DJ Tanner and Kimmy Gibbler are still BFFs! Boy Meets World got together to reminisce 13 years after the show ended for Entertainment Weekly’s Reunion special issue! Hocus Pocus celebrated its 20th anniversary! The Backstreet Boys set sail with fans for their own 20th anniversary cruise! Big year, big tears.
Jessie Spano on 'Dancing With the Stars' Made Us Long for Saved By The Bell
Elizabeth Berkley has had a fine showing on this season of Dancing With the Stars. But the actress’ revival of her Saved By the Bell character Jessie Spano on the show was less nostalgic and more… sad.
Mariah Carey Dominated
Do not adjust your televisions: Mariah Carey is in fact, everywhere. The self-professed Queen of the Divas made waves recently when she released her new song “The Art of Letting Go.” The single reminded us of her Butterfly days in the best way.
The star kept up appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where she pranked her fans and kept buzz going by laying some serious smack on American Idol. Mimi delivered, and we ate it up.