The ’90s: 3 Night Event Kicks off Tonight!

Tonight at 9P, the three-night miniseries event, The ‘90s: The Last Great Decade? kicks off with its first two-hour episode, Great Expectations. Interviews with celebrities like Roseanne Barr and Matthew Perry take us through the lives—and sometimes deaths—of some of the greatest names of the decade, like Kurt Cobain and Bill Clinton. Television’s rise in popularity made everything public information, and people tuned in to watch the famous trials of Anita Hill and infamous events like the LA Riots that rocked the nation. Tonight’s episode showcases the drama of the decade with its sex scandals, publicity stunts, and the birth of reality TV, that have shaped our society into what it is today.  It was the generation of both Vanilla Ice and Nirvana, and that sort of dichotomy was evident in every facet of the ‘90s.  Grunge rock clashed with “Ice, Ice, Baby,” and celebrities faced off with the media in ways never seen before. Check out this clip from the episode about “the voice of the century,” Kurt Cobain and his struggles with fame, including potent commentary from his wife Courtney Love about the time leading up to his heartbreaking suicide:

The ultimate grunge couple epitomizes the theme of tonight’s episode: Great Expectations. Everyday people like Anna Nicole Smith became celebrities, and many of them cracked under pressure. Some people, like Bill Clinton, were better at juggling the press, but television made the ‘90s a decade of constant limelight and drama.

Tune in tonight at 9P and head over to RuleThe90s.com to test your ‘90s trivia knowledge. Play along live tonight to earn double points as new questions are unlocked throughout the episode. Top the leaderboard and take home some awesome ’90s prize packs (not to mention, bragging rights)!

Comments

  1. Elena Reed
    Houston TX
    July 6, 2014, 5:03 pm

    One more try, my last sentence was omitted.
    Courtney Love states Kurt Cobain wanted to be the biggest rock star in the world, that the whole “please don’t bother me” was a MYTH! Yes, he was very ambitious, driven, focused, tired of being overlooked, tired of poverty. He did say Nirvana want to be the “biggest ** band in the world” when mogul David Geffen asked him what they wanted if he would sign them to his label. But equating Biggest Rock Star with wanting to be completely overrun by the media is erroneous. She loved the spotlight, he didn’t. Does she forget what Rape Me is about, the media’s assault on his privacy, as well as a woman’s ticked off response to physical assault?!
    She then states, as a direct follow-up to this ludicrous statement, that he even wrote to labels offering to pay if they would only sign the band. She makes it sound like those two ideas are connected. They aren’t. He, early on, was working his rear off trying to market the band, trying to survive. This is when they had no label, no money, Kurt in fact was sitting on the curb–literally sitting on the curb with his stuff after being evicted for nonpayment of rent when Sub Pop came to the rescue. He had spent a lot of money, comparative to his meager income, on reproducing demo tapes and mailing them out to everyone he could think of, and failing. His last tactic was to mail the demo saying, “We are willing to pay for the majority of pressing of 1000 copies of our LP, and all of the recording costs. We basically just want to be on your label. Do you think you could PLEASE! send us a reply of … Not Interested so we don’t have to waste more money sending more tapes? Nirvana” –Page 8 of the Kurt Cobain Journals.
    I could be wrong in my outrage, Courtney could have said those things quite separately and in different context and they have now been edited seamlessly as a unit of thought. But at the moment I am fairly ticked off by this little “teaser” that’s out there right now.
    And what do I know, was I there? Of course not, but I have done my homework. The editing of this little video makes Kurt seem so disingenuous, with Courtney really sticking it to him while they present her as a credible spokesperson—which she can be and often is, but NOT as presented in this instance. And this NatGeo piece is what America is going to see and judge of Kurt Cobain. I am sooo angry.
    Little attention is given as to WHY Kurt Cobain/Nirvana were so important, their contribution, and the definite impact they have had.

  2. Steph
    Southern California
    July 12, 2014, 11:10 am

    Rodney King beating Trial verdict was in May of 1992. The beating itself was in March of 1991. Big discrepancy in showing the verdict with the screen stating “Rodney King beating trial 1991”.