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)!