PEOPLE in the '90s

PEOPLE in the '90s

Each week, PEOPLE Magazine takes you back to the '90s! Join PEOPLE’s Deputy West Coast Editor Jason Sheeler and Style and Beauty Director Andrea Lavinthal as we deliver exclusive celebrity interviews, deep dives into cultural touchstones, and long overdue revisits to overlooked, overhyped, or underrated pop culture gold from the best decade ever.

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September 16, 2021 60 min

Welcome to our bonus episode. It's an awards show special! You know the Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys. Well, allow us to present The Besties — a highly subjective (and voted on by two people) celebration of the '90s. Jason and Andrea wrap up season one of PEOPLE in the '90s by declaring the decade's best fragrance and sex scene, celeb workout video and supermodel, VH1 Divas Live performance, movie theme song, and other...

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We got our man. Fabio seemingly fell to Earth in the ’90s fully formed, Italian beefcake on a clam shell: a 6-foot-3, 250 lb. model turned romance novel cover star (over 1,300 of them) turned I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter front man. He both defined the sexy-silly optimism of the decade and, in some ways, he never really left it. His hair forever blows in an ever-present breeze. If he was, as our cover back on Oct. 4, 1993 cover s...

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The Rachel. The Gap. Alicia Silverstone’s Aerosmith videos and Rob Thomas' hook on "Smooth." Sometimes, there was too much of a good thing in the '90s. On the cover of PEOPLE’s December 25, 1995 issue (our 25 Most Intriguing People of the Year issue): Hootie and The Blowfish. (Along with Jennifer Aniston and... Babe the Pig.) Darius had the biggest-selling album that year — "Hold My Hand" and "Let Her Cr...

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Real World, Daria, Choose or Lose, House of Style and The Week in Rock. (There were some videos too.) In the '90s, MTV was our media of choice — and, if you think about it, was Instagram before Instagram. The network set the pop agenda, told us who was cool and what to wear, introduced us to reality television (and Jenny McCarthy — shoutout to Singled Out!), and broke the biggest news in pop culture and music, like the death of...

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Jerry Springer and Ricki Lake. Sally Jessy, Maury, and a few Steves. The other Mark Wahlberg. There was a lot of talk on daytime TV in the ’90s. And even more gasp-inducing, can't-look-away insanity: “You are the father!” reveals, surprise drop-ins from exes, strippers, club kids, and daughters begging moms to “stop dressing like me!” Then, exactly 25 years ago, came The Rosie O'Donnell Show. Before signing on, the comedian...

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Breathless romance and shocking slaps. Demonic possessions and really big hair. An exhausting use of the word “bitch.” In the ‘90s, soap operas were off-the-chain crazy. And delicious. On the cover of PEOPLE’s February 21st, 1994 issue: the stars of Melrose Place. Lisa Rinna —who starred on both Days of Our Lives and Melrose — takes us back to the golden era of soaps, both daytime and primetime. As only she can, Lisa tells all abou...

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Seinfeld, Sinbad, Ellen, The Jamie Foxx Show. In the '90s, it felt like every standup comedian had a self-titled sitcom. On the cover of PEOPLE's March 29, 1993 issue: Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold — “The Terrible Two of Comedy.” Comedian, actor and talk show host Sherri Shepherd had a front row seat for the standup-sitcom boom — having appeared on seemingly every sitcom in the '90s, including Friends, Living Single, and...

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The late '90s were all about teens. As millennials learned to drive, they began shaping pop culture. We even created a magazine for them. On the cover of TEEN PEOPLE's June/July 1999 issue: Julia Stiles, Brandy, and 19 other It Boys and It Girls — all under 21. Julia talks to us about 10 Things I Hate About You, Heath Ledger, and whether or not she dated Joseph Gordon-Levitt in her college years. Then, we test her 90s pop k...

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Once upon a time, celebrities dressed themselves. And, sometimes, we made fun of them for it. Actress and comedian Margaret Cho knows a lot about those '90s worst-dressed lists, because Joan Rivers was her mentor. And she was on Fashion PoliceAnd she appeared in PEOPLE's 1995 Best and Worst Dressed Issue. We go back with Margaret as she honors Joan, explains how the culture of roasting evolved, and opens up about how the ...

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From Total Recall to Titanic to all those July 4th Will Smith movies, we’re talking 90s summer blockbusters. (The ones without sequels.) Then we talk to Jamie Lee Curtis about her PEOPLE cover story from August 22, 1994. She explains why she'll never write a memoir, but does kindly take us behind the scenes of her own major '90s hit True Lies and explains why she thought she wasn't going to have much of a career past 19...

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On the cover of PEOPLE's March 12, 1990 issue: "Most Wanted Woman" Paula Abdul. The pop icon didn't bring MC Skat Kat to our show but she did bring some hot '90s dish. Her relationships with Arsenio Hall and John Stamos. The very strange place where "Straight Up" was recorded. The plane crash she says sidelined her for seven years. (The one people still don't believe happened.) Oh, and remember that ...

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On the cover of PEOPLE's Sept. 9, 1991 issue: The cast of Beverly Hills, 90210, "TV's Hottest Teens." We flip through that issue with Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth — and then go deeper into the zipcode. From the seminal 1993 episode "Donna Martin graduates," to who sends the dirty memes on the cast's group text chain, to who's still a "Brenda" IRL, the best friends on-screen and off break do...

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Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere were rightly declared the Sexiest Couple Alive in PEOPLE's Oct. 18, 1993 issue. But don't forget Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz. Or Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow (Or Brad and Jen!). We break down the hottest duos of the decade and then talk to model and actress Elizabeth Hurley about her life in the ‘90s: Hugh Grant, THAT dress, and her fave ‘90s couple, David and Victoria Beckham. Oh, and reme...

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