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Everything that's great about 1995, in 'Hindsight'

Compiled by Sundi Rose-Holt and Wendy Hathaway

It’s hard to imagine that extreme nostalgia can exist in the same moment as giddy anticipation, but that is how we feel about VH1’s new show, Hindsight. To prep for a show that could have been ripped from our formative years, Wendy and I took a trip down memory lane to revisit the very same year the main character, Becca Brady, travels back to. Here’s a look back at 1995, the same year I got my driver’s license and Wendy got her braces off.

TV Happenings Worth Remembering

In the May finale of the first season of Friends, Chandler let it slip that Ross had feelings for Rachel, but she was crushed to find he had already moved on with Julie.


Seven strangers moved into a London flat for the first season of The Real World set outside the United States. The most famous season 4 alum is probably Australian model and actress Jacinda Barrett—although it’s hard to forget Neil, who couldn’t share his confessions for half a season when a stranger bit off the tip of his tongue at a concert. Not very polite, indeed.


Full House ended its eighth season with a two-parter, in which Michelle lost—and, don’t worry, regained—her memory after a horse-riding accident. Also, a very grown-up DJ attended her senior prom with surprise date Steve.


The Year in Movies

Toy Story hit theaters, simultaneously wowing us with its new CGI graphics and its heartbreaking story about a toy’s love.


David Letterman hosted the 67th Academy Awards. Forrest Gump was the night’s big winner, taking home six awards, including Best Picture, and a Best Actor statue for Tom Hanks. It was his second consecutive Oscar.


Quentin Tarantino won Best Original Screenplay for Pulp Fiction, which single-handedly recalibrated our tolerance for violence.


Music that Made Us Do the Macarena

Michael Jackson released double album HIStory, which went on to become the best-selling multiple album of all time.

Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Al Green, and Janis Joplin were among the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s inductees.

Alanis Morissette released the iconic Jagged Little Pill, and angry ex-girlfriends united under this breakup anthem. (Click the image to hear the full album.)


The mother of all one-hit wonders hit radio when “Macarena” debuted. From the Venezuelan duo Los Del Rio, this song will probably never, ever die, thanks to wedding singers and DJs across the country.

Weird Things Celebrities Did

This happened:

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Riding the high from the NBC medical drama ER, George Clooney was everywhere in 1995, including the MTV “Rock N’ Jock” celebrity softball game with fellow ’90s alumni Jon Stewart and Dan Cortese. Yes, 1995 could be considered the year George Clooney truly became famous.

Cindy Crawford, then 25, divorced Richard Gere, then 42, after only four years of marriage. The divorce came shortly after they spent $30,000 to proclaim their straightness (among other things) in the New York Times. The article dispelled any divorce rumors and whisperings of their alternative sexual preferences, and enumerated all of their charitable activities.


Hugh Grant was arrested in the company of Divine Brown, a transgender prostitute, after soliciting her services and then receiving them on a residential street in Los Angeles.


Drew Barrymore flashed David Letterman on The Late Show to celebrate his birthday.


Notable Quotables

“Houston, we have a problem.” — Box office juggernaut Apollo 13, starring Tom Hanks

The phrase “Generation Y” started popping up in discussions about people born between 1980 and 1995, making Gen-Xers yesterday’s news

“NO SOUP FOR YOU!” quickly became the popular way to deny someone pretty much anything. The iconic Seinfeld episode aired in November 1995 and became one the most recognized scenes of the series.


Honorable Mentions

What do you when ratings are flagging? Send the devil to possess your most popular character! For about six months in 1995, Days of Our Lives’ Dr. Marlena Evans was possessed.  John Black, then not her lover but a priest, performed an emergency exorcism.

People Magazine named Brad Pitt “Sexiest Man Alive.” The female population collectively agreed, adamantly.


Starbucks launched the Frappucino, causing caffeine addictions to surge.


OJ Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his wife after a yearlong trial. Millions of people watched the trial, popularizing and mainstreaming celebrity court coverage and legitimizing cable court channels, sort of. This trial also gave us the phrase, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”


Many of these bits of nostalgia show up in this week’s premiere of Hindsight, but the hour-long drama is not as gimmicky as it might appear. At first glance, it could seem like merely a vehicle to capitalize on the recent resurgence of the ’90s, but it delivers strong drama, likable characters, and just enough camp to balance it all out, like a good VH1 show should.


Don’t let the time-travel story spook you; it’s merely a means to an end. At its heart, Hindsight is a show about decisions, regret, and reconciling the past. As fun as all the ’90s stuff is, and as good-looking as the cast may be (watch out for Craig Horner; those abs are no joke), this show has a charm to it that you’ll find hard to resist.

Sundi will be recapping Hindsight every week right here, so come back on Wednesday and let’s talk about what you loved (and what you didn’t).

Watch a sneak peek of the first episode here:

Hindsight premieres Wednesday, Jan. 7 on VH1.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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