From the channel that brought viewers the landmark series The ‘80s: The Decade That Made Us comes another amazing television event that will remind us of a golden decade of technological, political and entertainment milestones. This September 18, The ‘90s: The Decade That Connected Us will run exclusively on National Geographic Channel (NGC) to feature the biggest newsmakers of the 1990s that shocked, wowed or changed the world and helped make it what it is today.
The 1990s saw a plethora of social and cultural events that rocked the world, including the popularity of grunge music, the advent of Viagra, a salacious White House scandal, innovations in personal computers, and various episodes of political upheaval around the globe. The ‘90s: The Decade That Connected Us looks back on these developments in history to show how the world reacted to the fledgling reality of globalization, as we slowly learned how connected human beings were becoming despite geographical and cultural differences.
The series uses memorable video footage from the ‘90s to recall the spirit of the decade along with 120 original interviews with the unsung heroes behind riveting events as well as well-known personalities from the fields of technology, politics and entertainment. Among the famous interviewees to be encountered in the show are Courtney Love, Arsenio Hall, Vanilla Ice, Jerry Springer, Tony Blair, Colin Powell, Connie Chung, and Dan Rather—celebrities whose voices will narrate the remarkable affairs that weave the story of this extraordinary decade.
This decade between the Cold War and the War On Terror saw numerous highs and lows as technology advanced the world into the digital age: Bill Clinton’s promise of change as he came into office in the US, the violent LA Riots, Nelson Mandela’s release from prison and rise as leader of South Africa, and the horrific civil war in Rwanda. Meanwhile, the ‘90s gave us cultural benchmarks such as the TV show Friends and the Macarena, along with the first successful reality TV shows of The Real World and Jerry Springer, which paved the way for reality TV in the succeeding years. The ‘90s: The Decade That Connected Us will guide us as we navigate this historical rollercoaster ride so we may better understand ourselves, our politics and our global culture in its current state.