2016 was the year the '90s came back.

2016 is the year we looked around at what we had, decided we didn’t like it, and turned to the ’90s for a bit of inspiration.

For those of you who remember that decade fondly, it was a chance to remember your glory days; and for those of us who didn’t quite get enough of it the first time around it was the chance to finally soak up all the ’90s had to offer —and then some.

Listen to Mia Freedman, Momique Bowley and Laura Brodnik discuss why the 90’s needed to come back on a special episode of Mamamia Outloud. 

If you turned on your TV or scrolled through your Netflix queue at any time this year, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d actually tumbled into a time machine and emerged in 1995.

That was the year we said goodbye to Full House, or at least we thought. Little did we know at the time that Netflix would bring the 90’s hit back in all it’s glory in 2016 with Fuller House. Or that it would be a colossal ratings hit and one of the most popular Netflix shows of all time. But it was.

The nostalgia was strong with this one, and audiences across the world just could not wait to step back into that iconic San Francisco house and hang out with DJ, Steph and Kimmy once again.

The cast of Fuller House

In fact, if you turned on the TV at all this year, it kind of read like a passionate and needy love letter to 90's pop culture.

Mulder and Scully apparently didn't quite figure out if the truth was really out there the first time around, and so The X-Files made a triumphant return to the small screen with the original cast and a whole new set of mysteries.

And I'm not exactly sure who was calling for a reboot of 90's adventure series MacGyver, but whoever you are, your prayers were answered this year when the show was given a makeover and a new leading man and brought back to our screens.

The X-Files came back.

Now, as you wander through the chain stores stocked with slip dresses, chokers and Doc Martens — while puckering your darke matte lips together — and open your phone to see that the Backstreet Boys are recording again, you might start to ponder while we are all taking this trip down memory lane a little bit too far.


The answer might be that our current pop-culture landscape has failed to be all that iconic. We've spent so much time looking back that we've failed to carve out our own identity. If you could pick a TV, a song, a movie that defied our era, what would you say? Chances are you would find it a tough call, and that's not your fault.

We're living in the land of reboots, so it's kind of difficult to make our own classics. Until we get to that point, let's enjoy living in the land of the 90's.

At least this year, we got Winona Ryder back.

All hail Winona. (Image: Mamamia)