Today, you can stream and mainline an entire season of a television series in an instant, which even includes the provider making sure those pesky opening credits aren’t slowing you down. But, back in the 1990s, it wasn’t so easy. First, if you wanted to watch your favorite television show, you had to do on your television (and not your smartphone, laptop or tablet). But that is far from the only difference in how we watched TV in the Nineties. Here are ten ways that show how far we’ve come.
1. Scanning those lines
For the longest time, such a television would have been considered state of the art, even if it had scan lines and weighed more than most of your family.
2. In it to win it
Watching game shows on the edge of your seat, shouting at the TV. You just knew that you could do better.
3. Print isn’t dead
Remember, if you wanted to know what was on television, you had to use printed media.
4. It’s a channel, too?
Or, if you were lucky enough, you could scroll through what’s coming up via TV Guide Channel on your television screen.
5. It’s a sein
Across America, people were watching Seinfeld in the millions, right up until the finale.
6. Almost viral
You watched viral videos on television, not your computer, thanks to Greg Kinnear.
7. Did you hit record?
If you were out when your favorite show aired, you taped it on just that: a tape. By doing so, it also meant you could “mainline” it after the fact, too – if you remembered to record every episode, that is.
8. The juice
For most of 1995, this guy – and his defense team – were constantly on your screen, which didn’t stop when the court case ended, sadly.
9. The end of an era
Do you remember Saturday-morning cartoons? Keep those memories as fresh as can be, ‘cause the kids of the Nineties were the last generation to have that kind of programming.
10. Friday night TV lineup
Before you grew up, got a job and found a social life, chances are you were at home on Fridays, if only for the TGIF lineup of programming (featuring the likes of Full House, Perfect Strangers or Family Matters).