Back to the ’90s

Something about the pandemic has streamers turning to youthful nostalgia.

Last week the newly rebranded Paramount+ took subscribers back to 1992 with the debut of its reality reunion series, The Real World Homecoming: New York.

Starting today, March 8, competitor Hulu dedicates an entire week to ’90s nostalgia with the debut of three classic series (Blossom, Felicity, My So-Called Life) and a documentary about growing up in show business during that decade (Kid 90).

Blossom (NBC, 1990-1995, five seasons, 114 episodes), Monday, March 8

Cast of Blossom on Hulu
(Above: The cast of ‘Blossom.’ Source: Hulu)

The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik is the smart and savvy 15-year-old Blossom Russo, the only girl in a house of men. The men in her life include her musician father (Soap’s Ted Wass) and curmudgeonly grandfather (Barnard Hughes). She also has two brothers: Anthony, a recovering addict (Michael Stoyanov); and Joey, a dumb jock (Joey Lawrence).

Other Streaming Options

You can buy episodes of Blossom for $1.99 from Google Play and other providers.

Felicity (The WB, 1998-2002, four seasons, 84 episodes), Tuesday, March 9

Recent high-school grad Felicity Porter (The Americans’ Keri Russell) follows her crush Ben Covington (Scott Speedman) to a New York City college. There she becomes involved with her resident advisor Noel Crane (Scott Foley) and a love-triangle develops.

J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves created the series, with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard serving as executive producers.

Other Streaming Options

You can watch Felicity for free at abc.com; or buy individual episodes for $1.99 from Fandango Now and other sources.

My So-Called Life (ABC, 1994-1995, one season, 19 episodes), Thursday, March 11

My So-Called Life on Hulu
(Above source: Hulu)

Homeland’s Claire Danes plays 15-year-old high school sophomore Angela Chase in this teen drama that was critically praised for its exploration of adolescence, friendship, parents, and growing up.

The cast includes Jared Leto, Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, A.J. Langer and Tom Irwin.

Other Streaming Options

You can watch My So-Called Life for free at abc.com; or buy individual episodes for $1.99 from Vudu and other sources.

Kid 90, Friday, March 12

As a teenager, Punky Brewster’s Soleil Moon Frye videotaped her friends as they juggled childhood and fame growing up in Hollywood and New York City in the 1990s. Former child stars providing commentary for this documentary include David Arquette, Stephen Dorff, Balthazar Getty, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Brian Austin Green, Tori Leonard and Heather McComb.

For more, visit Hulu.

(Top image: Kerri Russell in ‘Felicity.’ Source: Hulu)

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