How Well Do You Know '90s Pop Culture?

Isadora Teich

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About This Quiz

The 1990s may have ended nearly 20 years ago, but that hasn't stopped them from being influential when it comes to modern fashion, music, film, art and more. Whether you are a '90s baby for real or just a '90s baby at heart, everyone looks back with fondness on the years of grunge, boy bands, jelly bracelets, rap, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and more. There is no denying that the music, film and TV were at distinctive peaks in the '90s. In the '90s the fringe became mainstream, the weird became cool and the fringe was put center stage. 

Was "Seinfeld" appointment television for you? How about "The Simpsons"? When you weren't watching TV, what fashions did you wear, and which high-fashion models did you admire? Oh, and which artists' CDs did you own?

Can you identify Cosmo, Bart and Urkel, and can you explain why they're iconic figures? Do you remember which film featured a couple in love, leaning into the wind on the bow of a ship? 

So how much do you actually remember about the pop culture scene before the new millennium? Take this '90s quiz and put your memory (or just the stuff you've read) to the test.

What is Kramer's first name on "Seinfeld"?

Cosmo Kramer is Jerry Seinfeld's wacky neighbor and friend on "Seinfeld." For years, even Jerry did not know his first name.

Where did the popular phrase "Eat My Shorts" come from?

This is one of Bart Simpson's most iconic lines. Initially, he was the breakout star of the show "The Simpsons."

Who played a streetwise prostitute in the film "Pretty Woman"?

"Pretty Woman" was the breakthrough film for actress Julia Roberts. She starred in it alongside Richard Gere.

Which film does the quote "I see dead people" come from?

1999's "The Sixth Sense" became famous for its unusual plot twist. It was the breakout film of director and screenwriter M. Night Shyamalan.

"Party on, _________."

"Wayne's World" is a 1992 cult film based on an "SNL" sketch. This was one of the film's many iconic phrases.

Which film company is considered by many to have peaked in the 1990s?

The Disney Renaissance is a period of time during which Disney released some of their most successful films, like "Beauty and the Beast" and "Pocahontas." It lasted from roughly 1989-1999.

Why was it thought that Y2K, the year 2000, would be the end of civilization?

Y2K hysteria occurred at the end of the '90s. It was thought that computers would interpret the year 2000 as "00, or maybe 1900," both times before technology, and no longer function, heralding the end times. Some people even built shelters and started genuinely preparing for the end of the world.

Which style of film went from underground to mainstream in the 1990s?

1999's "The Blair Witch Project" was a massive deal in '90s horror. Its found footage style took that technique of filming from the fringe and put it front and center.

Which of these is not a Spice Girl?

The Spice Girls are Ginger Spice, Scary Spice, Posh Spice, Sporty Spice and Baby Spice. Baby Spice is the sweet one, rather than Sugar Spice, who does not exist.

Which film genre was resurrected in the 1990s?

By the 1990s, endless sequels and direct-to-video releases had turned the horror film genre into a joke. The 1996 black comedy/slasher film "Scream" was in on that joke, with self-aware characters who openly mocked and discussed the genre's cliches. It revitalized the genre and launched the careers of many of its actors.

The "Austin Powers" movies spoofed which film genre?

This three-film comedy series is a loving take on the spy genre. Mike Myers plays stuck-in-the-past super spy Austin Powers.

Finish the lyric: "Every night in my dreams, I _______ you, I feel you"

These are the opening lines of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On." As the theme song of the smash hit film "Titanic," it topped charts.

Which iconic '90s character said "There's no RSVP on the statue of liberty"?

Cher Horowitz is the lead character of the 1995 film "Clueless." She is a well-meaning but superficial wealthy California teen, played by Alicia Silverstone.

Who created and was the head writer of "Seinfeld"?

Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld created the show "Seinfeld." Larry David was also its head writer and executive producer.

Which iconic drink got a clear makeover in the early '90s?

Crystal Pepsi was an odd clear version of Pepsi, sold in the U.S. originally from 1992-1994. It was reintroduced with small releases throughout the mid 2010s.

Who is an ex-wife of both Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage?

Lisa Marie Presley was married to Michael Jackson from 1994-1996. Many people found their relationship odd and there was a lot of speculation about it. She later married and divorced Nicolas in the early 2000s.

MC Hammer made which fashion choice a big deal?

MC Hammer's song "U Can't Touch This" took America by storm. The hammer pants he wore in the video became instantly iconic.

Which character from "Friends" did many women steal the haircut of?

Jennifer Aniston played Rachel Green on "Friends." Her distinctive haircut caused a sensation in the '90s, even though Aniston herself did not particularly like the haircut.

Which famous filmmaker was behind "Twin Peaks"?

David Lynch and Mark Frost created the surreal TV murder mystery show "Twin Peaks." It became a '90s obsession and cult hit.

Which show was Steve Urkel from?

Steve Urkel was definitely the breakout star of ABC's "Family Matters." His iconic catchphrases and nerdy demeanor led to merchandise and even a song.

Which actress was famous for being wild in the '90s?

Drew Barrymore was a '90s fashion icon, known for taking risks. One of her most iconic moments was dancing on David Letterman's desk and flashing him during an interview.

What controversial look was all the rage in '90s fashion?

In the '90s, heroin was considered the glamorous choice of artists and rock stars, even though it was killing people in high numbers. The fashion world embraced this as a trend by using skinny, sickly-looking models posed to look strung out and edgy.

Rappers from which two areas of the U.S. had beef in the '90s?

The animosity between East and West Coast rappers was a big part of '90s pop culture. The main figures of this occurrence were Biggie and 2Pac, two rappers who were killed during the decade.

The '90s is often known as the era of:

In the '90s, models took over and came into massive fame in a whole new way. Some of the biggest names of the decade were Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista.

Which supernatural romance film is famous for its pottery scene?

"Ghost" is a famous 1990 film starring Patrick Swayze, Whoopi Goldberg and Demi Moore. It was one of the biggest films of the decade.

Which iconic '90s horror film swept the Oscars?

"The Silence of the Lambs" stole the show at the 1992 Academy Awards. It had five wins and two other nominations.

What kinds of hair clips were all the rage?

Butterfly clips could be seen in every magazine, in every store in the mall, and on every celebrity in the 90s. Many girls who grew up during this decade had them.

Robin Williams was in which of these '90s films?

Robin Williams hit his stride in the '90s, with a series of popular, well-reviewed, and incredibly successful films. He was a fixture of films for both kids and adults.

The film "Jurassic Park" is based on a:

The wildly successful "Jurassic Park" film franchise is based on the novel by Michael Crichton. Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment bought the rights to it before it was even published.

What was a popular mainstream film villain type of the 1990s?

After "The Silence of the Lambs" became a film sensation in the early 90s, numerous other popular serial killer films sprung up. These included "Seven" and "Kiss The Girls."

Will Smith starred in which hit film?

"Men In Black" was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $500 million worldwide. Smith and Jones are agents of a secret organization that monitor and stop extraterrestrial activity on Earth.

Which comedian played an entire family of people on screen?

Eddie Murphy played many of the members of the Klump family in the 1996 comedy "The Nutty Professor." It earned him a Golden Globe nomination and several awards.

You can take the red pill or the _______ pill.

Morpheus presents this choice to Neo in 1999's "The Matrix." He can choose the blue pill and return to his normal life as a part of the matrix or choose the red pill and learn the truth about his world.

The show "Frasier" is a spinoff of which TV hit?

"Cheers" was a massively popular sitcom that ran from 1982-1993. "Frasier" is a critically acclaimed spinoff of this series that ran on NBC from 1993-2004.

Who starred in "Murder, She Wrote?"

Angela Lansbury had been an acclaimed Broadway performer, but rose to popular fame on the massively successful murder mystery show "Murder, She Wrote," which aired from 1984-1996. This show averaged more than 30 million viewers a week during its peak and is still popular around the world in syndication.

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