If you were a kid or a teen during the 90's we don't need to remind you of how awesome it was. But how well do you remember the movies and TV shows of this amazing decade? Because you'll need to be a 90's entertainment whiz to score high on this quiz!
The shows and movies that came out in the earlier part of the decade still reflected the same themes and styles that we saw in the 80's but just before the big Y2K rolled around we started seeing edgier plots and more graphic violence making its way onto the screens. There were less family-friendly films but most of the TV shows were still quite wholesome, focusing mainly on family dynamics.
In the 90's most folks did not have access to the internet, and even if they did, it was nothing like it is today. When you wanted to watch a movie you either went to the cinema or rented it on VHS and if you wanted to see the latest episode of your favorite show you had to wait for it to air on TV. Ah, good times...
Let's see how well you remember the best movies and TV shows from the 90's!
Can you name this movie?
You know those famous last words: "It seemed like a good idea at the time"? Well, that phrase gives us an apt description of this 1993 movie. In this story, an eccentric old man finds a way to use recovered dinosaur DNA to bring the long-extinct creatures back to life. He populates a small island with dinosaurs and plans to open a theme park but when they escape from their confines all hell breaks loose. Can you name this movie just by looking at the picture?
Which 90's TV show starred Will Smith?
Unless you grew up without access to a TV from 1990 until 1996, there is no way you could have missed this show. In this family-friendly NBC sitcom, Will Smith played the role of a young man sent to live with his wealthy relatives in Bel-Air. If you can't remember the name of the show perhaps the opening lines of the theme song will help you out - This is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside-down...
In which 90's film did Brad Pitt make his debut?
These days Brad Pitt is considered an A-list actor, worth around $240 million. He commands paychecks in excess of $14 million to appear in a movie now, but it wasn't always like that. Everyone has to start somewhere and for Brad that somewhere was this 1991 chick flick, where he played the role of a sexy hitchhiker who steals money from the two lead characters. A year after appearing in this movie, he landed his first leading role in a big-budget production with A River Runs Through It.
Can you match this character to her movie?
In the 90's there wasn't a teenage girl alive who didn't secretly wish that she was this character. She had everything - a successful father, a huge mansion, a wardrobe to die for, popularity, friends, good looks, a car, and even her name was cool! This 1995 teen movie starred Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, and Paul Rudd and was so popular that it spawned a TV show. Like cha! If you don't remember the name of this movie, there's no way you were a 90's kid!
Which science fiction series starred David Duchovny as an FBI agent?
Do you believe? Do you want to believe? Well, back in the 90's this show helped make everyone a believer in the weird, unexplained and the supernatural. Aliens, strange forces, conspiracies - this show was enough to give you the creeps. Starring Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny as FBI special agents tasked to investigate "unusual" cases, this show ran from 1993 to 2003 and picked up again in January 2016, making it one of the longest-running science fiction shows in history. Can you name this 90's TV show?
Can you match this screenshot to the right movie?
Party on! Excellent! Headbang in time with Bohemian Rhapsody if you remember this movie! In this classic 1992 comedy, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey starred as Wayne and Garth; two wanna-be TV hosts with their own public access TV show. Rob Lowe plays a producer who wants to take their show to the next level but he also has his eye on Wayne's girlfriend. This film was a hit and lead to a sequel, released the following year. Can you name this movie?
Which film starred Ewan McGregor as an addict?
In this 1996 British black comedy film, Ewan McGregor played a heroin addict named Mark who struggles to find his place in the world. In some ways, he wants to be like everyone else, with a car and house and washing machine etc but another part of him longs to break the mold. He struggles with his addiction, which leads him to some pretty dark places. This film also starred Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald, and Ewen Bremner. Can you name this cult 90's film?
Do you remember this 90's show?
If you can't remember the name of this 90's show you're definitely not the momma! This show originally aired on ABC from 1991 until 1994 and featured a family of dinosaurs who lived like modern humans in 60,000,003 B.C. While the show may have seemed light-hearted, it dealt with serious themes such as LGBT rights, censorship, corporate crime, drug abuse, environmentalism, civil rights, racism, and the objectification of women. But of course, as a kid - it was just fun to watch! Can you name this show?
Can you match this character to the correct movie?
Many film critics believe that this 1993 comedy-drama was one of the funniest films of all time and we have to agree! If you can't laugh at Robin Williams' side-splitting antics in this movie, we just don't know. In this movie, Williams played the role of a divorcee who impersonates an older woman in order to remain close to his children. Although very amusing, this movie also highlighted the effects of divorce on children. Can you remember the name of this movie?
Can you name this 90's thriller?
In this 90's thriller Brad Pitt plays the role of a detective who moves with his wife to a crime-ridden city to start a new job. He assigned a partner (Morgan Freeman) who is close to retirement but when the pair of them find themselves dealing with a serial killer, who seems to know their moves before they do, he decides to hold off on leaving the department until the case is solved. This one had a twist ending that no-one saw coming!
Which cult 90's movie starred Brandon Lee?
This 1994 dark fantasy film became infamous overnight but the reasons for that are rather dark themselves. During the making of this movie the lead actor, Brandon Lee, who was only 28 at the time, was accidentally shot with a prop gun during filming and died soon afterward from his injuries. This happened just 8 days before the film would have completed production. The movie was completed using special effects and a stunt double and dedicated to Brandon. Can you name this cult 90's movie?
Can you match these characters to their show?
If we were to say 90's TV series and name the following actors, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, what show would you say we are talking about? It ran for ten seasons totally a whopping two hundred and thirty-six episodes. Need more clues? Well, you can't have any. This series was very successful and dealt with a number of day to day issues we experience ourselves. Can you name this long-running TV series?
Which cybercrime flick featured Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie?
In this 1995 cybercrime flick, a teenage hacker named Dade Murphy, (aka Zero Cool, aka Crash Override) (played by Jonny Lee Miller) finds himself being framed for a crime he didn't commit. And this after years of not being allowed to use a computer due to a previous cyber misdemeanor! It's up to Dade and his friends to find the real mastermind behind the crime and clear his name. This movie also starred a young Angelina Jolie and Matthew Lillard. Do you remember its name?
Can you match this screenshot to the right movie?
With a cast that included John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman, this 1994 Quentin Tarantino movie was destined to be hit and it was -winning the Palme d'Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and picking up seven Oscar nominations, winning one for Best Orginal Screenplay. John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Uma Thurman also each received Academy Award nominations for their performances. Can you name this movie based on the screenshot or will we have to call The Wolf to come and deal with you?
Can you match this character to her show?
She is blonde, tiny and she has a problem with vampires. We are not talking of Paris Hilton and her lawyers here, we are talking of the blonde bombshell that graced our screens as a vampire hunter of note, one that, eventually as with all the stories, falls for a vampire. She lists her hobbies as taking midnight walks armed with wooden stakes and practicing her fighting skills against the undead. Can you name this 90's TV series that took our screens by storm?
Do you remember this show?
The coming of age TV series that let us watch Tom Cruise's future wife grow up right in our living rooms and although she is turning 40 in December of 2018 she is still one of the most elegant women about. We are, of course, talking about Katie Holmes. She starred in a 90's TV series from 1997 to 2003 playing the tomboy friend and love interest of the lead character (played by James Van Der Beek). Can you name this much-loved, family friendly 90's series?
Which movie featured a man living the same day over and over again?
You know those annoying little quirks that technology develops at times? Like your CD getting stuck on repeat or your PC going into an infinite boot loop sequence? Now, imagine being stuck on repeat for real, yes, one day of your life over and over again until you can find the problem and fix it. Wait, didn't Tom Cruise do a movie like that recently? He did, but this is not that movie. Think more 90's. Can you name the movie?
In which TV show did Calista Flockhart play a young lawyer?
Another great 90's TV series that graced our mini silver screens was a legal comedy-drama series. In the lead role was none other than Calista Flockhart who played the role of a female lawyer who fell over every time she met somebody she found attractive. The show was only aired for five seasons or one hundred and twelve episodes before being discontinued, with our main character resigning her practice and moving back to New York. Can you name this legal comedy-drama?
Do you remember the name of this show?
Created for Nickelodeon this series follows two characters, an emotionally unstable chihuahua, and a good-natured but dimwitted cat who are friends. The show was rather controversial for its innuendo, dark humor, adult jokes, and violence. But it was still one of the best shows ever, although the show ended in 1995 with a total of five seasons totaling fifty-two episodes. Can you take a stab in the dark on the title of this epic cartoon TV show that so many of us fondly remember and grew up with?
Can you match this character to the right movie?
Well, this movie sure teaches us one thing, life isn't all chocolate, shrimp, and war. No sir, life is a little more complicated for most of us. But, that said, the movie does teach us about giving without thought, loving without bounds and it teaches us that no matter who you are or where you're from, you can succeed in life with a little help from your friends and a lot of, shall we say, gumption? Can you name this movie?
Can you recall the name of this Quentin Tarantino heist flick?
This 1992 heist thriller was Quentin Tarantino's directorial feature-length debut and what a debut it was! It gave audiences a taste of what they could expect from this talented filmmaker: violence, pop culture references, and of course, his trademark non-linear storytelling. It starred Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen and Quentin Tarantino as diamond thieves hiding out after their heist goes terribly wrong. Do you remember the name of this cult classic 90's film?
Which of these shows featured Tim "The Toolman" Taylor?
The show that taught us life lessons but also showed us how not to fix things or try and take shortcuts in construction. It was a mainstay for many households who could not wait to see what the character, Tim Taylor, played by Tim Allen, got up to as the accident-prone and rather a clumsy DIY expert. Tim, the character has a love for power tools, sports and of course, fast cars. Can you name this DIY sitcom that was rated as America's most-watched show?
Which of these 90's movies featured Kevin Spacey and Mena Suvari?
In this 1999 drama, Kevin Spacey plays the role of a suburban dad and telesales operative who becomes completely disillusioned with his life. He feels that there is no excitement left for him until he meets one of his teenage daughter's friends, and this is when he starts to undergo a radical life change. This film, which also featured Mena Suvari and Thora Birch, won several Oscars including Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor (Spacey) and Best Film. Can you name this award-winning, thought-provoking film?
Which of these TV shows starred Fran Drescher?
Who can forget the TV series that starred Fran Drescher as a fashionista that gets involved with a British upper-class family as an employee? Her laugh and voice alone could send you either into spasms of uncontrolled laughter or could blow out your eardrums and wish for a quick death. But, even with her voice in the show, she brought a certain appeal to the show, and, of course, the whole idea that class systems are meant for the dark ages and we should be free to be with whomever we want. Can you name this show?
Which of these movies featured Edward Norton in an unsavoury lead role?
It's easy to fall in with the wrong crowd but doing so could end up costing you your life. That was the message contained in this gritty coming-of-age 90's movie. In this film, Edward Norton played the role of a tough neo-Nazi who murders two youths who attempt to steal his car. He gets sent to prison where he has a change of heart and following his release he tries to help his brother see the error of their ways. This film earned Norton an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Can you name this movie?
What was the name of this TV show?
With Sarah Jessica Parker in the lead role and Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis as two of her three cohorts in this series, we had a fabulous time. We saw Sarah Jessica Parker as the ditzy writer that wanted more out of life and went in search of it, Kim Cattrall as her best and rather, promiscuous, friend who would try anything at least once and twice if she liked it the first time. Can you name this long-running TV series?
Which of these movies featured Mike Myers as a spy?
The chest mince, the tight psychedelic clothes, funky music and bad dental hygiene. This sounds like a bad day down south, but, alas, this is the 60's and 70's we are discussing here. Yes, that time your mom won't discuss with you because she was a young girl and got totally wild and you can never know the details. This movie takes us back to a time of hugely epic parties, super spies, and their accompanying villains. Can you name this movie?
Which of these 90's adventure movies starred Robin Williams?
This Robin Williams film was recently given a facelift and a reboot with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the lead role. Imagine finding a game so epic that you literally get lost in it, no, we don't mean you forget about time, we mean you get lost in it, for real. Now, in order to survive and finish the game you have to overcome huge obstacles, things that want to eat you and some epic challenges. And you thought Dungeons and Dragons was difficult! Can you name this film?
Can you match these characters to the right show?
This popular TV series ran for seven seasons and featured Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser. Helen played the role of a public relations specialist and Paul played the role of a documentary filmmaker. The plot and storyline revolve around their day to day life as well as their major struggles and how they dealt with them. Reportedly Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser were paid one million dollars per episode for the last season - now that's a paycheck! Can you name this 90's sitcom?
Which of these movies starred Alicia Silverstone as a teen obsessed with an older man?
In this 1993 thriller, Cary Elwes played the role of Nick, a writer who moves to Seattle to start a new job. He finds a garden cottage to rent alongside a stately home and soon meets the teenage daughter of the owner of the house; Darien. Darien (played by Alicia Silverstone in her feature film debut) is a precocious 14-year old who develops a crush on the new lodger and it quickly moves from innocent teenage feelings to obsession. Can you name this film?
Which of these 90's teen movies featured Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon?
This movie showed us one of the 90's power stars, Sarah Michelle Gellar, in a rather raunchy new light. Who would have guessed that the little blonde vampire hunter could be such a seductress? She is positively smoking in this movie and will blow your socks off with her sultry acting. She and her brother have a bet that he simply will not lose, at any cost, even if it means actually falling for his target. Can you name this movie title?
Which 90's sitcom starred Kelsey Grammer as a therapist?
This show is a spin-off from another TV series, Cheers, that sees the main character return to his hometown of Seattle, Washington after the end of his marriage and his life in Boston. The main character is a radio talk show psychiatrist who happens to share his apartment with his blue-collar ex-police officer father and his father's dog, Eddie. The series ran for eleven seasons with a total of two hundred sixty-four episodes. Can you name this quirky and funny TV series?
Can you match this screenshot to the right movie?
A great coming of age film from the legendary 90's movie scene. The movie features some actors that later became big names in heir own right, actors such as Jason London, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Cole Hauser, Parker Posey, Adam Goldberg, Joey Lauren Adams, Matthew McConaughey, Nicky Katt, and Rory Cochrane to name but a few. The plot follows a group of kids around the last days of school in 1976. It's funny and definitely worth a watch. Can you name this movie?
Do you remember the name of this classic comedy?
Sadly, this movie saw its time come and go, but, for those of us that grew up with it, it certainly gave us pause for thought, could we survive on our own if we were that age? And the answer for most of us is a resounding yes. We grew up with no internet, no cell phones and the streetlights were our signals to turn homeward. That said, this movie is all about a young boy and his misadventures with a few thieves. Can you name this classic tale?
Can you match this character to the right movie?
This particular trilogy was probably one of the movies that re-awoke the whole futuristic dystopian sci-fi genre. In this movie, our hero has to figuratively follow the white rabbit. Once he has gone through some personal drama with a few "Federal" agents he is rescued and given the choice; a blue or a red pill. When he awakens he finds that, to his horror, humans are no longer in control, rather, they have been turned into bio-batteries. Can you name this epic movie?