In the 90s, we saw the expansion of cable TV, which began stealing viewers from broadcast television. Premium channels on cable like HBO, Showtime and Cinemax allowed viewers to watch their favorite movies uncensored and unedited. Pay-Per-View allowed viewers to watch WrestleMania and boxing moments like when Mike Tyson bit off Evander Holyfield's ear. Seinfeld was by far the biggest sitcom on television, crushing other sitcoms starring comedians. New broadcast networks like UPN and WB were introduced. The WB gave us Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Thank you WB! While UPN gave us shows like Homeboys in Outer Space. Saturday morning cartoons were almost non-existent near the end of this decade as many networks canceled their Saturday morning cartoon line-ups. The 90s had more shows on more channels, but the eighties had more memorable TV shows on less channels.
Edge: The 80s
In the 90s, we saw the release of a number of romantic films like Titanic, which went on to become the highest grossing film of all-time. There were a number of send-up and parody movies like The Brady Bunch Movie and Scary Movie. Also, the 90s marked the return of teenage movies with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. in almost all of them. The 80s were filled with cult classics, but a lot of films during that time were horrible and cheesy. Most of the films in the 90s had CGI special effects and were blockbuster hits. Some of the great films released in the 90s were Pulp Fiction, The Silence Of The Lambs, and Goodfellas.
Edge: The 90s
The 90s saw the emergence of hip hop music with artists like Tupac Shakur, Notorious BIG, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, and Nas. Grunge and alternative music gave us bands like Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers. But the 90s focused more on pop music with artists like the Spice Girls, Britney Spears, and the Backstreet Boys. Besides the fact that most songs during the 80s used synthesizers, the 80s gave us some of the best artists ever. The music sounded great and was included as soundtracks for many films. The 90s provided us with some great music too, but there was too much teen pop being played on the radio.
The 80s were a great decade in sports. Professional boxing was very popular because Mike Tyson was knocking out everyone in his path. The NBA was dominated by the Celtics and Lakers who went to the finals almost every year. NBA players wore socks up to their knees and short shorts that looked like Daisy Dukes. Wayne Gretzky was the main figure in the NHL. And in the NFL, football teams played rugged defense and Smashmouth football. Teams like the '85 Chicago Bears and '86 New York Giants made teams pee in their pants.
Sports in the 90s will be remembered for dynasties. The Bulls dynasty was led by Michael Jordan, the most dominant player in the NBA. The Dallas Cowboys resurfaced as "Americas team" with their dynasty. The Yankees won three out of four World Series championships in baseball during that decade. ESPN was popular than ever during this time. And female sports like figure skating, gymnastics, and the WNBA were emerging. The 90s had Michael Jordan, the Bulls, Yankees and Cowboys dynasties. There's no decade that can compete with that.
The 90s had many technological advancements. After the dominance of Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis early in that decade, Sony PlayStation became the dominant video game console near the end of the decade. The internet became very popular because of the World Wide Web. People could now get their porn and music from the internet. The DVD format was developed. Apple introduced the iMac computer. And fashion trends included tattoos, body piercings, flat tops, bald heads, and the Jennifer Anniston hairdo. There's no debate here. The 90s had better fashion and technology!
Edge: The 90s
The 90s surpass the 80s in film, sports, fashion and technology. Winner: The 90s