The '90s was the decade that the phrase, "Must See TV" was coined, and for good reason. The era is having a comeback all across the boards —your wardrobe, your music collection, and your TV. There are so many '90s classics that are being rebooted or brought back from the TV grave (I'm looking at you X-Files), and many of your favorites are around for streaming. And Netflix isn't the only place to get your fix. The '90s shows to watch on Hulu are aplenty, as the streaming service is going hard to bring you the best nostalgia feels.
It might be an adjustment hearing the "laugh track"again or seeing some of your current favorite stars in their "throwback" days, but that's just part of the fun. Speaking of, one of my favorite summer activities is to put the air conditioner on blast, curl up in bed and Hulu and chill — literally. It's totally fun to watch these shows with adult eyes and see all the sex and pot references I missed the first time around, or to laugh at the '90s fashion when chokers and chunky highlights were all the rage.
So don't feel bad about spending a summer weekend in bed. Call it a trip down memory lane and enjoy these '90s shows on Hulu available to stream right now.
2. 'South Park'
If you love dark comedy, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman, the stars of South Park, will have you in stitches as they lampoon celebrities and politicians alike. Not only does the humor here make for an interesting case study of '90s culture, it's freakishly relevant today.
3. 'The Real World'
Ready for the "true story" of seven strangers picked to live in a house? Guys, this was the beginning of reality TV. You'll have to stream Season One of The Real World, to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting "real."
4. 'Ally McBeal'
She's neurotic. She's insecure. She's a damn good attorney at a Boston firm. She the title star of Ally McBeal, the legal eagle of the '90s. I can't decide what's more amusing, her romantic misadventures or her wardrobe of mini-skirt suits. She's still a damn fine attorney. All five seasons make for a light-hearted binge watch.
5. 'WWE Monday Night Raw'
Guys, I don't know why, but I love watching this. I guess I'm a sucker for some smackdown. But it's not just me fangirl-ing out here, WWE Monday Night Raw is the longest running episodic on TV.
6. 'Sabrina: The Teenage Witch'
The magic and mayhem of Sabrina: The Teenage Witch made for the best Friday night show.
7. 'The Simpsons'
8. 'Law And Order: Special Victims Unit'
Another long-running show that had some wickedly good episodes in the '90s is the police procedural, Law & Order: SVU. Benson, Stabler, Munch, and Finn give new definitions to the term #SqaudGoals, as this foursome takes on heinous crimes in Season One, which debuted in 1999. You're in for episodes about BDSM, Russian mistresses, dishonorable judges, and early internet sex crimes.
Missing your days as a co-ed? Stream some episodes of Felicity, and remember how good it feels to have romances as a grown-ass woman. I'm not throwing shade at you, Felicity. Seriously, you're the bomb dot com. But a couple of episodes in, and I'm sure glad my college days are behind me.
10. 'Twin Peaks'
It still blows my mind that Twin Peaks ran on network TV. There hasn't been a show that comes close to pulling off what David Lynch did with this series that debuted in 1990. If you don't know that One Eyed Jack is not a person, I'm not going to spoil it for you. Some episodes are disturbingly scary, so be forewarned.
11. 'The X-Files'
If creepy, paranormal happenings and governmental conspiracies are your bag, stream The X-Files, and see the OG Scully and Molder in action. Their chemistry is ripe, the plots of these episode are chilling, and well, there's a reason this is a cult classic. Not only is the truth out there, but this show's pilot is as well.
12. 'My So-Called Life'
13. 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'
The adventures of Jean-Luc Picard aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise make for some seriously good sci-fi in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Is this reboot a metaphor for the cosmos of the '90s? Watch and tell me.
14. 'SpongeBob Squarepants'
I'm not judging if you want to spend your Saturday night watching your favorite Saturday morning cartoons of yesteryear. Roll up a spliff and chill out to all the zany underwater characters in SpongeBob Squarepants.
Is Angelica a total badass or what? Hulu keeps the animation game going with 166 episodes of Rugrats available to stream now.
16. 'Clarissa Explains It All'
For some old-fashioned fun and a nostalgic look at what life was like in the '90s from the perspective of a girl who has a pet alligator, stream Clarissa Explains It All, which debuted in 1991.
17. 'The Ren & Stimpy Show'
The Chihuahua and cat combo serve up kooky adventures in The Ren & Stimpy Show, proving that friendship between cats and dogs is totally possible. Some of the psychedelic places these guys go are pretty trippy, man.