6.7
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Dark Side of the 90's

Dark Side of the 90's

Vice TV 2021

A deep dive into the decade's untold history, revealing secrets, and prespectives.

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

The 10 Best Episodes of Dark Side of the 90's

Dark Side of the 90's - S2E4

#1 - UFC Pt. 1: No Holds Barred (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Ken Shamrock and the UFC are joined at the knuckle. Dubbed "human cockfighting," the UFC will fight senators and scandals in a battle that almost ends the sport before it begins.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 15 votes.

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Dark Side of the 90's - S2E2

#2 - MTV & The Real World (Season 2 - Episode 2)

MTV’s The Real World is television with something to say--with a soap opera twist. But when MTV gets rich from reality TV, they trade in realness for fart jokes and hot tubs.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 15 votes.

Dark Side of the 90's - S2E1

#3 - Arseniooo Hall! (Season 2 - Episode 1)

Arsenio carves out a niche in the white, late-night world by showcasing hip hop artists and emerging talent. Despite his success, Arsenio becomes a casualty in the late-night wars.

The episode was rated 7.47 from 17 votes.

Dark Side of the 90's - S1E2

#4 - The Viper Room: Hollywood's Sanctuary (Season 1 - Episode 2)

The Viper Room was a refuge for Young Hollywood to hide from the prying eyes of the press, until one fateful night when the death of a rising star instantly made it headline news.

The episode was rated 7.41 from 39 votes.

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Dark Side of the 90's - S1E4

#5 - Beanie Babies Go Bust (Season 1 - Episode 4)

90's parents and kids bonded over collecting playful plush toys known as Beanie Babies until the toy's creator, Ty Warner, used the internet's power to create a frenzied market.

The episode was rated 7.37 from 27 votes.

Dark Side of the 90's - S1E6

#6 - Baywatch: Sex Sells (Season 1 - Episode 6)

The world’s first influencer was a TV show. Baywatch’s Southern California sun, action, and laser focus on beauty made it appeal to more than a billion people worldwide.

The episode was rated 7.30 from 20 votes.

Dark Side of the 90's - S2E5

#7 - UFC Pt. 2: To Live or Die in the Octagon (Season 2 - Episode 5)

36 states have banned "no holds barred" fighting, and the UFC’s future is grim. Star fighter Ken Shamrock is also in trouble and needs a guardian angel to get him back on his feet.

The episode was rated 7.27 from 11 votes.

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Dark Side of the 90's - S1E9

#8 - Secrets of the Runway (Season 1 - Episode 9)

90's supermodels were part rock stars, part royalty, and all dusted in cocaine. But off the runway, many were abused by men using their power to conceal an ugly secret.

The episode was rated 7.24 from 17 votes.

Dark Side of the 90's - S1E1

#9 - Trash TV: Dirty and Deadly Talk (Season 1 - Episode 1)

As 90's Talk TV evolved from the cerebral (Donahue) to the trashy (Jerry Springer), the new format fused combustive relationships, shock and violence to entertain the masses.

The episode was rated 7.20 from 44 votes.

Dark Side of the 90's - S1E8

#10 - Hip Hop: The East vs West Media War (Season 1 - Episode 8)

90's hip hop had an uphill fight for airplay and recognition. When the media finally caught on, they told a story that twisted the narrative with sometimes dangerous consequences.

The episode was rated 7.18 from 22 votes.

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Dark Side of the 90's - S2E6
#11 - Tabloid TV
7.18
Season 2 - Episode 6

With sex, attempted murder and betrayal, nothing personifies the tabloidification of ’90s America better than the story of how Amy Fisher shot Mary Jo Buttafuoco in the head.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
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Dark Side of the 90's - S2E9
#12 - Y2K: Paranoia Will Destroy Ya
7.08
Season 2 - Episode 9

At the end of the decade, the fear of an apocalypse looms. Two men become the stars of the real-life action thriller known as the Y2K scare.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Dark Side of the 90's - S1E7
#13 - A Tale of Two Cults
7.00
Season 1 - Episode 7

Doomsday cults emerged in the '90s, seizing on Y2K fears. While we watched the tragic Waco massacre on TV, Heaven's Gate leader Marshall Applewhite made his own plan.

The episode was rated from 21 votes.
Dark Side of the 90's - S1E10
#14 - Internet 1.0: Don't Believe the Hype
6.95
Season 1 - Episode 10

In the 90’s, the surge of internet-exclusive companies captured the dreams and greed of American investors. In its wake, one beloved mascot was killed — the Pets.com puppet.

The episode was rated from 21 votes.
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Dark Side of the 90's - S1E3
#15 - TV for Teens
6.89
Season 1 - Episode 3

The story of how the upstart Fox Network forever changed television.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.
Dark Side of the 90's - S2E3
#16 - Cops: Bad Boys, Bad Boys
6.82
Season 2 - Episode 3

When COPS hits the airwaves, the gritty reality of police work becomes a phenomenon. Despite being the longest-running prime-time live-action series, COPS is mired in controversy.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
Dark Side of the 90's - S2E8
#17 - The Rise of Rush Limbaugh
6.77
Season 2 - Episode 8

Rush Limbaugh is conservative radio’s first megastar, claiming to have "talent on loan from God." He creates a divide in America that we see unfolding today.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
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Dark Side of the 90's - S1E5
#18 - Grunge and the Seattle Sound
6.63
Season 1 - Episode 5

SubPop's classic 90's indie ethos was tested when they chased mainstream money. The story of grunge told through the eyes of the little label that started it all.

The episode was rated from 27 votes.
Dark Side of the 90's - S2E10
#19 - Morning Show Wars
6.50
Season 2 - Episode 10

Morning TV is the profit center of the news divisions that produce them. Today and Good Morning America battle for dominance where there’s no room for failure.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
Dark Side of the 90's - S2E7
#20 - Black Sitcoms' Last Laugh
6.36
Season 2 - Episode 7

Black comedies explode in the 90s, with sitcoms written and produced by Black creators, featuring Black casts. But no culture is immune to the toxicity of fame and power.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
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Last updated: sep 26, 2022

Comments

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Great Docu. Especially for the 50 year olds among us, some film fragments, will be very recognizable. :wink:

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Awful - wish I never watched. Just nonsense and utter biased sensationalism.

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Liking it so far! Episode 2 of the UFC was total crap though.

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