The Nineties (miniseries)

The Nineties is a documentary miniseries which premiered on July 9, 2017 on CNN. Produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's studio Playtone, the 7-part series chronicles events and popular culture of the United States during the 1990s. It serves as a follow-up to the predecessors The Sixties, The Seventies, and The Eighties. CNN greenlit the series in May 2016.[1] One of the episodes, "Isn't It Ironic?", was screened at SeriesFest.[2]

The Nineties
GenreTelevision documentary
Theme music composerBlake Neely
ComposerNathaniel Blume
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Executive producersTom Hanks
Gary Goetzman
Mark Herzog
ProducersAlex Fleming
Laurens Grant
Talleah Bridges McMahon
CinematographyJack Kney
Niles Harrison
EditorStacy Goldate
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesCNN
Herzog & Company
Original networkCNN
Picture formatHDTV
Original releaseJuly 9 (2017-07-09) –
August 20, 2017 (2017-08-20)
Preceded byThe Eighties
Followed byThe 2000s
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CNN subsequently greenlit two more Playtone/Herzog miniseries for 2018: The 2000s, as well a four-part series premiering over Memorial Day weekend, 1968: The Year That Changed America.[3][4]


Episode Title Scheduled air date US viewers
1"The One About TV"July 9, 2017 (2017-07-09)1.14[5]
Television of the 1990s, including evolutions in dramas and sitcoms, growing competition in late night comedy, the increasing representation of African Americans on TV, and the increasing prominence of cable and premium television.
2"Clinton: The Comeback Kid"July 16, 2017 (2017-07-16)0.968[6]
The presidency of Bill Clinton, including his accomplishments and the Lewinsky scandal.
3"Can We All Get Along?"July 23, 2017 (2017-07-23)0.861[7]
Social issues in the 1990s, including the Los Angeles riots, the O. J. Simpson murder case, the Crown Heights riot, and the Clarence Thomas nomination hearing.
4"New World Order"July 30, 2017 (2017-07-30)0.950[8]
International politics in the 1990s, including the Gulf War, the dismantling of the Soviet Union, and the 1992 U.S. presidential election.
5"Terrorism Hits Home"August 6, 2017 (2017-08-06)1.003[9]
Terrorism in the United States during the 1990s, including the World Trade Center bombing, the Unabomber, the Centennial Olympic Park bombing, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine High School shooting, and the rise of Osama bin Laden.
6"The Information Age"August 13, 2017 (2017-08-13)1.041[10]
The mainstream adoption of the internet; the browser wars and Microsoft's antitrust case; the fall and resurgence of Apple; dot-com companies, including Amazon and eBay; Y2K.
7"Isn't it Ironic?"August 20, 2017 (2017-08-20)0.952[12]
Music of the 1990s, including Nirvana and the rise of grunge, Lollapalooza, alternative rock and post-grunge, modern country pop including Garth Brooks, female rock performers such as Alanis Morissette and Sheryl Crow, Lilith Fair, gangsta rap, electronica, the emergence of girl groups and boy bands.[11]


CNN announced the production of The Nineties on May 18, 2016, serving as a continuation of their previous miniseries The Eighties.[13]


  1. ^ Steinberg, Brian (18 May 2016). "CNN Greenlights 'The Nineties' and Series on Comedy, Music". Variety. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  2. ^ Nyren, Erin (18 April 2017). "Lauryn Hill, Common Set for SeriesFest Opening Night". Variety. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  3. ^ Moraes, Lisa de (17 May 2017). "CNN Adds Series On 1960s & '70s To Slate; HLN Adds 'Unmasking A Killer'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (11 April 2018). "CNN Adds Six New Original Series To 2019 Slate; Projects From Sanjay Gupta, Vox Media, More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Ratings: TV Viewers Like 'The Eighties' More Than 'The Nineties' on CNN". TheWrap. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Scoreboard: Sunday, July 16". tvnewser.
  7. ^ "Scoreboard: Sunday, July 23". TVNewser.
  8. ^ "Scoreboard: Sunday, July 30". TVNewser.
  9. ^ "Scoreboard: Sunday, August 6". TVNewser.
  10. ^ "Scoreboard: Sunday, August 13". TVNewser. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  11. ^ "SeriesFest Unveils TV Pilot Competition Selections (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Scoreboard: Sunday, August 20". TVNewser.
  13. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (18 May 2016). "CNN Adds Original Series About Historic Songs, Comedy, The '90's". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 3 September 2018.

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Preceded by
The Eighties
The Nineties Next:
The 2000s