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Niche 90s Throwbacks that Will Make you Nostalgic
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Niche 90s Throwbacks that Will Make you Nostalgic

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Naida AllenJan 23, 2022

Thrillz takes you on a trip down memory lane. From TV shows to double denim, the best of the 90s throwbacks will all be revealed, leaving you reminiscing on the good ol’ days. 

We could be boring and hit you with the most popular 90s throwbacks, but where would be the fun in that? Everyone remembers the Powerpuff Girls, Recess and Destiny’s Child. This is the ultimate list that will leave you feeling sentimental.

Chuckle Vision

Kicking off the show is ChuckleVision. This 90s throwback was headed by Barry and Paul Chuckle, the two old school brothers leading a generation of misfits. They were the inventors of catchphrases: “And remember, no slacking!” and “to me, to you”. 

Barry Chuckle (left) and Paul Chuckle (right) in 1996. Image Credit (BBC)
Barry Chuckle (left) and Paul Chuckle (right) in 1996. Image Credit (BBC)

The first series was aired in 1989, and often followed the mischievous pair working different job roles or going on a new adventure. They were always making a mess of things in the slapstick comedy we know and love.

Mr. Motivator

Who could forget this legend in lycra? Derrick Evans (aka Mr. Motivator) powered up the nation with fitness workout videos that went pretty viral back in the day. 

Mr. Motivator in his trademark outfit. Image Credit: Camp Bestival.
Mr. Motivator in his trademark outfit. Image Credit: Camp Bestival.

He featured on breakfast shows like GMTV throughout the 90s. Mr. Motivator is probably the original man behind workout videos that we see on YouTube and other platforms today, with his most popular being the 10 Minute Workouts (A Touch of Motivation). No excuses really…

Fun House

Remember that 90s throwback Fun House? The kids game show that featured buckets of slime, go-karts and carnival style games. It was hosted by Pat Sharp – the man with the mullet – where contestants had to answer questions to win prizes.

Pat Sharp from Fun House. Image credit: ITV.
Pat Sharp from Fun House. Image credit: ITV.

Fun House is where the inspiration for later classics, like Dick and Dom in da Bungalow came about. 

Friends

OH MY, GOD! We couldn’t write this post without featuring one of the most iconic shows of all time (not biased) which is, of course, Friends. The Ross and Rachel saga, Chandler’s dad jokes and Phoebe’s awkward moments… Ah, the nostalgia is real.

Ross and Carol from Friends. Image credit: Getty Images.
Ross and Carol from Friends. Image credit: Getty Images.

Oh, by the way, Friends’ very own Jane Sibbett (Carol) is on Thrillz and you can get a video message from her. Just saying…

Gladiators

In the early 90s, one of the most popular game shows aired on ITV was Gladiators. Based on the Ancient Roman games, but obviously more light-hearted, the bodybuilders competed to be crowned Ultimate Gladiator. 

The cast of ITV's sports game show "Gladiators" which ran from 1993 to 2000. Image credit: Gladiators TV.
The cast of ITV's sports game show "Gladiators" which ran from 1993 to 2000. Image credit: Gladiators TV.

The fluorescent outfits may never be etched from your memory. Some of the show’s biggest stars like Wolf, Trojan, Ace, Jet and of course, James Crossley, or “Hunter” from Gladiators now are still into their health and fitness. Did you know that Hunter actually dislocated his shoulder during filming but never mentioned it? Yep, that’s dedication.

Chesney Hawkes

The One and Only singer, Chesney Hawkes, was the voice behind several ads and commercials. If you’re feeling stuck, here are the lyrics you need: I AM THE ONE AND ONLY. 

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This song will defo get stuck in your head. The music video itself (filmed in a cinema and featuring prime fashion trends, like double denim) has over 3 million views!

Southampton FC’s Le God

Matt Le Tissier was one of the biggest faces in football in the 90s. Donning the red and white kit, he became Southampton’s second-highest scorers to date. 

Throw it Back to Blue

Before Justin Bieber, there were boybands, and one of the UK’s best was Blue, featuring Antony Costa and Duncan James. With top tracks like All Rise and One Love, it’s enough to make you want to grab your hairbrush and start belting it out. Karaoke, anyone?

The boys from Blue. Image credit: Getty Images.
The boys from Blue. Image credit: Getty Images.

The Legendary Hercules

No, not the Disney motion picture. Although, that film is definitely a 90s throwback. We’re talking about the TV film series: The Legendary Hercules, starring Kevin Sorbo

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Everyone tuned in to watch this hunk of a demi-god slaying mythical creatures. Let’s not forget that incredible costume, the brown leather tunic and matching boots. High fashion, darling.

Sisqó

The 90s would be nothing without R&B. (Feel free to quote us on that!) One of the biggest names was Sisqó – the smooth talking singer behind Thong Song. 

R&B singer, Sisqó, on the throwback mix. Image credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
R&B singer, Sisqó, on the throwback mix. Image credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.

Again, we need to comment on the fashion here: multicoloured sunglasses, heavy bling and tank tops. It screams 90s!

Baywatch

Oh, yes! The American drama based on the daily events of a lifeguard. The opening credits became a running joke (pardon the pun). Don’t pretend like you haven’t tried to re-enact the famous run when you’re on the beach!

David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson and even Danny Woodburn got their big breaks on Baywatch.

Raven

Ok, technically this show was from the naughties. But c’mon?! Raven was a huge hit. And it started in 2002, so by our royal decree, it makes the cut. 

Our favourite Raven man. Image credit: CBBC.
Our favourite Raven man. Image credit: CBBC.

The mysterious Scotsman who morphed into a raven, leading young warriors to victory, was an afterschool special. Coining the phrase: “Let the challenge… begin!” was James Mackenzie playing Raven, who wore a grand black leather-clad outfit with feathers.

What a journey…

And so ends our look back in time. What a journey it’s been, ay? Don’t forget, you can book some of the stars we’ve mentioned above for a personalised video message on Thrillz right here, right now.

Naida Allen
Naida AllenCopywriter
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