Top 10 Things and People that Were in Their "Golden Age" Phase During the 1990s

The Top Ten
1 The Simpsons The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening that originally started on April 19, 1987 as shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show. It got its own series on December 17, 1989 and is still running as of 2021, making it the longest running animated sitcom. It is about a man named Homer more.

Where the real meat of the show came from, so it counts

The first 7 seasons in particular.

the first 10 seasons were Epic

2 Alternative Rock Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music.

Bush, Pearl Jam, SoundGarden/AudioSlave, 95-97 era Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots and Red Hot Chili Peppers just to name a few

3 Sega Sega Games Co., Ltd., originally short for Service Games and officially styled as SEGA, is a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with multiple offices around the world.

Originally the creators of the Genesis, Saturn and Dreamcast, along with the first Earthworm Jim's arguably definitive console version on Sega CD (see the inverse of the trope Arson, Murder And Jaywalking for more info)
Nowadays, however, they might as well be dragging their own corpse behind themselves (along with Sonic's, to be quite honest) on a leash for all people care about them anymore (at least Sonic Colors, Generations and Mania are good though)

Sega is the Best.

4 Rareware Rare is a British video game developer located in Twycross, Leicestershire. The company was established in 1985 by Tim and C hris Stamper, founders of Ultimate Play the Game. During its early years, Rare was backed by an unlimited budget from Nintendo, primarily concentrated on Nintendo Entertainment more.

Originally the makers of Donkey Kong Country, Perfect Dark, Killer Instinct, and (as colossally overrated as I personally find them to be) Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64, GoldenEye 007 and Conker's Bad Fur Day

(no, while I personally find Diddy Kong Racing kind of decent, Battletoads does NOT count as a good game; see what the Angry Video Game Nerd said about both it and Silver Surfer going WAY too far with their difficulty for more info)
While all of this stuff (barring Perfect Dark and maybe GoldenEye) certainly was EXTREMELY graphics-over-gameplay, at least it wasn't Kinect mini-game collections (seriously, just you wait for Rareware to turn Banjo-Kazooie into yet another one of those, as if Nuts & Bolts wasn't already stupid enough)

Well yeah, I love classic Donkey Kong Country

5 Video Game Soundtracks

Final Fantasy VI-VII, Xenogears, Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross, Super Metroid, Ocarina Of Time and Majora's Mask, F-Zero and F-Zero X, Earthworm Jim 1 and 2, Sonic CD, PaRappa The Rapper and UmJammer Lammy, Donkey Kong Country 1 and 2, Tetris & Dr. Mario, GoldenEye 64, Kirby Super Star, Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat II, Star Fox and Star Fox 64, Link To The Past, Crash Bandicoot 2 and 3, PS1 Wipeout Trilogy, Super Aleste and SNES Phalanx, Super Castlevania IV and Rondo Of Blood, Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart 64, Castlevania Bloodlines and Symphony Of The Night, Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse, Streets Of Rage Trilogy, Earthbound, Genesis Sonic Trilogy, Diddy Kong Racing, Super Mario World and Super Mario 64...the list just goes on and on and on

I honestly think video game soundtracks are better nowadays, Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Odyssey has near-perfect music!

6 Nickelodeon Nickelodeon is an American basic cable and satellite television network launched on December 1, 1977, and is owned by Viacom through Viacom Media Networks and based in New York City.

Ren and Stimpy was stupid
But calling it golden age is because of childhood nostalgia.

Rocko's Modern Life, golden-age Spongebob and golden-age Ren & Stimpy all sharing the exact same channel with each other (along with Hey Arnold and golden-age Rugrats), enough said
The 2000s, however, DID bring us Avatar TLA, Invader Zim, golden-age Fairly Odd Parents, Danny Phantom and My Life As A Teenage Robot though, so it's actually a much more difficult contest between the two eras overall than you would think

7 Hip Hop
8 Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

The Bends and OK Computer, truthfully speaking, ARE probably their only truly great albums to date, but they are both just SO damned good of albums that it just about makes up for it in all honesty (Bends showed just how hard the band COULD actually rock when it wasn't just blatantly ripping off Nirvana like in Pablo Honey, while OK Computer completely revolutionized the entire soundscape of not only the band itself but also Britpop music in general and was also an absolutely brilliant musical satire of what being trapped alone in suburban life for too long can eventually do to one's mental health in the process)

10 Batman Cartoons Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman.

Not that Brave And The Bold is a bad show or anything, but it DEFINITELY wasn't a relative low that Batman cartoons would ever DARE to stoop to back in the 90s, let me tell you (if Batman TAS and Batman Beyond weren't enough for you, there was also the Mask Of The Phantasm movie adapted from the former, just to add the absolutely glorious icing to the gritty superhero film-noir cake)

The Contenders
11 Quentin Tarantino Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American film director, writer, and actor. His films are characterized by nonlinear story lines, satirical subject matter, an anesthetization of violence, extended scenes of dialogue, ensemble casts consisting of established and lesser-known performers, references to popular more.

The decade in which Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown AND Reservoir Dogs all came out, with the former two of those three effectively cementing Samuel L Jackson as an official staple actor for Tarantino films (Hateful Eight, Kill Bill, Inglorious Bastards and Django Unchained are great too but nowhere even NEAR the level of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs in terms of how well their theming is executed; Django Unchained MAYBE, but it's kind of tough to say due to the film's extremely controversial Confederate Slavery subject matter)

12 WWE World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. is an American publicly traded, privately controlled entertainment company that deals primarily in professional wrestling, with major revenue sources also coming from film, music, video games, product licensing, and direct product sales.
13 Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation.

Home to Siamese Dream, Gish and Mellon Collie

14 Nintendo
15 Dragon Ball Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of Goku who, along with the Z Warriors, defends the Earth against evil. The action adventures are entertaining and reinforce the concept of good versus evil. Dragon Ball Z teaches valuable more.
16 Gundam
17 SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator the late Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. SpongeBob is currently the most popular show on Nickelodeon, as well as the longest running show, running for 20 years, and is beginning its 13th season. more.

It's golden age was from 1999-2002. It had one year in the golden age. Then, there was Season 4 and 5, which had their fair shares of good and bad episodes. Then, the Dark Ages followed, and the series went to its redemption. -SoongeBill

It was more or less the 2000s, the 1990s (even if you count 2000) were the "Early Years" more than "The Golden Years".

18 Tony Hawk Anthony Frank "Tony" Hawk, is an American professional skateboarder, actor and owner of skateboard company Birdhouse. Hawk is well known for completing the first documented 900 and for his licensed video game titles, published by Activision.
19 Final Fantasy

Entries 4-9 (NOT counting 5)

20 Side-Scrolling Metroid

As evidenced by Super Metroid hacks becoming their own standalone series of games

21 Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, and directed by Hideaki Anno.

The Rebuilds have been a disaster (for the most part) so far. The franchise should've ended (animation-wise) right after The End of Evangelion.

22 Thomas & Friends Thomas & Friends is a British children's television series. In the United Kingdom, it had its first broadcast on the ITV network in Great Britain in 1984.

Let's take some time, and apperciate how hard it the show was to make in it's golden era. a vingontillion times better than our stupid cgi crap we have today.

23 Horror Movies
24 Square
25 Square Enix Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company that is best known for its role-playing video game franchises, which include the Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts role-playing game series.
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