By Marc Snetiker
Updated June 17, 2014 at 12:00 PM EDT
Credit: VH1

Before VH1's I Love the 2000s special began on June 17, I polled my roommates (whom I forced to watch with me) about their favorite pop culture moments from the year 2000. For about three minutes, everyone was stumped—what's actually from the year 2000, instead of just under the umbrella term "the 2000s"? It turns out that remembering specific years is a lot harder than you think.

That's why there's a saving grace to VH1's nostalgia-bait series, a 10-part anthology spread out over five days this week. It's hugely entertaining to hear no-name comedians praise specific pop-culture entities from the early 2000s—Tuesday's episodes in particular focused on the years 2000 and 2001—and if I'm being fully honest, there were certain things I kind of, sort of learned during the throwback.

I never actually saw Brian McKnight's "Back at One" video, but in it, he apparently dies in a plane crash and spends time walking through a cornfield. I also never knew that speed dating was invented in 2000, or that someone got stabbed on Cheaters, or that The Perfect Storm ended with everyone dying, or that Bret Michaels is a fan of Gilmore Girls. I was, however, a young teenager then. This is probably all old news for some of you, and that's the beauty of the series: It's nostalgic and educational.

Whether or not you watch Tuesday's 2000/2001 episodes, here's a quick recap of what you missed. (And if you're wondering why they never mention Baha Men's "Who Let The Dogs Out," you're not alone.)



Trading Spaces

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Dora the Explorer



Almost Famous

The Perfect Storm

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Charlie's Angels

American Psycho


"Smooth" – Carlos Santana feat. Rob Thomas

"I'm Blue (Da Ba Dee)" – Eiffel 65

"Back at One" – Brian McKnight

"All the Small Things" – blink-182


Tiger Woods winning the 2000 U.S. Open

Jared the Subway Guy



Text messaging

Speed dating

George Takei's Oh My of 2000: Robert Downey Jr.'s drug saga

Nelly's Hotties of 2000: Sarah Michelle Gellar ("vampire slayer hot"), Halle Berry ("sexy mutant hot"), Faith Hill ("country music's #1 hot")

The Year in Spears: "Oops, I Did It Again"

Michael K. Williams' Anti-Hero of 2000: Tony Soprano

Bret Michaels' Guilty Pleasure of 2000: Bring It On, Gilmore Girls, Von Dutch hats



Crossing Over with John Edward


Bridget Jones' Diary

Legally Blonde

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Donnie Darko


The general idea of MP3s

"Let Me Blow Ya Mind" – Eve feat. Gwen Stefani

"Thank You" – Dido

"Kryptonite" – 3 Doors Down (Um, wasn't this 2000?)

"Because I Got High" – Afroman


Mariah Carey stripping after surprising Carson Daly with ice cream while promoting Glitter on TRL

Tom Green and Drew Barrymore (and her cold feet on SNL)

Danny Almonte


Bratz dolls


Listerine PocketPaks

Grand Theft Auto III

Richard Reid's shoe bomb

George Takei's Oh My of 2001: Bjork's swan dress at the 72nd Academy Awards

Nelly's Hotties of 2001: Nicole Kidman ("voulez-vous coucher avec moi hot"), Jennifer Lopez ("green Grammy dress-wearing hot"), Estella Warren ("hottie on the Planet of the Apes")

The Year in Spears: The yellow snake and "I'm a Slave 4 U"

Michael K. Williams' Anti-Hero of 2001: Jack Bauer

Bret Michaels' Guilty Pleasure of 2001: The Fast and the Furious, Temptation Island, denim mini-skirts