Heartbreaking Cancellation: My So-Called Life
ABC threw Winnie Holzman’s excellent teen-angst drama into the boiler room well before its time. (”We had a time, didn’t we?”) Fans will forever be chasing Angela and marveling at the way Jordan Catalano leans.
The State of Matthew Fox's Hair
Shaggy and scruffy. A pre-Lost Matthew Fox was more slacker than savior on Fox’s Party of Five.
TV fail: Central Park West
CBS attempted its own version of Fox’s Melrose Place starring Mariel Hemingway, Lauren Hutton, and Mädchen Amick. Sadly, midseason addition Raquel Welch was not the second coming of Heather Locklear. It didn’t work.
Modern Marvel: Pixar
1995’s Toy Story was the first wholly computer-generated film. Fifteen years later, its threequel is out there fighting the good fight (making grown men cry).
Windows 95 was totally our favorite consumer-oriented graphical user interface-based operating environment of the year. NT? No thanks.
Goodbye, cartridges; hello, CDs. Sony released the PlayStation console in North America just a month before the original Nintendo would no longer retail in U.S. stores.
Summer Popcorn Flick: Batman Forever
Die Hard with a Vengeance and Apollo 13 technically made more money. But Joel Schumacher’s takeover of the Batman film franchise, starring Val Kilmer as the Caped Crusader and Jim Carrey as the Riddler, was the summer movie with action figures at McDonald’s, so somehow it…wins?
Best Picture: Braveheart
So many dudes. Love that movie.
History Rewrite: Disney's Pocahontas
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind? Can you?
Box Office Flop: Cutthroat Island
This movie earned $105 million less than it cost to make. Geena Davis and Matthew Modine don’t even appear to be on the same set in this photo. Frank Langella played a pirate uncle! Only one of those facts is awesome.
Question of the Year: ''Who is Keyser Söze?''
”He is supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody believed he was real.” Kevin Spacey won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in The Usual Suspects.
Sinful Cinema: Se7en
One month later, director David Fincher provided another excellent Kevin Spacey-related twist in the crime thriller starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. But we’ll mostly remember Gwyneth Paltrow’s head in the box.
Brotherly Loves: Liam and Noel Gallagher
Out of all the mid-’90s Britpop bands that were maybeeeeee gonna be the ones that saaaaaaved us, Oasis was the most smashing. Our minds still transition from the last bars of ”Wonderwall” to the first few of ”Don’t Look Back in Anger” on the band’s 1995 album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
No. 1 Solo Album From Prison
Tupac Shakur’s Me Against the World was released a month after the rapper was sentenced on a sexual abuse charge.
Everyone Knew This Entire Album
Alanis Morissette’s breakthrough album Jagged Little Pill still feels good swimming in our stomachs after all these years.
Two Cool Eponymous Debut Albums
311 by 311 and Sleater-Kinney by Sleater-Kinney.
Saddest Posthumous Release
Selena’s ”Dreaming of You” spent 49 weeks on the Billboard 200 months after she was murdered at 23 by the president of her fan club. Jennifer Lopez, get ready.
Grrrl Power Anthem
Take that pink ribbon off her eyes! In ”Just a Girl,” the lead single from No Doubt’s third album Tragic Kingdom, Gwen Stefani railed against female stereotypes.
Single of the Year: ''Gangsta's Paradise'' by Coolio ft. L.V.
”They say I gotta learn, but nobody’s here to teach me.” If Michelle Pfeiffer can’t understand, how can she reach them? Duh, via poetry.
''Duh! It's like a famous quote.'' ''From where?'' ''CliffsNotes.''
Clueless resonates as a time capsule of 1995’s aspirational fashion (purple clogs), but it’s also a treasure trove of memorable lines we keep using today. And it taught us the word ‘sporadically’! Try to use it in a sentence today. We love all the ’90s pop culture references — Cher saving herself for Luke Perry, Elton leaving his Cranberries CD on the quad, and of course, ”Rollin With the Homies.”
Workout Music Revolution: Jock Jams Vol. 1
Llllllllllllet’s get ready to rumble! JOCK JAMS! Y’all ready for this?
Post-Workout Music: Trip Hop
Following Portishead’s Dummy in 1994, Tricky and Massive Attack both released albums in 1995 during the height of the downtempo electronic music movement from Bristol, England.
What The Beatles Were Up To
Why, re-grouping with some robo-Lennon vocals, of course. ELO’s Jeff Lynne produced ”Free as a Bird” using a cassette tape recording of the late dear John from 1977.
What Michael Jackson Was Up To
MJ’s double-album HIStory, containing the hit single ”You Are Not Alone,” became the best-selling multiple-album of all time.
Meanwhile, The Other MJ...
”You’re out,” said baseball. Michael Jordan’s first game with the Chicago Bulls since his first retirement was the most-watched regular season NBA game since 1975.
Fiction Bestseller: John Grisham's The Rainmaker
Eat it, Crichton!
Nonfiction Bestseller: John Gray's Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
Now you know.