Netflix just announced that they will be adding the entire series of Bill Nye the Science Guy to their online collection of movies. This is Netflix’s latest revamp of 90’s TV. Earlier this year, Netflix made all 10 seasons of Friends available to stream instantly. They have also announced that they are making a new Pee-Wee Herman movie and attempting a reboot of Full House. Following the Bill Nye announcement from Netflix, there are three main points I really want to make here. One: Netflix is taking over and will likely overthrow Television someday. Two: Bill Nye is as relevant as ever. And Three: The 1990’s are back and they’re in style.
Netflix is no longer just an easier way to find and watch movies. Thanks to Netflix (and other online streaming services) we now “binge watch” television shows. Not just shows that have stopped airing but Netflix originals. From House of Cards and Orange is the New Black to the newest series starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie Netflix has proved that it can make hit TV shows that are just as captivating as network television shows (and that don’t even need TV). Netflix has proved to be successful in the world of documentaries and now they have moved on to making movies. This concept was virtually unimaginable at the turn of the century and just 15 years later it’s hard to imagine a world without being able to catch an episode of a show you missed somewhere on the internet.
Since his show ended in the late 90’s, Bill Nye has continued to speak, teach and explore in the world of science. Nye had a way of explaining science to kids exceptionally well 20 years ago, but now and all those years in between Nye is also an excellent speaker for adults. His debate on Climate Change alone is evidence enough to prove that he knows what he’s talking about and he has no problem having a fact-driven conversation with someone who disagrees with him. He continues to fundraise for research to advance science and space exploration. Bill Nye’s TV show has uses beyond the classroom, and Netflix is trying to prove that. I encourage everyone with Netflix to give Bill Nye the Science Guy another watch and I hope Nye has more televised speaking events in which he can discuss and explain the facts behind things like climate change, the environment, the drought, solar power and other renewable energy sources.
New generations discovering Friends and Seinfeld. Throwback music from artists like Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande and Musiq Soulchild. Fashion trends from 20 years ago. The Clinton and Bush families are angling for the White House. Other than the extreme development of cell phones and the internet, trends of the 1990s surround us. Having only lived in that decade for 5 years, I can base my knowledge of the 90s on articles and books I’ve read. Why this sudden yearning to return to trends of the very end of the 20th century? Because the 1990s were a rather good time for the United States. For the most part there was peace (we weren’t at war/on the brink of war), the economy was booming and social change was at an all time high. It’s never good to move backward, but it’s okay to bring back elements that worked. It’s okay to improve those good elements of the past. By studying history, we can learn both what mistakes not to repeat AND what strategies and events that really worked.