90's House

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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'90s-themed reality game show is kind of mean, competitive.

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Positive Messages

The '90s were colorful, fun, and iconic. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Many cast members are sneaky, unfriendly, and unafraid to engage in unethical behavior to win money. 

Violence

Yelling, argumentative behavior. Threats made, alcohol gets thrown, people get bullied. 

Sex

Lots of innuendo, including flirtations, hookups, etc. Lots of women in bikinis, shirtless men. 

Language

Words like "hell" and "bitch" audible; curses bleeped. 

Consumerism

Mazda, shiphop.com are show sponsors. Lots of popular '90s shows, brands, music, etc. featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of drinking (mixed drinks, etc.).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 90's House is a 1990s-themed reality competition that features lots of music, fashion, icons, and logos from the era. It also has lots of bleeped cursing, arguing between contestants, and behavior that crosses the line from being competitive to just being mean. There's some strong sexual innuendo, and drinking is also visible. 

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What's the story?

90'S HOUSE is an MTV reality series that challenges a group of millennials to survive living in a '90s time warp in exchange for some prizes and $90K in cash. Hosted by Lance Bass and Cristina Milian, 12 strangers move into a '90s-themed house that lacks all the 2017 food, clothes, and digital amenities they are accustomed to. Throughout their stay, they must participate in a series of '90s themed, aka "Who Got Game," challenges. Winners get to stay in the house, while losers get "bounced." Helping them through the process are visits from '90s icons like Mario Lopez and Joey Lawrence. The winner gets the cash, as well as a new 1990s Mazda Miata and a cruise for two. 

Is it any good?

This moderately entertaining series pays homage to what made the '90s decade what it was, complete with Hammer pants, character-driven sitcoms, and boy band music. Fans of the decade will be able to pick out some of the more subtle references to the era. The challenges, many of which incorporate '90s music and dance moves, create some amusing moments, too. 

However, the endless fighting, scheming, and cutthroat behavior (that begins at the very start of the first episode) tarnishes many of these would-be enjoyable moments. The overall cast isn't very likable, either. Despite the blast to the past, 90's House contains lots of questionable elements that reflect more contemporary reality entertainment. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what life was like in the '90s. What was going on around the world at that time? What are some of the many things that have changed since then?

  • 90’s House highlights the fact that the decade was less digital than it is today. How did people live without smartphones and other digital devices? 

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For kids who love nostalgia

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