Pick: What would you watch on TV in 1990?

Would you watch the debut of Kramer or Agent Cooper?

Pretend you have a time machine. Hooray! There's just one glitch — it only goes back to the year 1990. And it's on the fritz, jumping all around the calendar. Fortunately, you have a television on hand to for entertainment.

Pick what you would watch on TV that year. See how your selections stack up against the rest. Have fun and bon voyage!

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  1. We begin our journey on Saturday morning. The date is November 3. It's 11AM. What are you watching?
  2. Now it is that evening on the same day. What will you watch at 9PM?
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  3. We're moving back in time now. It is Tuesday, October 30. What will you watch on Halloween Eve at 9PM?
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  4. Leaping backwards again…. It is Monday, October 8. Settle in for the evening and watch one of these long programs.
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  5. A bigger leap back…. Now it's May 31, a Thursday. What would you watch at 9:30PM?
  6. All this leaping through time, it begs the question: What would you watch on Friday at 8PM?
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  7. Jump back a month! It's now Saturday, April 8. Tune in to something at 9PM.
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  8. Let's leap again. It's Thursday, October 25, 8:30PM. What'll it be on TV?
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  9. That's over now. Pick a show for 9PM.
  10. We've landed on a Sunday. It's 8PM. Cozy up on a couch with a show.
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  11. It's now Monday, 8PM. What'll you watch?
  12. Same time, next day. What's on your screen?
  13. Finally, we end on a Wednesday, again at 8PM. Make your final selection.
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Pick: What would you watch on TV in 1990?

Your Result...

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DrJekalb 6 days ago
Mine was 49%. I was a teenager in 1990; and probably would've scored 100%. It's amazing how tastes change after 30 years of adulthood.
ELEANOR 3 months ago
I'm a proud holder of 46%. It feels real good to NOT have watched whatever it was that was supposed to have been popular.
TijuanaSlim 3 months ago
Small Nitpick on #1... fall 1990 FOX didn't have 'Network Time" on Saturday Mornings Nor did WWF Wrestling have any Network TV Contracts

so the Show in airing at that time on that Affiliate would have been a syndicated Series... and varied by Market
- in my region for example The Cartoon Block was over by 11, and the WWF show (Challenge or Superstars) would be the segue from Cartoons to the afternoon Sports Block on my Local CBS Affiliate
DrJekalb TijuanaSlim 6 days ago
I think they meant to ask, if WWF Wrestling (Challenge or Superstars) was airing on your Fox affiliate at that time despite being a syndicated show, would you watch it? Technically, the WWF(E) at that time DID have a Network TV contract; but it was NBC where they aired Saturday Night's Main Event once a month.
If I remember, in my region, WWF aired Saturday and Sundays mornings on USA Network if you had cable; and my local CBS aired Superstars at 6pm on Saturdays and my local Fox aired Challenge at midnight on Sundays.
DerekBird 7 months ago
64% similar
64% similar to the most popular responses
DonMiller 7 months ago
Well, your name is “ Karen “……….
ttenchantr 7 months ago
4 and 12 need a None of the above option!
DrJekalb ttenchantr 6 days ago
True, the Browns/Broncos rivalry was more 1985/86/87. By 1990, the Broncos had fallen into mediocrity while the Browns became a joke.
Karen 12 months ago
I was in college, and the only "can't miss" program for me was Kids in the Hall, and 40 Helens agree with me.
Tony Karen 6 months ago
40 Helens also agree that it was Citizen Kane.
ttenchantr 15 months ago
Questions 4 and 12 needs a "None of the above." I wouldn't any of the options at gunpoint!
Karen ttenchantr 12 months ago
I totally agree with #4, but I was finding something else to do for #9 instead of #12. In fact, for 12 I picked a show I don't even remember.
RobChapman 17 months ago
Too bad you only count the "big 4" networks. Because, every Monday night in 1990 I was watching new episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Snickers RobChapman 16 months ago
I liked Babylon Five myself.
RobChapman Snickers 16 months ago
Babylon 5 didn't premier until 1994 (1993 if you count the pilot "The Gathering")
Snickers RobChapman 16 months ago
I know that, just saying I liked Babylon 5
Randall 21 months ago
My favorite show of that year wasn't mentioned LIFE GOES ON we got to see Broadway Diva Patti Lupone as well as the talented Kellie Martin,Tracy Needham and who can forget Chris Burk that show was great with Kellie Martin and Chad lowe who in the fourth season played a character with AIDS a big deal in those days!
Karen Randall 12 months ago
I remember AIDS being a big deal, but I don't remember even the name of that show!
Mukusthebadd1 24 months ago
Stupid phone screen!
It wouldn't let me change after a wrong selection!
ttenchantr Mukusthebadd1 15 months ago
You can't do that on a regular computer either.
ruswilinc Mukusthebadd1 7 months ago
I hate it when the page suddenly jumps as you are making your choice resulting in a wrong answer that's not your fault.
CouchPotato19 28 months ago
73% similar...…......I actually had an evening job back then, so had to vote by what my P's would watch. Twin Peaks was a strange & intriguing priorityshow for me, though! Taped it if I had to work. So far off the beaten path of typical TV crap of that time.
bmoore4026 29 months ago
68% similar. Apparently, my family were one of the few that preferred Rescue 911 over Who's the Boss.
Tony 30 months ago
"Golden Girls" wins out because who would want to watch an edited-for-TV "Beverly Hills Cop 2?" Unedited, yes.
RobChapman 30 months ago
There needs to be a "none of the above" option
ValT 33 months ago
There are too many where I would just turn off the TV & read a book.
ll675i ValT 30 months ago
or fire up the VCR
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