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10 ’90s Trends That Deserve a Comeback


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We’ve seen a lot of popular stuff from the 1990s return in new forms, but there are still a few things that rest in their Day-Glo colored grave. These are the ’90s trends that still need to be dug up.

10. Light Up LA Gear Shoes

This was the hottest thing in 1992, and everybody needed a pair of the kicks that lit up in the dark. LA Gear moved 5 million pairs a year, and the time is right for a return.

9. OK Soda

This post-ironic, Gen X-friendly soda hit test markets in 1994 and quickly vanished, but it actually tasted really good (at least according to the few people who tried it) and the commercials were awesome. Plus, the artwork on the can was by Ghost World creator Daniel Clowes and Black Hole artist Charles Burns.

8. Doc Martens

Known simply as “Docs” in the grunge era, these British boots were well-made and comfortable. The company almost went bankrupt in 2003, but they’re still hanging on. And they’re so much less embarrassing than Crocs.

7. Goggles

For a hot minute in the mid-90s, the accessory of choice for some rappers was ski goggles despite the fact that they didn’t actually ski. (Ah, the days when everyone took fashion cues from Tank Girl.) Why shouldn’t that be cool again?

6. Pagers

Before everybody had cell phones, pagers were the way to keep connected with all your buddies. It’d be sweet if people ditched their iPhones for old-school LCD screens.

5. Nickelodeon Game Shows

The ’90s were the golden era of game shows that pitted pre-teens against each other in feats of agility, strength, and slime survival.

4. Pop Tarts Crunch

We don’t feel nostalgia for too much food from the ‘90s, but Pop Tarts Crunch were insanely, awfully delicious and should be returned to our mouths post-haste.

3. Drum & Bass

Obviously electronic music has moved on, but could we maybe rewind a couple decades back from dubstep to the drum & bass that spawned it (and was much better)?

2. Hypercolor

Sure, they made your armpits look extra-sweaty, but color-changing clothes really need to make a comeback in the Internet age.

1. Fanny Packs

We’re all carrying more portable electronics around than ever before, and we need a better way to do it. The humble fanny pack is the optimal solution.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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