NUVO at 25: what was hot in 1990 — film and TV 

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Here’s what was hot nationally the year NUVO was born.

The top grossing movies of 1990: Home Alone

Ghost, Dances with Wolves, Pretty Woman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rounded out the top five. Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in two films that cracked the Top Ten: Total Recall (at seventh) and Kindegarten Cop at ten. Other notable releases that year included Edward Scissorhands, Misery, The Hunt for Red October and Goodfellas.


Oscar winners:

Dances with Wolves won Best Picture for films released in 1990, and the best director prize went to Kevin Costner for the same film. (See what happens when you appeal to Caucasian guilt and show America your naked ass?) Jeremy Irons picked up the Best Actor nod for his turn as uber-creepy millionaire Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune, and Kathy Bates won Best Actress as an even creepier murderous literary superfan in Misery. The Oscar for Supporting Actress went to Whoopi Goldberg for Ghost and Joe Pesci snagged Goodfella’s only award with a Best Supporting Actor win.



The top rated show for the 1989-1990 season was The Cosby Show (shudder) and some other top-rated programs included Cheers, Roseanne, The Wonder Years and the Golden Girls. Murphy Brown began to increase in popularity in the 1990-91 season, eventually irking the likes of Dan Quayle for its portrayal of single motherhood. A low-rated show called Seinfeld which debuted in 1989 would be renewed for 1991 — and didn’t crack the top five until the ’93-’94 season. Roughly two weeks after NUVO first appeared, a bizarre drama turned up in April of 1990 on ABC: David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Other debuts included Northern Exposure and Law & Order — and Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Julia Sweeney joined SNL.


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Ed Wenck

Ed Wenck

Ed Wenck has been writing for NUVO (as well as several other Indiana publications) for nearly 20 years while moonlighting as a radio host. He became Managing Editor of NUVO in 2013. He's authored four books and also reports for WISH-TV's Boomer TV program.

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