Vice TV has released the official trailer for their newest documentary series titled Dark Side of the 90s, which is set to explore some of the influential decade’s most infamous pop culture moments with commentary from popular 90s icons. Set to be hosted by Sugar Ray lead singer and 90s music star Mark McGrath, the 10-episode docuseries is set to premiere on July 15.
“The 90s was such a pivotal time for me and my career, “ McGrath said in a statement. “ Pop culture as we know it was just starting to take off and things like the internet and celebrity scandals and reality tv were being brought right into people’s living rooms. I’m stoked to be a part of this series as we unearth some of that decade’s most precious secrets.”
Trapped between boy bands and hip hop, silicone implants and Silicon Valley, the 90s were a decade of extremes. The economy was booming, the internet was teething and TV was getting better than ever before. But the 90s were also the evolution of the celebrity obsession, when only the most sordid and scandalous headlines could sate the public’s supersized appetites. All that fame, all that attention we slathered upon them took its toll– behind those bright lights was a world of shadows that concealed dark secrets.
The Dark Side of the 90s will examine some of the decade’s most infamous moments including the Beanie Baby craze; Johnny Depp’s Viper Room, where some of Hollywood’s most notable names retreated; the evolution of day-time television; and more. It will also feature interviews from the world’s favorite 90s legends, including Adam Duritz (Counting Crows), Jeremy Jackson (Baywatch), Bill Bellamy (Baywatch), Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills, 90210), and Scott Wolf (Party of Five).
“The meteoric success of VICE TV’s Dark Side of the Ring opened up an opportunity for us to expand the franchise to explore other cultural touchstones.” said Morgan Hertzan, Executive Vice President & General Manager, VICE TV. “Our Dark Side spin-offs continue to explore the underbellies of worlds many prefer left in the shadows. ‘Dark Side of the 90’s’ is a show made out of love of pop culture by a network known for its ‘no strings attached’ approach to storytelling.”
Dark Side of the 90s is executive produced by John Brunton, Matthew Ginsburg, Tim Healy, Morgan Hertzan, Lee Hoffman, Mark Lysakowski, and Catherine Whyte. It is a co-production between Railsplitter Pictures and Insight Productions.