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Liane Bonin
July 12, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mo Rocca’s five reasons to miss the ’90s

Brace yourself for nostalgia overload: former ”Daily Show” correspondent Mo Rocca plans to refresh our memories of grunge, O.J. Simpson, and ”Melrose Place” with VH1’s limited series ”I Love the 90s” (debuting July 12 at 9 p.m.). We asked Rocca to explain why such a recent decade deserves an episode-per-year retrospective. He gave us five reasons the ’90s are better than the ’00s. And we didn’t let him list the fact that ”the aughts” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.

THE LATIN MUSIC EXPLOSION ”I remember fondly when the Latin explosion detonated in 1999. I think we all remember where we were when it happened. You could hear it everywhere. The ground shook beneath us.”

JENNY McCARTHY ”Jenny McCarthy was just a starlet in the ’90s on her way up. I guess she just kept going up beyond the stratosphere, because we can’t see her anymore. And it was always nice to see her.”

THE SCANDALS WERE SIMPLE AND CLEAN ”In the ’90s our big scandal was sex in the Oval Office. What Martha Stewart did wrong takes too much energy to figure out. I’m essentially a lazy scandal observer. I like my scandals really easy. That’s why I like Monica. Guy has sex in the Oval Office, lies about it to the grand jury. So easy.”

HANSON WAS STILL CUTE ”Hanson’s grown up now, and I think at least a few of them are indicted in the whole Abu Ghraib torture scandal. They were serving their country, but I knew the drummer was up to no good. I think the Geneva Convention specifically prohibits MMMBopping foreign prisoners.”

THE ECONOMY WAS HEALTHIER ”I loved ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ in the ’90s. But unfortunately, after the dot-com bubble burst in 2000, he probably became less than the fresh prince. He was likely knocked down a few rankings, to duke, maybe baron. Now he’s probably the sad yeoman of Bel-Air.”

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