People who grew up in the 90s often claim it was a simpler time, and in some ways it was. There were no drunk texts to decipher, no Facebook messages from ex-boyfriends to send a person into a tailspin of despair six months after a break up. But in other ways, compared to the convenience that we have at our fingertips now, the 90s were a much more complicated time. Take some of the biggest plot lines from beloved 1990s tv shows: trying to catch someone but arriving at the wrong airport would never happen, since you can check any flight on any airline from your cell phone. Even if you didn’t end up catching your one true love before they left the country, you could always send them a heartfelt Facebook message or flash them something enticing on Skype.
One of the biggest sitcoms of the 1990s, Seinfeld, is still funny but shows its age in the reruns that air daily. In 2012, Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer would never spend hours waiting for a table at the Chinese restaurant when they could use Urbanspoon to find another one where the wait is shorter. They wouldn’t miss the movie trying to find each other at the theater, since they’d probably each buy their own tickets on Fandango. Luckily, a twitter feed has popped up to help us understand what the gang might be dealing with, if they still visited our living rooms on a weekly basis. Modern Seinfeld imagines plot lines that have the classic nothing flavor, set in the digital age. Ideas like “Elaine yells at her co-workers for liking Pinterest” are so intriguing that a petition to reboot the show is sure to show up on Change.org any second now.
Fans of classic 90′s shows can only hope that a Modern Friends twitter feed will appear soon. First possible plot line: after a fight with Ross, Rachel changes her Facebook relationship status to “it’s complicated”.