How much have things changed? How much have things stayed the same? Dating is now done on phones and McKnight went from sweet crooner who soundtracked middle school dances to the man behind an X-rated “adult” mixtape. To see what you may be forgetting — or purposely blocking out — from the first year of the new millennium, travel back in time with the list below.
Gotta catch ‘em all! Between the TV show, the movies and the trading cards, children had their own form of legalized crack in the 21st century. It’s name was Pikachu.
5. The Perfect Storm
In 2000 George Clooney still needed to prove that he could become a successful movie star after making a name for himself on TV’s ER. So what better way to do it than to grow out a sexy salt and pepper beard and star in a book to film adaptation about weather and hunky fishermen? It’s a serious, sad story, yes. But they all look so good.
9. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Ang Lee‘s film took home Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars and was nominated for Best Picture. It became a worldwide hit, and who cares if you didn’t fully understand the plot or what they were saying? All that martial arts sure looked cool.
10. “Back at One”
1. Acknowledge Brian McKnight’s sexiness.
2. Know that this song is guaranteed to set the mood, and work with that special intel.
3. Stay away from the music video, though. (It’s kind of messed up.)
4. Repeat steps 1-3.
5. Fall in love with Mr. McKnight again. All part of his master plan!
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What was missing from the 2006 and 2007 episodes? Heroes, Friday Night Lights, The Hills, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Pushing Daisies, to name some shows. Anna Nicole Smith and nude Vanessa Hudgens and (regretfully) Michael Vick, to mention some scandals. 300 and The Departed and Little Miss Sunshine and Knocked Up, to drop some movies. Couldn’t we show some love to these worthy pop culture topics?
But I will say that 2007 brought us the best Year in [Britney] Spears. Read on and let those shaved head memories come rushing back.
Rock of Love (“Twenty something women were forced to be with me until I let them go.” – Bret Michaels)
Yo Gabba Gabba!
“Lip Gloss” – Lil Mama
“Crank That” – Soulja Boy
“Don’t tase me, bro.”
The invention of Google Street View
The “Mac vs. PC” commercial
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book release
George Takei’s Oh My of 2007: Oscar De La Hoya cross-dressing photos hit the Internet
Nelly’s Hotties of 2007: Rihanna (“Good girl gone bad hottie”), Evangeline Lilly (“Island castaway hottie”), Rachel Bilson (“Orange County hottie”)
The Year in Spears (2007): Britney checks into a drug rehab facility, shaves her own head, attacks a photog’s car with an umbrella and half-heartedly performs at the VMAs, resulting in “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!”
The Year in Spears (2006): Photographed driving with a baby in her lap; gave birth to child number two; gave hubby Kevin Federline the boot; exposed her hoo-ha while leaving a vehicle
Michael K. Williams’ Anti-Hero of 2007: Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men
Bret Michaels’ Guilty Pleasures of 2007: Megan Fox in Transformers, Cobra Starship, Jon & Kate Plus Eight
Source 1, 2 + the rest of the 2000s