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It wasn't just 'N SYNC's much-hyped VMAs reunion that gave fans a nice big dose of '90s nostalgia. The guys from 98 Degrees, New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men may be older, grayer and more used to changing diapers than changing girlfriends, but as their sold-out proved, if you "Give Me Just One Night," fans will gladly show up.
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FREDDIE PRINZE JR.
After taking a break from the spotlight to be a hands-on dad to his daughter Charlotte, 4, and son Rocky, 14 months, alongside his wife of 11 years, Sarah Michelle Gellar, the handsome father of two made a big splash on the small screen in October, showing off an impressive six-pack during a memorable guest spot on Lifetime drama The Witches of East End.
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Hair extensions are just sooo 2012, dahling. The most influential style stars of 2013, including Beyoncé, Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Hudson, took a short cut to the front of the fashion pack by lopping off their long locks and rocking a '90s pixie cut. Even Pamela Anderson, as famous for her long platinum mane as her, um, other assets, reinvented her look with a sophisticated gamine crop. "I just thought my hair had a life," she explained to Ellen DeGeneres. "And I wanted to kind of put that behind me and start fresh."
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It was out with the old, in with the new in 2013 for the singer, who moved on from her fleeting judging gig on The X Factor and her longtime beau, Jason Trawick, to grab the spotlight firmly back with her first love: music. Looking fit, healthy and happy, her musical comeback included hit single, "Work B–," the announcement of a Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood, and the release of Britney Jean, her first studio album in two years.
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Turns out there really is always money in the banana stand. Much to the delight of diehard AD fans, who never stopped wondering what became of the nutty Bluth family after the Fox series went off the air in 2006, Netflix streamed 15 new episodes of the cult classic in May (which many viewers consumed in one sitting). Everybody do the chicken dance!
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Twinkie, Twinkie, little star, how we've wondered where you are. After an eight-month absence, the little cake that could returned to grocery store shelves on July 15. Snackaholics and school lunch boxes everywhere rejoiced.
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Did Beverly Hills, 90210's Steve even have a one-pack in the '90s? Doubtful. Ziering upped the count to six, maybe more, and displayed his muscular form in June while guest starring as a Chippendales dancer at a Las Vegas hotel. How did he follow that rip-roaring (he ripped off his shirt, women roared) performance? By starring in the now-cult silly-scary Syfy movie Sharknado on July 11. More cheese, please!
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Apparently Hammertime is timeless, because MC rocked the billowy pants cinched at the ankles back in 1990 and stars like Minka Kelly are still sporting them now!
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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a summer blockbuster starring the hunk who can fly! Even though audiences didn't feel the love for 2006's Superman Returns, they willingly gave the comic-book legend another chance when Man of Steel was released in June. And holy kryptonite, did Henry Cavill, the latest actor to fill out the "S" costume, deliver! The film took in more than $115 million the first weekend alone.
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Sure, he's kept busy with Saturday Night Live parodies, a fairytale wedding to Jessica Biel and a featured role in 2010's The Social Network, but the recording artist was sorely missing from the music scene since his 2006 CD FutureSex/LoveSounds. However, after releasing the chart-topping 20/20 Experience in March (and its follow-up in September), the President of Pop returned – and he received the award to prove it at the 2013 VMAs.
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This girl still just wants to have fun! The '80s pop star kicked her profile back into high gear in April with the opening of Kinky Boots, the Broadway show for which she wrote the music and lyrics – and won a Tony! The New York native is keeping the momentum going with the She's So Unusual tour, named for the 1983 debut album that turned her into a music sensation and MTV icon.
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BILL COSBY'S SWEATERS
This will make you feel warm all over: Cosby pulled out of mothballs 32 photos of the colorful knits he famously wore as Cliff Huxtable on the '80s NBC series The Cosby Show in July and launched the Cosby Sweater Tournament. Getting your fiber was never so much fun.
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There's a new silhouette in town, ladies, and it leaves nowhere to hide those extra holiday pounds. (Sigh.) Red carpets from Hollywood to N.Y.C. were awash with crop tops this year, last seen sometime in the early '90s. Trend-conscious celebs from Rihanna to Selena Gomez – whose toned tummies seemed to be on permanent display – accentuated their belly shirts with other throwback essentials, including high-waisted pants and oversized blazers.
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MICHAEL J. FOX
We're sure Alex P. Keaton, Fox's straight-laced Young Republican character on the '80s sitcom Family Ties, would approve of this career move: This fall, the star made a welcome return to our screens in NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show, playing a news anchor, who like the actor, is living with Parkinson's disease.
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