Here’s the absolutely essential distinction that I think should be made: Rather than saying that one’s childhood was the best (it never is), I think it’s the MEDIA and ENTERTAINMENT that is REALLY being compared.
It’s my personal opinion that the 90’s had the very best children’s television programming. Why? Because all the very best cartoons from every single generation- from the cartoons made by WB, MGM, and Disney in the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, as well as the very best of Hanna-Barbera from the ’60s and ’70s, to Disney Afternoon, Disney’s Renaissance feature films, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon- were ALL on television and/or video tape, available for kids to see very easily.
My childhood sucked. Why? Because I was bullied to no end. I was a total social outcast because I was terrible at social interaction and liked oldies music. But I could go home and escape all that by watching the very best cartoons ever made. THAT’S why I love the ’90s.
And because almost all those cartoons are missing from television (although you often see ‘em trickling out now and then, and most of ‘em are on DVD now), and we see mediocre cartoons taking their place, I think “kids these days” are missing out.