With the start of the new Millennium, society saw the catchphrase “Whazzup” gain popularity of epic proportions, Survivor and Jackass starting the Reality television genre while Monday Night Football welcomed Dennis Miller to the announcing booth. On the political front, Florida and their hanging chad controversy resulted in George W. Bush becoming the 43rd President of the United States.
The year 2002 saw music fans crown their first American Idol and David Blaine taking his “street magic” to new levels in a new special. In the music world, Avril Lavinge and Andrew W.K. were the popular artists. Blockbuster movies included Spiderman, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and Signs. As Botox parties became popular, Robert Blake went on trial for his wife’s murder and Yao Ming got drafted into the NBA. Also discussed is the Department of Homeland Security’s introducing of their colored threat indicator.
The year 2003 brought the world the final part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Finding Nemo, and the Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. On the television front, The O.C. and Joe Millionaire made their debuts. The United States’ war on terror had a major victory when Saddam Hussein was found in Iraq, and following a recall election, movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger became California’s newest Governor.
2005 saw Donald Trump staring in his own reality show entitled The Apprentice, and Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings smashing show records with his impressive win streak. Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ being the top movie at the box office, the Boston Red Socks breaking their 86-year-old curse and winning the World Series, and Ugg Boots becoming extremely popular are also discussed.
In 2005, the top movies of the year included Brokeback Mountain, March of the Penguins, and Grizzly Man. Dateline NBC starting their “To Catch a Predator” segment, Martha Stewart’s stint in jail, and Kirstie Alley becoming the spokesperson for Jenny Craig is also discussed.
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