It was too long ago where technology forced us to have more shared experiences, especially with pop culture. Growing up, there were only three networks, and only three choices of shows during prime time.
Back in 1999 there was another shared experience, when Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Teaser Trailer was released on the internet. The limitations of video on the internet were so much of an issue that my sister and I went and saw Wing Commander specifically because the trailer was being shown.
p.s. BTW, don’t watch Wing Commander