Why Summer Rental is the Quintessential 80s Summer Movie
Apr22

Why Summer Rental is the Quintessential 80s Summer Movie

We had free HBO last weekend and as usual we recorded (or “taped” as I like to say…) a bunch of movies so we’re all stocked up for a while. I’ll finally see Dallas Buyers Club, that great/weird documentary on Scientology, and the Melissa McCarthy/Sandra Bullock cop movie. As my husband and I were scrolling through the guide filling up our hungry DVR something special caught my eye. “Ooooh Summer Rental! Record Summer Rental! I...

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Get on Board! The Great Space Coaster
Apr14

Get on Board! The Great Space Coaster

If you took The Muppet Show, The Electric Company, H.R. Pufnstuf, and Fraggle Rock and mixed them all together in an 80s blender, it might look a little something like this (see the video below). Do you still know all the words to that theme song? I do. The Great Space Coaster ran in syndication from 1981 through 1986. It was a children’s show featuring both puppets and people — the main character of the show was a GIANT puppet,...

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Here Comes the Cadbury Bunny
Mar27

Here Comes the Cadbury Bunny

When you think back to classic commercials from the 80s I’m sure those California Raisins come to mind (and maybe those two crash test dummies warning you about wearing your seatbelt). Or, maybe you think of McGruff the Crime Dog telling you to “take a bite out of crime.” And isn’t it great when certain commercials from your childhood don’t ever die? Think of the famous “how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie...

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My Hero: Mr. Mom
Mar18

My Hero: Mr. Mom

Before he played Birdman and before his signature role as the caped crusader in Tim Burton’s Batman, Michael Keaton played a different kind of hero in the 1983 hit comedy, Mr. Mom. In addition to Keaton, Mr. Mom featured an amazing 80s cast including Teri Garr, Martin Mull, Jeffrey Tambor, and Ann Jillian. During the mid-80s the movie was an HBO staple for my brother and me; we watched Mr. Mom on a loop, and we loved it. When Michael...

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Benson – 80s TV at Its Finest
Mar12

Benson – 80s TV at Its Finest

Ran on ABC (1979 – 1986) When you think back to ‘80s television most likely you think of the front runners, like Family Ties, The Cosby Show and Cheers. But there were a few shows that flew a little under the radar that people loved and that ran forever, like Night Court, Head of the Class and this one: First of all, let me just say that “Benson” should be a font – don’t you agree? Does it get more ‘80s than this, all bubbly and...

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30 Facts About Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Mar11

30 Facts About Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Thirty years ago, a Scottish band– relatively unknown in the U.S.–made a request to the world.  And thirty years later, the world is still honoring it. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”– that’s all Simple Minds asked of us in February 1985, when their signature song from the film The Breakfast Club first debuted.  And so far, we haven’t forgotten: the song and the film have been permanently etched into our pop-culture...

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The 80s Most Famous Feline – Garfield
Jan05

The 80s Most Famous Feline – Garfield

Think of 80s icons that were so famous, so totally popular, that you know them by just one name. For instance: Madonna, Sting, and Bono. Now think of cartoon cats of the 80s who were so famous they went by just one name – I bet only one comes to mind: this guy here. Garfield was so insanely popular in the 1980s that it was rare to attend a sleepover party where one or all attendees were not accompanied by the fat, orange, big eyed...

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Bosom Buddies
Dec02

Bosom Buddies

Friendship Can Be a Real Drag Whenever My Life by Billy Joel comes on the radio, rather than replaying the images of a music video in my head, I can’t help but think of the opening credits of Bosom Buddies. The television show Bosom Buddies ran from 1980 to 1982 on ABC. Who knew back then that co-star Tom Hanks would become the award winning actor he is today? In case you’ve forgotten pre-Oscar Tom Hanks (winning for both Forrest Gump...

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Then and Now: Judd Nelson
Nov11

Then and Now: Judd Nelson

When you think of classic movie endings, what comes to mind? Citizen Kane? The Wizard of Oz? The Empire Strikes Back? Or, maybe this? Yup. There he is at the end of The Breakfast Club: fist in the air, screen frozen on my favorite “criminal,” John Bender. He’s just finished serving the most epic day of detention ever, followed by a sweet make out session/diamond stud earring exchange with Molly Ringwald. The Simple Minds anthem “Don’t...

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Back to School, 1986
Sep18

Back to School, 1986

Yes, it’s that time of year again. When I think of back to school, I think of the following things: 1) Big yellow school busses, the sound of the bell ringing, and autumn leaves crunching underneath my feet, 2) My own childhood and how excited I got about back to school shopping and planning my first day of school outfit, and 3) A totally realistic 1986 comedy starring Rodney Dangerfield. This movie came on AMC the other night...

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Saturday Morning Cartoons
Sep09

Saturday Morning Cartoons

In the ‘80s, we lived for the weekend – we could listen to our boom boxes, go roller skating, go to the video store to rent movies, and hang out at the food court at the mall to pick up boys. But think further back – way back to when you were younger. What did you spend your weekend doing? Riding your bike? Trading baseball cards? Sure.  But, I bet I know how your weekend started on Saturday. I bet you were doing the same thing I was....

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Mork & Mindy
Aug19

Mork & Mindy

By Lori Ferraro Honestly . . . it’s a little hard to write this post considering just last week we lost one of the world’s greatest comedians and the star of one of my favorite shows from childhood. My first memory of Robin Williams was seeing him on the television sitcom Mork & Mindy. He left behind an incredible body of work – his start was onstage doing stand up comedy and his first sitcom was about an alien who comes to Earth...

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80s Cartoons – 25 Totally Rad Intros
Aug12

80s Cartoons – 25 Totally Rad Intros

Saturday mornings in the 80s meant one thing: cartoons.  Millions of American kids got up, fixed a bowl of cereal, and plopped down in front of the TV for a morning of animated bliss.  By the power of Grayskull, I declare this montage of 25 80s cartoon intros totally rad.  (Speaking of He-Man, he may have been the most powerful man in the universe, but that is still no excuse for the little-lord-fauntleroy hair cut he sported...

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My Love of Little House
Jul02

My Love of Little House

By Lori Ferraro Do you have certain television theme songs that you never tire of? That you truly love? That fill you with a uniquely nostalgic warm fuzzy that’s hard to come by? This TV theme song doesn’t even have words . . . but if I’m flipping around and hear it, you bet I’m stopping on it. That wagon pulling up. The shot of Ma and Pa. The running down the hill. The falling of Carrie. I was (ok, I still am) a Little House on the...

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That’s Incredible!
Jun09

That’s Incredible!

By Lori Ferraro Before The Bachelor, Survivor, The Real World and the ba-zillion other reality shows that now exist and have taken over our television sets, there was one reality show back in the early 1980s that was . . . well . . . incredible. That’s Incredible! was a half-hour show that ran from 1980 – 1984 with hosts Fran Tarkenton, John Davidson and Cathy Lee Crosby. I loved the opening of the program, how the audience would yell...

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