That '80s Show

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Sophia's Depressed

    Aired 5/29/02

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Beach Party

    Aired 5/7/02

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    Road Trip (a.k.a. Star Search)

    Aired 4/24/02

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Punk Club

    Aired 4/17/02

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Double Date

    Aired 4/10/02

  • Cast & Crew
  • Geoff Pierson

    RT Howard

  • Glenn Howerton

    Corey Howard

  • Tinsley Grimes

    Katie Howard

  • Chyler Leigh

    June Tuesday

  • Brittany Daniel

    Sophia

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  • show Description
  • "The date is 1984. The location is San Diego, just one hour outside of the big dream we call Los Angeles. Corey (Glenn Howerton) and Katie (Tinsley Grimes) live with their dad RT (Geoff Pierson) and Corey's friend Roger (Eddie Shin). Corey is a creative soul who is trying to make it in the music world in a decade that only appreciates financial success. Although his father is a successful professional who is about to strike gold with his Gut Whacker and ride the '80s fitness marketing craze wave, Corey finds it difficult to get in the game. On the other hand, Corey's friend Roger idolizes Ronald Reagan and listens to motivation tapes while trying to find his way into corporate America. The household is rounded out by Corey's younger sister Katie, a chip off the old block whose sweetness and naiveté make her the perfect go between for her father and brother. "At Club [Berlin], a local gathering place, Sophia (Brittany Daniel) is in control. Sophia, Corey's ex, is a beautiful, "grab all that I can" kind of girl who doesn't like to limit her choices. Sophia breaks up with Corey to explore other avenues and relationships... all types of relationships. Corey's one safe haven is Permanent Record, the music store where he works for Margaret (Margaret Smith), a woman who lived through the summer of love and emerged with quite a few stories (and a rash). But things change for Corey when he's forced to deal with the new girl, Tuesday (Chyler Leigh), a punk rocker who sports a mohawk and attitude to match." (FOX press release) From the people who brought you That '70s Show came, appropriately enough, That '80s Show. The anachronism-filled followup launched amidst a tidal wave of publicity, scored lots of eyeballs for its premiere, and then promptly lost half of them. A lone tryout broadcast after its parent series improved its standing and suggested the sitcom could thrive with some nurturing, like That '70s Show had gotten, but the short-sighted executives who were running things at FOX, Sandy Grushow and Gail Berman, swept it under the carpet anyway, like most of the shows they launched that season. Much more interesting than the story of the show itself was the story of a little email battle that waged (and leaked) between co-creator Mark Brazill and Judd Apatow -- who was doing another FOX show called Undeclared the same year -- after Apatow attempted to get That '70s Show star Topher Grace to make a guest appearance on his series. Filled with such classy lines as "Die in a fiery accident and taste your own blood" and "See ya at the upfronts, bitch... unless you get cancelled before that," the tastefully-restrained tale of lies, deceit and alleged intellectual property theft probably got both of their shows cancelled without anybody ever bothering to look at any of the ratings. "Eighties I'm living in the eighties Eighties I have to push, I have to struggle, oh" Theme song "Eighties" written by Jaz Coleman - Paul Ferguson - Paul Raven - Geordie Walker performed by unknown That '80s Show is produced by Carsey-Werner-Mandabach Company Broadcast History ----------------- Jan 2002-Apr 2002, Wed 8:00-8:30 May 2002, Tue 8:30-9:00 May 2002, Wed 8:00-8:30 Mar 2002, Mon 8:30-9:00 Mar 2002-Apr 2002, Fri 8:30-9:00 First telecast: January 23, 2002 Last telecast: May 29, 2002 Show type: Multi-Camera Sitcom Number of episodes: 13 Media: Tapemoreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (150)

    • Sophia: Don't you have to go to class? Katie: No, I'm off this quarter. My credits are all screwed up since USC went from quarters to semesters after I had mono. And I only need, like, six more credits to graduate, but my French Lit professor slipped into a diabetic coma, so... Wait, you're not my parents! I dropped out!

    • Corey: I've got bad news. Sophia and I are finished. Katie: Aw. RT: Yeah, I've got some bad news myself. Kids, your mother and I split up. Corey: That happened two years ago. RT: I know. I just love saying it.

    • Katie: Corey, Sophia wasn't right for you. What, with her being a lesbian and all. Corey: Katie, she's not a lesbian, she's bisexual. She's like a vegetarian who likes turkey every now and then.

    • Margaret: Yeah, my mom stopped telling me what to do when I was 17. Of course, I was living with Jim Morrison. Corey: Jim Morrison is a god. Margaret: A god who thought my breasts looked like mushrooms. Beautiful mushrooms.

    • Girl: Where's your Lionel Richie section? Margaret: Let me think. "P", "Q"... "Rrrrr."

    • Katie: Let me fix you up with someone. Corey: No. Katie: Oh! My sophomore roommate from college! She's fun, tall, good-looking... straight. RT: How good-looking? Katie: Daddy, no.

    • Corey: Yo, punk rock rooster, 12 o'clock. Margaret: Oh, Corey, this is-- Tuesday: Did you just make some small-minded, middle-class comment about me, bud? It's about my hair, isn't it? Corey: No. Tuesday: Okay. So when you go to the barber, what do you ask for? The Blue Lagoon? Corey: What do you ask for? The stegosaurus?

    • Sophia: Actually, I did meet someone. Katie: Really? Well, what's he like? Sophia: He's like a she.

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    Notes (41)

    • Just like the first episode of That 70's Show which was titled "That 70's Pilot," this episode was called "That 80's Pilot."

    • According to press releases, Club Berlin was originally called Club Piranha.

    • Ashley Yegan and Jill Matson were both deleted from the final cut, but retain credit. They do appear in "Corey's Remix."

    • Features a clip from Pat Benatar's "Love Is a Battlefield" video and a clip from the Dynasty episode, "The Threat," featuring Joan Collins and Linda Evans. Pat Benatar later appears in "Road Trip" with husband, Neil Giraldo.

    • The original cut of this episode featured The Godfathers' "Birth, School, Work, Death" in place of Black Flag's "Slip It In." Since the former is from 1988, critics had a field day, and it was replaced when this hit the air. Act 2 fades out with a shot of a Black Flag poster.

    • The voiceover of the motivational speaker is uncredited.

    • Music: "Let Me Go" by Heaven 17; "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads; "What Difference Does It Make?" by The Smiths; "Love Is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar (with vocal accompaniment by Tinsley Grimes); "Slip It In" by Black Flag; "Add It Up" by Violent Femmes; "Close to You" (The Carpenters), performed by Glenn Howerton and Tinsley Grimes

    • Delaina Mitchell was deleted from the final cut, but retains credit.

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    Trivia (14)

    • Tuesday mentions Miami Vice (in reference to RT's Sonny Crockettesque outfit). Miami Vice premiered in September, 1984. We don't exactly know what part of 1984 this is supposed to take place (it's in the low '90s in San Diego most of the year), but we do know it's well before September, because how else could a Valentine's Day episode occur three episodes later. Terry Turner told the press that they were aware of the anachronism, but let it slide because Miami Vice was "in the year."

    • This episode takes place in February, 1984. Margaret mentions Robert Plant's "new stuff" with The Honeydrippers... whose debut album was released in November, 1984.

    • Tuesday plays the Thompson Twins record. The Thompson Twins' "In the Name of Love" album was on Arista. The label of the record Tuesday puts on the turntable is not Arista.

    • Katie's paints change position on the kitchen table from shot to shot.

    • The backs of the record jackets Margaret flips over mostly don't match any albums of the artists she names as she flips them over (except for "Jack Cassidy Reads Tropic of Cancer," which of course doesn't exist).

    • Roger is said to be selling Yugo cars in the U.S., even though the Yugo made its U.S. debut in 1985.

    • Paul Westerberg's "As Far as I Know" was recorded circa 2001 and did not see the light of day on record until 2004, while Stan Ridgway's previously-unreleased "Whatever Happened to You?" didn't see the light of day until a couple of months before this episode aired. Dramatic license is one thing, but... really.

    • This is the first episode when all the main characters are in the same place at the same time.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Roger: If I'm gonna pay rent for the apartment above the garage, Depressed Mode up there has to shut up. An obvious reference to the band Depeche Mode, who was already active in the eighties.

    • Margaret is imitating Kevin Bacon's dancing in 'Footloose' during the end credits.

    • Tuesday: All right. I think we're alone now.
      A nod to the name of Tiffany's hit cover, of course.

  • Fan Reviews (29)
  • Should have waited and done that 90s Show

    By davidhunter9822, Dec 30, 2014

  • How about those wacky, crazy, fun 80s? What crazy clothes and hairstyles! What wacky music! What? We need a script and characters? Ooops.

    By jaynashvil, Jan 03, 2006

  • The 80's aren't funny enough

    By ez1jb, Sep 01, 2006

  • When the series started, I had a few expectations because it was, apparently, coming in from the makers of That '70s Show. But, I was horribly failed by this.

    By immortalpayne, Mar 11, 2008

  • The problem with this show it was 'rushed' Fox wanted a new show out & it got let down.

    By SupernaturalX55, Jan 03, 2009

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