I Love the ‘80s: 3D

VH1 (ended 2005)





I Love the ‘80s: 3D Fan Reviews (8)

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  • VH1 dips back into the 80s well for another off-beat, "mockery with a dash of reverence" look at the cheesiest decade of them all.

    This show holds very true to the old adage that you don't fix what isn't broken. Following the formula of the original and "Strikes Back" versions to a T, we once again get a cornucopia of comedians and other assorted lesser celebrities spouting off the cuff remarks on TV, movies, music, gadgets & toys, fads, and news stories that immediately scream "eighties!!!" to anyone hearing or seeing them. The added bonus this edition was the use of 3D, though the show could be watched without the use of the glasses. The only other slight difference was perhaps a slight decrease in the number of comments from people personally connected to the 80s events being described.
    Many old favorites (including Michael Ian Black, Hal Sparks, Mo Rocca, Loni Love, and Rachael Harris) are back, but there are plenty of newcomers like Joe Lorge and Chris Coppola bringing their own views to the table, though the lack of Donal Logue was a tad disappointing. As usual, commercial breaks are preceded by and/or followed by yearly segments, this time dealing with topics such as teen idols, hot moms, and, befitting the show's title, movies that should've been made in 3D.
    It was great to see that there are still plently of things to review without the show feeling like they're grasping at straws for ideas, and you're left feeling that the inevitable 4th edition would be just as great as well. As usual, the first and last nights (1980-81, 1988-89) are not quite as good as the middle nights, whose years (1982-87) feature more of that almost indefinable "80s cheese factor", and are therefore a bit more open to clever mockery. In any case, this show serves it purpose once again as a hilarious look back for those who lived through the decade, and an enjoyable history lesson for those who did not. The reruns for this show will be plentiful, so be sure to catch them when you can!