I Love the 80s Strikes Back - Season 1

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Episode Guide


  • 1980
    Episode 1
    Movies included Superman II, Flash Gordon, Friday the 13th, Blues Brothers, The Shining, Stir Crazy, and American Gigolo.

    TV shows: Alice, Too Close For Comfort, Eight Is Enough, Real People, Richie Rich, and Solid Gold.

    Music included "Rock With You" by Michael Jackson, "Whip It" by Devo.

    Also: Plastic Man, Grey Poupon, Hungry, Hungry Hipposmoreless
  • 1981
    Episode 2
    Movies included Mommie Dearest, Clash of the Titans, Endless Love, On Golden Pond, and The Cannonball Run.

    TV included Benson, Dynasty, The Smurfs, and Magnum P.I.

    Artists included "The Stroke" by Billy Squier, Journey, The Rolling Stones, Rick James, and Simon and Garfunkel reunite in New York City.

    Also: Iron-on decal clothing, velcro, Jelly Shoes, Benetton clothing, Esprit clothingmoreless
  • 1982
    Episode 3
    Movies included Annie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Tootsie, Mad Max II: The Road Warrior, An Officer And A Gentleman, Conan The Barbarian, The Beastmaster, Pink Floyd's The Wall, and The Toy.

    TV included Dynasty, TJ Hooker, Entertainment Tonight, and Fame.

    Music included "I'm So Excited" by The Pointer Sisters, "Gloria" by Laura Branigan, "Abracadabra" by The Steve Miller Band, "Pass The Dutchie" by Musical Youth, Men At Work, and John Cougar Mellencamp.

    Also: GI Joe, Wayne Gretzky, Colecovision, and Kangaroo shoes.moreless
  • 1983
    Episode 4
    Movies included Risky Business, Staying Alive, The Outsiders, and Trading Places.

    TV included V (Mini-Series), The Day After (Mini-Series), The Thorn Birds (Mini-Series), and Fraggle Rock.

    Music included "All Night Long" by Lionel Richie and The Stray Cats.

    Also in this year, Richard Simmons teaches us to work out, Chicken McNuggets are introduced, Klondike bars made their debut, and Snausages, the dog treat, is ushered in.moreless
  • 1984
    Episode 5
    Movies included Gremlins, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Karate Kid, Splash, Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, Revenge Of The Nerds, and Bachelor Party.

    TV included Cagney & Lacey, Night Court, Murder, She Wrote, and the TV movie The Burning Bed

    Artists included Rockwell, Menudo, Van Halen, Tina Turner, Billy Idol, The Thompson Twins, and "Drive" by The Cars.

    Also: My Little Ponies and Glo Worms.moreless
  • 1985
    Episode 6
    Movies included Teen Wolf, Weird Science, Rambo: First Blood Part II, and Better Off Dead.

    TV included The People's Court, Inspector Gadget, Jem, and Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous.

    Music included Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)", Dionne & Friends' "That's What Friends Are For", Tears For Fears' "Shout", and Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is"

    Also: New Coke and Tube Skirtsmoreless
  • 1986
    Episode 7
    Movies included The Fly, Howard The Duck, About Last Night..., One Crazy Summer, The Golden Child, 9½ Weeks, and Soul Man.

    TV included Double Dare, Pee Wee's Playhouse, Dallas, and LA Law.

    Music included "Walk Like An Egyptian" by Bangles, "Heartbeat" by Don Johnson, "Conga" by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine, "You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon, and Bon Jovi.

    Also: Jolt cola, Michael Jordan hits it big, OP & LA Gear clothing, Al Capone's vault, Rainbow Brite, Garbage Pail Kids, Cabbage Patch Kids.moreless
  • 1987
    Episode 8
    Movies included Raising Arizona, The Princess Bride, RoboCop, Over The Top, Predator, Lethal Weapon, and Steve Guttenberg movies. TV included Full House, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Beauty And The Beast. Music included "Bad" by Michael Jackson, "Land Of Confusion" by Genesis, Jody Watley, LL Cool J, and "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake Also: Flowers In The Attic hits the bookstores.moreless
  • 1988
    Episode 9
    Movies included Beetlejuice, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Big, Coming To America, A Fish Called Wanda, Beaches, and Young Guns. TV included Growing Pains, Charles In Charge, My Two Dads, and Headbanger's Ball. Artists included REM, Sonic Youth, Jane's Addiction, Tracy Chapman, "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" by Billy Ocean. Also: Ickey Woods, the 'Monster Bash,' George Bush I, the Jamaican Bobsled team, and Hypercolor t-shirts.moreless
  • 1989
    Episode 10
    This episode profiles such movies as Field Of Dreams, When Harry Met Sally, Driving Miss Daisy, Batman, and Weekend At Bernie's. TV Shows include Full House, Designing Women, Doogie Howser, MD, and thirtysomething. Artists include Richard Marx, Samantha Fox, and "Just A Friend" by Biz Markie. Also: Zsa Zsa Gabor slaps a cop, the Clapper, Cindy Crawford on MTV, Choose Your Own Adventure books.moreless