VH1 hardly knew what they were getting themselves into when they adapted the original BBC format to recreate this show for American audiences. The show was a wild-fire smash that spawned spin-offs and sequels, and with good reason. Broken into 10 episodes, each looking at one individual year, the show mixes current comics and stars from the past reliving the 1980s in all their cheese-tastic glory.
From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Brat Pack, and from Madonna to Who's the Boss, everything that made the '80s what it was gets examined and ridiculed. Current comics like Michael Ian Black, Hal Sparks, and Mo Rocca provide hilarious sound-bites on nearly all topics, while people who were a major part of the '80s (Kim Fields, Dee Snider, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Mary Lou Retton) provide the viewpoint of people who really experienced making the '80s what they were. Songs, movies, trends, toys/gadgets, TV, politics: everything gets a look, but nothing stays on the screen too long, with most topics getting 60-90 seconds of time.
There are also a few standard segments, with each episode having "Born In", "Babes of", "Hunks of", and "Make-Out Songs of" whatever year is being showcased, plus a Then-and-Now comparison.
This is one show that anyone who lived through the 1980s needs to see, as you will really enjoy reliving memories, and for anyone younger it's a fantastic and hilarious history lesson.