That '80s Show

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That '80s Show

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

    1.4
    Unlike it's parent show ('That 70s Show') which focused on characters and relationships, 'That 80s Show' thought you could simply trot out clothes, pop culture references and catchphrases and have a show. It's almost like the scripts were written by someone thumbing through old copies of 'Entertainment Weekly'. The show can be best summed up by one clip that was used incessantly on the show's promos: A guy picks up a cordless phone, one about the size of a phonebook, and declares how exciting it is to be talking on a phone without a cord! Yes, those old phones were pretty darned big. So, what now?moreless
  • The 80's aren't funny enough

    1.0
    I think the problem this show had mostly is that we're not that far removed from the 80's, and although it was a humorous time, there were too many modern conveniences added during this decade for this decade to be considered outdated. For instance, in the 70's, everybody drove huge boat-like cars, in the 80's, the rave was compacts, sedans and sports cars- similar to today. Maybe in 2025, we'll be able to laugh at the inconveniences of the 80's, but for now, it's just not that funny. And anyway, if you're going to do a spin-off, it needs to either be an extention of a good idea or have one of the original characters in the new show.moreless
  • 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.

    3.0
    I still can't believe something as bad as this could have actually been aired for more than 10 episodes. As I said, when the show started airing, my hopes with this were high. But it turned out to be a total let down. This show was a spin off to the much adored That 70s Show, but it had no relation or characters from the original show.



    I could hardly find anything to laugh about in this show. It was just too cold to be a comedy show. The story didn't seem to be going anywhere, and the actors seemed really unoriginal and blunt. In the middle, for some reason or the other, I started hating the show a little less, but then it went downhill straight. There was just nothing, absolutely nothing that one could do to make this show any good.



    I'm happy they don't show this anymore.moreless
  • The problem with this show it was 'rushed' Fox wanted a new show out & it got let down.

    9.5
    I am totally sure that if Fox gave more time for this show it would have picked up. I thought the characters were good and honestly i thought this show was really funny. In some cases i thought it was a nice difference from watching that 70's show. Many people thought that the characters/actors were crap, but of course with Fox pressuring the show why would the actors want to do their best? In sense i think 'Fox' ruined this show before it even aired. Fox had plenty of great shows to work with but they somehow screw everything up.



    I honestly thought this show was pretty decent i really don't see why everyone else hated it. I think people are just afraid of something different.



    I thought the cellphone gag was funny.moreless
  • Funny and entertaining. The show may be a spin off, but still is enjoyable to watch.

    8.5
    So what if the show was not original or perfect. I still really enjoyed that show. I had been very skeptical at first since I was such a huge 70s show fan. For that reason alone I refused to watch it for the longest time. After finally finding a place where I could watch all of the episodes, I started watching. At first when I started watching the Pilot I was not very into it, but the more I watched the more it drew my attention. A lot of people complain about the actors, but personally I liked them. Roger is very funny, and makes watching the show a blast. Overall the show may not be the greatest, but there are a lot worse things on TV.moreless
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