You Can’t Do That On Television

You Can’t Do That On Television

One of the first big hits to emerge on the up-and-coming Nickelodeon cable channel, You Can't Do That On Television (YCDTOTV) quickly endeared itself to young viewers with its bathroom-humor-laced sketch comedy performed by kids. But the show will always be best remembered for introducing the young populace to green slime, a substance that is now a trademark for the Nickelodeon brand, thanks to this long-running series that was required daily viewing for many an 80s kid. Continue reading...

Pop Rocks

Pop Rocks

Inventing a new candy can be somewhat akin to reinventing the wheel, but when Pop Rocks exploded onto the market in the 70s, they were unlike any confection that preceded them. Word-of-mouth quickly propelled them to the top of the "must have" list among young consumers, and also contributed to one of the most fanciful urban legends of all time. We'll get to that in a moment but first, let's take a look back at the origins of this effervescent treat. Continue reading...

Fisher Price Movie Viewer

Fisher Price Movie Viewer

Sure, if you compare it to the technology introduced in recent years, the Fisher Price Movie Viewer looks pretty darn antiquated. But for a youngster growing up in 1973, the idea of being able to play your own movies on a handheld device, wherever and whenever you wanted, was cutting-edge stuff. Continue reading...

Marlo and the Magic Movie Machine

Marlo and the Magic Movie Machine

The best and quirkiest shows often start small and cheap, but what they lack in viewership or budget, they more than make up for with imagination and improvisation. Producer Sanford Fisher used a treasure trove of educational and entertaining film clips to capture the minds and hearts of a young 70s audience, via Marlo and the Magical Movie Machine. Continue reading...

Super Ball

Super Ball

It looked like an innocent little ball, nothing so special about that. But how many ordinary balls are made of a space-age sounding material called “Zectron”? And more importantly, how many balls have the ability to leap to staggering heights with a simple toss? Only one, the oft-imitated ball of legendary status, the little rubber sphere that managed to live up to its lofty name - the Super Ball! Finally, science put its efforts into something that everyone could enjoy. Continue reading...

Dawn

Dawn

Sure, Barbie had Ken and a few other assorted friends to pal around with. But Dawn, one of the many dolls to try its hand at competing with the blond icon, had a downright entourage of cohorts. This was one popular and remarkably groovy chick with a style all her own. Continue reading...

Pac-Man

Pac-Man

It’s a yellow circle with a wedge missing that goes around a maze eating dots and dodging ghosts. That, in a nutshell, is the most iconic and legendary video game ever to hit the arcade. Ask anyone with access to electricity to identify Pac-Man and they’ll get it right 99.999% of the time. Created by Toru Iwatani of Namco in 1980, the game had an inauspicious release in Japan but enjoyed a far better welcome in the United States (where it was distributed by Midway). Overtaking the popular Space Invaders, Pac-Man became a staple of arcades across the country and spawned a veritable media empire that is still thriving today. Continue reading...

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The little sitcom that could and did become one of the most loved and iconic shows in TV history started with the simple story of a lone girl looking for a job in the city of Minneapolis. With clever writing and funny, well-developed characters, The Mary Tyler Moore Show moved into the hearts of American audiences and stayed for the duration. Continue reading...