Shrinky Dinks

Shrinky Dinks

When Kenner created the Easy-Bake Oven, it provided kids with a safer way to practice their culinary skills, thereby keeping them out of the kitchen and away from its inherent danger. Shrinky Dinks, on the other hand, brought them back to the kitchen in droves, their eyes peeled to a hot oven window, watching their hand-drawn creations shrink into a plastic trinket as if by magic. Continue reading...

Count Chocula

Count Chocula

In the 70s and 80s, kids just couldn’t get their day off on the right foot without a proper dose of delicious sugar and fright, and nothing brought it to the table like Count Chocula and his friends Franken Berry and Boo Berry. Flavored puffs and marshmallows packed a tasty punch and kept kids bouncing off the walls for hours. Continue reading...

Electric Light Orchestra

Electric Light Orchestra

Classical music and rock and roll may seem polar opposites, but they actually pair quite well. The Beatles introduced the concept in the 60s, and in the decade that followed, Electric Light Orchestra followed in the Fab Four's footsteps, fusing the two genres and earning an impressive 27 Top-40 hits as a result. Continue reading...

CHiPs

CHiPs

The battle between good and evil as it played out on California’s freeways found a good home in the classic 70s NBC series, CHiPs. It was an airy mix of action, police drama and comedy but that was not all; there were also tight uniforms and a groovy theme song. Continue reading...

Sit 'n Spin

Sit ‘n Spin

It is a scientific fact that if you take a child, place them in a featureless void, forbidden to speak, they will still find a way to entertain themselves. How? By spinning in place, of course. Every kid everywhere spontaneously invented spinning and the activity never lost its appeal. Confusing your inner ear was the first natural high experienced by all toddlers, which was why they always pleaded to go on one more Tea Cup or Tilt-a-Whirl ride at the carnival, even if they were already staggering around like drunks. Enter Sit ‘n Spin, an amusement park for one. Continue reading...

Small Wonder

Small Wonder

Every once in a while, a premise is so patently ridiculous that it wins the hearts of many, thanks to its unbridled absurdity. And there might not have ever been a stronger contender for the top of the “you’ve got to be kidding” list than Small Wonder, a strangely endearing show about the lives of the Lawson family, who possessed a little, closely-guarded secret – their youngest child was actually a robot. Continue reading...

Operation Wolf

Operation Wolf

For arcade aficionados in the 80s, eager to earn their commando credentials, Operation Wolf offered you the opportunity to put your shooting skills to the test, as you faced formidable enemies and protected the innocent in this action-packed adventure game. Continue reading...

The A-Team

The A-Team

You gotta love a show that tells you exactly what it’s about in the first 30 seconds of every episode. The above was narrated every week before the opening credits, followed by the distinctive staccato beat of the theme and, oh yes, machine gun rounds spelling out the ‘A’ in A-Team. One may even say that machine guns were the main instruments utilized in the show’s musical score. The series created by 80s wunderkind Stephen J. Cannell ran very successfully from 1983 to 1987, becoming an international hit and pop culture icon. Continue reading...