The Carpenters

The Carpenters

The upbeat pop songs and wholesome image of The Carpenters was in direct contrast to the many cutting edge and controversial musical acts in the 70s. Nevertheless, they managed to become one of the most enduring and popular artists in music history, churning out a steady stream of hit singles that have become classics, and making Karen Carpenter one of the most iconic voices in pop music. Continue reading...

The Clash

The Clash

The Clash weren’t just one of the best punk bands of the 1970’s – they were also one of the best bands, in general, of the 1970’s. The simple, three-chord punk anthems of their early career grew into highly ambitious, musically sophisticated tunes that brought together genres from rockabilly to rap, resulting in one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Continue reading...

The Dating Game

The Dating Game

What was a single person to do when companionship eluded them in the 60s? Simple, go on The Dating Game where you could question three lovely members of the opposite sex and find that perfect person of your dreams, or at least have fun trying, on one of the most popular game shows ever created. Continue reading...

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The Day the Earth Stood Still

1951’s seminal The Day the Earth Stood Still had a major impact on atomic-era sci-fi and pop culture. A nuclear-age warning to the people of Earth, it was based on “Farewell to the Master,” the Harry Bates story concerning Klaatu, an alien who arrives on Earth with his robot Gort in a flying saucer from the far beyond. Continue reading...

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The Dukes of Hazzard

Television shows set in suburbia or an urban metropolis are a dime a dozen. Offering an alternative locale, something with a little more backwoods country charm, the 80s gave us The Dukes of Hazzard. Featuring a quaint rural setting, gorgeous stars and a really fast car, this long-running series put cerebral on the backburner, favoring fuedin’, schemin’, car-chasin’ fun instead. Continue reading...

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The Evolution Of Fonzie

When Happy Days debuted in 1974, it was a nostalgic look at 1950s family life as seen through the eyes of Richie Cunningham, all-American high school boy. But a minor character, the motorcycle-riding outsider named Fonzie, stole the spotlight and became of the most iconic and enduring characters in TV history. Retroland examines Fonzie’s complex character evolution over the course of the series’ remarkable 11 year run, and breaks them down to four critical phases: Continue reading...

The Facts of Life

The Facts of Life

It all started with the 70s sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. When daughter Kimberly Drummond’s school’s housemother quit her job at Eastlake Academy the day before the campus play, disaster was imminent. Who would make the costumes? Edna Garrett, the Drummond’s maid, rises nobly to the occasion. In fact, she so impresses the school that Steven Bradley, the headmaster, asks her to be the new housemother permanently. With a fond farewell to Arnold, Willis, and Kimberly (who continued to go to Eastlake, even though she was seldom seen in this new spinoff), Mrs. G took her place in The Facts of Life, one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1980s. Continue reading...

The Game of Life

The Game of Life

While life has existed for millions of years on planet Earth, it wasn’t until the mid-nineteenth century that a game was invented to mirror it. Back in 1860, it was considered "America's Favorite Parlor Game" and when it was reintroduced by the Milton Bradley Company a hundred years later, it proved just as popular and remains so to this day. Continue reading...