Knight Rider

Knight Rider

After the short-lived sitcom from the 60s, My Mother the Car, television viewers would have to wait almost two decades before a network ventured into talking car territory again as part of the prime time lineup. It was worth the wait, and NBC scored a big hit with a talking car named K.I.T.T in the weekly 80s series Knight Rider. Continue reading...

WarGames

WarGames

Home computers were quite the fad in the early 80s but most people didn’t know what exactly could be accomplished with them other than very simple word processing programs and rudimentary games. WarGames, released in 1983, showed the world the advantages (and disadvantages) to be had from computers’ increasingly important role in our lives. 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...

The Bionic Woman

The Bionic Woman

America caught its first glimpse of female superhero Jaime Summers when she appeared on a special two-part episode of the popular prime-time series, The Six Million Dollar Man, circa 1975. The long-lost love interest of Steve Austin, Jamie and her bionic boyfriend hoped to rekindle that high school romance. Then, she became crippled in a tragic parachuting accident and a distraught Steve pleaded with his boss, Oscar Goldman, to use some high-tech healing power on his lady friend. Continue reading...

Major Matt Mason

Major Matt Mason

Long before Buzz Lightyear was blasting off into space, kids have held an affinity for space-related toys – perhaps never more so than during the space race of the 1960s. As man reached for the stars, kids reached for the ultimate astronaut hero of the toy world – a well-equipped action hero known as Major Matt Mason. Continue reading...

Star Trek

Star Trek

Considering the pop culture status that Star Trek has achieved over the decades, it is hard to fathom that the original series that started it all was not an initial success by any stretch of the imagination. And yet, it found its greatest prosperity long after it had been cancelled, as later generations realized just how compelling and unique the show really was. And, over forty years after its debut in 1966, its legacy is nothing short of astounding. Those 80 original episodes spawned five successful spin-off series, an animated Saturday morning series, and 11 feature-length films - not to mention enough books, toys and other merchandising to fill a small galaxy. Throw in the legions of loyal devotees known as "Trekkies," who congregate at conventions all over the world, and it becomes clear that Star Trek will continue to have an impact for years to come. Continue reading...

Weird Science

Weird Science

John Hughes, the king of movies about high school misfits, took a walk on the wild side in 1985 with Weird Science, a sci-fi flavored comedy about two lovable teenage geeks who create the perfect woman using little more than a souped-up computer and a Barbie doll. Continue reading...

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Take a collection of robots, add some strange monsters to the mix and throw in a healthy helping of Kung Fu, and you have the attention of just about every red-blooded kid in existence. Just such a recipe of entertainment was offered up in the mega hit series of the 90s, a surreal offering known as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. And like any respectable robot show, the onslaught of toys would follow close behind, making the Power Rangers an overwhelming success of the decade. Continue reading...