Clarissa Explains It All

Clarissa Explains It All

Sometimes your fevered imagination is correct and the characters on TV do talk back to you. It happened in every episode of the teen comedy series Clarissa Explains It All, one of Nickelodeon’s most popular kid shows in the 90s. 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...

American Gladiators

American Gladiators

While most game shows catered to the intellectually-advanced, there weren’t many opportunities for the jock types to parlay their physical talents into cash and prizes. American Gladiators gave them a few moments of televised glory. In this popular 90s show, it didn’t matter whether you knew the capital of Wisconsin, as long as you could outwhack your opponent with a giant Q-tip. Continue reading...

Beavis and Butt-head

Beavis and Butt-head

Perhaps no cartoon has ever demonstrated a generation gap quite as forcefully as Beavis and Butt-head - two anti-social, anti-intellectual juvenile delinquents that won the hearts of real-world teens everywhere. Parents weren’t quite as enamored, some even tried to have the show removed from MTV, but it didn’t do much good. Beavis and Butt-head had already built a loyal legion of young fans, who mimicked the duo’s mannerisms and speech patterns endlessly and subsequently drove their parents crazy. Continue reading...

DuckTales

DuckTales

With its ‘tales of derring-do, bad and good luck tales’ (A-woo-ooh!), DuckTales made its foray into daily syndication in the fall of 1987. Featuring some familiar animated faces and a few that were new, the show captured the hearts and minds of kids everywhere, and continued to build upon one of the most successful branches of one of the largest animation empires in the world… Disney Ducks. Continue reading...

Miami Vice

Miami Vice

There are countless ways that television influences the fashion trends of society, but cop shows usually aren't at the forefront. Nobody ever looked at Barney Miller or Kojak and said "ooh, I want to dress like those guys." That is until viewers got a gander of Crockett and Tubbs, two pastel-laden police officers keeping the streets of Florida safe from drug lords on the hit 80s series, Miami Vice. Continue reading...

The Kids in the Hall

The Kids in the Hall

Perhaps one of the most endearing and yet, completely random sketch comedy shows to ever be broadcast, Kids in the Hall offered generous amounts of dark humor, surrealistic scenarios, and yes, a whole lot of acting in drag. All of this combined to make it a hit that has lived on perpetually in syndication, not to mention in the hearts of its loyal followers, ever since it was first broadcast on HBO in 1988. 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...