21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street

As if teenagers weren’t paranoid enough already, along comes 21 Jump Street to confirm that, yes, your new best friend could be a narc that would follow you around collecting incriminating evidence, ultimately busting you on some totally bogus charge during the slow dance at your prom. Not cool, dude. Continue reading...

Joannie Loves Chachi

Joanie Loves Chachi

As has been proven time and time again, there are no sure things in the television industry when it comes to the next big hit. Even the best-laid plans can fizzle in the blink of an eye. Take the popular series, Happy Days, for example – plenty of longevity, beloved by millions of television viewers, and boasting a track record of two reasonably successful spin-off series (Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy). Three times is a charm, right? Well, in the case of Joanie Loves Chachi, not necessarily. Continue reading...

The Love Boat

The Love Boat

Nothing says romance like a few relaxing days cruising the high seas. The ocean breeze, the luxurious accommodations – the Vegas-smooth vocal stylings of Jack Jones crooning a little welcoming ditty. For those that couldn’t embark on their own voyage of romance and adventure, they could tune in each week to an episode of The Love Boat, which debuted on ABC in 1977 and sailed steadily in the ratings for almost a decade. Continue reading...

Family Ties

Family Ties

In a reverse of the traditional family dynamic, liberal, hippie parents Elyse and Steven gave birth to right-wing Republican Alex P. Keaton. Played by Michael J. Fox in the role that would launch his career, Alex Keaton wore a suit and tie every day, slept under a portrait of William F. Buckley, Jr. and was a die-hard fan of Reaganomics. He regularly tested his parents patience on Family Ties, one of the 80s most enduring and endearing sitcoms. 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...

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...