All Things Betty

Is there any celebrity getting more press than Betty White these days? Between her hilarious Super Bowl commercial to the rampant speculation over whether the 88-year old actress will actually host Saturday Night Live, the world seems enamored with all things Betty – and rightfully so. Of course, here at Retroland, we can’t help but [...] Continue reading...

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Alvin and the Chipmunks

When Ross Bagdasarian changed his name to David Seville, sped up his recorded voice, and released the single, “The Chipmunk Song,” he never could have fathomed the enormous popularity that would follow. Over a half-century later, his trio of Chipmunks – Alvin, Simon and Theodore – are still going strong, appearing in feature films and delighting young audiences with their squeaky voices and irrepressible charm. Let’s take a look back. Continue reading...

Amazing Stories

Amazing Stories

Debuting in 1985, the Steven Spielberg-helmed Amazing Stories was a new sort of Twilight Zone, and the network showed their faith in the project with committing to an unprecedented two year, forty-four episode run. The result was a whimsical and creepy series of stories that were unlike anything else on television. Continue reading...

Animaniacs

Animaniacs

With the overwhelming popularity of Tiny Toon Adventures in the early 90s, Warner Brothers followed up with an even crazier offering called Animaniacs. Featuring three siblings - brothers Yakko and Wakko, and their sister, Dot - plus a whole collection of other interesting characters, this Steven Spielberg produced animated series made a memorable impression on many a fan. Continue reading...

Apollo Theater

Apollo Theater

It’s been show time at the Apollo for almost a hundred years, and in that time, some of the biggest celebrities in the business have launched their careers at the famed theater, located in the predominantly black neighborhood, Harlem, on 125th street in New York City. Continue reading...

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Are You Afraid of the Dark

For kids who had a hunger for the occasional spooky story, the early days of Nickelodeon had something right up their alley, guaranteed to raise a few goosebumps. Debuting in 1992 as part of the SNICK lineup, Are You Afraid of the Dark gathered a group of kids in the dark and desolate woods, to weave tales of the macabre around the time-honored campfire and scare each other silly. Continue reading...

Ark II

Ark II

When the Saturday morning series Ark II debuted in 1976, it bore little more than a slight resemblance to its biblical counterpart. Sure, there was a post-apocalyptic world and a small group of survivors determined to repopulate the earth. And yes, they had an Ark of sorts, alhtough this one was a tad more advanced than its gopher-wood constructed ancestor. It was more of a high-tech Land Rover on steroids. Missing, however, were the countless pairs of animals - although to their credit, they did have a monkey. Regardless, Ark II made enough of an impression on young tykes in the 70s to stick around for a few years on television, then live on in their collective memories for decades beyond. Continue reading...

Art Linkletter Passes Away

Today, May 26, 2010, the world lost a legendary voice of television and radio, with the passing of Art Linkletter. He is perhaps best remembered as the longtime host of Art Linkletter’s House Party, which was first broadcast on CBS radio in 1944, before moving to television a decade later, and running until 1969. He [...] Continue reading...

Barbara Walters Bids Farewell

Over the last 29 years, millions of television viewers have tuned in on Oscar night, not only to watch the ceremonies, but also to watch Barbara Walters interview some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Always interesting, often provocative, there are few in the business with the ability to conduct an interview with the finesse [...] Continue reading...

Barney and Friends

Barney and Friends

A reptilian role model for three year olds, target practice for the older kids, the purple prehistoric pal named Barney has made quite an impression around the world, a benevolent behemoth who, above all else, loves you. Come regress into your childhood with us as we remember what all the fuss was about. Continue reading...