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...

Seinfeld

Seinfeld

They called it "a show about nothing," but you'd be hard-pressed to stretch "nothing" into nine seasons of hit comedy. Really, Seinfeld was about everything: sex, parents, the buttons on your shirt, baked goods, cold cereal, "man hands," yada yada yada... It was the little things in life that mattered on Seinfeld. You would never see "a very special episode" about drugs or childbirth, and nobody ever, ever gave hugs. Continue reading...

Charles in Charge

Charles in Charge

Scott Baio was a hot ticket item in the early 80s, fresh off of his stints on Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi. Though nobody would consider the latter a success, TV execs decided the time was right to try him in a new series, something without quite as much spin-off baggage. Girls were desperate for another television dose of the hunky celebrity. Enter Charles in Charge. Continue reading...

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Happy Days

Back in the 70s, television viewers received a romanticized view of the 50s, thanks to an iconic little sitcom called Happy Days, which followed the daily life of the Cunningham family, their friends and a soon-to-be hoodlum hero named Fonzie. It went on to become one of the most popular series of the decade and today, we pay tribute to this iconic sitcom. Continue reading...

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The Banana Splits

Just about every former kid who grew up in the late 60s has fond recollections of The Banana Splits. With a format loosely based upon the popular prime-time show, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, The Banana Splits combined live-action, psychedelic rock music and classic animation, all offered up with a generous helping of both short comedic sketches and lengthier episodic features. Continue reading...

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ALF

For all of the 80s shows mentioned on Retroland, perhaps one of the most fondly-remembered is ALF. Debuting in 1986 and airing for four seasons, ALF was an instant hit, as viewers couldn't help but fall in love with the furry orange alien, always funny and always armed with a wisecrack at the ready. Today, we take a look back at this beloved sitcom. Continue reading...