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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Damn You Bren! The 80's Strike Back  

After I brought up Saved By The Bell over at B's site (which BTW, get over there and leave a comment, just so she feels the need to donate even more!) she in turn brought up that Full House reruns also rule. While not one to argue that fact, it is hard to watch nowadays knowing that the cute little girls spouting "How rude" every episode now most likely say it when their coke-dealer short changes them or ruins their Versace dresses by aiming poorly.

Damn, that's a bit dirty... my grandparents do read this...

Anyway, after lamenting the loss of Kimmy Gibler from the TV landscape (at one point I used the word lexicon, most likely incorrectly, so I'll choose to leave it out here), I went on an IMdb scavenger hunt, tracking down just what happened to other child stars from the 80s.

It is so depressing, I felt like slitting Kirk Cameron's wrists. I ended up at the Small Wonder page, only to find that not only did Vicki the Robot not go on to bigger and brighter things, but that Harriet, the neighbor who first taught me what hatred was, was not run over by truck at any point in her life.

What else I found out is that nearly every actor in the 80s appeared as a guest on Mr. Belvedere. Now when the hell is that DVD set gonna come out?

Finally, I was reminded of my personal favorite sitcom from the 80s, Charles in Charge. I can't remember... did Charlie or Buddy every get in trouble for fooling around with Nicole Eggerts's character on the show, or was that just some slashfic I may've heard about?

I have a feeling, between working on multiple Excel files today, I'll be hunting down obscure and not-so-obscure 80s sitcoms just to see what happened to everyone I grew up with.

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Now... onto the 80s. Hello, they were great. And Kirk Cameron will see you in Heaven for that comment (should you ever get there, that is). Can you imagine how great a line-up of Small Wonder, Mr. Belvedere, Charles in Charge, Growing Pains, Full House, Diff'rent Strokes, Facts of Life, etc. would be? It would be awesome. I would even allow a few episodes of Step by Step to slip in.

And do we even get started on the cartoons?

By Blogger bmh, at 1/05/2005 4:05 PM  

Best cartoon of the 80's: Shirttales. Little animals in T-Shirts with superpowers. Oh, and The Snorks ruled, too.

By Blogger Holz, at 1/05/2005 4:09 PM  

Best cartoon of the 80's was Dungeons and Dragons. No contest.

By Blogger Manchild, at 1/05/2005 4:35 PM  

I liked the sitcoms from the 80's too. Webster, The Cosby Show, Punky Brewster, and Silver Spoons were some you guys missed. And maybe Family Matters and Boy Meets World for an 80's/90's mix.

AS far as cartoons, don't even get me started. Thundercats, Transformers, GIJoe, TMNT(maybe 90's), Smurfs, X-men Pilot, Zelda (Excuuuuuse me Princess), Spiderman & His Amazing Friends, Voltron, The Getalong Gang, the list is huge! And for the ladies, My Little Pony, Jem, Care bears, Rainbow Bright, Strawberry Shortcake.

Some other favorite cartoons regardless of age are, WildCATS, X-Men, Spiderman, Iron Man, Tick, Simpsons, Batman The Animated Series, Exo Squad, Gargoyles, Fantastic 4, Tale Spin, Rescue Rangers, Man I could go on forever.

By Blogger Stan, at 1/06/2005 8:15 AM  

WHAT?! Nobody mentioned "MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE"?? Dude!! That was the best show ever!

BY THE POWER OF GREYSKULL!!! I HAVE THE POOWWWEEERRRRR!!! And that stupid weener cat would suddenly turn all big and ferocious. And Teela... WOW... she was hot. Way hotter than Evil Teela with the blue clothes and yellow skin. She must have been jaundice.

Man-At-Arms, Skeletor, Stinkor, the guy with the fist...., Orko, the spring-legged guy... All my best friends as a kid.


By Blogger k Man, at 1/06/2005 10:19 AM  

Kidd Video
M.A.S.K (I was such a tom-boy)
Sky Commanders (actually I still watch it on the retro cartoon channel)
Willo the Wisp

And of course 14 billion different versions of Scooby Doo.

As for TV shows...Land of the Lost. I know, I know, it came out in the 70's but they were showing repeats when I was a kid and it was awesome.

By Blogger Melissa, at 1/06/2005 11:06 AM  

The Gummi Bears! Bouncing here and there and everywhere! We are the Gummi Bears!

By Blogger k Man, at 1/06/2005 11:57 AM  

Word Up, K, Gummy Bears is easily one of my favorite cartoons ever. Disney *has* to get the DVD set out.

By Blogger Holz, at 1/06/2005 1:09 PM  

I suppose none of you proto-geeks are old enough to remember the awesomeness that was "Battle of the Planets" ?

Sure, it had Casey Kasem as the lead vocalist, but the americanised versions of the Gatchaman series, were just amazing.

By Blogger Manchild, at 1/06/2005 3:47 PM  

He-Man and the Gummi Bears were awesome. And what about the Inhumanoids?

Sorry MC, never heard of it. Not sure what year it came out but I was born in '79 if that helps.

By Blogger Stan, at 1/07/2005 4:01 AM  

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