I Love the '80s (American TV series)

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I Love the '80s
Written byJames Eatock
Narrated byDoug Jeffers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Running time60 minutes
Original networkVH1
Original releaseDecember 16 (2002-12-16) –
December 20, 2002 (2002-12-20)
Followed byI Love the '70s

I Love the '80s is a decade nostalgia television program and the first installment of the I Love the... series that was produced by VH1, based on the BBC series of the same name. The first episode, "I Love 1980", premiered on December 16, 2002, and the final episode, "I Love 1989", premiered on December 20, 2002.

Recurring segments[edit]

  • Makeout Songs: Lionel Richie presents the love songs from each year.
  • Babes: Bret Michaels (Poison) presents the attractive female celebrities from each year.
  • Hunks: Traci Lords presents the attractive male celebrities from each year.
  • Public Service Announcements: A public service announcement (PSA) from each year is presented.
  • Then and Now: "Weird Al" Yankovic compares trends of the given year and the present day.
  • Mr. & Ms.: Andrew Dice Clay presents a male celebrity and a female celebrity of each year.
  • Born In: Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster) presents the people, bands, and products that were born in each year.
  • During the credits of every episode, a clip from a popular music video was played without any type of commentary. These were usually replaced with a show promo by Vh1.

Topics covered by year[edit]


Makeout Songs of 1980: Air Supply's "Every Woman in the World", Dan Fogelberg's "Longer", and Captain & Tennille's "Do That to Me One More Time"

Babes of 1980: Princess Leia (The Empire Strikes Back), Bo Derek (10), Charlene Tilton (Dallas), Victoria Principal (Dallas), and Suzanne Somers (Three's Company)

Hunks of 1980: Richard Gere (American Gigolo), Jim Palmer (Baltimore Orioles), John Travolta (Urban Cowboy), Erik Estrada (CHiPs), and Greg Evigan (B.J. and the Bear)

PSA of 1980: Give a Kid a Book PSA

Then and Now 1980: Sony Walkman with Cassette (Then: $169.00 / Now: $19.95), Ross Harris (Then: Movie star of Airplane! / Now: Video star of Hootie and the Blowfish's "Sad Caper"), and The Big Gulp (Then: 32 oz. / Now: 64 oz.)

Mr. & Ms. 1980: Ronald Reagan and Daisy Duke (The Dukes of Hazzard)

Born in 1980: Christina Aguilera, Post-it notes, ethnic Barbie dolls, and Macaulay Culkin

End Credit Video is Devo's "Whip It"


Makeout Songs of 1981: REO Speedwagon's "Keep on Loving You", Foreigner's "Waiting For a Girl Like You", and Lionel Richie & Diana Ross' "Endless Love"

Babes of 1981: Olivia Newton-John ("Physical"), Donna Dixon (Bosom Buddies), Valerie Bertinelli (One Day at a Time), Kathleen Turner (Body Heat), and Sandra Day O'Connor

Hunks of 1981: Patrick Duffy (Dallas), Burt Reynolds (The Cannonball Run), Harrison Ford (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones), and Richard Simmons

PSA of 1981: Girl Scouts in Gymnastics

Then and Now 1981: Tom Cruise (Then: Endless Love - $33 Million / Now: Endless Cash - $25 Million), Movie Tickets (Then: $3.00 / Now: $10.00), and Suntan Lotion (Then: Tanning oil / Now: Hawaiian Tropic Ozone SPF 70)

Mr. & Ms. 1981: Tom Selleck (Magnum, P.I.) and Sheena Easton

Born in 1981: Alicia Keys, Beyoncé Knowles, the laptop computer, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, the thong, Serena Williams, and Metallica

End Credit Video is The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"


Makeout Songs of 1982: Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes' "Up Where We Belong", and Lionel Richie's "Truly"

Babes of 1982: Kim Wilde, Rae Dawn Chong (Quest for Fire), Kirstie Alley (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), Pia Zadora, and Tootsie

Hunks of 1982: John Stamos (General Hospital), David Lee Roth (Van Halen), Sting (The Police), Bruce Springsteen, and the Soloflex Guy

PSA of 1982: Time for Timer's "Sunshine on a Stick" PSA

Then and Now 1982: Cats (Then: On Broadway now and forever / Now: Gone), Scott Schwartz (Then: Child star of The Toy / Now: Porn star), and Concert Tickets for The Who (Then: Farewell tour - $25.00 / Now: Reunion tour - $250.00)

Mr. & Ms. 1982: Eddie Murphy (48 Hrs.) and Heather Locklear (T.J. Hooker)

Born in 1982: Kirsten Dunst, Prince William, Diet Coke, Public Enemy, and liposuction

End Credit Video is The Human League's "Don't You Want Me"


Makeout Songs of 1983: The Police's "Every Breath You Take", Spandau Ballet's "True", and Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing"

Babes of 1983: Maud Adams (Octopussy), Vanity, Joan Collins (Dynasty), Christie Brinkley (National Lampoon's Vacation), and Rebecca De Mornay (Risky Business)

Hunks of 1983: Lee Horsley (Matt Houston), Rob Lowe (Class), Marvin Gaye ("Sexual Healing"), Bruce Boxleitner (Scarecrow and Mrs. King), and Chewbacca (Return of the Jedi)

PSA of 1983: Smokey Bear - Mask of Joanna Cassidy

Then and Now 1983: Talent Shows (Then: Star Search / Now: American Idol), Cellular Phones (Then: $3,000 / Now: Given Away), and Home Video Cameras (Then: Sony Betamovie - 6.5 lbs. / Now: Sony Micro MB Handycam - 12 oz.)

Mr. & Ms. 1983: Tom Cruise (Risky Business) and Ms. Pac-Man

Born in 1983: Michelle Branch, Bon Jovi, the Nintendo Entertainment System, Taylor Hanson, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers

End Credit Video is Madness' "Our House"


Makeout Songs of 1984: Mike Reno & Ann Wilson's "Almost Paradise", Phil Collins' "Against All Odds", and John Waite's "Missing You"

Babes of 1984: Paulina Porizkova, Daryl Hannah (Splash), Tina Turner, Heather Thomas (The Fall Guy), and Geraldine Ferraro

Hunks of 1984: Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid), Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Duran Duran, and Tom Hulce (Amadeus)

PSA of 1984: "Don't let your lungs go to pot." - Cast of Fame

Then and Now 1984: Recreational Family Vehicles (Then: Chrysler Caravan - $8,669 / Now: Ford Explorer - $24,620), Super Bowl Tickets (Then: $60.00 / Now: $325.00), and The Mac (Then: 131,000 bytes of memory / Now: 500,000,000 bytes of memory)

Mr. & Ms. 1984: Boy George (Culture Club)

Born in 1984: Mandy Moore, Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Kelly Osbourne, hair mousse, and Punky Brewster

End Credit Video is Nena's "99 Red Balloons"


Makeout Songs of 1985: Wham!'s "Careless Whisper", Sade's "Smooth Operator", and Madonna's "Crazy for You"

Babes of 1985: Kelly LeBrock (Weird Science), Kelly McGillis (Witness), Rosanna Arquette (Desperately Seeking Susan), Grace Slick (Starship), and Tipper Gore

Hunks of 1985: Sylvester Stallone (Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV), William "The Refrigerator" Perry (Chicago Bears), Robert Redford (Out of Africa), Jim McMahon (Chicago Bears), and Pee-wee Herman (Pee-wee's Big Adventure)

PSA of 1985: Contract for Life

Then and Now 1985: Hit Soft Drinks (Then: New Coke / Now: Vanilla Coke), and Pro Wrestling (Then: Hulk Hogan / Now: The Rock)

Mr. & Ms. 1985: Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV) and Brigitte Nielsen (Rocky IV)

Born in 1985: Zac Hanson, Air Jordans, Frankie Muniz, Lee Press-On Nails, and VH1

End Credit Video is Tears for Fears' "Shout"


Makeout Songs of 1986: Berlin's "Take My Breath Away", Peter Cetera & Amy Grant's "The Next Time I Fall", and Atlantic Starr's "Secret Lovers"

Babes of 1986: Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles), Kim Basinger (9 1/2 Weeks), Stevie Nicks, Bette Midler (Down and Out in Beverly Hills), and the Statue of Liberty

Hunks of 1986: Tom Cruise (Top Gun), Walter Payton (Chicago Bears), Paul Hogan ("Crocodile" Dundee), Keith Hernandez (New York Mets), and Howard the Duck

PSA of 1986: "Vote With A Friend. Make It Count More" with Quincy Jones and James Ingram

Then and Now 1986: Highest Baseball Salary (Then: Gary Carter - $2 Million / Now: Alex Rodriguez - $22 Million), David Lee Roth & Sammy Hagar (Then: Rivals / Now: Together), and Ted Danson & Kelsey Grammer (Then: Ted Danson - $45,000 an episode on Cheers / Now: Kelsey Grammer - $1,600,000 an episode on Frasier)

Mr. & Ms. 1986: Mike Tyson and Oprah Winfrey (The Oprah Winfrey Show)

Born in 1986: Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, the Goo Goo Dolls, Jolt Cola, the Pixies, and the disposable camera

End Credit Video is Mr. Mister's "Kyrie"


Makeout Songs of 1987: Billy Vera & The Beaters' "At This Moment", Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over", and LL Cool J's "I Need Love"

Babes of 1987: Lisa Bonet (Angel Heart), Sheena Easton, Jody Watley, Tawny Kitaen, and the Church Lady (Saturday Night Live)

Hunks of 1987: LL Cool J, RoboCop, Dennis Quaid (Innerspace), Harry Hamlin (L.A. Law), and Harry (Harry and the Hendersons)

PSA of 1987: Anti-Drug (Marijuana): "I learned it by watching you!"

Then and Now 1987: Richest Person in America (Then: Sam Walton - $4,500,000,000 / Now: Bill Gates - $43,000,000,000) / Baby Jessica (Then: Stuck in a well / Now: Well adjusted), and Axl Rose (Then: New face of rock 'n' roll / Now: New face)

Mr. & Ms. 1987: Bruce Willis (Moonlighting and "Respect Yourself") and Cher (Moonstruck, The Witches of Eastwick and Suspect)

Born in 1987: Lil' Bow Wow, Aaron Carter, Nirvana, and condom commercials

End Credit Video is Wang Chung's "Everybody Have Fun Tonight"


Makeout Songs of 1988: Patrick Swayze's "She's Like the Wind", Richard Marx's "Hold On to the Nights", and Cheap Trick's "The Flame"

Babes of 1988: Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Kari Wuhrer (Remote Control), Samantha Fox ("Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)"), Julia Roberts (Mystic Pizza), and Divine

Hunks of 1988: John F. Kennedy Jr., Donald Trump, Kevin Costner (Bull Durham), Joe Montana (San Francisco 49ers), and Dan Quayle

PSA of 1988: Buckle Up (Car Crash Test Dummies)

Then and Now 1988: A Year of Tuition at Harvard (Then: $12,000 / Now: $35,000), Ricki Lake (Then: 250 lbs. / Now: 120 lbs.), and 100-Meter Sprint (Then: Ben Johnson - 9.79 seconds / Now: Tim Montgomery - 9.78 seconds)

Mr. and Ms. 1988: ALF and Debbie Gibson

Born in 1988: Haley Joel Osment, Teddy Grahams, Miami Heat, En Vogue, and Prozac

End Credit Video is INXS' "Mediate"


Makeout Songs of 1989: Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting", Simply Red's "If You Don't Know Me by Now", and The Cure's "Lovesong"

Babes of 1989: Winona Ryder (Heathers), Paula Abdul ("Straight Up"), Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (Saved by the Bell), Claudia Schiffer, and Barbara Bush

Hunks of 1989: Batman, The Joker (Batman), Johnny Depp (21 Jump Street), Mel Gibson (Lethal Weapon 2), and Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

PSA of 1989: Madonna on AIDS Prevention

Then and Now 1989: Bushes (Then: George H. W. Bush / Now: George W. Bush), Justin Timberlake (Then: Mouseketeer / Now: Michael Jackson), and World Wide Web (Then: Dialing up / Now: Off the hook)

Mr. and Ms. 1989: Fab Morvan (Milli Vanilli) and Meg Ryan (When Harry Met Sally...)

Born in 1989: Daniel Radcliffe, Hole, Hootie & the Blowfish, Lil' Romeo, and American Gladiators

End Credit Video is Madonna's "Express Yourself"

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