I Love the '80s (U.S. TV series)

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I Love the '80s
Genre Documentary
Written by James Eatock
Narrated by Doug Jeffers
Country of origin US
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) MTV Networks
Original network VH1
Original release December 16 – December 20, 2002

I Love the '80s is a decade nostalgia television program 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]

  • Lionel Richie presented "Makeout Songs" from each year.
  • Bret Michaels presented "Babes" from each year.
  • Traci Lords presented "Hunks" from each year.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic compares trends of the given year and the present day in the "Then and Now" segment.
  • Andrew Dice Clay presented the "Mr. & Ms." of each year.
  • Soleil Moon Frye presented people, bands, and products that were "Born In" the given year.
  • A public service announcement (PSA) from each year was presented.
  • 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 - "Every Woman in the World", Dan Fogelberg - "Longer", & Captain & Tennille - "Do That to Me One More Time"

Babes of 1980: Princess Leia, Bo Derek, Charlene Tilton, Victoria Principal and Suzanne Somers

Hunks of 1980: Richard Gere, Jim Palmer, John Travolta, Erik Estrada and Greg Evigan

PSA of 1980: Give a Kid a Book PSA

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 - "Keep on Loving You", Foreigner - "Waiting For a Girl Like You", Lionel Richie & Diana Ross - "Endless Love"

Babes of 1981: Olivia Newton-John, Donna Dixon, Valerie Bertinelli, Kathleen Turner and Sandra Day O'Connor

Hunks of 1981: Patrick Duffy, Burt Reynolds, Harrison Ford, Mick Jagger and Richard Simmons

Mr. & Ms. 1981: Tom Selleck & Sheena Easton

PSA of 1981: Girl Scouts in Gymnastics

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 - "Up Where We Belong" and Lionel Richie - "Truly"

Babes of 1982: Kim Wilde, Brit-Pop Babe ("Kids In America"), Rae Dawn Chong, Cave Babe (Quest For Fire), Kirstie Alley, Vulcan Babe, Pia Zadora, Mini Babe and Tootsie

Hunks of 1982: John Stamos, David Lee Roth, Sting, Bruce Springsteen and the Soloflex guy

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

Mr. & Ms. 1982: Eddie Murphy & Heather Locklear

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 - "Every Breath You Take", Spandau Ballet - "True" & Marvin Gaye - "Sexual Healing"

Babes of 1983: Maud Adams, Vanity, Joan Collins, Christie Brinkley and Rebecca De Mornay

Hunks of 1983: Lee Horsley, Rob Lowe, Marvin Gaye, Bruce Boxleitner and Chewbacca

PSA of 1983: Smokey Bear - Mask of Joanna Cassidy

Mr. & Ms. 1983: Tom Cruise & 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 - "Almost Paradise", Phil Collins - "Against All Odds", and John Waite - "Missing You"

Babes of 1984: Paulina Porizkova, Daryl Hannah, Tina Turner, Heather Thomas and Geraldine Ferraro

Hunks of 1984: Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Duran Duran and Tom Hulce

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

Mr. & Ms. 1984: Boy George & Boy George

Born in 1984: Mandy Moore, Freddy Krueger, Kelly Osbourne, hair mousse and Punky Brewster

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


Makeout songs of 1985: Wham! - "Careless Whisper", Sade - "Smooth Operator", and Madonna - "Crazy for You"

Babes of 1985: Kelly LeBrock, Kelly McGillis, Rosanna Arquette, Grace Slick and Tipper Gore

Hunks of 1985: Sylvester Stallone, William "The Refrigerator" Perry, Robert Redford, Jim McMahon and Pee-Wee Herman

PSA for 1985: Contract For Life

Mr. & Ms. 1985: Dolph Lundgren & Brigitte Nielsen

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- "Take My Breath Away", Peter Cetera & Amy Grant - "The Next Time I Fall", Atlantic Starr - "Secret Lovers"

Babes of 1986: Susanna Hoffs, Kim Basinger, Stevie Nicks, Bette Midler and the Statue of Liberty

Hunks: Tom Cruise, Walter Payton, Paul Hogan, Keith Hernandez and Howard the Duck

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

Mr. & Ms. 1986: Mike Tyson & Oprah Winfrey

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 - "Don't Dream It's Over", & LL Cool J - "I Need Love"

Babes of 1987: Lisa Bonet, Sheena Easton, Jody Watley, Tawny Kitaen and the Church Lady

Hunks of 1987: LL Cool J, RoboCop, Dennis Quaid, Harry Hamlin and Harry from Harry and the Hendersons

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

Mr. & Ms. 1987: Bruce Willis & Cher

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 - "She's Like the Wind", Richard Marx - "Hold On to the Nights", and Cheap Trick - "The Flame"

Babes of 1988: Jessica Rabbit, Kari Wuhrer, Samantha Fox, Julia Roberts, and Divine

Hunks of 1988: John F. Kennedy, Jr., Donald Trump, Kevin Costner, Joe Montana, and Dan Quayle

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

Mr. and Ms. 1988: ALF and Debbie Gibson

End Credit Video is INXS' "Mediate"


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

Babes of 1989: Winona Ryder, Paula Abdul, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Claudia Schiffer, and Barbara Bush

Hunks of 1989: Batman, The Joker, Johnny Depp, Mel Gibson, and Leonardo

PSA of 1989: AIDS Prevention

End Credit Video is Madonna's "Express Yourself"

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