I Love the '80s (U.S. TV series)
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|I Love the '80s|
|Written by||James Eatock|
|Narrated by||Doug Jeffers|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original release||December 16 –|
December 20, 2002
|Followed by||I Love the '70s|
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.
- Makeout Songs: Lionel Richie presented the love songs from each year.
- Babes: Bret Michaels presented the attractive female celebrities from each year.
- Hunks: Traci Lords presented the attractive male celebrities from each year.
- Public Service Announcements: A public service announcement (PSA) from each year was presented.
- Then and Now: "Weird Al" Yankovic compares trends of the given year and the present day.
- Mr. & Ms.: Andrew Dice Clay presented a male celebrity and a female celebrity of each year.
- Born In: Soleil Moon Frye presented 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
- The Love Boat
- The Vapors' "Turning Japanese"
- Punk and preppy fashion
- Strawberry Shortcake
- The Blue Lagoon and Brooke Shields' Calvin Klein ads
- Designer jeans
- Air Supply's "All Out of Love"
- Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry (of Blondie)
- Who shot J.R.?
- 9 to 5
- Urban Cowboy
- Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust"
- Kenny Rogers
- The Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight"
- The Pretenders' "Brass in Pocket"
- Mattel Electronic Football
- Miracle on Ice
- That's Incredible!
- The Empire Strikes Back
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.)
- Cable Television and MTV
- Reagan assassination attempt
- Pope John Paul II assassination attempt
- The Royal Wedding
- Luke and Laura (characters from General Hospital)
- Rick Springfield
- The Greatest American Hero
- DMC DeLorean
- Rubik's Cube
- Kool & the Gang's "Celebration"
- Bosom Buddies
- John McEnroe
- Hall & Oates' "Private Eyes"
- Members Only
- Atari 2600
- The Jeffersons
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
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)
- Toni Basil's "Mickey"
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- The J. Geils Band's "Centerfold"
- Square Pegs
- Rocky III
- Ozzy Osbourne
- Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'N Roll"
- The Dukes of Hazzard
- The Go-Go's
- Olivia Newton-John's "Physical"/Jane Fonda's Workout/aerobics fashion
- A Flock of Seagulls' "I Ran (So Far Away)"
- Trivial Pursuit
- Joanie Loves Chachi
- Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man
- Tommy Tutone's "867-5309/Jenny"
- Dungeons & Dragons
- Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five's "The Message"
- Silver Spoons
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
PSA of 1982: Time for Timer "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)
- National Lampoon's Vacation
- Family Ties
- Diff'rent Strokes
- Cabbage Patch Kids
- Michael Jackson's Thriller
- Duran Duran
- Valley Girl
- Pat Benatar's "Love Is a Battlefield"
- The A-Team
- Def Leppard's Pyromania
- Eddie Murphy Delirious
- Dexys Midnight Runners' "Come on Eileen"
- Jerry Falwell vs. Larry Flynt
- Knight Rider
- Wacky wall walker
- Styx's "Mr. Roboto"
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 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.)
- Corey Hart's "Sunglasses at Night"
- "Where's the beef?"
- Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A.
- Mary Lou Retton
- Webster and Punky Brewster
- Huey Lewis and the News
- Miami Vice
- The Terminator
- Transformers and Care Bears
- Sixteen Candles
- Cyndi Lauper
- Michael Jackson's Pepsi commercial disaster
- Lionel Richie's "Hello"
- This Is Spinal Tap
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 and Boy George
- Back to the Future
- Mötley Crüe's "Home Sweet Home"
- The Goonies
- Pee-wee's Big Adventure
- Small Wonder
- Bryan Adams' "Summer of '69"
- Big hair
- "The Super Bowl Shuffle"
- Bartles & Jaymes
- Til Tuesday's "Voices Carry"
- Live Aid
- The Facts of Life
- Eddie Murphy's "Party All the Time"
- The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire
- Day-Glo and oversized message T-shirts
- Pound Puppies
- "We Are the World"/Hear 'n Aid
PSA of 1985: Contract For Life
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Wheel of Fortune
- Hands Across America
- Teddy Ruxpin
- Pretty in Pink
- Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach"
- 1986 World Series and the Bill Buckner fielding error
- The Cosby Show
- Baby On Board
- "Crocodile" Dundee
- Celebrity marriages (specifically Tommy Lee and Heather Locklear, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver and Tatum O'Neal and John McEnroe)
- Whitney Houston
- Comic Relief
- Janet Jackson
- Stand by Me
- Run-DMC and Aerosmith's "Walk This Way"
- Top Gun
Then and Now 1986: Highest Baseball Salary (Then: Gary Carter - $2 Million / Now: Alex Rodriguez - $22 Million), David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar (Then: Rivals / Now: Together), and Ted Danson and Kelsey Grammer (Then: Ted Danson - $45,000 an episode on Cheers / Now: Kelsey Grammer - $1,600,000 an episode on Frasier)
- Dirty Dancing
- Tiffany and Debbie Gibson
- Hair crimping
- Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
- Fatal Attraction
- Hair metal
- FOX (specifically The Tracey Ullman Show, Married... with Children, and 21 Jump Street)
- R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"
- Controversial extra-marital affairs (specifically Oliver North and Fawn Hall, Gary Hart and Donna Rice, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker and Jessica Hahn)
- Wall Street
- Beastie Boys' "Fight for Your Right"
- Acid wash & Converse
- Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It"
- Hollywood Shuffle
- Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love"
- The two Coreys
- U2's The Joshua Tree
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)
- Mike Tyson
- Child's Play
- Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up"
- Guns N' Roses
- The Wonder Years
- Modern Rock (Specifically INXS, The Cure, Morrissey, Depeche Mode, & Erasure)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry Be Happy"
- California Raisins
- Perfect Strangers
- George Michael's Faith
- Pictionary and Win, Lose or Draw
- UB40's "Red, Red Wine"
- Working woman's wardrobe, Color Me Beautiful
- Yo! MTV Raps, "Parents Just Don't Understand", N.W.A and the rise of gangsta rap
- Who's the Boss?
- Terence Trent D'Arby
- The neo-hippie movement
- Grateful Dead's "Touch of Grey"
- Rain Man
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)
- New Kids on the Block
- Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
- Milli Vanilli
- Game Boy and Tetris
- Rob Lowe's sex video
- Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time"
- Do The Right Thing
- Madonna's "Like a Prayer" music video and the ensuing Pepsi controversy
- Say Anything...
- The Arsenio Hall Show
- The B-52's "Love Shack"
- Bobby Brown
- Afrocentric clothing
- Aerosmith's "Love in an Elevator"
- Saved by the Bell
- Tone Loc's "Funky Cold Medina"
- The fall of the Berlin Wall
PSA of 1989: AIDS Prevention
- I Love the 80s at VH1.com