I Love the '80s Strikes Back

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I Love the '80s Strikes Back
Genre Documentary
Written by Mike Goudreau
Narrated by Doug Jeffers
Country of origin US
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Running time 60 minutes
Original network VH1
Original release October 20 – October 24, 2003

I Love the '80s Strikes Back is a miniseries on VH1 in which various music and TV personalities reminisce about 1980s popular culture in a mostly humorous manner. The series premiered on October 20, 2003, and is a sequel to I Love the '80s.

The sequel designation is in the reference to The Empire Strikes Back.

Recurring segments[edit]

  • Donal Logue gives an unfinished thought on a pop culture event from each year.
  • Boy George presents the "Break-up Songs" for each year.
  • Doug E. Fresh presents the hip-hop jam for each year.
  • A public service announcement from each year is presented.
  • Gedde Watanabe presents the nerds for each year.
  • Gilbert Gottfried presents the "What the F@#$!" moment (i.e., blunder) for 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]


Breakup Songs of 1980: The Cure "Boys Don't Cry"; KC and the Sunshine Band "Please Don't Go"; Hall & Oates "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin"

Hip-Hop Classic of 1980: "Rapper's Delight" by Sugar Hill Gang

Nerds of 1980: Steve Jobs, Elvis Costello, C-3PO

The What The F#?%!!! Moment of 1980: Alvin & The Chipmunks Release "Chipmunk Punk" (Punk album)

Donal Logue's Unfinished Thought of 1980: Superman

PSA of 1980: Don't drown your food (healthy eating)

Ending Music Video: "I Will Follow" by U2


Breakup Songs of 1981: The Cars "Since You're Gone"; The Human League "Don't You Want Me"; The Greg Kihn Band "The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)"

Hip Hop Jam of 1981: "The Breaks" by Kurtis Blow

PSA Of 1981: Think Before You Drink (Anti-Drinking Ad starring Brooke Shields)

Nerds of 1981: Prince Charles, Ric Ocasek (lead singer of The Cars), Bill Gates

The What The F#?%!!! Moment of 1981: the USDA attempted to cut school lunch programs by 1 billion dollars by classifying Ketchup as a vegetable.

Ending Music Video: "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes


Breakup Songs of 1982: Culture Club "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"; Asia "Only Time Will Tell"; Quarterflash "Harden My Heart"

PSA Of 1982: Alternate Escape Routes in case of a fire ("Learn not to burn") Starring Dick Van Dyke

Hip-Hop Jam of 1982: "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force

Nerds of 1982: Thomas Dolby, Skippy from Family Ties, Sarah Jessica Parker

The What The F#?%!!! Moment of 1982: Yale offering a 14-week course on mastering the Rubik's Cube.

Ending Music Video: "Heat of the Moment" by Asia


Breakup Songs of 1983: Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart"; Journey "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)"; Naked Eyes "Always Something There to Remind Me"

PSA Of 1983: "We're not candy!" (about kids finding pills out of the bottle and accidentally eating them) by The Poison Control Center

Hip-Hop Jam of 1983: "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)" by Grandmaster Melle Mel

Nerds of 1983: Nerds Candy, LeVar Burton, Simon of Alvin & The Chipmunks

The What The F#?%!!! Moment of 1983: The Beach Boys were banned from playing the July 4th Celebration.

Ending Music Video: "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats


Breakup Songs of 1984: Night Ranger "Sister Christian"; Chicago "Hard Habit to Break"; Steve Perry "Oh Sherrie"

Nerds of 1984: Ed Grimley, Alex Trebek, Long Duk Dong of Sixteen Candles

PSA Of 1984: McGruff: Take A Bite Out Of Crime (subject: getting into cars with strangers)

The What The F#?%!!! Moment of 1984: Ronald Reagan jokes that he has just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever: The bombing begins in 5 minutes.

Hip Hop Jam of 1984: "Roxanne, Roxanne" by UTFO

Ending Music Video: "Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood


Breakup Songs of 1985: Mr. Mister "Broken Wings"; Klymaxx "I Miss You"; Simple Minds "Don't You (Forget About Me)"

The What The F#?%!!! Moment of 1985: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus attract crowds with their mystical "Unicorn". Turns out it was goats with their horns surgically fused together.

Hip-Hop Jam of 1985: "The Show" by Doug E. Fresh

Nerds of 1985: Crispin Glover, Lukas Haas (Witness), and Larry King

PSA Of 1985: Bob Barker about AIDS (debunking the misconception of getting AIDS from cats)

Ending Music Video: "Take On Me" by a-ha


Breakup songs of 1986: Howard Jones "No One Is to Blame"; Crowded House "Don't Dream It's Over"; Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark "If You Leave"

Hip-Hop Jam of 1986: Walk This Way by Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith

Nerds of 1986: Max Wright (Willie Tanner from ALF), Rick Moranis (Little Shop of Horrors), Cliff Clavin (Cheers)

PSA of 1986: Rockers Against Drugs (Aimee Mann of 'Til Tuesday)

The What The F#?%!!! Moment of 1986: Fred Grandy (Gopher from The Love Boat) runs for Congress and wins.


Breakup songs of 1987: U2 "With or Without You"; Whitney Houston "Didn't We Almost Have It All"; Poison "I Won't Forget You"

Hip Hop Classic of 1987: "Push It" by Salt-n-Pepa & Spinderella

PSA of 1987: Rockers Against Drugs (Anti-Drug)

Nerds of 1987: Revenge Of The Nerds II, Bud Bundy, Gilbert Gottfried

The What The F#?%!!! Moment of 1987: Vanna White's Autobiography: Vanna Speaks


Break-up songs of 1988: Poison- "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"; Cinderella- "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)"; Chicago- "Look Away"

Hip Hop Classic of 1988: "Mary, Mary" by Run-D.M.C.

PSA Of 1988: Sylvester Stallone for Give The Gift Of Literacy

Nerds of 1988: Mike Mills of R.E.M., Paul from The Wonder Years, Miles Silverberg from Murphy Brown

The What The F#?%!!! Moment of 1988: The final episode of St. Elsewhere

Ending Music Video: "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses


Break-up Songs of 1989: Michael Bolton "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You", Janet Jackson "Miss You Much" and Tom Petty "Free Fallin'"

Donal Logue's Unfinished Thoughts on: Pete Rose

Hip Hop Classic of 1989: "Don't Believe the Hype" by Public Enemy

PSA of 1989: Magic Johnson on Designated Drivers

Nerds of 1989: Screech Powers (Saved By The Bell), Woody Allen, Steve Urkel

The What The F#?%!!! Moment of 1989: 87 year-old Carrie Stringfellow nearly gets embalmed at a funeral home.

Ending Music Video: "Buffalo Stance" by Neneh Cherry

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