I Love the '80s 3-D

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I Love the '80s 3-D
Genre Documentary
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Running time 45 minutes
Original network VH1
Original release October 24 – October 28, 2005

I Love the '80s 3-D is the follow-up to VH1's 1980s nostalgia show I Love the '80s and its sequel I Love the '80s Strikes Back. It premiered October 24, 2005. Like its predecessors, it premiered in one-hour installments, each describing the events and trends of a year between 1980 and 1989, two shows per night until Friday, October 28, 2005.

The show is actually in 3D, using a process called ChromaDepth that appears in 3D when using a special pair of ChromaDepth glasses, but the process allows the show to be viewable in normal 2D (unlike the anaglyphic 3D process). The ChromaDepth glasses for the show were available free at Best Buy stores across the United States.

Recurring segments[edit]

  • "Weird Al" Yankovic presents movies from the year that "should have been made in 3-D" but weren't. This is a reference to his album "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D.
  • Paula Abdul presents teen idols from each year.
  • Chuck Woolery, host of the 1980s dating show Love Connection, presents the "best on-screen hookups" of each year.
  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, whose character costumes emphasize her ample bosom, presents the "biggest boobs" (i.e., blunders) of each year.
  • Alan Thicke presents "hot moms" from each year.
  • Emmanuel Lewis of Webster fame presents a slang word or phrase as the "pop culture term" of each year.
  • Harry Anderson (of Night Court) judges a "trial" of a pop culture icon in the "Guilty/Not Guilty" segment.
  • John Moschitta, a famed fast-talker who appeared in 1981 commercials for FedEx, gives a quick recap of each episode in the "Year in Review" segment.
  • 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]


Movies of 1980 that should have been made in 3-D: 9 to 5 and Xanadu

Teen Idols of 1980: Scott Baio of Happy Days, Christopher Atkins of The Blue Lagoon, Michael Jackson

Best On-screen Hookup of 1980: John Travolta and Deborah Winger in Urban Cowboy

Biggest Boob of 1980: Rosie Ruiz cheating in the Boston Marathon

Hot Moms of 1980: Ann Romano (One Day at a Time), Alice Hyatt (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore), Vickie LaMotta (Raging Bull)

Pop culture Term of 1980: "Like" (modifier)

Guilty/Not Guilty of 1980: That's Incredible! for inciting kids at home to imitate the stunts seen on the show despite having a "do not try this at home" warning.

End Credit Video is The J. Geils Band's "Love Stinks"


Movies of 1981 that Should Have Been in 3-D: Clash Of the Titans, Arthur, My Dinner With Andre

Teen Idols of 1981: Timothy Hutton, Todd Bridges (Diff'rent Strokes), Rick Springfield

Best On-screen Hookup of 1981: Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy (The Great Muppet Caper)

Biggest Boob of 1981: Miss New York USA, Deborah Fountain padding her swimsuit at the Miss USA 1981 pageant

Hot Moms of 1981: Jane Fonda (On Golden Pond), Faye Dunaway (Mommie Dearest), Barbara Eden (Harper Valley PTA)

Pop culture Term of 1981: "Dude" (noun)

Guilty/Not Guilty of 1981: Richard Simmons for wearing short shorts

End Credit Video is Hall & Oates' "You Make My Dreams"


Movies of 1982 That Should Have Been in 3-D: Annie, Conan the Barbarian, Gandhi

Teen Idols of 1982: Ricky Schroeder of Silver Spoons, Duran Duran, John Stamos

Best On-Screen Hookup of 1982: Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange in Tootsie

Biggest Boob of 1982: Larry Walters flew 16,000 feet up in the air using only a lawn chair with 45 helium weather balloons attached to it

Pop Culture Term of 1982: Gag Me With A Spoon (phrase popularized by the song "Valley Girl")

Guilty/Not Guilty of 1982: Tommy Tutone for causing a fad of calling 867-5309 and asking for Jenny

End Credit Video is Missing Persons "Words"


Movies of 1983 That Should Have Been in 3-D: Scarface, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Return of the Jedi

Teen Idols of 1983: The entire cast of The Outsiders

Best on-screen hookup of 1983: Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay in Risky Business

Biggest Boobs of 1983: KISS for taking off their makeup and revealing what they really looked like

Hot Moms of 1983: Beverly D'Angelo, Susan Clark (Webster), Jacqueline Bisset

Pop Culture Term of 1983: Hoser (loser or someone easily fooled)

Guilty/Not Guilty of 1983: Cabbage Patch Kids for inciting riots in stores.

End Credit Video is Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me with Science"


Movies of 1984 That Should Have Been Made in 3-D: Splash, Breakin', Purple Rain
Teen Idols of 1984: Menudo, Wham!, Corey Hart
Best On-Screen Hookup of 1984: Long Duck Dong and Lumberjack in Sixteen Candles
Biggest Boobs of 1984: Walter Mondale using the Wendy's Slogan "Where's the beef?"
Hot Moms of 1984: Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show), Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin (Kate & Allie), Caren Kaye (It's Your Move)
Pop Culture Term of 1984: Boy Toy
Guilty/Not Guilty of 1984: The FCC allowing more time devoted to commercials resulting in the introduction of infomercials.

End Credit video is Peter Schilling"s "Major Tom (Coming Home)"


Movies of 1985 That Should Have Been in 3-D: Gotcha!, Witness

Teen Idols of 1985: Michael J. Fox, Val Kilmer, Matthew Modine

Best On-screen Hookup of 1985: Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club

Biggest Boob of 1985: David Lee Roth goes solo and parts ways with Van Halen

Hot Moms of 1985: Lea Thompson (Back to the Future), Cher (Mask), Kelly McGillis (Witness)

Pop culture Term of 1985: Dweeb (noun)

Guilty/Not Guilty of 1985: Tipper Gore and the PMRC for the Parental Advisory Stickers

End Credit Video is Starship's "We Built This City"


Movies of 1986 That Should Have Been In 3-D: Pretty in Pink, Aliens, Cobra

Teen Idols of 1986: Malcolm Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show), Andrew McCarthy (Pretty in Pink), River Phoenix (Stand by Me)

Best On-screen Hookup of 1986: Mallory and Nick on Family Ties

Biggest Boob of 1986: Geraldo Rivera and the opening of Al Capone's vault on live TV

Hot Moms of 1986: Cindy Pickett (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), Deidre Hall (Our House), Judith Light (Who's the Boss?)

Pop culture Term of 1986: Poser (noun)

Guilty/Not Guilty of 1986: Don Johnson for his song and video "Heartbeat"

End Credit video is Stacey Q's "Two of Hearts"


Movies of 1987: Ishtar, Roxanne, Three Men and a Baby

Teen Idols of 1987: Patrick Dempsey, Kirk Cameron, Johnny Depp

Best On-screen Hookup of 1987: Michael Douglas and Glenn Close from Fatal Attraction

Biggest Boob of 1987: the people of Italy electing former porn star Ilona Staller into Parliament

Hot Moms of 1987: Anne Schedeen (ALF), Katey Sagal (Married... with Children), Mel Harris (Thirtysomething)

Pop culture Term of 1987: Skank

Guilty/Not Guilty of 1987: Tammy Faye Bakker for wearing too much makeup

End Credit video is LeVert's "Casanova"


Movies of 1988: Rain Man, Caddyshack II, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Teen Idols of 1988: The Two Coreys, Michael Hutchence (INXS), Jason Bateman

Best On-screen Hookup of 1988: Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Costner in Bull Durham

Biggest Boob of 1988: Dan Quayle's ineptness ("potatoe")

Hot Moms of 1988: Demi Moore (pregnant on Vanity Fair), Katherine Helmond (Who's the Boss?), Joanna Kerns (Growing Pains)

Pop culture Term of 1988: P.C. (Politically Correct)

Guilty/Not Guilty of 1988: Sherman Hemsley (The Jeffersons) making a spin-off show Amen

End Credit video is The Escape Club's "Wild, Wild West"


Movies of 1989 That Should Have Been in 3-D: Turner & Hooch, Dream a Little Dream, UHF

Teen Idols of 1989: New Kids on the Block, Christian Slater (Heathers), John Cusack

Best On-screen Hookup of 1989: Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally

Biggest Boob of 1989: the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company inventing the "smokeless" cigarette.

Hot Moms of 1989: Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias, Kirstie Alley in Look Who's Talking, and Marge Simpson

Pop culture Term of 1989: Have A Cow (phrase)

Guilty/Not Guilty of 1989: CBS executives for first-degree brain slaughter

End Credit Video is Skid Row's "18 and Life"

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