The Eighties (miniseries)

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The Eighties
Genre Television documentary
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Production
Executive producer(s) Tom Hanks
Gary Goetzman
Mark Herzog
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) CNN
Playtone
Herzog & Company
Release
Original network CNN
Picture format HDTV
Original release March 31 (2016-03-31) – June 30, 2016 (2016-06-30)
Chronology
Preceded by The Seventies
Followed by The Nineties
External links
Website

The Eighties is a documentary miniseries which premiered on CNN on March 31, 2016.[1] Produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's studio Playtone, it serves as a follow-up to the predecessors The Sixties and The Seventies[1] with a 7-part series chronicling events and popular culture of the United States during the 1980s. In May 2016, CNN greenlit an 8-part follow-up titled The Nineties, which premiered in 2017.[2]

Episodes[edit]

The series encountered numerous interruptions during subsequent broadcasts due to CNN's coverage of news events including the death of Prince and the political campaign of Donald Trump,[3] which caused some episodes to be shown out of order from the original plan.

Episode Title Scheduled Air Date Actual Air Date US viewers
(millions)
1"Raised on Television"March 31, 2016 (2016-03-31)March 31, 20161.415[4]
Television advancements in the '80s, including the increasing diversity, the rise of celebrity- and tabloid-oriented series, and the launches of CNN, Fox, and MTV.
2"The Reagan Revolution"April 7, 2016 (2016-04-07)April 7, 2016TBD
The presidency of Ronald Reagan.
3"The Fight Against AIDS"April 14, 2016 (2016-04-14)June 9, 2016TBD
A mysterious virus that led to a pandemic with enormous political and cultural consequences in the '80s.
4"Tear Down This Wall"April 21, 2016 (2016-04-21)April 28, 2016TBD
The events that led to the end of the Cold War.
5"The Tech Boom"April 28, 2016 (2016-04-28)June 30, 2016TBD
Technological developments and advancements during the '80s, including PCs, VCRs, and video games, as well as technology that didn't take off.
6"Greed Is Good"May 5, 2016 (2016-05-05)May 12, 2016TBD
Wall Street corruption, Reaganomics, junk bonds, and bailouts that led to greed and wild excess in the '80s.
7"Video Killed the Radio Star"May 12, 2016 (2016-05-12)May 26, 2016TBD
The evolution of music and notable artists in the '80s, including the advent of music videos, CDs, and the Second British Invasion.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CNN's 'The Eighties' Examines TV's Most Influential Decade". Variety. March 29, 2016. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ Steinberg, Brian (May 18, 2016). "CNN Greenlights 'The Nineties' and Series on Comedy, Music". Variety. Retrieved June 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ "CNN Keeps Pre-empting 'The Eighties' And Viewers Are Getting Totally Fed Up". International Business Times. May 20, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  4. ^ Kissell, Rick (April 1, 2016). "CNN's Premiere of Series 'The Eighties' Wins in Demo Among News Networks". Variety. Retrieved May 19, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
The Seventies
The Eighties Next:
The Nineties