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
Executive producer(s) Tom Hanks
Gary Goetzman
Mark Herzog
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) CNN
Herzog & Company
Original network CNN
Picture format HDTV
Original release March 31 (2016-03-31) – June 30, 2016 (2016-06-30)
Preceded by The Seventies
Followed by The Nineties
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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]


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
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.


  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. 

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Preceded by
The Seventies
The Eighties Next:
The Nineties