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October 7, 2012

80s Awesomeness! is an original concoction of my insanity need to live in the 80s. The flashback started here and posts weekly on Saturdays, highlighting the best of 80s fashion, music, movies and whatever else the coked up, yuppie Rubik’s Cube decade can throw at you.

Look vaguely familiar?  Did a particular song pop into your head and now won’t leave you until at least Friday?  It should.  This is the original Baywatch cast from 1989.  I know The Hoff is kind of unrecognizable with his shirt on but the bathing suits on the women should be a dead giveaway.  Baywatch originally ran from 1989 to 1990 and was cancelled because no one was watching.  Surely you jest.  The Hoff, being the repository of genius that he is, kept pushing and brought the show back in 1991 with a cast that’ll be more familiar to many, including myself.

Yes, I was an avid Baywatch fan back in my youth, mainly for Hobie.  I loved Hobie.  Remember when he got all wrapped up in the jellyfish tentacles and almost drowned?  I was traumatized.  I also didn’t understand the slow motion running scenes that plagued every episode.  Oh what innocent eyes I had.

Here’s the pilot intro.  It may throw your senses into a state of confusion –


And the one that most of us know and tolerate. Try not to sing too loud. You’ll scare the children.

September 30, 2012

80s Awesomeness! is an original concoction of my insanity need to live in the 80s. The flashback started here and posts weekly on Saturdays, highlighting the best of 80s fashion, music, movies and whatever else the coked up, yuppie Rubik’s Cube decade can throw at you.

Today is catch-up day!  Hooray!

Look familiar?  The original incarnation of The Simpsons, making their first appearance on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1989.  They’ve, um, reformed since then, streamlining the look just a smidge.  Quite frankly they look like something out of a nightmare here.  But yes, you can thank the 80s for the cartoon powerhouse that is The Simpsons.

September 23, 2012

80s Awesomeness! is an original concoction of my insanity need to live in the 80s. The flashback started here and posts weekly on Saturdays, highlighting the best of 80s fashion, music, movies and whatever else the coked up, yuppie Rubik’s Cube decade can throw at you.

A show before my time, Square Pegs was about two girls (does one of them look familiar?) just trying to fit in at school.  You know, square peg, round hole?  Ha ha?  Right.  I’ve never seen an episode and the series only lasted a season but I do know they padded Amy Linker’s outfits (the one that isn’t Sarah Jessica Parker) to make her look heavier.  Apparently that made her even more uncool.  Add in the fraulein hair, weird clothes and braces and I don’t think she could have gotten any squarer.

September 16, 2012

80s Awesomeness! is an original concoction of my insanity need to live in the 80s. The flashback started here and posts weekly on Saturdays, highlighting the best of 80s fashion, music, movies and whatever else the coked up, yuppie Rubik’s Cube decade can throw at you.

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I watched the shit out of this show when I was little, what with their  bear-caring stares and super-powered tummies fighting the forces of evil.  I don’t really remember much else about the show except that I had one of the plush bears; mine was the sleepy bear that had a glow-in-the-dark moon and stars on its tummy, tired eyes and a night cap (the non-alcoholic kind).


Holy dear god did I remember every word to that theme song when it came up. Couldn’t they get someone that wasn’t tone deaf to sing it?

August 4, 2012

80s Awesomeness! is an original concoction of my insanity need to live in the 80s. The flashback started here and posts weekly on Saturdays, highlighting the best of 80s fashion, music, movies and whatever else the coked up, yuppie Rubik’s Cube decade can throw at you.

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You’re probably looking at that picture going, “HEY!  Wait . . .”  You’re mostly likely familiar with this show’s 90s incarnation, SAVED BY THE BELL, which has a few familiar faces pulled from the image above.  But SAVED BY THE BELL’s beginnings was in 1988 with GOOD MORNING, MISS BLISS.  SAVED BY THE BELL, the junior high years.  Apparently when Zach, Lisa and Screech went to Bayside Belding went with them.  The pilot for MISS BLISS was actually vastly different, catering to more of a younger tween crowd than these burgeoning high schoolers.  Check out the original pilot here, if you can stay awake through the opening theme.