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The Everything '80s Podcast looks back at the greatest decade. It's your one-stop shop for everything to do with movies, video games, TV shows, cartoons, toys, fashion, music and everything in between. Jamie Logie is here to share some of the big topics such as Transformers and Saved By The Bell but to get more detailed on a lot of 1980s information you might not be aware of. Do you know why VHS won the format wars against BETA? Or why the PG-13 rating was created? You'll find all that and m ...
 
New to recovery? Failed in the past trying to get sober or end non-substance abuse addiction? Struggle with depression, anxiety, fear, regret, or co-dependency? Or, have you been sober now for many years? Wherever you are, Recovery Today Podcast will inspire you and blow your mind with raw, real stories. You'll fall out of your chair laughing, say, “Damn!” or, “Hmm,” or, “I never knew that,” and get filled with hope. An extension of Recovery Magazine, the #1 Addiction, Recovery and Sobriety ...
 
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Oh, what could have been. It's not that the Popeye movie was terrible: it just wasn't close to what was expected. This movie was expected to be a gigantic hit, and it fell short. This is a look back on the Popeye movie, the origin of the Popeye character, how Annie set the stage for the movie, and how it introduced Robin Williams to the world. Show…
 
It can be easy to dismiss Jaws. It may seem like a common movie today, but it really changed Hollywood forever. If it wasn't for Jaws; movies, as we know them, might not exist. Jaws was the first true blockbuster. It changed how movies were released and marketed, and it created the summer movie season. This is a look back on how important Jaws is i…
 
This is a legit rewind as not only is this a look back at a classic episode: it also features a device that did a lot of rewinding--the Walkman. The Walkman was a much more culturally significant device than most people realize. This is when music became truly personal. No device had ever been marketed like this before, and it would help pave the w…
 
How well do you really know your favorite 80s movie? You may think you know it inside out, but then a fan theory comes along that completely changes the way you see it. Today, I'm looking at 10 of the best fan theories from 1980s movies. Some of them you may know--and some are pretty out-there. But they all help to give the movies we love a fresh p…
 
Today, I'm ranking each year of summer movies during the 80s to see which is the best. How does the summer of 1986 compare against 1981? Is the summer of 1985 the best--or does it come up short? This is one of the toughest--and most fun--episodes I've ever put together. I'll look at the notable movies from each summer, the one specific theme that r…
 
This is the fourth and final part of my mini-series about the early days of the Internet. Today, we're looking at the origins of Netflix and how it changed the way we consume content. We'll look at the fake origin story of the company, how they were almost a part of Blockbuster Video, and how Napster may have been responsible for their success. The…
 
Welcome to the third part of my podcast mini-series on the early days of the internet. In the first part, I looked at the creation of the World Wide Web and how Netscape made it accessible. Part 2 was all about how AOL brought the internet into every home in the country. In part 3, we look at how the internet was taken to the next level: web search…
 
Welcome to part Deux of my series on the early days of the internet. In this episode, we are looking at what may be the most important advancement in the history of the web: AOL. In episode one, I covered how Tim Berners-Lee was the one responsible for the internet's true creation. We also looked at Marc Andreessen who is responsible for making the…
 
The first part of my new podcast mini-series 'From Dial-Up to Satellites' looks back at the early days of the internet. We'll look at Tim Berners-Lee who is the real founder of the web. You'll also see how many didn't think the internet would lead to much. We then look back at the importance of Netscape in creating the first real web browser and ho…
 
On March 13, 1989, Tim Berners Lee implemented the first successful communication between a hypertext transfer protocol with a server. You know this better as the internet. In this new four-part series, we'll be looking back at what happened in the next few years following this groundbreaking creation. This podcast series will start next Wednesday …
 
You never thought hip hop would take it this far. We're going back in time to witness the birth of hip hop. We'll see how it was created in the Bronx, and how it evolved going into the 1980s. Then, we'll see how it grew into a dominant art form and became the most profitable music genre. I also look at three of the most successful rappers, how they…
 
I've searched far and wide through Disney+ and found a bunch of great 80s content that I didn't even know was on there. Today, I'm sharing 16 epic shows and movies from the 80s that are currently streaming on the platform. Disney doesn't really promote their older content, and there's some amazing stuff that I had forgotten all about. If you have D…
 
This one was a real nostalgia trip for me. On today's show, I count down what I think are the top 9 toy playsets of the 80s. This is obviously from my perspective but I'm sure there are a few of your favorites here. There are some beloved entries on this list and I take a look at what made each so successful, how much they cost at the time (and con…
 
Ernest P. Worrell is one of the most beloved characters in history. Jim Varney was also one of the most creative and entertaining performers of the 1980s. This is a look back on all his amazing work with a real focus on what I believe is one of the most underrated kids shows of all time: "Hey Vern, It's Ernest." Jim Varney was taken from us way too…
 
See what I did there? Rewind? VCR? Never mind...anyway, this is a look back on an early episode and one of my favorite topics: VHS vs Beta. We'll look at the origins of the VCR (it goes back to the 50s), how it changed the entertainment world forever, and how the format war between VHS and Beta began. We'll also look at how VHS ultimately won out (…
 
Saturday morning cartoons were a beloved institution--so why did they disappear? This is a look at the cherished time slot that has its roots in commercialism and marketing. We'll look at why they first started on Saturday mornings, why they became a marketer's dream, and how the FCC--and a few other things--led to their demise. We'll also look at …
 
Can you imagine how tough it must have been to be a sober guitarist in a rock band? And not just any rock band. We’re talking about Velvet Revolver, the supergroup that is known for its successful run in hard rock revival, as well as its iconic frontman’s infamous reputation for substance abuse. For rhythm guitarist Dave Kushner, those years have b…
 
Sobriety is important, but it’s not an end to itself. It is but a stepping stone to continuous improvement – a door that opens up to a myriad of possibilities. We have to move beyond sobriety to become that person we envision ourselves to be. This powerful message is brought to you by Robb Humphreys, a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor based in M…
 
Grab your whip and fedora and settle in, because we're looking at the real-life influences behind Indiana Jones. If you thought he was a fictional character, think no more! We're looking at who the real-life Indiana Jones may be, the legacy of character, the rise in interest in archeology, and a quick breakdown of the three movies. Show Notes: Real…
 
A number of people fall into addiction thinking that the substance and alcohol could somehow make life more fun, craving to let loose and add that certain spike to life. However, English and American TV personality Jack Osbourne realized, after spinning out of control into drug addiction, that he could have more fun sober. In this episode, he joins…
 
This was a doozy to put together. Today, I'm counting down what I believe are the 10 best 80s TV theme songs--and it wasn't easy. Your order may be different, but I'm sure most of these would make your list. We'll look at each theme song, how it came together, and how it was used to perfectly capture the essence of the show--and the decade. Show No…
 
In Soviet Russia, podcast listen to you! Today, we are looking back on the career of the great Yakov Smirnoff. I was a huge fan of his and the story of his life is pretty astonishing. We'll look at how he was able to break free from the Soviet Union, dealing with a real-life Minister of Jokes, his rise to fame in America, and how it almost all disa…
 
Pro wrestling was king in the 1980s, and the then WWF ruled the roost. They were able to partner with NBC to air a wrestling show on NBC in place of Saturday Night Live. Saturday Night's Main Event became a ratings smash and was instrumental in the success of the World Wrestling Federation. This is a look back on how this show came together, why it…
 
Shoes, music, sports, and culture all go hand-in-hand today--but this was always the case. It took a small upstart shoe company from New York to set in motion what sneakers could actually become. This is a look back on the true game-changing shoe company: British Knights. We'll look at how they made athletic shoes a fashion accessory, how they capt…
 
This week, we're looking back at the incredible, and groundbreaking Muppet Show. This thing went from a show that no one wanted to touch to the most-watched program on Earth. We'll look at the connection with Saturday Night Live, why it was filmed in England, how the show found its direction, and why it ended after just 5 years. Let's get things st…
 
The 80s gave us some of the best movies of all time. But some of its sequels leave a lot to be desired. There are also a bunch you probably didn't know even existed. Today, I'm counting down the 10 worst 1980s movie sequels that you probably didn't know about. We'll look at why they were so bad, and what caused them to fail--when they should have b…
 
Yes, this is a very real story. In the 80s, A&W released a third-pound burger to compete with the quarter-pounder from McDonald's. It was bigger, fresher, and cheaper. But it would fail because of the public's inability to understand fractions. This is a look back on this baffling story, and what turned into a critical marketing lesson for future c…
 
This is a big episode where we look at the world of cars in the 1980s. We'll look at the state of the automotive industry, the best-sellers, the duds, and the advancements. Then, I'll count down what I think are the 10 most iconic vehicles from movies and TV. So get out of my dreams, and into my car--and let's look at the best 80s cars. Show Notes:…
 
*takes deep breath* OK, today on the show, I'm looking at several reasons why Spaceballs is as good—if not better—than Star Wars. If you haven't canceled me--and have stuck around--I also do a review of the movie and share some of the amazing behind-the-scenes facts that include who didn't want to be in this movie, and the person you probably didn'…
 
What do you get when you take one of the hottest toys of all time, low inventory, and the holiday season? You get the ticking time bomb that was the Cabbage Patch Kid riots. No toy in history has ever created a craze like the Cabbage Patch Kids did in the fall of 1983. The mayhem and violence surrounding these dolls seem to set the stage for future…
 
We're taking a rewind on one of my favorite episodes about one of my favorite 1980s subjects: The E.T. Atari video game. Everything was set to make this thing a hit—but it went down as one of the worst games in video game history. This throwback episode looks at the hype behind the game, how it was made in only 5 weeks, the backlash, and how it may…
 
This is my yearly review show where I look at the best of 1980s content in 2020. In this episode, I'll cover the topics I found most interesting, including the REAL reason behind the creation of Apple computers, the story behind a certain McDonald's item, the original forbidden video game, and more. I'll also give my review of a book sequel that wa…
 
This is an Everything 80s Rewind, and we're looking back at my episode all about the history of the infamous New Coke. New Coke was released on the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola—but it almost ended up destroying them. This is a look back on why they released New Coke, the public backlash, and the return—and newfound appreciation—of Coca-Cola Class…
 
This week, we revisit an early Everything 80s episode about one of the best-selling toys of all time: Teddy Ruxpin. The talking bear found his way under the trees for many kids during Christmas of 1985 AND 1986 (sadly not under mine, though). Teddy Ruxpin was a 1980s toy phenomenon, and he's also got a bizarre backstory that includes Chuck E. Chees…
 
Welcome to the Everything 80s Christmas spectacular, spectacular! And in a genuine coincidence, this episode is being released on Festivus—making it a true Festivus MIRACLE! OK, here's the plan: we will start by looking at a beloved 1980s Christmas movie, and then the sequel to it—which you've probably never heard of. Next, we will take a deep look…
 
The winner for worst Star Wars entry has sadly become a competitive category. But nothing can compare with what happened on the night of November 17, 1978. This is a look back on the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. How did this thing come together, is it really as bad as people say, and why does George Lucas want to smash every copy with a hamm…
 
Today, we're looking back on a beloved show for many: Perfect Strangers. It ran from 1986 to 1992, making cousins Larry and Balki household names. Perfect Strangers should never have made it to network television, but somehow survived the odds. It also led to another classic sitcom—Family Matters—and helped pave the way for another famous TV instit…
 
It should have been great. Everything was there to make the Garbage Pail Kids movie one of the absolute classic horror movies of the 1980s—but we got the complete opposite of that. What they released in 1987 is considered one of the worst movies in the history of film. This is a look back on the history of the Garbage Pail Kids, their wild success,…
 
Look at the logo for this podcast. Picture the "Saved by the Bell" intro, or envision Pee Wee's Playhouse. The look that you associate with the 80s wouldn't have come about if it wasn't for the Memphis Group. This episode is a look back at this groundbreaking artistic collective, and how their Memphis Design changed the look of the world. Support t…
 
This is for all you Brits out there! Even if you're not from the U.K., you'll still find the story of Bananaman very interesting. Bananaman was a genuine comic book character that appeared in Dandy, Beano, and had his own cartoon show in the 1980s. This is a look back on the potassium-filled superhero and why he was England's answer to Superman and…
 
The Far Side was a comic strip created by Gary Larson that ran from 1979 to 1995. May consider it the funniest comic strip ever created. This is a look back on the evolution of the Far Side, how it influenced science, why it went away—and why it's back after all these years. Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/80s TheFarSide.com Show notes: Th…
 
This is a look back on a McDonald's commercial that masqueraded as a movie: MAC and Me. The movie was convinced with noble intentions, but that all took a back seat to corporate interests. Today, we'll look back on how this movie came to be, how McDonald's took over it, and what its lasting legacy is. Show notes: https://www.everything80spodcast.co…
 
Welcome to a 1980s Halloween Spooktacular! This is the day when we celebrate Halloween and the 80s all rolled into one. So here's what we're going to do: we will look back at the classic Monster cereals, then we'll remember the 1988 classic Beetlejuice, and finish with a deeper look at a Halloween musical staple and the greatest music video ever ma…
 
We were pretty spoiled in the 80s. There were so many monumental toys that came out, that it was hard to keep up with it all. In this episode, I'm looking at what the stats say for the best-selling toy for each year from 1980 to 1989. A few of these will definitely surprise you! Check out: some 80s toys you can still buy…
 
Today, we're diving back into the Billboard charts to look at which song was number one each year from 1980 to 1989. These days, it's hard to determine a number one hit as there are many factors including sales, streaming, chart position, YouTube views, etc. But in the 80s, it was all determined by Billboard. I guarantee there will be some number o…
 
It seems bizarre to think, but there was a time when tourists stayed away from New York City. Coming out of the 70s, and into the early 80s, New York was a dangerous, dirty, and nearly bankrupt city. It would take an advertising campaign to help bring the city back to life. This is a look back on the famous campaign going into the 80s and a logo th…
 
"New York's history is America's history." Today on the podcast my very special guest is Greg Young, co-host of the Bowery Boys Podcast. Greg is here to talk to us all about NYC during the 80s. We discuss what the landscape was like—both politically and physically, the state of entertainment from Broadway to movies and TV, and what the music scene …
 
Jim Henson has made a lot of beloved content, but was 1981's "The Great Muppet Caper" his very best? This is a look back on the only muppet movie Henson directed, the making of the movie, why it was set (and filmed) in England, and a bunch of great behind-the-scenes things. Show notes: https://www.everything80spodcast.com/the-great-muppet-caper/…
 
The boombox, or Ghetto Blaster, was a symbolic part of the 1980s. Not only was it a way to take a party everywhere you went, but it also gave rise to a new art form called Hip Hop. In this episode, we'll look at how the boombox gave rise to a new culture and allowed the sharing of creativity. Show notes: https://www.everything80spodcast.com/boombox…
 
Follow That Bird is a movie released by Sesame Street and Jim Henson Productions in 1985. It tells the story of Big Bird leaving Sesame Street to go live with other birds. Sounds pretty standard, doesn't it? The problem is, this film might have been a bit too much for kids with some intense themes that you wouldn't expect. We'll explore this whole …
 
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