1980s

34 – High School USA Retrospective & What’s Next

We’re looking back on High School USA and looking forward to our next pilot: 1974’s Shazam!

In 1974, CBS and Filmation created a live action show based on DC Comics’ Captain Marvel, called Shazam. Featuring terrible special effects and script, Shazam surprisingly ran for 3 seasons, including a spin off called the Legend of Isis.

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33 – High School USA (1984) w/ Stefan Halley

A host of C-level celebrities turn out to make 1984’s High School USA a thing? Guest starring Stefan Halley.

In 1983, a successful TV movie starring Michael J. Fox called High School USA spawned a potential TV series that never made it, despite having a wealth of known character actors. The pilot was burned off on Memorial Day 1984 and not much is known about it.

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28 – Bosom Buddies (1980) and What’s Next

We’re looking back at our last episode about Bosom Buddies and looking ahead to our next episode: 1965’s My Mother the Car!

In 1965, the creators of Get Smart and The Munsters created a new show for NBC called My Mother the Car, starring Jerry Van Dyke. In the show, Jerry plays David, whose mother is reincarnated int he form of a 1928 Porter touring car. Wacky hijinx ensue as he’s pursused by the evil Captain Bernard Manzini.

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27 – Bosom Buddies (1980) (w/ Esther Dee)

We’re joined by Esther to talk about the cross-dressing sitcom Bosom Buddies, starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari!

In 1980, ABC commissioned a new show starring up-and-coming actor Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, about a couple of young ad execs who, after losing their apartment, are forced to dress as women to move into a women’s hotel. Despite a great theme song from Billy Joel, the show only lasted two years.

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26 – Airwolf (1984) & What’s Next

We’re looking back at Airwolf and what lingers from it and our next episode Bosom Buddies!

In 1980, ABC commissioned a new show starring up-and-coming actor Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, about a couple of young ad execs who, after losing their apartment, are forced to dress as women to move into a women’s hotel. Despite a great theme song from Billy Joel, the show only lasted two years.

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25 – Airwolf – “Shadow of the Hawke” (1984) (w/ Thomas the Tank)

We’re starting 2019 with one of the most iconic shows of all time: Airwolf! Guest starring Thomas the Tank.

In 1984, CBS decided to capitalize on the movie Blue Thunder with a super helicopter show, created by Donald Bellisario, who also created Magnum PI. Starring Jan Michael Vincent, Ernest Borgnine and Alex Cord, the show only ran for 4 seasons before being canceled due to low ratings.

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19 – The Thanksgiving Promise (1986)

It’s our Thanksgiving special! We’re gobbling down the Thanksgiving Promise from 1986, starring Jason Bateman and the entire Beau Bridges clan!

As part of the Wonderful World of Disney, ABC aired The Thanksgiving Promise, a tv movie based on a book, starring Beau Bridges, Lloyd Bridges, Jeff Bridges, Jordan Bridges, Courtney Thorne-Smith, and Jason Bateman! The story focuses on a mopey teen who’s given the job of raising a goose for Thanksgiving slaughter.

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18 – VIP (1998) Retrospective & What’s Next

We’re looking back at Pam Anderson’s VIP from 1998 and we’re looking forward to our Thanksgiving special: the Thanksgiving Promise from 1986 starring Jason Bateman and the entire Beau Bridges clan!

As part of the Wonderful World of Disney, ABC aired The Thanksgiving Promise, a tv movie based on a book, starring Beau Bridges, Lloyd Bridges, Jeff Bridges, Jordan Bridges, Courtney Thorne-Smith, and Jason Bateman! The story focuses on a mopey teen who’s given the job of raising a goose for Thanksgiving slaughter.

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