Thursday, May 15, 2008

TT #80: tv-series from the 80's


Thirteen of my favourite tv-series from the 80's

This is my 80th TT, so I wanted to do something with 80 --> The 80's!
I'm an 80's girl as I was 12 to 22 in these years. This time I chose tv-series, that were broadcast in the 80's. I guess you all know many of them, don't you?

  • Star Trek The Next Generation - It started in 1987, my favourite Star Trek series with my favourite actor Patrick Stewart, great cast, great plots. I met Patrick stewart when he introduced the first DVD-box in The Netherlands. I have all 7 boxes (and 7 DS9, and 7 Voyager, and all the movies, and even more!)
  • Foofur - The cartoon with the blue dog (I named my little dog Foofur after him) who inherits his wealthy master's estate and my fave character Fencer the karate cat. You can see the show opening here.
  • Beauty and the Beast - Ron Perlman in a magnificent role as 'beast' Vincent, with Linda Hamilton as 'beauty' Catherine. How I loved this series! The underworld was so beautiful, I wanted to live there. Always waiting for the kiss, but when they finally did it was edited out! Does anyone know if there are DVD's?
  • Shaka Zulu - The true story of the life and rise to power of Shaka, the greatest Zulu leader in history. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka's birth, exile, innovations in warfare, assumption of the throne, building of the Zulu Empire, first contact with Europe and the events that lead to his downfall.
  • The Thorn Birds - The forbidden love between Maggie Cleary and the family's priest, Father Ralph de Bricassart, was followed over a period of 60 years. My favourite scene is when they finally get together, not yet knowing all the consequences...
  • V and V - Lizard aliens come to Earth to ask for help, but they have a hidden agenda. Great series with star roles by Marc Singer (as Mike Donovan) and Robert Englund ('nice' lizard Willie). The scariest part was the birthing scene of alien/human twins... (be warned)
  • Fame - I didn't want to miss this for anything! The perfect mix of musical and drama. Leroy, Danny, Doris, Coco... The songs always fit perfectly. 'Starmaker' was a fave song, but so were so many others! I still believe in me, Out here on my own, Life is a celebration, see a live medley here.
  • MacGyver - With Richard Dean Anderson as the secret agent who could always find a solution by inventing something with stuff that 'happened to be there'. I had a bit of a crush on him... :-)
  • Jake & The Fatman - Veteran district attorney "Fatman" McCabe solves cases with the help of his easygoing private investigator partner Jake Styles. I've always liked series like these, where an attorney, or doctor, or whoever solves 'the case'.
  • Growing Pains - Family series like this, but also Family Ties, Who's the Boss, etc. are still fun to watch. Tracey Gold as Carol was my fave, as if I knew she was sharing my secret, bulimia...
  • Dallas - O yes, I was a fan! Asshole J.R., drunk Sue Ellen, sexy Lucy, nice Bobby, beautiful Pamela and all the others kept me interested. I hated to have to wait a whole week to see the next episode. Cliffhanger "who shot J.R." was worldwide news...
  • Miami Vice - Sonny and Rico with sunglasses and cool clothes, the Ferrari (Crockett's Ferrari Daytona was actually a modified Corvette. Ferrari executives were so upset that this ersatz Ferrari was gaining such popularity that they offered to provide the series with their new flagship car, the Testarossa.) and above all: great music! The soundtrack is the most successful TV soundtrack of all time. Crockett's theme is a classic.
  • ‘Allo ‘Allo - René Artois is the owner and manager of a café in German-occupied France of World War II. Hilarious British comedy with characters like Officer Crabtree, Herr Flick, Lt. Gruber and all the others.

But oh my goddess... there are so much more I loved!
Ehmm.... Mork & Mindy, Tour of Duty, Magnum P.I., Knight Rider, A-team, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Blackadder, Cheers, Empty Nest, Alf, Love Boat, Family Ties, Who’s The Boss, Punky Brewster, St. Elsewhere, Tales of the Unexpected, Webster, Cagney and Lacey, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, etc. etc. etc.........


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  1. Happy to see you back!! I watched a lot of these my faves being Beauty & The Beast, and of course Star Trek Next Generation :) Happy TT!

  2. Miami Vice and Dallas were both on Friday nights. My then-boyfriend could tape them (VCR), even though they were on different channels. Then we'd watch them on Saturday afternoon. I also liked Kate and Allie during the 80s. Great TT banner!

  3. I totally loved "V!" I was in high school when that came out and we all thought it was so cool!

    I was not allowed to watch "Miami Vice" or "Dallas." We were more an "A-Team" and "Growing Pains" type of family. Haha!

  4. Allo Allo, The Thorn Birds and Star Trek TNG are my favourites there. Oh, and I admit to watching Dallas, too.

  5. The Thorn Birds made the rounds with my mom's friends. It was one of those worn paperbacks we weren't allowed to touch!

  6. Oh my Gosh, I loved Fame. I never missed that show. Great list. Happy TT.

  7. THORN BIRDS!!!!

    Oh be still my heart. "But, I love God More".....oh tears. Wow.

    My T-13 is shared. Drop by and help me list MORE!

  8. Great list!! I remember most of those. Happy Thursday! My list won't drop till midnight, but its better than tomorrow night like normal! LOL

  9. I loved MacGyver! Happy TT

  10. You know... I don't think I watched television in the 1980s - some.... I was at university and working most of the time so... I think it's cool that you have favorites though! :)

    Happy TT!

  11. Beauty, Fame, and Vice were all big ones with me, too. You've got great taste.

    I might be near TT #80, myself. I lost count!

  12. W00t! Patrick Stewart was just the most perfect captain for Star Trek the Next Generation. :)

    My Thursday Thirteen is up. 13 things I learned about Japanese motorcycle gangs ;) Ah the joy of ex-pat life~

  13. wow was I out of the loop in the 80's! I only know growing pains and Miami Vice! I guess I was too busy raising my boys in the 80's and didn't watch too much tv. Beauty and the beast was a TV SHOW?? Holy moly! haha
    great list!

  14. I saw DVDs for Beauty and the Beast when I was at Sam's Club the other day, so I'm sure you can find them online.

  15. What about Alf? Was he from the 80's? I loved that show. Happy TT. Great list.

  16. I loved V and Beauty and the Beast. I'm a Trekkie, but more a TOS and DS9 Fan, though I certainly love me some TNG.

    However, you forgot Moonlighting!

    And Cheers
    And the Cosby Show.

    But good list.

  17. I loved Fame. I think I saw every episode. Great list. Happy T13!

  18. ahhhhh what memories!Happy TT.

  19. I know all these 80's shows! They sure brought back so many memories!

  20. OMG! I loved the Beauty and the Beast series. I cried when it was over.

  21. Oh, I loved MacGyver! We've been slowly collecting the DVDs and sharing them with our teenage sons, and now they're hooked, too. My 13-year-old has a T-shirt he loves with a picture of an empty toilet paper roll and the caption: "what would MacGyver do?" It always gets laughs when he wears it--but mostly from the older generation who recognize the show. :)

  22. Yes! Beauty and the Beast, and MacGuyver!! I lived for those shows. :)

  23. OOh - Fame was a favorite of mine.
    I always hope people will break into spontaneous, choreographed dance / song. Sadly it never happens.


  24. I grew up in the 80's as well, but really only watched Star Trek out of your list. Happy TT!

  25. How funny - I had this same theme last month! Great minds think alike ;) I'll admit, though, that we have very different lists. A couple of these shows I don't even remember. And MacGyver - who didn't have a crush on him??

  26. All great shows, I loved watching almost all of them myself. I miss Fame, wonder if it is on DVD?
    Happy TT, hope you'll visit my 32nd TT...Housework, Quoth the Mama, Nevermore at The Cafe.

  27. You've stirred good memories for me. Happy TT!

  28. Beauty and the Beast was really something and I hope I can watch Fame all over again. I am an 80s baby so 80s TV shows are in my childhood memories. Hehe :)

    Great TT, there's got to be a part of this, right ? :)


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