17 June 2003 | bainsey89
Outstanding work, VH1
Take a bunch of entertainers from different genres and mix their thoughts in about the movies, TV series, hot musical items, and fads of the 1980s with clips thereof, and you have the most entertaining anthology that VH1 has ever produced (which is saying a lot). The reminiscing is real, but neither the interviewees nor producers take the show too seriously. Giving each year, 1980-89 inclusive, an hour makes for a guaranteed marathon of "oh yeah! I remember that!" television. Some of it makes you laugh, some of it makes you roll your eyes, but all of it takes you in. There was also nice casting in declaring the more notable names and moments, namely Andrew "Dice" Clay declaring "Mr. & Mrs. 198x", Lionel Richie "giving you" the Make-Out Songs of 198x, Bret Michaels declaring the babes of that year, and Traci Elizabeth Lords (who has never looked better) introducing the prime hunks. The public service announcements were the cherries on each annual cake.
Only one flaw: devoting time to "Wheel of Fortune." That show actually got its start on NBC in 1976 with Chuck Woolery as host, but it went into syndication with Pat Sajak in the mid '80s, and continues still today. I consider WoF a timeless classic, not an '80s fad.
As one who graduated high school in 1985, I always feel that the 80s was "my" decade. I'm glad VH1 put something together that remembers it like I do.
Best line, Michael Ian Black on Debbie Gibson vs. Tiffany: "Please don't make me choose .... that's like asking me to choose between my kids."