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A sometimes nostalgic, sometimes cynical look back at pop culture. Join us as we revisit movies, cartoons, and live-action TV of the 80s and 90s, and ask the question, ”Does this hold up? Or did I just ruin my childhood?”

A sometimes nostalgic, sometimes cynical look back at pop culture. Join us as we revisit movies, cartoons, and live-action TV of the 80s and 90s, and ask the question, ”Does this hold up? Or did I just ruin my childhood?”


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A sometimes nostalgic, sometimes cynical look back at pop culture. Join us as we revisit movies, cartoons, and live-action TV of the 80s and 90s, and ask the question, ”Does this hold up? Or did I just ruin my childhood?”




My Little Pony... and Pez

This week, we revisit another classic franchise that started with a toy line... My Little Pony! Hasboro began with the failed "My Pretty Pony" doll and then ran a more successful line of smaller ponies from 1982 to 1992. The toys launched a global phenomenon, and a movie and TV series captured the hearts of kids everywhere. Before our full review of the original animated TV series, Megan talks about playing with the toy line, Steve talks about not playing with the toy line, and we both...


Field of Dreams... and Big League Chew

This week, the summer fun continues with the classic 1980s baseball movie, Field of Dreams! Starring Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Amy Madigan, Gabby Hoffman, and Timothy Busfield, this award-winning film came into theaters in 1989. When Iowa farmer Ray (Kevin Costner) hears a mysterious voice one night in his cornfield saying "If you build it, he will come," he feels the need to act. Despite taunts of lunacy, Ray builds a baseball diamond on his land,...


Quantum Leap... and Pop Tarts

"Oh Boy!" This week, we revisit the cult favorite, Quantum Leap. Quantum Leap ran for 5 seasons and 97 episodes from 1989 to 1993. Created by Don Bellisario, the show starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett, a time traveling scientist, who leaps into people from 1953 to 1987 to help them and correct something that went wrong in the original timeline. Dean Stockwell, who co-stars as Admiral Al Calavicci, Sam's best friend, who appears as a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. They are...


Cartoon All Stars to the Rescue... and Nik L Nips

On April 21, 1990, all four major American television networks: ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS, most independent stations, as well as cable networks Nickelodeon and the USA Network ran the anti-crack PSA, Cartoon All Stars to the Rescue. Sponsored by McDonald's, the special featured nearly every famous cartoon at the time: Winnie the Pooh, Muppet Babies, Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Smurfs, Garfield, Bugs Bunny, the Duck Tales Gang, ALF, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more! Steve and Megan...


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Totinos Pizza Rolls

This week, we revisit the original cartoon version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! What began as a comic book in 1984, TMNT quickly launched into a series in 1986, and an empire was born. The franchise spawned 5 animated television series, 5 live-action films, 4 animated films, 4 comic book series, toys, video games, table top games, pinball machines, amusement park rides, and more! Megan remembers her brother's obsession with the show and her enjoyment of the original toy line. Steve...


Top Gun... and Freezy Pops

To celebrate the Fourth of July this week, we revisit Top Gun! Starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Tom Skerritt, and Meg Ryan, this summer blockbuster burst into theaters in 1986. The movie helped to increase Navy recruitment, and was popular enough to spawn the sequel, Top Gun: Maverick earlier this year. Steve talks about the ways the movie inspired his childhood obsession with airplanes... and how he may have recreated the "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"...


Fantasy Island... And Fruit Gushers

"The plane! The plane!" This week, we revisit Fantasy Island! Fantasy Island started out as a joke made by a frustrated Aaron Spelling as he was pitching ideas to network executives. The executives loved the idea, and so did the public! The show ran 152 episodes and two made-for-TV movies over seven years from 1977 to 1984. In the ratings, it never broke into the top 10, but it was popular enough to spawn a reboot series in 1998, a prequel film in 2020, and a sequel series in 2021. Tying...


25th Episode! The Fifth Element... And Happy Meals

We have a special extravaganza, celebrating our 25th episode! We went back 25 years to the 25th highest box office film and rewatched The Fifth Element! Starring Mila Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, and Chris Tucker, this sci-fi adventure film is known for its stunning visuals... and Mila Jovovich's infamous orange and white costume. Some called it a comic book come to life! Others found it overstuffed and overstimulating. Before we give our take, we revisit a few of our favorite...


Father’s Day BONUS! Rad... And Skittles

Megan is out of the studio this week, and Steve is joined by his brother, Kevin, who is celebrating his first Father's Day as a new dad! To help Kevin celebrate, we let him pick the movie, so this week's Bonus Episode features the classic 1980s BMX racing movie, Rad! The film stars Bill Allen, Lori Loughlin, Talia Shire, Jack Weston and Ray Walston, along with 1984 Olympic gymnastics champion Bart Conner and famously features a dance sequence on BMX bikes! The film was a box office bomb,...


Jem... and Symphony Bars

This week, we revisit Jem! Jem and the Holograms was a hit Saturday Morning Cartoon that ran from 1985-1988. It rose to the top of the Nielsen Ratings its first two years, and then dropped down into relative obscurity. We talk about the show's strong cult following, original songs, toy tie-ins, and the 2015 reboot film. Before digging into Jem, we try a Hershey's Symphony bar. Launched in 1989, this candy bar was create to appeal to wealthier and European customers. Did we love it? Did we...


Flight of the Navigator... And Sugar Daddies

This week, we revisit the live-action Disney film, Flight of the Navigator! This 1986 movie starred Joey Cramer as David, a 12-year-old kidnapped by a spaceship he calls Max. The voice of Max was provided by Paul Reubens, best known for his Pee-Wee Herman character. Sarah Jessica Parker also appears in one of her first film roles. Before our review, we try the retro childhood treat, the Sugar Daddy! The sticky, caramel pop was invented in 1925, but surged in popularity in 1973. Did we...


Memorial Day BONUS! Glory... And Salt Water Taffy

This Memorial Day, we revisit the Civil War film, Glory Inspired by the true story of the 54th Regiment, the first military unit consisting entirely of black soldiers who fought for the Union army during the Civil War. Despite the bravery of the many men amongst their ranks, the 54th Regiment were often mistreated as second-class soldiers. Under the leadership of Robert Shaw, the first all-black volunteer company fought prejudices of both their own Union army and the Confederates. We talk...


Greatest American Hero... And Pixy Stix

This week, we revisit The Greatest American Hero, a science fiction/comedy/mystery TV show starring a regular school teacher who receives a magical suit that turns him into a super hero. Sometimes more well known for its theme song than its wild plots, the show lasted 3 seasons. We start with our snack review and learn a bit about the history of Pixy Stix and their connection to Sweet Tarts and Fun Dip. Then, in our fun facts section, we talk about the making of The Greatest American Hero,...


Transformers... And Blow Pops

This week, we revisit the original Transformers cartoon! We start with our snack review and learn a bit about the history of Blow Pops, and how Charms tried to distinguish this lollipop from the competition! Then, in our fun facts section, we talk about Transformer toys, the supposed knock-off brand, Go Bots, and the continued popularity of the Transformers franchise, including reboots, sequels, prequels, and more! After the recap and review, we have a fun sneak preview of next week's...


Dream a Little Dream... And Nerds

This week, we revisit Dream a Little Dream, a film starring "The Two Coreys," Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. We start with our snack review and learn a bit about the history of Nerds, how they got their "uncool" name, and how they're made. Then, in our fun facts section, we talk about the phenomenon that was the Two Coreys, what movies these two stars made together, and how they seemed to be everywhere in the 1980s. We also talk about the inspiration for the film and the song "Dream a...


Mother’s Day BONUS! Freaky Friday... and Necco Wafers

For Mother's Day, we have a special bonus! Megan's mother Karen stops by to talk about mothers and daughters in the movies! We start with our snack review. Necco wafers were one of Karen's favorites... and something Megan avoided. Then, we revisit the original 1970s version starring Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris and talk about the gender roles and generational differences in the movie. Then, we look at the early 2000s remake starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. Which did we like...


Little House on the Prairie... And Maple Sugar Candy

This week, we discuss all things Little House! We start with our snack review and dive into the history of maple sugar candy. Why was it popular during the Pioneer Days? When did we switch from maple sugar to white sugar? Then, in our "Fun Facts" section, we talk about the history of the Little House books and how these slower, gentler stories were adapted into one of the longest-running, dramatic television series of all time! We rewatch and recap three episodes throughout the run of...


Muppet Babies... And Smarties

Muppet Babies was a classic, Saturday morning cartoon that aired from 1984 to 1991 on CBS. After discussing the history of the Muppet Babies, beginning with a small segment in The Muppets Take Manhattan, we revisit the show and talk about some of our memories of imaginative play. One of us had a jungle gym in their living room, and one of us built pillow forts throughout the entire house! In addition to revisiting this cartoon version of the Muppets, we talk all things Smarties! How did...


Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory... and Gobstoppers

Everlasting Gobstoppers! This is our first fan-requested episode! Thanks to everyone for your support. Join us on Facebook to add your requests! We talk about the inspiration for Willy Wonka and how author Roald Dahl developed this amazing character and his world! In our fun-fact section, we learn more about how the movie was made, how the author felt about the movie, and why there was never a sequel. Then, we talk about our memories of the film. Steve watched it on Easter, and Megan......


Bonus Easter Episode! Superbook... and Chocolate Bunnies

Happy Easter! To celebrate Easter, we're revisiting the 1980s Christian cartoon, Superbook! ​Superbook was a Christian television show created by the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) in the early 1980s. The show ran for 2 seasons and led to the spin-off Flying House a year later. The show was rebooted and has been running for 7 seasons, so we review one of those episodes as well! Before we dive into Superbook, we try some chocolate bunnies and talk about our memories of Easter...