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When It Was Cool reviews, remembers, and celebrates the toys, music, action figures, television, movies, and popular culture of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Super Friends, Comic Books, Comics, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, My Little Pony, Alice in Wonderland, books, Six Million Dollar Man, Godzilla, video games, and all things retro.

When It Was Cool reviews, remembers, and celebrates the toys, music, action figures, television, movies, and popular culture of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Super Friends, Comic Books, Comics, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, My Little Pony, Alice in Wonderland, books, Six Million Dollar Man, Godzilla, video games, and all things retro.


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When It Was Cool reviews, remembers, and celebrates the toys, music, action figures, television, movies, and popular culture of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Super Friends, Comic Books, Comics, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, My Little Pony, Alice in Wonderland, books, Six Million Dollar Man, Godzilla, video games, and all things retro.






When It Was Cool - The Muppet Show - Episode 118

It's time to put on make-up, it's time to get things right, it's time for When It Was Cool to cover the return of the original Muppet Show to television via the Disney Plus streaming app. All your favorites like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and more along with their legendary 1970s guest stars like Elton John, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Mark Hamill, and many more. Karl and Tonya discuss the fun that is The Muppet Show yeahhhh!


Barney Miller (1975) Retro TV Review

A mid-1970s sitcom that I remember watching regularly as a kid. Little did I know that I would grow up to sort of do what they were doing. As a matter of fact, I have seen Barney Miller described as "the most realistic cop show on TV" and, oddly enough, in a lot of ways it's sort of true. A pretty awesome cast of characters on this better than average sitcom. Let's talk about Barney Miller.


When It Was Cool Podcast - 1980s Music Fun - Episode 117

A new edition of the When It Was Cool flagship podcast as Karl and Tonya discuss a favorite topic- 1980s music! We have been burning up playlists on YouTube lately and Karl is an expert in all things retro music. We talk about classic rock and pop and discuss many legendary and forgotten acts including The Police, Simply Red, Genesis, Robert Palmer, David Bowie, Madonna, Morris Day and the Time, John Mellencamp, Hall and Oates, Laura Brannigan, Survivor, Loverboy, Heart, and much more! A...


Enter the Dragon (1973) Movie Review starring Bruce Lee

This was a blast to review! I have loved Enter the Dragon and Bruce Lee my whole life. This is the first time I have watched Enter the Dragon in many years and this was so much fun to watch and review. Then I go on some hilarious sidebar tangents. I hope you enjoy this show as much as I enjoyed doing it. Let's look back at Bruce Lee's greatest (and last) master work.


Uphill Both Ways Podcast - I Wanna Rock - Episode 98

The Bangles, Stephanie Mills, John Paragon, and... Don Felder? What do these people have in common? The answer may amaze you! Cap'n Crunch, Trix, Lucky Charms, Count Chocula, and... Green Onion Chex?!? What do these things have in common? The answer may surprise you! AC/DC, Kansas, Bruce Springsteen, Sparks, and... Danny Elfman? What do they have in common? The answer may astound you! What's New, Mt. Retromore, and the main topic for this episode will make everything crystal clear. Join...


When It Was Cool Podcast - NBCU's Peacock Network plus Phil Collins and more - Episode 116

On this edition of the flagship When It Was Cool podcast we discuss the NBCU's Peacock streaming network which is in the news this week for a deal to absorb the WWE Network into it's service in March. I have gotten the app and I'll tell you what is on there of interest to retro pop culture fans (a lot!) and discuss streaming apps in general. The second half of our show takes a detailed look at the career of Phil Collins, one of the biggest selling pop stars of all time.


Atom Man vs Superman (1950) Serial Film Review

When It Was Cool reviews the 1950 serialized film Atom Man vs Superman. This is one of the best super hero films of pre-TV era and features a Mad Scientist verses Superman in one of Superman's regular tropes from the Golden Age. Join Karl from WhenItWasCool.com with a look back at the early days of one of comics greatest heroes - Superman!


Uphill Both Ways Podcast - A Fun Bunch of Guys from Outer Space - Episode 97

It's time for a new movie review! But first - Mt. Retromore! Joseph and Mike discuss their top four iconic picks for "Friendly Aliens from TV and Movies". Then it's time to dive right into the new movie "Psycho Goreman" which was written and directed by Steven ("The Void") Kostanski - a fun movie but one that is certainly not for the young ones. But fret not, despite the carnage within the film, everything is kept at the usual "PG" level. Which, now that we think about it, could also stand...


When It Was Cool Podcast - State of Pop Culture and LOST - Episode 115

The new When It Was Cool flagship podcast has set sail and on this edition we look at the state of pop culture as 2021 is upon us. What is the future of concerts, movies, music, TV, pro wrestling, sports, and more? Then the second half of the show is a Patreon requested review of one of the greatest ensemble dramas in TV history- LOST! We look at where the show went very right and where it went very wrong and the very mixed success of the actors from the series. Fans of LOST don't miss this...


Uphill Both Ways Podcast - The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Episode 96

Now that all of the holiday hubub is over, Mike and Joseph are back together and ready to charge forward into the new year. Things start off with a Mt. Retromore of favorite TV waitresses, then it's off to an uncharted desert isle in the South Pacific as they talk about the passing of the iconic Dawn Wells and the rest of the castaways and the hijinks that went down on "Gilligan's Island". As per usual there's a couple of sidebars and random tangents, but the guys are getting older and...


When It Was Cool - Music Monday Free Show - Jimmy Buffett

This is another older show that I'm rebranding as Music Monday in my continuing effort to get everything organized in 2021. If you've never heard this show I hope you check it out. Jimmy Buffett isn't the most cerebral of singer songwriters. His music lacks subtilty or depth a lot of time but everything doesn't need to be complicated. Sometimes we just need music to sit on the beach and listen to while the waves crash in. There are still nuggets of wisdom to be gleaned. One of the wisest...


When It Was Cool Podcast - Forrest Gump, Citizen Kane, The Mandalorian - Episode 114

The flagship podcast of WhenItWasCool.com returns with 3 reviews and discussion. First up, Forrest Gump starring Tom Hanks. One of the greatest movies ever made and packed full of pop culture relevancy. Then, a movie some consider THE greatest movie ever made and a movie that is virtually a blueprint of the last four years- Citizen Kane starring Orson Wells. Then after the break in case you don't want to know yet- SPOILERS a review of the second season of The Mandalorian which is the Star...


Uphill Both Ways Podcast - Another Lonely Christmas - Episode 95

The hectic holiday season is keeping Mike and Joseph apart, but that doesn't mean you're not getting a new episode - it's just not the type you're used to. Joseph delivers a Christmas message to everyone, Mike digs into the archives and pulls out a couple of old Christmas related clips, and then it's time for a replay of last year's "audio drama" as the "Uphill Both Ways Players" present an edited and abridged telling of Dicken's "Christmas Carol". It may not be 60 minutes of new material,...


When It Was Cool - REO Speedwagon - Music Monday Special

I've seen REO Speedwagon a couple of times in concert and am a fan of their big radio hits. REO Speedwagon had several classic rock staples in the 1970s and 1980s including "I'm Gonna Keep on Loving You", "Take It On the Run", "Keep on Rollin'", and "Riding the Storm Out". While they are often viewed as soft rock, they also have several guitar heavy tunes as well. Join Karl as he discusses REO Speedwagon.


Uphill Both Ways Podcast - Street Fighting Man - Episode 94

Joseph starts things off by discussing "In Search Of" and how he uses the classic show in his classroom, then it's off to Mt. Retromore where the guys give TV Moms their due. The main event is a review/discussion about the movie "The Legend of Baron To'a" and a side discussion about the 'Islander' gimmick in professional wrestling in the 70s and 80s. It's the penultimate show of 2020!


When It Was Cool - Lynyrd Skynyrd and Southern Rock - Episode 113

Whiskey bottles, and brand new cars, oak tree you're in my way. We begin November with a breathe of fresh air and we reach back into the 1970s for a look at a band that holds a special place around Sweet Home Alabama- Lynyrd Skynyrd. We talk a look at the band, their politics (not what you think they are), their death at the peak in 1977, and Lynyrd Skynyrd 2.0. Plus, we talk Muscle Shoals, Neil Young, and more. This is a show I think you'll really enjoy.


When It Was Cool - Music Monday - Styx

Today we cover the 1970s-80s hit making band Styx. The WIWC family will be seeing Styx in concert in a couple of weeks. Karl has already seen the original line-up and is a fan of their music. Today this show tells you how this band originated in Chicago and grew to a stadium mega-group and then imploded at the same time they were still at the top of the charts. The tension between Tommy Shaw and Dennis DeYoung and much more.


Uphill Both Ways Podcast - A Horse With No Name - Episode 93

It's a bit of a free-for-all this episode as the fellas present their Mt. Retromore of TV Dads and then swing into talk about the origins of the show, give thanks to some special folks, and talk a little about the future of Uphill Both Ways. The countdown to #100 continues!


When It Was Cool Podcast - Great Western States Pop Culture Tour - Episode 112

Karl and Tonya from When It Was Cool went on an epic cross country tour the past week stopping at several iconic pop culture places and locations of historical importance. It started with the memorial park to the Oklahoma City bombing for a somber historical moment. Then on to the Big Texan Steakhouse in Amarillo, the Cadillac Ranch on Old Route 66 and several Ghost Towns. We stood on a corner in Winslow, AZ, saw the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest. We stood on the rim of the Grand...


Uphill Both Ways Podcast - I Want Action - Episode 92

It's right there in the name, folks - this episode has wall to wall ACTION! It's a collaborative "Mt. Retromore" of 70s and 80s action movie stars as Joseph and Mike nominate and select the foursome they feel best exemplifies the genre at the time. And then it's off to the main event where the guys review and discuss the "the craziest action film you never saw", "Action USA". Filmed in 1988 with an all-but-forgotten VHS edition, this 4K Restoration & rerelease from Verdugo Entertainment is...