by Dave (Twitter - @80sReboot)
Another year forward in our time capsule journey through the 80s. This time spotlight on 1982. As we have done previously we cater to our self serving advertisements on the podcast offerings that focused on that year. Being a big summer movie year this was our first movie review year that we covered. Our initial format was looking at most popular movies through IMDB and talking about them, in later shows we had co-hosts bring to the show three movies in that year that they wanted to talk about. I hope you agree that the 3 favorite format is better as it makes the stories shared more personal. Which maybe it stands to reason we should take another stab at our earlier shows and see how different they would be? Let us know in the comments if you would like us to do that.
Oscar Movies of 1982 Matt and Jesse talk about the Oscar nominated movies of 1982 and their picks on what movie should have won.
1982 Movies Dave, Rhia, Matt, Nick, and Tim talk about the movies of 1982.
Top 3 Hard Rock Albums of 1982 Scott, Tim and Chris add another year to the series! It's 1982 and they discuss the direction and branches of "heavy metal" that are starting to form along with their 3 most notable albums from that year.
1982 News Headlines
1982 Television Shows
This year was both a phenomenal 80s year but not my favorite from a personal perspective. I alluded to on other blog entries that I am a certain age for most of the year. Being a December baby, that means I was 11 years old during most of the months of 1982. The summer movies were absolutely setting the stage for the term summer blockbuster and I believe this was the year the decade really found its voice. TV had wonderful sitcoms that filled our nights from Silver Spoons (what 80s kid didn't love that house with the train running through it), Family Ties, and Cheers. TV also gave us action and science fiction that was awesomely wonderful in the form of Knight Rider, The Powers of Matthew Star, and Voyagers! Movie theaters would be giving us E.T., Tron, Blade Runner, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High (we talk about the "fabulous" Phoebe Cates on multiple occasions on our show).
Saturday morning cartoons were an interesting bunch we had a lot of pop culture people getting themselves animated for better or worst. You be the judge on these: The Mork & Mindy / Laverne & Shirley / Fonz Hour, Gilligan's Planet, and The Gary Coleman Show. Some of the better stuff that came out of that mix had to be Shirt Tales, Bugs Bunny / Road Runner Show, Speed Buggy, and The Incredible Hulk. I am still on the fence on Pac-Man being in a cartoon and would love to hear your comments on that below.
The year isn't one of my favorites on a personal perspective, despite some wonderful offerings to appeal to an 11 year old. I had loss my father to cancer and you can hear more on that here if you are interested.
Let us know your thoughts on 1982 in the comments below.