Posts Tagged ‘tv’
Kid of the 80s

mr-t-be-somebody

In 1984, Mr. T was everywhere. He even made a motivational video, Be Somebody… or Be Somebody’s Fool!.

In the hour-long video, Mr. T he teaches kids how to understand and appreciate their origins, how to dress fashionably without buying designer labels, how to make tripping look like breakdancing, how to control anger, and how to deal with peer pressure.

The pièce de résistance for many in the video is when Mr. T sings (yes, sings) “Treat Your Mother Right (Treat Her Right),” in which he tells the reasons why it is important to treat your mother right.

Kid of the 80s

happy-mothers-day

Kid of the 80s

finale-boss-growing-macgyver

On Saturday, April 25, 1992, we said goodbye to three 80’s TV classics, Who’s the Boss, Growing Pains and MacGyver. The three shows were hits for ABC.

Who’s the Boss began airing on aired on September 20, 1984. The show was nominated for more than 40 awards and consistently ranked in the top ten in the primetime ratings between the years of 1985 and 1989.

Growing Pains ran for seven seasons with a total of 166 episodes aired. The show, along with Who’s the Boss, was moved to ABC’s “I Love Saturday Night” lineup. This led to huge ratings decline for both show.

After a slow start in the first season, MacGyver became a sleeper hit in the second season. The show carried on for seven seasons until it was cancelled in 1992.

When asked about the reason for the show’s cancellation, Richard Dean “MacGyver” Anderson said, “The only reason it went off the air was that everybody was ready to move on. I was physically exhausted and had no life.”

Would you like to rewind back to the 80s? You can buy Who’s the Boss?, Growing Pains and MacGyver on DVD.

Kid of the 80s

charlotte-rae-comedy

Before she was Edna Garrett on The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes, Charlotte Rae was a stand-up comedian.

Check out her 1954 dieting routine from This Is Show Business.

Kid of the 80s

clint-eastwood-crack

Clint Eastwood appeared in a PSA in the mid-80s encouraging viewers to stay away from crack cocaine. Around this same time, he was elected Mayor of Carmel, California.

During his two-year term, Eastwood supported small business interests while advocating environmental protection and constructing a library annex, along with public restrooms, beach walkways, and a tourists’ parking lot.