- Entertainment and Media
Remember the 80's? Cartoons, Toys, Commercials, Movies and Fashion.
Those were the days...
Ahhhh, take a deep breath, step away from the daily stresses and monotony and take a walk down memory lane. I get so caught up in social issues, controversial topics and debates that I sometimes forget to step back and enjoy the simple things in life. Growing up in the 80’s is truly an experience that will bond any of us who were there as children. I can remember the 80’s like they were yesterday, but the world today seems to have warped hundreds of years past them. Let’s not forget the 80’s, a time of relative innocence and the beginning of the end to a not so technologically advanced and media driven era. Come and go with me…
My Buddy and Kid Sister
Toys!!! Remember These?
I got absolutely lost in memories and websites reminiscing about toys that I grew up with. There are soo many and so many that I had forgotten about. A lot of these toys are toys that I actually had or at least played with growing up, and then there are some that Santa never brought me. I can’t possibly list them all, but here are some that have stuck with me…feel free to point out an 80’s toy that I didn’t mention that you couldn’t have lived without…
Hard Glo Worms
Cabbage Patch Dolls!!!
My Litte Pony
Transformers and Gobots
Matchbox Cars and Micro Machines
Little Miss Dress Up
Barbie Dream House
He-Man, Skeletor and She-ra
Garbage Pail Kids
Not Pictured but Not Forgotten
Popples, Wuzzles, WWF Action Figures, GI Joe, Little Green Army Men, Mouse Trap, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Simon, Guess Who?, Ants in the Pants, Don't Break the Ice, Ker Plunk, Rubik's Cube, Slinky, Easy Bake Oven, Magic 8-Ball, Sorry, Trouble...I have to find a place to stop.
Television Shows of the 80's
What was on the tv when I was growing up could be another category that I could spend days on, but alas, the list must have a start and an end. Here are some of the shows that would've changed who I am today if I didn't have them way back then...
Here's a few...
Remember these on tv?
The Smurfs, Punky Brewster, ALF, Jim Hensen’s Muppets Babies, Jem, Heathcliff, You Can’t Do That on Television, The Shirt Tales, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Inspector Gadget, Double Dare, Saved by the Bell (barely made it into the 80’s, but couldn’t have grown up without it), The Hogan Family, Webster, Growing Pains, The Wonder Years, Charles in Charge, Fraggle Rock, Family Ties, The Cosby Show, The Brady Bunch (yes they were pre-80’s…but I grew up watching them daily for at least a decade). The Golden Girls (okay, I know this one might sound funny from a kid from the 90’s, but my dad watched it and I got hooked…I found myself watching it when no one was even around). Cheers (Okay, another grown up show, but I couldn’t help but love that show).
Movies in the 80's
I grew up on with a VCR player and VHS tapes, remember when we actually had to rewind movies? I wish I could name them all, but these ones stick out.
Ghostbusters, Gremlins, E.T., Goonies, Big (It was Big in my house), Back to the Future, The Karate Kid, The Breakfast Club, Grease (my father had me obsessed), Pete’s Dragon, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
80's Fashion (...mistakes?)
The 80s Fashion, All I can say is it was Colorful
(This is one of my favorite categories because the 80’s were so distinctive, so different from the 70’s and would be history by the 90’s).
Tight rolling jeans, Stirrup pants, Double socks, Skidz, T-shirt clips and Knots. Stonewash and Pepperwash everything ( I even had a stonewash purse), Big hair, big bangs and side pony tails. Bright anything! All colors matched in the 80's. Prints on one short leg and solid on the other? Socks pulled up to knees (on boys), Ugly Nikes, big earrings, matching windsuits in bright colors and the boys in my area had "tails".
Ten years ago we could have all laughed about our fashion choices in the 80's but oddly enough I have seen quite a bit of it making its way back.
Goodbye to the 80's...you may be gone, but never forgotten
We will never see the 80's again and a few more years from now kids wont even be able to comprehend the 80's. Remember when we actually got toys in our cereal boxes, you didn't have to download a code or go online or anything. Remember when sticks and stones occupied our time and could break our bones, but name calling and an occasional fight was all we had to worry about growing up? Where'd they go...
Thanks for walking with me... There are so many more 80's I want to share, but I must save it for a different hub. If I missed something, please share it, I could always use the free smile.