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Generation Y - Part 3

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Continues from Part II

TV SHOWS AND SERIES OF THE 1980s:

If there is something millennials grew up with, that is television. That's why there are TV shows of all kind that are part of the pop culture of the decade as well as of the memories of kids of the 80s. They are virtual windows to the culture and trends of the time, from the fashion and hairstyles to the slang of the decade. There were prime time series for adults, family series, animated series, etc. The themes spectrum covered was so big and their originality so unique that many of them today have become cult tv shows which in some cases today are being adapted to the movie format.

Actually the trend of turning those series into movies is catching more and more, and the most curious thing is that most of the stars of these movies, back in the eighties were the children who enjoyed watching them in their TV format and now are playing the roles of their favorite characters. The biggest part of the audience is also made up of millennials eager to see again their favorite series turned into movies, sometimes spectacular and in some other cases so disappointing that they should have been left untouched.

Here are two lists; one with the top TV programs and the other with the top animated series.

TV PROGRAMS
 

CheersCheers: Produced by Charles-Burrows-Charles Productions in association with Paramount Television. It was televised from September 30, 1982 to May 20, 1993, on the NBC network. It was a show set in Cheers bar in Boston, Massachusetts, where a group of locals met to drink and have fun.

It was nearly cancelled by NBC in its first season when it ranked last in the ratings, but it was saved by NBC's entertainment president Brandon Tartikoff. Then it became a highly rated television show and it ranked in the top-ten during eight of its eleven seasons. The show earned 26 Emmy Awards, out of a total of 117 nominations.

The exterior shots of the bar cheers were filmed at The Bull and Finch Pub in Boston, Massachusetts.

It was based on an ensemble cast (relative equal importance of all the characters), numerous secondary characters and love interests for these characters appeared intermittently to complement storylines that generally revolved around this core group.

Some of the main characters included: The owner of the bar and bartender, Sam Malone (Ted Danson) who was a former relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox (1982–1993); a waitress named Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) (1982–1987); Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley) the manager of the bar (1987–1993); another waitress Carla Tortelli (Rhea Perlman) (1982–1993); Woody Boyd (Woody Harrelson) the assistant bartender (1985–1993); and customers like Norm Peterson (George Wendt) who was an accountant and interior decorator (1982–1993), Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger) who was a mailman (1982–1993), Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) a psychiatrist (1984–1993) and Lilith Sternin (Bebe Neuwirth) who was also a psychiatrist (1986–1993).
 

Knight RiderKnight Rider: Michael Long (David Hasselhoff) is a police detective who is injured with a shot to the face and almost killed. He is brought back to health by the mysterious chairman of Knight Industries the billonaire Wilton Knight; and after a reconstruction plastic surgery and becomes Michael Knight.

Through Knight Industries Michael Knight is provided with high tech equipment and support to continue his crime fighting. Knight uses the Knight Industries Two Thousand KITT car (voice played by William Daniels), a high-performance sports car fitted with artificial intelligence.

Other characters on Knight Rider included: Michael's assistant Devon Miles (Edward Mulhare); Bonnie Barstow (Patricia McPherson), the mechanic who maintains the KITT car, and April Curtis (Rebecca Holden).

Michael Knight worked for the Foundation for Law and Government.

Knight Rider was a 60 minutes show (including commercials), filmed in different locations of California, which aired on NBC from September 26, 1982 to August 8, 1986; Friday nights at 9PM for a total of 90 episodes.
 

Star Trek The Next GenerationStar Trek: The Next Generation: The series set in the 24th century, from the year 2364 to 2370, are about the adventures of a new space-faring crew on board the new Starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D), the fifth Federation vessel to bear the name. The story takes place about 70 years after the final missions of the original Enterprise crew under the command of James T. Kirk (approximately 85 years after The Original Series itself).

The Klingon Empire and the United Federation of Planets have become galactic allies, while more sinister enemies like the Romulans and the Borg are the priority to fight. The Enterprise is commanded by Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), and the crew includes: first officer Commander William Riker (Jonathan Frakes), the android Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner), security chief Lieutenant Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby), Klingon tactical officer Lieutenant Worf (Michael Dorn), Doctor Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) and conn officer Lieutenant Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton).

The death of Lieutenant Yar in the show's first season generated an internal shift of personnel, making Worf official chief of security while Geordi La Forge was promoted to chief engineer at the beginning of season 2.

The series aired from September 28, 1987 to May 23, 1994; for 7 seasons and featuring 178 episodes; and it is the first and only, syndicated television show to be nominated for the Emmy for Best Dramatic Series.
 

Family TiesFamily Ties: This successful TV program is one of the emblematic series of the 80s; it aired on NBC from September 22, 1982 (1982-09-22) to May 14, 1989; for seven seasons and 180 episodes of 22-24 minutes wach. It became very popular in ratings after being placed right after The Cosby Show during the 1984-1987 period.

Family Ties featured Steven (Michael Gross) and Elyse Keaton (Meredith Baxter), a couple of hippies with liberal views who were married in the 60s. However, their children did not adopt the same liberal values. In fact, their son Alex (Michael J. Fox) was a 100% conservative admirer of Ronald Reagan.

The children of the family, Alex, Mallory (Justine Bateman) and Jennifer (Tina Yothers), had strikingly different personalities. Alex was the overachiever, who wore a shirt and tie and was a member of the Young Republicans; Mallory was the scatter-brained slacker who was more into shopping and guys; while Jennifer was the younger sister, a precocious girl who just wanted to be the normal kid.

During the 1984-1985 season, Elyse gave birth to Andrew (Brian Bonsall). Alex soon influenced his younger brother into his ideals, and he became an Alex clone.

Through the years the Family Ties kids had several love interests. After Alex graduated high school, he attended Leyland College where he met, Ellen Reed (Tracy Pollan) who would become his first serious girlfriend in the series (and Michael's wife in real life). After that relationship was finished (in fiction), Alex met Lauren Miller (Courteney Cox).

Mallory was in serious danger of failing out of high school when she met the slacker and high school-dropout Nick Moore.

At the end of the Family Ties series, Alex accepts his dream job offer on Wall Street in New York City.

Originally, Elyse and Steven were intended to be the main characters of the story but soon the audience reacted so positively to Alex that he became the focus on the show. This show made him famous and thanks to that fame he was offered the role of Marty McFly in Back to the Future, the movie that catapulted him into stardom. He took the role of Alex Keaton after Matthew Broderick turned it down.

The were also secondary characters including the annoying but lovable neighbor Irwin "Skippy" Handelman (Marc Price), Mallory's boyfriend Nick Moore (Scott Valentine).

Several Hollywood stars made appearances on the show before they became famous or popular; including Tom Hanks who played the role of Elyse's younger brother, Ned during seasons 1 and 2. Geena Davis portraying an inept housekeeper, River Phoenix, a 14-year-old genius who developes a crush on Jennifer.
 

Dukes of HazzardDukes of Hazzard: This famous TV show, aired from January 26, 1979 to August 2, 1985, on CBS for a total of 147 episodes. It featured Bo (John Schneider) and Luke Duke (Tom Wopat) and their famous car, the General Lee (a 1969 Dodge Charger). Along with Cousin Daisy Duke (Catherine Bach) and Uncle Jesse (Denver Pyle), they have a running battle with the police of Hazzard County, represented by Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) and Sheriff Coltrane (James Best).

The story is set in the rural community of Hazzard, GA. The Duke family had a history of being moonshiners, but when cousins Bo and Luke were captured; they were spared prison on the condition that they give up moon shining for good.

The corrupt town leader Boss Hogg and his flunky Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane were always planning to defraud the locals. The Dukes tried to help out their friends and neighbors in distress and at the same time avoid being jailed by the Hogg and his cronies.

During the 5th season, Tom Wopat and John Schneider who play Luke and Bo had a contract dispute with producers, and were written off the series. Cousins Coy and Vance came to stay with Uncle Jesse and help him and Daisy in their battles with boss Hogg, while Luke and Bo joined the NASCAR circuit.
 

Diffrent StrokesDiff'rent Strokes: This popular TV show, aired on NBC from March 11, 1978 to August 8, 1986 for 8 seasons and 189 episodes.

It featured the life of widowed millionaire Phillip Drummond (Conrad Bain), who adopted 8-year-old Arnold (Gary Coleman) and 12-year-old Willis (Todd Bridges), two orphaned brothers from Harlem, New York City, for whom their deceased mother previously worked; bringing them to live in his elegant Park Avenue apartment.

Other Diff'rent Strokes main characters included: Drummond's daughter, 13-year-old Kimberly (Dana Plato); the family's housekeeper, Edna Garrett (Charlotte Rae); Drumond's eventual wife, Maggie McKinney (Dixie Carter), who had a 6-year-old son, Sam (Danny Cooksey). Janet Jackson also played the role of Willis' girlfriend Charlene DuPrey.

Mrs. Garrett left to become house-mother at the Eastland School for Girls, in the spin-off TV series Facts Of Life. She was replaced by Adelaide Brubaker (Nedra Volz).

The show was a big success, but after the seventh season it was cancelled by NBC, and picked up by ABC for one final season in 1986.
 

DallasDallas: Dallas was a popular, 80's TV series about the rich Ewing family who made their money from Texas oil. It aired on CBS from April 2, 1978 to May 3, 1991 for 14 seasons and 357 episodes.

It began as a five part mini-series on CBS in 1978, but then aired for a total of 14 seasons. The soap was broadcast across the globe and is considered the most successful American soap opera outside the US borders.

One of its main characters included J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), the greedy, scheming, oil magnate; Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy); Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray); Pamela Barnes Ewing (Victoria Principal); Jock Ewing (Jim Davis); Miss Ellie Southworth Ewing (Barbara Bel Geddes); Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval).

J.R. was the eldest son of Jock and Miss Ellie, was only meant to be a supporting character when the show premiered. Bobby and Pam were meant to be the focus of Dallas. The popularity of the J.R. character took off and he became the focus of the series.

Bobby was the youngest son of the Ewings, Sue Ellen was J.R.'s alcoholic wife; Pamela was Bobby's wife, who was forced to act as a buffer between the two feuding families; Jock was the founder of Ewing Oil and head of the Ewing family; Miss Ellie was Jock's wife and her family owned Southfork Ranch originally; and Cliff Barnes was Pam's brother, whose schemes were aimed directly against the Ewings, especially J.R.

One of the most famous television show events ever happened at the end of the 1979-80 Dallas season, when an unknown intruder shot J.R. in the chest while he was working late at his office. "Who Shot J.R.?" was a phrase that captivated the world. Odds on the shooter's identity were calculated, and saw active wagering. Turned out it was Kristin Shepard (Colleen Camp), J.R.'s sister-in-law and former romantic interest.
 

DynastyDynasty: Another successful evening soap opera of the 80s which aired on ABCfrom  January 12, 1981 (1981-01-12) to May 11, 1989 for 9 seasons and 220 episodes of aproximately 46 minutes each.

It featured the interesting and peculiar lives of the Carringtons, a wealthy oil business family in Denver.

Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) was the patriarch of the family, his often troubled wife was Krystle Grant Jennings Carrington (Linda Evans); the Carrington children included: Adam (Gordon Thomson), lost in a kidnapping; Fallon (Emma Samms), the spoiled brat child; Steven (Jack Coleman), openly gay; and Amanda (Catherine Oxenberg), hidden from Blake by his ex-wife Alexis (Joan Collins).

One of the most infamous Dynasty characters was the villian Alexis, owner of Carrington rival ColbyCo. She was ruthless, and always plotting to cause trouble to the other characters.

It is intersting to note that Angie Dickinson was first offered the role of Krystle Carrington while Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, and Raquel Welch were all considered by Dynasty producers for the role of Alexis finally given to Joan Collins.
 

The Cosby ShowThe Cosby Show: This long-running TV sitcom aired on NBC from September 20, 1984 to April 30, 1992 for 8 seasons and 192 episodes.

It depicted the lives of the Huxtable family. Doctor Heathcliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby), Clair Huxtable and their children; Sondra, Denise (Lisa Bonet), Theodore (Malcolm Warner), Vanessa (Tempestt Bledsoe), and Rudy (Keshia Knight-Pulliam).

Dr. Huxtable was an obstetrician, who lived in New York with his lawyer wife Clair and their four children.

The show was an immediate ratings success, and finished third in the ratings in it's very first season. The Cosby Show then went on to finish first in the ratings for the next five years, until the sitcom Roseanne took the top place.

Lisa Bonet left the series after the third season to start a Cosby Show spin-off A Different World, which ran from 1987 to 1993.

Cosby had creative control over the show. He wanted the program to be educational, reflecting his own background in education. Unlike other TV shows taped in Los Angeles, this one was taped in New York City; one of the reasons of that is because Bill Cosby himself insisted that the program be taped in NYC.
 

A-TeamA-Team: Aired on NBC from January 23, 1983 (1983-01-23) to March 8, 1987 for 5 seasons and 98 episodes of about 48 minutes each.

The story featured Col. John "Hannibal" Smith (George Peppard) and his A-Team who were framed for robbing the Bank of Hanoi at the end of a tour in Viet Nam. They were sent to a US military prison from which they escaped, and became vigilantes for hire.

The A-Team escapees were chased by Col. Lynch, and later in the series by Col. Roderick Decker (Lance LeGault). The group were hired as vigilantes around the globe while on the run.

Col. Hannibal was the A-Team leader and was an expert at disguises. Face (Dirk Benedict) was the team's con artist and also smooth with the ladies. Sgt. Bosco "B.A." Baracus (Mr. T), the BA stands for Bad Attitude, was the A-Team mechanic and "Howling Mad" Murdock (Dwight Schultz) was an expert pilot and a certified looney who escaped from a mental institution with the help of the A-Team when needed.

The show has achieved cult status in the United States. It has also remained popular overseas, for instance in the United Kingdom, the show has been on-air almost continuously in some form since it was first aired in that country in July 1983.

In 2003, after a research conducted by web-portal Yahoo! amongst 1,000 television viewers, The A-Team was voted as the one "oldie" television show viewers would most like to see revived, beating out other popular televisions series such as The Dukes of Hazzard and Knight Rider.
 

Threes CompanyThree's Company: This show aired on ABC from March 15, 1977 (1977-03-15) to September 18, 1984 for 8 seasons and 172 episodes of 25 minutes each.

In this sitcom Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt) and Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers) are in search for a new roomate after their previous female roomate leaves. They find Jack Tripper (John Ritter) asleep in the bathroom after the roomate's going away party. Jack is a cooking school student, who is living at the YMCA. He seems to be the perfect roomate, but there is a little problem, the landlord Mr. Roper (Norman Fell) doesn't approve him because he is against co-ed living situations; until they make up the story that Jack is gay.

Janet Wood, was the reliable voice of reason in the apartment, and appeared in every season of the series; Chrissy Snow was a lovable sex symbol blonde (Somers left the series in 1981 when the series was peaking in audience popularity).

Jack continued the lie when new landlord Ralph Furley (Don Knotts) takes over the apartment complex because Mr. Furley insists that his hard-nosed brother Bart (the building's new owner) would also never tolerate co-ed situations.

Chrissy's cousin, Cindy (Jenilee Harrison), when Somers left the show, replaced Chrissy temporarily. The following season Cindy left to go to college and a new roommate, a nurse Terri Alden (Priscilla Barnes), came to live in the apartment.

Other characters on the show included The Ropers. Helen Roper (Audra Lindley) was Mr. Roper's sex starved wife Helen Roper. The Ropers appeared in their own spin off series in 1981 which didn't achieve the success of Three's Company.

Ralph Furley replaced Mr. Roper after the Roper's began their own spin-off series.

Network observers did not believe that this show would achieve good numbers after its first six shows. However they were wrong, when it gave record ratings, breaking barriers at the time as the highest-rated midseason show ever broadcast on network television.
 

AlfAlf: This emblematic TV show of the 80s was aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 (1986-09-22) to March 24, 1990 for 4 seasons and 102 episodes of 23-24 minutes each.

The story is focused on Gordon Shumway, an alien from the planet Melmac who is nicknamed A.L.F. (Alien Life Form), from the planet Melmac.

Alf is and alien covered with orange fur. He has a rippled snout, facial moles, and eight stomachs. In the pilot episode of the series, Shumway follows an amateur radio signal and crashes into the garage of the Tanners, a suburban middle class family.

The Tanners take Alf into their home and hide him from the Alien Task Force, the military, and their neighbors while he tries to repair his spaceship.

The main characters of the show includes the Tanner family members; with Willie Tanner (Max Wright) and his wife Kate Tanner (Anne Schedeen); they have two children, the teenager Lynn Tanner (Andrea Elson) and Brian Tanner (Benji Gregory).

They have also to hide Alf from the Ochmoneks, namely Trevor Ochmonek (John LaMotta) and the busybody Raquel Ochmonek (Liz Sheridan).

However there are some other people who discovered Alf's existence throughout the series and who immediately became friends and help the Tanners protect and hide Alf from the authorities. Some of them include the Ochmonek's nephew Jake Ochmonek (Josh Blake), Willie's brother Neal Tanner (JM J. Bullock), Alf's psychologist Dr. Larry Dykstra (Bill Daily) and Kate's mother Dorothy Halligan Deaver (Anne Meara).

Alf is funny, he usually and easily gets into troubles, he loves eating cats (though he never ate any since he came to earth), he drives Willie crazy but still is very lovable and soon became one more member of the Tanner family as well as one emblematic character of the 80s loved by most millennials who first met him on their screens during their childhood.
 

Mac GyverMac Gyver: This TV program was aired on ABC from September 29, 1985 to May 21, 1992 for 7 seasons and 139 episodes of 60 minutes.

Mac Gyver featured an original story about Angus Macgyver (Richard Dean Anderson), a mild mannered secret agent who never carried guns. Instead, he based all of his solutions to troubles on his knowledge of science to turn everyday materials into weapons to get out of trouble.

Macgyver, was a former member of the Special Forces, turned into a secret agent who often worked for an organization called the Phoenix Foundation led by Pete Thornton (Dana Elcar), the government, or a friend in need. He got in to all types of dangerous situations, and managed to escape with his ability to create gadgets and effective tools out of ordinary objects.


MoonlightningMoonlighting:
The popular TV program that made Bruce Willis famous was aired on ABC from March 3, 1985 to May 14, 1989 for 5 seasons and 66 episodes of 42 to 44 minutes each.

It features a former high-fashion model named Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd), who is feft bankrupt when her accountant embezzled all of her money, she is forced to make a living by running the detective agency she had previously owned as a tax write-off. Using her popularity as a former model, she brings in clients and tries to bring some order to a business previously run without any discipline.

First she wanted to sell it, but gets involved in solving cases instead when David Addison (Bruce Willis), a fast-talking, fun-loving detective running the City of Angels Detective Agency, faced with the possibility of being put out of business he convinces Maddie that they have always lost money because they were supposed to and talks her into rebranding the agency and going into business with him as her partner.

This detective spoof was a mixture of drama, comedy and romance. The TV series revived Shepherd's acting career, and at the same time made Bruce Willis famous.

Other Moonlighting series characters included: Agnes DiPesto (Allyce Beasley) who was the detective firm's receptionist; Herbert Viola (Curtis Armstrong) was a temp employee turned Blue Moon private investigator who had a thing for Agnes.

Moonlighting had ongoing production problems, and the show became famous for airing reruns because new episodes were not yet finished. In fact, throughout it's run, the contracted 22 episodes were never delivered.

Moonlighting was a big success during its two fist seasons. After the third season, ratings began to decline. Finally it was cancelled after the 6th episode of the fifth season (1988-89).
 

Miami ViceMiami Vice: This hit TV show, one of the best-known of the 80s was aired on NBC from September 28, 1984 to January 25, 1990 for 5 seasons and 111 episodes of 48 minutes each.

It featured detective James 'Sonny' Crockett (Don Johnson) and detective Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas), a New York cop looking for his brother's killer. Together the two cops took on the Florida drug world.

The series focused on the Miami Metro-Dade Police "Vice" Department and its continous struggle against drug trafficking, prostitution, and weapons crime underworld.

Miami Vice had an impact on the fashion and music trends of the decade. The "T-shirt under Armani jacket"-style became popular in the 80s as a result of the show. Pastel colors used in the series in clothes as well as in architecture. Crockett's permanent 5 o'clock shadow beard created a temporary fashion trend among men. On each episode, Crockett and Tubbs wore five to eight outfits, appearing in shades of pink, blue, green, peach, fuchsia and other "approved" colors by the show's producers. Other influences of this show on the standard image of the 80s was the use of rolled up sleeves, no socks, and Ray Ban sunglasses.

Miami Vice influenced men's fashions and houses interior decor toward the Memphis look. It is also to some degree credited with causing a promotion of the city that generated a boost in tourism and investments; as well as causing a wave of support for the preservation of Miami's famous Art Deco architecture in the mid 1980s-to-early 1990s; making that part of South Beach one of South Florida's most popular places for tourists and celebrities; sparking a revitalization of that district of Miami Beach, as well as other portions of the Miami area.

Because Crockett and Tubbs were recognized as Dade County officers and not City of Miami police, this fact represented the growing notion of metro government in Miami. In 1997, a county referendum changed the name from Dade County to Miami-Dade County.

The soundtrack for the Miami Vice series is one of the most successful of all times. It featured songs by 80's music artists like Glenn Frey, Phil Collins and Kate Bush among others.

Miami Vice also had many famous guest stars including Willie Nelson as a retired Texas Ranger, musicians Gene Simmons, Glen Frey, Frank Zappa and Ted Nugent as drug criminals. Other musicians included Phil Collins as a game show host, Miles Davis played a pimp, Frankie Valli as a mob boss and Little Richard appeared as a street preacher.

In May 1989 NBC advertised and promoted a 2-hour finale—called Freefall. Although it was considered the last episode, there were actually three other episodes that had been filmed but not aired until June 1989: they were titled World of Trouble, Miracle Man and Leap of Faith. There was also a "lost" episode titled Too Much Too Late, that was aired in 1990, on the USA Network. Thus reaching the series a final point.
 

The Wonder Years1The Wonder Years: This family TV show was aired on ABC from January 31, 1988 to May 12, 1993 for 6 seasons and 115 episodes of 22 to 24 minutes each.

It features the life of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage), his friends and family, as he transitions from child to young adult during the late 60's.

The Wonder Years narrator is an adult Kevin Arnold (Daniel Stern) who remembers events that took place during his teenage years growing up in 60's suburbia.

Other Wonder Years characters include: Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar), Kevin's on again off again girl friend; Wayne (Jason Hervey), Kevins older brother and antagonist; Paul (Josh Saviano) his best friend; his sister Karen (Olivia d'Abo), and his parents Jack (Dan Lauria), and Norma (Alley Mills).
 

The Little House on the PraireThe Little House in the Praire: This family TV drama was aired on NBC from September 11, 1974 (1974-09-11) to May 18, 1982 for 10 seasons and 208 episodes of 45-48 minutes each.

It was based on the 30's series of Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, followed the life of the Ingalls family on the midwest frontier.

The members of the Ingalls family were Charles (Michael Landon), Caroline (Karen Grassle), Mary (Melissa Sue Anderson), Laura (Melissa Gilbert), Carrie (Sidney and Lindsay Greenbush) and Grace (Wendi and Brenda Turnbaugh) and the later adopted Albert (Matthew Laborteaux), James (Jason Bateman) and Cassandra (Missy Francis). Both the Greenbush and Turnbaugh sisters were twins who played the roles of Carrie and Grace respectively.

The family settles into a small house on the banks of Plum Creek near the small town of Walnut Grove, Minnesota during the late 1800s.

Other characters of the Little House community of Walnut Grove include teacher Miss Beadle (Charlotte Stewart) who was later succeeded by two other teachers, Laura Ingalls and then Etta Plum (Leslie Landon), Dr. Hiram Baker (Kevin Hagen), Rev. Robert Alden (Dabbs Greer), Mr. Lars Hanson of the Hanson lumber mill (Karl Swenson), and the well-to-do Olesons, owners of the local mercantile, and also the primary rivals of the Ingalls family (except Nels Oleson); that family consisted of Nels Oleson (Richard Bull), Harriet Oleson (Katherine MacGregor), Willie Oleson (Jonathan Gilbert), and Nellie Oleson (Alison Arngrim).

Family friends include the Edwards family which included Mr. Edwards (Victor French), the Garvey family and the Carters, who, in the final season, move into the Ingalls' little house.

A spin-off series of sorts, Little House: A New Beginning, centered around Laura and Almanzo, aired in 1982. A new family, the Carters, move into the Ingalls' old home. Meanwhile, Almanzo and Laura take in their niece, Jenny Wilder (Shannen Doherty), when Almanzo's brother dies and raise her alongside their daughter, Rose. The Wilders appear prominently in some episodes, while in others, they appear only in early scenes used to introduce the story or its characters

The explanation given for the original characters' absence was that they moved to Burr Oak, Iowa to build a much better life. The series did not achieve high ratings, thus they were canceled after 19 episodes.

The story would survive a few more years in movie format with the release of Little House: Look Back to Yesterday (1983), Little House: Bless All the Dear Children (1983), and Little House: The Last Farewell (1984).

ANIMATED TV SERIES

During this time a new concept and economic model introduced a new kind of animated shows, those sold directly for first-run to stations, driving and funded by sales of related toylines. This trend started with He-Man and the masters of the Universe and continued with other shows like Transformers, My Little Pony or the Thundercats among others.
 

he-Man and the Masters of the UniverseHe-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Produced by Filmation and based on Mattel's successful toy line Masters of the Universe; this show, one of the most popular animated shows of the 80s, aired originally from September 5, 1983 to December 8, 1985, for 2 seasons and 130 episodes of 22 minutes each.

In the planet of Eternia, the kingdom must fight and be defended against the villains led by the evil Skeletor.

Prince Adam secretly uses the powers granted him to transform himself into He-Man and his scaredy-cat Cringer into the armored Battlecat. A magic sword gives him the power of the mysterious Castle Greyskull and transforms the prince into He-Man. His famous battleshout is, "By the power of Greyskull, I Have The Power!" His friends and allies include Man-At-Arms and his daughter Teela, The Sorceress, and red-cloaked magician Orko.

He-Man has a sister, Princess Adora, who just like Adam, using the magic of the sword can be converted into She-ra who had her own show in 1985, She-Ra, Princess of Power, after an appearance with He-Man in the movie The Secret of the Sword.

Orko provided the comic relief of the story. Prince Adam's sister, Princess Adora, starred in the spin-off series She-Ra, Princess of Power.

There was some controversy generated because it was produced in connection with marketing a line of toys; advertising to children was itself controversial during this period. In the United Kingdom, some regulations forbade commercials for He-Man toys to be aired during the program; so in an attempt to mitigate the negative publicity a "life lesson" or "moral of the story" was included at the end of each episode. The moral was usually directly connected to the main story of that episode.
 

The Care BearsThe Care Bears: This popular 80's children animated series was aired on ABC from September 1985 to July 25, 1988 for 100 episodes.

They were created in 1981 by American Greetings, they soon became so popular that there were toys, books, a television special, as well as a movie released in 1985, before they joined ABC's Saturday morning lineup.

The Care Bears including, Funshine Bear, Cheer Bear, Grumpy Bear, among others live in a cloud city named Care-A-Lot. From that place, they monitor the world for bad feelings. If something bad is sensed by the Care-O-Meter, they come down to earth in their Cloudmobiles and Rainbow Rollers to help.

They meet to discuss important matters in the Hall of Caring, led by Tenderheart Bear. The Care Bear Cousins are similar to the Care Bears, except that they are different animals and they live in the Forest of Feelings, led by Braveheart Lion.

The symbols on their tummies have special powers. When they unite, they use their Care Bear Stare to send good feelings to someone or to defeat evil.

Some of the villains of the story are No Heart, Professor Cold Heart, Shrieky, and Beastly. The Care Bears Family combined old episodes of Care Bears with new ones.

ThundercatsThundercats: This popular 80's animated show was produced by Rankin/Bass Productions, from January 23, 1985 to 1990, for 130 episodes divided into 4 seasons.

The planet of the Thundercats, Thundera, was destroyed. The last of the Thunderans struggled to survive in space, pursued by a band of mutants. One lone ship escaped, carrying eight Thunderans. They searched for a nearby inhabitable planet, but the nearest is several years away. Jaga, their leader, commanded the small ship, while the others slept in stasis tubes for the long journey. Jaga died on their journey to Third Earth and their ship crashed on this planet.

They had allied themselves with several local groups. Panthro designed a fortress. However the mutants landed there, too, and allied themselves with the evil Mumm-Ra.

Lion-O, the new Lord of the Thundercats, with his weapon the Sword of Omens give the Thundercats a standing chance. He appears grown up, but still has the mind of a child, due to his years in stasis on the ship. Other characters include the children, Wilykit and Wilykat, Cheetara, Tygra, Panthro, Jaga, and Snarf.

There are no doubts about the popularity of this TV animated show among children of the 80s, which is considered one of the top 50 of all times.
 

TransformersTransformers: This animated series was produced from September 17, 1984 to November 11, 1987 for 4 seasons and 98 episodes.

It was created to market the toys of the same name, features robots that can transform into various forms, such as vehicles, weapons, animals and more. The Hasbro toys hit the shelves in early 1984 and was quickly followed that same year by a comic book series and a cartoon series.

The transformers were broken into two factions: Autobots (good) and Decepticons (evil). The two warring factions left their home planet of Cybertron in search of energy. Various events bring them to the planet Earth millions of years ago.

Reactivated by a volcano, they continued to wage war, aided by good and evil humans. The Decepticons, led by Megatron, want to strip the planet of its energy resources. The Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, work to keep Earth safe from the Decepticons. A big number of characters were introduced, and new 'bots as well including the Dinobots and Insectibots among others.

Between the second and third seasons, a feature film was released, Transformers: The Movie (1986), which was part of the continuity. The third season picks up where the film left off. The third season was animated by a different production company and the animation quality suffered. A brief fourth season was released in 1987, which set the stage for later incarnations of the series.

My Little PonyMy Little Pony: Produced from September 15, 1986 to September 23, 1987 this TV show of episodes of 10 minutes each, was based on the My Little Pony toy line released by Hasbro. It was launched the same year that My Little Pony: The Movie came to theaters everywhere.

They live in Ponyland a land with all kinds of magical creatures. The Little Ponies make their home in Paradise Estate, living a peaceful life filled with song and games. The ponies Gusty, Shady, Lickety-Split and others joined forces with the Bushwoolies and Spike the pink dragon to keep Dream Valley safe from witches, trolls and the other evil creatures that also inhabit Ponyland and who would like to see the Little Ponies destroyed.
 
RobotechRobotech: Produced in 1985 by Harmony Gold USA, Inc. in association with Tatsunoko Productions Co. Ltd., Robotech is a story adapted by expert Carl Macek, with edited content and revised dialogue from the animation of three different mecha anime series: The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada.

They were adapted into one 85-episode tailor-made for American audiences. Robotech revolved around a technology for the creation of robotic armies and had three parts. In the first, Rick Hunter, Lisa Hayes and the rest of the Robotech Expeditionary Force prepared to resist the Zentraedi invasion. The second part featured Dana Sterling, an officer in the Armies of the Southern Cross, while the third told the story of the struggle against alien forces that had seized Earth.

The first series used was Macross. An alien Super Dimensional Fortress, a very powerful weapon, crash lands on Earth's Macross Island. The alien Zentraedi come to claim the ship for their own use. The Robotech Expeditionary Force help to protect the Earth from the Zentraedi. The series folows the lives of the Force's members, including the love triangle between Rick Hunter, Hayes and Lynn Minmei; during the First Robotech or Space War February 2009–April 2011 between the earth-based Robotech Defense Force and the alien Zentraedi.

The second section was adapted from Southern Cross. Twenty years into the future, during the Second Robotech War between January 2029 and June 2030, when the Armies of the Southern Cross are working to prevent future alien invasions. Dana Sterling is an officer in the army and this series follows her life and exploits. She is the daughter of two characters from the previous story arc, Max and Miriya Sterling.

The third arc was adapted from Genesis Climber Mospeada. This part of the series was much darker and takes place during the Third Robotech War (2031-44). The Expeditionary Force are killed and aliens are ravaging the Earth. The characters somehow still manage to have soap-opera-like love lives, while fighting the aliens with their robotic space vehicles.

Notable for its adult themes and the fact that so many of its main characters were killed off, the show has achieved cult status, especially among children of the 80s.

The California RaisinsThe California Raisins: This show was aired on CBS from September 16, 1989 to September 1, 1990. It was inspired by the popular commercials launched by the California Raisin Advisory Board with the help of claymation expert Will Vinton, this show featured traditional cel animation rather than claymation. A.J., Red, Beebop and Stretch -- the raisins were named in a 1988 Name-The-Raisin contest --  were the musically-inclined stars.

Bill Vinton's Claymation sensations star in their own animated adventures. They tour the country with their manager, having adventures along the way.

Unable to replicate the charm and novelty of the commercials, the series was cancelled after one season. The concept spawned plenty of tie-in merchandise which is now collectible. In July 1989, the "Michael Raisin" ad, featuring a clay figure of Michael Jackson, debuted in theaters. And there was a 1990 TV special, The Raisins: Sold Out.

Dungeons & DragonsDungeons & Dragons: This animated series based on the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game was aired on CBS from September 17, 1983 to August 30, 1986 for 3 seasons and 27 episodes.

A fantasy-themed rollercoaster ride named Dungeon & Dragons plunges six teenagers into an alternate world, a sword-and-sorcery realm where unicorns, dragons, and wizards are a reality.

Aided by the Dungeonmaster and a unicorn named Uni, and armed with special weapons and powers, they try to find a way back to home and defeat the machinations of the evil Venger. Strong characters and good writing, along with voices by the likes of  Adam Rich and Willie Aames (Eight is Enough) and Donny Most (Happy Days) has made this 27-episode series a classic of animated fantasy.

 

EwoksEwoks: This American/Canadian animated series featuring the Ewok characters introduced in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was aired on ABC from September 7, 1985 to December 13, 1986 for 2 seasons and 26 episodes.

The Ewoks proved so popular that they were featured in two made-for-TV movies The Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: Battle for Endor before getting their own Saturday morning cartoon.

The show was focused on a group of young Ewoks led by Wicket, who prevailed through one harrowing adventure after another.

Most of the action of the story takes place in the forest moon of Endor, outer space and aboard an Imperial Star Destroyer.

In 1986 ABC revamped the show into The Ewoks and Star Wars Droids Adventure Hour, and the next year changed things again, producing The All-New Ewoks.

They achieved a big popularity among the younger audience that even a comic was published bi-monthly based on the animated series in 1986 as an imprint of Marvel Comics. It was issued for two years, ending with issue #14. In 1985 a toyline was also produced including action figures, ship models, etc.
 

Jem & The HologramsJem & The Holograms: This animates series produced by Hasbro between October 6, 1985 and May 2, 1988 features the story of Jerrica Benton, a young heiress and businesswoman and owner of a foster home for young girls called the Starlight Foundation, who can turn into the outrageous rock star Jem with the help of her hologram-projecting earrings and computer Synergy.

The Holograms include her sister Kimber, Aja and Shana. They travel around the world on glamorous adventures and crank out hit songs. The Holograms, come up against competition from less-than-ethical bands, The Misfits and The Stingers. Jerrica/Jem's boyfriend is Rio. Jerrica is the founder of a haven for teenage runaways.

Jerrica Benton is a young heiress and businesswoman who turns into outrageous rock star Jem with the help of her hologram-projecting earrings and computer Synergy. She and her band, The Holograms, come up against competition from less-than-ethical bands, The Misfits and The Stingers. Jerrica/Jem's boyfriend is Rio. Jerrica is the founder of a haven for teenage runaways.

The music was very popular with preteens, and the series ran for 65 episodes of 24 minutes each.
 

Pac-ManPac-Man: This animated series of the 80s produced by Hanna-Barbera was based on the video game, Pac-Man by Namco. It ran originally on ABC Saturday Morning during roughly the peak of popularity of the game from September 25, 1982 to September 1, 1984, for 2 seasons and 42 episodes of about 30 minutes each.

The series featured Packy and his family, and still menaced by the Ghosts under the direction of the villainous Mezmaron, who sought to capture the Power Pellet Forest, and thereby control the world. The Pac-Man craze produced school supplies, clothing, Book-and-Record sets and a very successful breakfast cereal, not to mention spawning the Ms. Pac-Man video game.

Nearly everything in Pac-Land had the shape of a sphere or is round, at the very least. Everything from natural backgrounds to houses to cars to animals as well as people assumed that form. Another funny aspect of the series was the use of the  Pac- prefix for verbs and famous or common existing nouns; for instance Pac-Hollywood, a town famous for its film studios.

Rainbow BriteRainbow Brite: This animated series was based on the character introduced by Hallmark Cards in 1983. It made her animated debut in a syndicated prime-time special, Peril in the Pits, aired on June 27, 1984. Later, two more two-part specials were released, The Mighty Monstromurk Menace and The Beginning of Rainbowland.

In April 1986, it turned into a regular series format, as part of DIC's weekly syndicated Kideo TV block; eight new episodes were made for this run. Rainbow Brite remained part of the Kideo TV lineup until May 1987.

The Dark Lord had turned Rainbowland into a gloomy, dismal place, and a little girl named Wisp made it her mission to change that. With the aid of a sprite named Twink and a horse named Starlite, Wisp rescued the seven Color Kids and defeated the Dark Lord so that color and happiness could return to Rainbowland.

Renamed Rainbow Brite, Wisp's and the Color Kids' next task was to make sure that the color is never again taken out of the world, so they fought the evil Murky Dismal and his inept sidekick, Lurky to protect the world's color.

Rainbow Brite has a talking horse named Starlight. The color sprites mine color crystals, which Rainbow uses to add color to the world. Twink is the head sprite who often accompanies Rainbow on her adventures.
 

The SmurfsThe Smurfs: This animated series was produced by Hanna-Barbera and aired on NBC from September 12, 1981 to December 2, 1989, with reruns airing until August 25, 1990, for 9 seasons and 256 episodes (91 containing 1 half-hour story, 165 containing 2 quarter-hour stories - for a total of 421 stories) along with 7 specials.

The story of the series is based on the Belgian comic series The Smurfs, created in 1950 by Flemish cartoonist Peyo, and had become popular in the United States especially after they have been put on the air by NBC.

Stuart R. Ross, an American media and entertainment acquired North American and other rights to the characters, whose original name. He launched the Smurfs in the United States in association with a California company, Wallace Berrie and Co., whose figurines, dolls and other Smurf merchandise became a hugely popular success. NBC president Fred Silverman's daughter, Melissa, had a Smurf doll of her own that he had bought for her at a toy shop while they were visiting Aspen, Colorado. Silverman thought that a series based on the Smurfs might make a good addition to the Saturday-morning of the channel.

The Smurfs lived in mushroom houses in a little village in the middle of the forest and were menaced by the evil Gargamel, a wizard obsessed with catching them.

Some of the most notable characters include: Papa Smurf, the third oldest of the Smurfs (after Grandpa and Nanny), and the leader of the Smurfs. He is 542 years old (while the other Smurfs are mostly around 100 years old), but is quite energetic for his age. He distinguished from the other Smurfs by his red clothes and his white beard. Smurfette was the only female Smurf until the creation of Sassette. Later a Granny Smurf was also introduced. Smurfette's features are more delicate than those of the other Smurfs, with long blonde wavy hair, longer eyelashes, and wears a white dress and white high heels. She is also the love interest of almost every Smurf in the village. Brainy Smurf considers himself as the brain of the village. Although he acts as if he is second-in-command behind Papa Smurf, this isn't the case and even Papa Smurf doesn't seem very fond of this attitude of Brainy. Gargamel, the sorcerer, is the biggest enemy of the Smurfs and the principal antagonist in the show, his main goal in life is destroy the Smurfs.

A movie was produced in 1984. The show won two Emmy Awards.
 

Alf and Alf TalesAlf and Alf Tales: Based on the hit TV series, this spin-off animated version of the was originally aired Saturday mornings on NBC from September 26, 1987; ALF Tales was added September 10, 1988, and the show expanded to an hour. The animated series of ALF ran until September 21, 1989, but ALF Tales aired until September of 1990.

Gordon Shumway, (ALF) was from the planet Melmac. He crash-landed in the garage of a family named Tanner and the rest, is history. The animated series was a prequel of Alf's TV show, set on the planet Melmac before it exploded. featuring the life of Alf, his family, friends, and girlfriend Rhonda; with their everyday lives being a vehicle for a relentless spoofing of American culture.

In 1988, the show was expanded to one hour with the addition of Alf Tales, which presented Gordon, his family and friends taking part of twisted versions of classic fairy tales, including Robin Hood, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty.

Shirt TalesShirt Tales: Aired originally on the Saturday mornings of NBC from September 18, 1982 to January 21, 1984 for 2 seasons and a total of 23 episodes, 13 from the first season and 10 from the second. Each episode contained two 11-minute segments, for a total of 46 segments.

Based on a line of Hallmark greeting cards and the characters created for those cards in 1980, the Shirt Tales were cute little animals who lived in Oak Tree Park and helped park visitors, sometimes by solving mysteries. They all wore shirts which flashed various brightly lit messages reflecting the characters' thoughts. They also spent their time teasing Mr. Dinkle, the park ranger, and battling crime in and out of their hometown of Mid City.

They included Tyg the tiger, Rick the raccoon, Digger Mole, and Pammy the panda. They were high-tech, too, with a supersonic transporter and wristwatch communicators with holographic functions
known as the STSST (Shirt Tales' SuperSonic Transport) which could operate as a car, jet, boat, submarine, and just about any other form of imaginable ride.

Few people were aware that they were in fact talking animals, including, during the first season, Mr. Dinkle, whom the group often had to trick to keep their secret safe.

The series was also aired on CBS during the 1984-1985 Saturday Morning Season on CBS.

Spider-Man and His Amazing FriendsSpider-Man and His Amazing Friends: Spider Man had his animated series in the 80s. Produced by Marvel Productions, and originally aired on NBC as a Saturday morning cartoon, the series ran first-run original episodes for 3 seasons, from September 12, 1981 to September 10, 1983. There were 24 episodes in total of 25 minutes each.

Peter Parker (Spiderman) teams up with Angelica Jones (Firestar) and Bobby Drake (Iceman) after meeting them at college. They fight such supervillains as Dr. Octopus, Mysterio, Kingpin and, of course, the Green Goblin and meet up with other superheroes, like the X-Men or The Incredible Hulk in their adventures.

This was one of the most popular superhero cartoons of the 80s. For the second and third seasons, the show was combined with The Incredible Hulk cartoon. The second season was The Incredible Hulk and The Amazing Spiderman Hour with three new episodes (all origin eps for the main characters), while the third was The Amazing Spiderman and The Incredible Hulk Hour.
 

Strawberry ShortcakesStrawberry Shortcake: The character Strawberry Shortcake was a creation of the American Greetings division known as Those Characters from Cleveland, originally used in greeting cards and expanded to include dolls, posters, and other products.It became a huge fad for children throughout the United States. At the time, there were many related products, such as sticker albums, clothes, and even a video game by Parker Bros named Strawberry Shortcake Musical Match-Ups for the Atari 2600, and numerous other products.

Several TV specials were made featuring the characters, Every spring for five years, a Strawberry Shortcake special was aired, one each year between 1980 and 1985, when the fad had declined.

Each doll had its own scent and an animal sidekick. Every spring for five years, a Strawberry Shortcake special was aired. SS, with her friends Blueberry Muffin, Huckleberry Pie, etc., had to deal with a villain known as the Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak and his minions, the Sour Grapes. The specials are entitled The World of Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City, Strawberry Shortcake: Pets on Parade, Strawberry Shortcake's Housewarming Surprise and Strawberry Shortcake Meets the Berrykins. The concept was irresistibly adorable, and the specials were a huge hit with little kids.

Voltron Defender of the UniverseVoltron: Defender of the Universe: This Japanese and American animated series was the adaptation of two different unrelated Japanese anime series, Beast King GoLion (later knowns as season 1) and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV (later knowns as season 2), produced as a joint venture between World Events Productions and Toei Animation. In total 124 episodes were produced between September 10, 1984 and November 18, 1985 in 3 seasons, plus one-hour Fleet of Doom special. Season 3 consisted of original American-created episodes, starring Lion Voltron.

It was also known as Voltron, Defender of the Universe and The New Adventures of Voltron. The first season featured the Vehicle Voltron, where Voltron was comprised of numerous space vehicles. In the second season, Voltron was a mighty robot who defended peaceful planets and justice. It seemed invincible until an evil witch, Haggar, in an effort to destroy it, split it into 5 parts, each a large robotic lion. Centuries later, with Zarkon ruling the galaxy, five space explorers including Keith discovered the parts and reassembled them. With his friends, Voltron was revived to protect the planet Arus once again from evil forces. United as the megarobot Voltron, they battled Zarkon and Hagar.

The show became an instant success in the United States and spawned a lot of tie-in merchandise as well as two subsequent series.
 

Danger MouseDanger Mouse: This British animated series was produced by Cosgrove Hall Films for Thames Television from September 28, 1981 to March, 19 1992 including 89 episodes.

It features the advenures of Danger Mouse a secret agent; in parody of British spy fiction, particularly James Bond and the Danger Man series starring Patrick McGoohan. The "Greatest Secret Agent in the World" along with his partner Penfold (a hamster) and his boss Colonel K (a walrus); foiled the evil schemes of Baron Silas Greenback (a toad) and his henchmen Stiletto and Leatherhead (a pair of crows).

Danger Mouse originated in Britain and became an immediate hit when introduced to the United States a few years later. Adults loved the show's sly political and social satire. A spin-off series featured another villain, Count Duckula

For 89 episodes, the "Greatest Secret Agent in the World" foiled the evil schemes of Baron Silas Greenback (a toad) and his henchmen Stiletto and Leatherhead (a pair of crows), aided by Penfold (a hamster) and his boss, Colonel K (a walrus). Danger Mouse originated in Britain and became an immediate hit when introduced to the U.S. a few years later. Adults loved the show's sly political and social satire.

One recurring villain, Count Duckula, later would have his own spin-off series featuring 65 episodes produced between September 6, 1988 and February 16, 1993; and aired originally in the United States from February 6, 1989  to December 26, 1993.
 

The Gummi BearsThe Gummi Bears: This animated series was the first animated production by Walt Disney Animation Television. The series premiered on NBC on September 14, 1985, airing in that channel for 4 seasons. Then in season 5 (1989-1990) it was moved to ABC for one season, and concluded on September 6, 1991 as part of the Disney Afternoon television syndication package. It featured 67 shows, 30 of which were double-features, consisting of two 11-minute cartoons, thereby bringing the series to a total of 97 distinct episodes. The show is well-remembered for its theme music, written by Michael and Patty Silversher.

The Gummi Bears are a family of small bears living secretly in their forest home in Gummi Glen in the kingdom of Dunwyn. They are the last ones of an ancient civilization of Gummis. When they are in problems, they use their magical gummi berry juice, which gives them incredible jumping abilities.

Evil Duke Igthorn is trying to learn the secret recipe of gummi berry juice so he can take over the kingdom. The allies of the Gummis include young humans Cavin and Princess Calla.

Some of the main characters of the story include:

Zummi Gummi, an aged and clumsy bear who is the Gummi's "Keeper of Gummi Wisdom" and later the holder of the Gummi-Medallion which he uses to read his magic book to become the group's magician and whose spells tend to back-fire.

Gruffi Gummi, an old-fashioned bear who prefers to do things "the Gummi way".

Grammi Gummi is something like the mother of the group, she cooks, cleans, and is the Gummi who prepares the Gummiberry Juice; she holds the secret recipe, and will pass it down only to Sunni when she is of age.

Tummi Gummi is the overweight teenager Gummi who is rather lazy and easygoing and spends more time eating the gummiberries than picking them.
 

The WuzzlesThe Wuzzles: Aired on CBS Saturday morning from September 14, 1985 to December 7, 1985 and just 13 episodes of about 22-26 minutes each; making it one of the shortest running animated series produced by Disney.

The Wuzzles live on the Island of Wuz. They are each a combination of two creatures in one, such as a rabbit/hippopotamus (Hoppopotamus) or a bee/lion (Bumblelion). Sometimes they manage to get themselves into trouble, being constantly plagued by humans seeking to capture them.

Some of the main character include: Bumblelion, half bumblebee and half lion; Butterbear half bear and half butterfly and mostly bear in appearance; Eleroo half elephant and half kangaroo, being one of the larger Wuzzles; Moosel half moose and half seal; Hoppopotamus half rabbit and half hippopotamus; Rhinokey half rhinoceros and half monkey; Tycoon half tiger and half raccoon; Crock half crocodile and half dinosaur, being the main villain of the story.

Despite the great animation quality and sounds, the series never really caught on, and was shuffled from CBS to ABC and then on to the newborn Disney Channel.

A second season was planned but due to the death of Bill Scott (the voice of Moosel) it was cancelled. Scott's death, however, did not stop a second season of the Gummi Bears, where Scott also starred, which premiered the same day as Wuzzles (The Wuzzles were on CBS while the Gummi Bears on NBC).

Later the Wuzzles were moved to ABC (eventually sold to Disney) for reruns.

Duck TalesDuck Tales: Produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and based on Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge comic book series, it originally ran from September 18, 1987 to November 28, 1990 for a total of 4 seasons and 100 episodes.

This Disney series followed the adventures of millionaire Scrooge McDuck and his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Other characters include the pilot Launchpad McQuack, butler Duckworth, inventor Fenton Crackshell and his alter-ego Gizmoduck, and the rival millionaire Flintheart Glumgold who plans to dethrone Scrooge McDuck from his "Richest Duck in the World" title. Some episodes are focused on Scrooge's "Number One Dime" which is the source of Scrooge's good luck and wealth.

This is the first Disney cartoon to be produced for syndication and also the most successful of Disney's early attempts to create high-quality animation for TV animated series; Disney invested much more money into the TV series than had been previously spent on animated shows of the time.

MUSIC OF THE 1980s:

Music of the 80sOne noteworthy aspect of the 80s is its music, most millennials grew up with music of the 80s that later evolved and was consolidated during the 90s; there also cases of older bands from the 60s and 70s which had a big boost during this decade. The 80s can be considered as an artistic decade that contrasted to the prevailing political conservatism of the time; a social revolution led by teens and young people of the Generation X, that would consolidate trends and a musical structure for the next generation. The 80s also spawned literally hundreds if not thousands of bands in every suburb, big city or little town you can imagine.

Also the launch of a new music TV channel would change the way of having access to the works of your favorite bands and artists;
MTV was launched on August 1, 1981, with the simple purpose of playing music videos 24hs a day. MTV had a deep impact on the music industry and popular culture; the concept of the VJ (for videos) was also popularized. With this new medium both artists and fans found a central location for music events, news, and promotion.

MTV's moral influence on young people, from issues related to censorship to social activism, has been a subject of debate for years.

MTV radically changed the music industry forever and pop stars such as Madonna and Michael Jackson later transformed the format into a huge business.

The familiar 80's pop sound is characterized by sparse lyrics and the new technologies of the decade. Synthesizers, electronic keyboards and drum machines formed the "New Wave" pop sound that was popular in the music of the early 80's. 

Heavy Metal became one of the most popular music genres in the second half of the decade. Artists such as Van Halen, Poison, Motley Crue, Cinderella, Quiet Riot and Guns and Roses caused a big impact on young people and had and extensive radio airplay. "Hair Metal Bands", as they are affectionately called, scored top charting hits with the "power ballad" song formula. Nothing represents the decadence of the 80s more than the heavy metal bands signed from the LA Strip during that time. The song lyrics mostly embodied the "Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll" mentality of the 80s. 

However Heavy Metal lyrics became controversial, as legislators and parent groups fought to post warning labels on records deemed to contain offensive lyrical content. 80s metal artists like Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne were hauled into court to defend allegations that their song lyrics drove several teens to commit suicide. 

Thrash Metal became also a hit in the underground scene. Originating in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, bands such as Metallica, Megadeath, Anthrax and Slayer became popular heavy alternatives to the pop "Hair" metal acts. Darker lyrics and  themes were covered in this genre of metal. 

Another genre that has its root in the late 70s and early 80s is Hip Hop scene becoming a powerful urban musical and dance influence. Hip hop artists like Grandmaster Flash Kurtis Blow and N.W.A. bring Hip Hop to the forefront. 

The post-disco influenced House music was a new development in dance music in the mid 80s. House music later developed into the heavier Acid House during the late 80s.

Out of opposition to the pop 80s music evolved the Hardcore Punk movement. This was an angry, politically charged genre offering more social awareness in its lyrics. The Dead Kennedys, Black Flag and Reagan Youth are some of the most popular bands of the Harcore Punk scene of the time.

Alternative rockAlternative Rock: Throughout the 1980s, alternative rock was mainly of underground nature. Once in a while a song of this subgenre would become a commercial hit or albums would receive critical praise in mainstream media like Rolling Stone; however alternative rock in the 1980s was primarily relegated to independent record labels, fanzines, college radio stations and underground circuits.

American alternative artists of the 80s did not generate big album sales, but they became a major influence on later alternative musicians of the 90s and laid the groundwork for their success.

Bands such as R.E.M., The Feelies, and Violent Femmes combined punk influences with folk music and mainstream music influences. R.E.M. was the most immediately successful; with its debut album, Murmur (1983), entering the Top 40 charts and spawning a number of jangle pop followers.

The top American Alternative Rock bands of the decade included R.E.M., The Replacements and Sonic Youth which were popular long before the Grunge movement of the early 1990s.

Hard rock / Heavy MetalHard rock / Heavy metal: During the second half of the 80s there was a resurgence of hard rock music as well as the emergence of its pop metal subgenre. The decade is characterized by the popularization of hard rock bands like Guns N' Roses and the successful return to stage of Aerosmith and Alice Cooper in the late eighties.

Queen, which had expanded its music to experimental and crossover genres during the early 80s, returned to guitar-driven hard rock with The Miracle (1989).

Bands like Aerosmith, Styx, Rush, Journey, REO Speedwagon, and ZZ Top, among others continued with the Arena Rock trend originated in the 70s, with hair metal taking their place some time later.

Heavy metal was also extremely popular al, throughout the decade, with artists and bands like Ozzy Osbourne, who achieved high levels of popularity during his solo career; Dio and Iron Maiden among others. Speed metal pioneer Motörhead released several hit albums.

From the underground levels emerged another Metal subgenres, the thrash metal, an extreme subgenre of heavy metal characterized by its fast tempo and aggression and the use of fast, percussive and low-register guitar riffs; brought to the mainstream bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer.

The eighties also saw the emergence of hair metal or glam metal a fusion of traditional hard rock and heavy metal songs, with elements of punk rock. Visually it was inspired on the glam rock or glitter rock of the 70s, featuring very long backcombed hairstyles, the use of make-up, gaudy clothing and accessories consisting of tight denim or leather jeans, spandex, and headbands. The aesthetics of this subgenre appealed to MTV producers, whose establishment coincided with the rise of the genre. Glam metal performers became infamous for their liberal lifestyles, excessive use of hallucinogenic substances and late-night parties widely covered by the press.

One of the first bands of hair metal to achieve some level of success were Mötley Crüe, with their albums Too Fast for Love (1981) and Shout at the Devil (1983). Quiet Riot with Metal Health (1983) was the first glam metal album, to reach #1 in the music charts, paving the way to mainstream to subsequent bands.

Other successful bands, include Poison with its debut album Look What the Cat Dragged In (1986) and Cinderella with their album Night Songs (1986). Stryper, formed in 1983 in Orange County, California, made their mainstream breakthrough in 1986 with their platinum album To Hell with the Devil bringing Christian lyrics to the hard rock music style. Van Halen released 5150 (1986), their first album with Sammy Hagar on lead vocals, hitting the first place in American charts for three weeks and selling over 6 million copies.

The Swedish band Europe hit the top ten charts in several countries, including the United States with The Final Countdown (1986).

But one of the most succesful examples of glam metal is Bon Jovi, with Slippery When Wet (1986), mixing hard rock with a pop sensitivity, and hitting for 8 weeks the top of the Billboard 200 album chart and selling over 12 million copies. It also became the first hard rock album to spawn three top 10 singles, two of which reached the first place.

Mötley Crüe had a big success with Girls, Girls, Girls (1987), Def Leppard with Hysteria (1987) and Faster Pussycat released their eponymous début album. The greatest success was achieved by Guns N' Roses, originally formed from a fusion of bands L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose, who released the best-selling début of all time, Appetite for Destruction (1987), it had a rawer sound than other of the genre, Guns N' Rosesachieved three top ten hits, including the number one Sweet Child O' Mine.

Some of the other top glam metal of the late eighties include Bon Jovi's New Jersey (1988), Van Halen's OU812 (1988) and Poison's Open Up and Say... Ahh! (1988), with number one hit single Every Rose Has Its Thorn, which eventually sold 8 million copies worldwide.

Britny Fox and Winger released their eponymous débuts in 1988; while Mötley Crüe's produced their most commercially successful album, the multi-platinum number one Dr. Feelgood (1989). In 1989 also Danger Danger and Dangerous Toys had their respective début adding a Southern rock tone to the genre. Warrant released Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich (1989), and Skid Row with their eponymous album (1989), achieved a 6th place in the Billboard 200, being one of the last major bands that emerged in the glam metal era.

There was a big dominance of the genre during the 80s, however in the 90s it would experience a decline partly due to the emergence of grunge music from Seattle, with bands including Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Especially after the success of Nirvana's Nevermind (1991), a combination of hardcore punk and heavy metal into a dirty sound that made use of heavy guitar distortion, fuzz and feedback, along with darker lyrical themes, a stripped-down aesthetic and a complete rejection of the glam metal visual style and performance; causing MTV's and other media attention to be shifted to the new style, relegatin glam metal bands to a second place.

Pop MusicPop Music: New Wave style emerged in the mid to late 70s together with punk rock. The term at first generally was synonymous with punk rock before being considered a genre in its own right that incorporated aspects of electronic, mod subculture, disco, 60s pop music, and much of the original punk rock sounds, such as an emphasis on short and punchy songs.

From the New Wave originated the Synthpop, a subgenre in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. By 1980, the disco production of the 70s, largely based on orchestras, was replaced by a lighter Synthpop production were synthesizers were dominant.

Also the first major wave of teen pop occurred during the second half of the 80s, with artists such as Menudo, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and New Kids on the Block, Tommy Page, New Edition, Stacey Q, The Bangles, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, among others.

The fusion of both musical trends resulted in the emergence of modern pop music that later would evolve into the contempory pop styles we have today.

Urban pop acts of the decade include Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Deniece Williams.

The top charts were ruled throughout the 80s by artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Whitney Houston, The Pet Shop Boys, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Prince and Duran Duran, achieving tremendous popular and commercia success worldwide, that reached our days; one of the best examples being that of Michael Jackson's Thriller (1982) which became the best selling album of all time worldwide.

Moreover MTV was an essential tool never seen before that helped many artists achieve superlative levels of success and popularity as well as boost their careers; like Madonna or Michael Jackson, who had a permanent presence on MTV thus gaining a worldwide mass audience.

Contemporary Rock and BluesContemporary R&B: The combination of Rhythm and blues (R&B), Hip Hop, Soul, Funk and Pop Music that originated after the decline of disco in early 80s. The top artists of this genre during included Michael Jackson, Prince, Jermaine Jackson, The Whispers, The S.O.S. Band, Stevie Wonder, Kool & the Gang, Yarbrough and Peoples, Smokey Robinson, Rick James, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dazz Band, Evelyn King, Marvin Gaye, Mtume, DeBarge, Midnight Star, and Freddie Jackson.

Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson released several hits that made it to the top charts. Janet Jackson's third studio album Control (1986) fuses the rhythmic elements of funk and disco, along with heavy doses of synthesizers, percussion, sound effects, and a rap music sensibility; leading to the incorporation of stylistic rap over the next few years, thus making Janet Jackson one of the leaders in that development that was also known as new jack swing.

The Jacksons were the most prominents artists of the genre with Michael Jackson's release of Bad (1987) which sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and Janet Jackson's 1989 album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, helping continue the development of contemporary R&B into the 90s also with artists and bands such as Mariah Carey, Witney Houston, Boyz II Men, TLC, SWV among others.

Hip HopHip Hop: The 80s is the decade in which hip hop evolved and was popularized. This new genre born in the 70s in the district of South Bronx in New York City consists of four basic elements rapping, DJing/scratching, sampling, and beatboxing.

The Hip hop musical genre had a strong influence on pop music in the late 1980s which still continues to the present day.

In the eighties hip hop was diversified, adding the use of sampling and a fusion of hip hop music with electro. The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel (1981) by Grandmaster Flash, was highly influential on many DJ's and an early example of Turntablism (the art of manipulating sounds and creating music using phonograph turntables or digital turntable), so this is the first record to only showcase turntablism.

Rammellzee and K-Rob's Beat Bop (1983) was a 'slow jam' which had a dub influence with its use of reverb and echo as texture and playful sound effects. Also the heavy usage of the new generation of drum machines such as the Oberheim DMX and Roland 808 models was a characteristic of many 1980 songs. Even nowadays the 808 is traditionally used by hip hop producers. Over time sampling technology became more advanced.

Some rappers eventually became mainstream pop performers. Kurtis Blow's appearance in a Sprite commercial marking the first hip hop musician to represent a major product. The 1981 song Christmas Wrapping by the new-wave band The Waitresses was one of the first pop songs to use some rapping in the delivery.

Hip Hop genre started embracing the creation of rhythm by using the human body, addin the vocal percussion technique of beatboxing. Pioneers such as Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie and Buffy from the Fat Boys made beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using their mouth, lips, tongue, voice, and other body parts. Human Beatbox artists would also sing or imitate turntablism scratching or other instrument sounds.

During the second half of the decade a "new school" of hip hop emerged with the early records of Run-D.M.C. and LL Cool J. It was originated also in New York City. It was notable for taunts and boasts about rapping, and socio-political themes, both delivered in an aggressive, self-assertive style. It projected a tough, cool, street b-boy attitude.

New school songs were shorter than the one of the old school and could more easily gain radio play, and more cohesive LPs. By 1986 their releases began to establish the hip hop album as a fixture of the mainstream. Hip hop music became commercially successful, as exemplified by The Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill (1986), which was the first rap album to hit  the first place on the billboard charts.

Popular Hip hop artists of the 1980s include Run D.M.C., Beastie Boys, NWA, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Boogie Down Productions, Ice T, among others.

The late 80s and early 90s are considered Hip hop's golden age, a period of big diversity, quality, innovation and influence, it had also some jazz influence. Some of the most prominent artists of the time include Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B. & Rakim, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, GangStarr and Big Daddy Kane among others.

During this period also a new subgenre of hip hop evolved, the Gangsta Rap that reflects the violent lifestyles of inner-city American youths. Some of the artists a groups that popularized the Gangsta Rap subgenre include Schooly D, Ice T and N.W.A.

Finally in the 90s the Hip Hop genre was consolidated as a mainstream one.

In 1990, MC Hammer hit top levels of succeswith the multi platinum album Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em. The record reached #1 and the first single, Can't Touch This was on the top-10 of the billboard hot 100. Thus becoming MC Hammer one of the most successful rappers of the early 90s; and raising rap music to a new level of popularity. This album still remains one of the genre's all-time best-selling albums with over 18 million units so far.

In 1992, Dr. Dre released The Chronic, establishing the so called West Coast gangsta rap as more commercially viable than East Coast hip hop; and founding a style called "G Funk", which soon dominated West Coast hip hop. The style was popularized by Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle (1993). Another great artist of the West Coast was Tupac Shakur, whose single To Live and Die in L.A. was a big hit.

Meanwhile artists that helped boost the East Coast hip hop included The Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z, among others. In the Midwest the genre also was developed with the fast vocal styles from artists such as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Tech N9ne, and Twista.

By the end of the 90s, hip hop was an integral part of popular music in the United States.

Other Genres of the 80sOther genres: Post punk alternative rock evolved mainly in the United Kingdom and Ireland with bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Psychedelic Furs, Love and Rockets, New Order, The Fall, The Pop Group, The Mekons, Echo and the Bunnymen and Teardrop Explodes.

In the case of Ireland  the most successful band that originated was U2, incorporating elements of religious imagery together with political commentary into their often anthemic music; becoming by the late 80s one of the biggest bands in the world.

British artists unlike their American counterparts made use of MTV early on and learned how to popularize their music with music videos. Several British acts signed to independent labels were able to outmarket and outsell American artists that were signed with major labels. Some journalists labeled this phenomenon as the "Second British Invasion".

A Flock of Seagulls' I Ran (1982) entered the Billboard Top-10,  becoming the first successful song that owed its success almost entirely to video. It would be followed by Duran Duran whose glossy video's would come to symbolize the power of MTV.

Dire Straits' Money for nothing gently poked fun at MTV which had helped make them international rock stars. By 1983 30% of the record sales were from British acts. Eighteen of the top 40 and six of the top 10 singles in July 1983 were by British artists; in April 1984 Forty of the top100 singles were from British origin and in May 1985, eight of the top 10 singles were also from there.

The media credited MTV and the British acts with bringing colour and energy to back to pop music while rock journalists were rather hostile to the phenomenon because they felt it represented image over content. However by 1987 MTV would change its rotation of videos from the New Wave-oriented acts to a Heavy Metal and rock dominated format.

Electronic MusicElectronic Music: The 80s were also the decade of the emergence of electronic music emergence; dance music records using only electronic instruments became increasingly popular, largely influenced from the Electronic music of Kraftwerk and 1970s disco music.

This style was born in regional nightclub scenes in the 80s, and became the predominant type of music played in discotheques as well as the rave scene.

In the early eighties, in Chicago, Illinois; House music emerged strongly influenced by elements of soul- and funk-infused varieties of disco.

Club play from DJs like Ron Hardy and Lil Louis, local dance music record shops, and the popular Hot Mix 5 shows on radio station WBMX-FM helped popularize house music in Chicago and among visiting DJs & producers from Detroit. Trax Records and DJ International Records, local labels with wider distribution, helped popularize house music outside of Chicago. It eventually reached Europe before being absorbed by pop & dance music worldwide during 90s.

By the mid-80s Techno music was developed in Detroit, Michigan; initially conceived as party music that was played on daily mixed radio programs as well as played at parties in exclusivist Detroit high school clubs, since the second half of the eighties it has grown to be a global phenomenon in the 90s and 2000s. Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May (known as the "Belleville Three"), and Eddie Fowlkes, all of whom attended school together at Belleville High in Detroit, are considered as the fathers of Techno music.

Soundtracks of the 80sSoundtracks: Some of the most popular movie soundtracks were those prodced in the eighties. The emotive sounds that accompanied those films could be re-lived time and time again on the official soundtrack. Probably nothing brings back more memories of the eighties than movie soundtracks and scores. Sometimes they even turned out to be better than the film itself.

Some of the most popular include:
  • Ghostbusters: Original theme written and performed by Ray Parker, Jr. - Academy Award nomination for "Best Original Song"; music video #1 MTV video.
  • Ghostbusters II: On Our Own written by L.A. Reid, Babyface and Daryl Simmons and performed by Bobby Brown.
  • Ghostbusters II: Higher And Higher, written by Gary Jackson, Carl Smith, and Raynard Miner. Performed by Jackie Wilson (original version), Howard Huntsberry (updated version).
  • Lost Boys: Good Times, a duet between INXS and former Cold Chisel lead singer Jimmy Barnes.
  • Secret of My Success: Title track performed by Night Ranger’s - peaked at #131 on The Billboard 200.
  • Stand By Me: Title track, classic by Ben E King.
  • Rocky 3&4: The classic score Gonna Fly Now.
  • Rocky 3&4: Eye of the Tiger - Composed and Produced by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan, performed by Survivor.
  • Rocky 3: Pushin - Music by Bill Conti, Lyrics by Frank Stallone, Performed by Frank Stallone
  • Beverley Hills Cop: Axl F - Written and performed by Harold Faltermeyer
  • Beverly Hills Cop II: I Want Your Sex - Performed by George Michael
  • Beverly Hills Cop II: Shakedown - Written by Harold Faltermeyer, Keith Forsey and Bob Seger. Performed by Bob Seger
  • Karate Kid: You're the best - Produced by Bill Conti. Lyrics by Allee Willis. Performed by Joe Esposito.
  • Karate Kid II: Glory of Love - Glory of Love Written by Peter Cetera, David Foster and Diane Nini. Performed by Peter Cetera - Number one hit in the United States and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song.
  • The Goonies: The Goonies 'R' Good Enough - Written by Cyndi Lauper, Steve Lunt (as Stephen Broughton Lunt) and Arthur Stead. Performed by Cyndi Lauper.
  • Blues Brothers: Gimme Some Lovin' - Written by Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis, and Muff Winwood. Performed by the Blues Brothers.
  • Top Gun: Take My Breath Away - Written by Giorgio Moroder & Tom Whitlock. Performed by Berlin. Academy Award for Best Original Song. Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1986.
  • Top Gun: Danger Zone - Written by Giorgio Moroder & Tom Whitlock. Performed by Kenny Loggins.
  • Footloose: Footloose - Written by Kenny Loggins and Dean Pitchford. Performed by Kenny Loggins.
  • Footloose: Let's Hear It for the Boy - Music by Tom Snow. Lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Performed by Deniece Williams.
  • Footloose: Almost Paradise - Music by Eric Carmen. Lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Performed by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson.
  • Over the Top: Meet Me Half Way - Written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock. Performed by Kenny Loggins.
  • Over the Top: Winner Takes It All - Written by Giorgio Moroder & Tom Whitlock. Performed by Sammy Hagar with Edward Van Halen.
  • Heavy Metal: Heavy Metal - Written by Sammy Hagar, Jim Peterik. Performed by Sammy Hagar.
  • Vision Quest: Crazy For You - Music by Jon Lind. Lyrics by John Bettis. Performed by Madonna.
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Somebody's Baby - Written by Jackson Browne & Danny Kortchmar. Performed by Jackson Browne.
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High: So Much in Love - Written by W. Jackson, R. Straigis, G. Williams. Performed by Timothy B. Schmit.
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Waffle Stomp - Written by Joe Walsh. Performed by Joe Walsh.
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High: I Don't Know (Spicoli's Theme) - Written by Jimmy Buffett & Michael Utley. Performed by Jimmy Buffett.
  • Back to the Future: The Power of Love - Written by Huey Lewis and Chris Hayes. Performed by Huey Lewis & The News (as Huey Lewis and The News).
  • Back to the Future: Back in Time - Written by Huey Lewis and Chris Hayes. Performed by Huey Lewis & The News (as Huey Lewis and The News).
  • Risky Business: Old Time Rock and Roll - Written by G. Jackson and T. Jones III. Performed by Bob Seger.
  • Scarface: Scarface (Push It to the Limit) - Music by Giorgio Moroder. Lyrics by Pete Bellotte. Performed by Paul Engemann.
  • Caddyshack: Anyway You Want It - Written by Steve Perry & Neal Schon (as Neil Schon). Performed by Journey.
  • Eddie & the Cruisers: On the Dark Side - Performed by John Cafferty (Lead Vocal and Guitar), Michael 'Tunes' Antunes (Saxophone),
    Gary Gramolini (Guitar), Kenny Jo Silva (Drums), Robert Nicholas Cotoia (Piano), Pat Lupo (Bass).
  • Flashdance: Flashdance. . .What A Feeling - Music by Giorgio Moroder. Lyrics by Keith Forsey and Irene Cara. Performed by Irene Cara. - It won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Golden Globe. It reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1983. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for A Motion Picture or a Television Special in 1984.
  • Purple Rain: Let's Go Crazy - Lyrics and Music by Prince. Performed by Prince and the Revolution.
  • Purple Rain: Purple Rain - Lyrics and Music by Prince. Performed by Prince and the Revolution.
  • Purple Rain: When Doves Cry - Lyrics and Music by Prince. Performed by Prince.
  • Dirty Dancing: The Time of My Life - Written by Franke Previte, Donald Markowitz, and John DeNicola. Performed by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.
  • Dirty Dancing: She's Like the Wind - Written by Patrick Swayze and Stacy Widelitz. Performed by Patrick Swayze featuring Wendy Fraser.
  • Dirty Dancing: Hungry Eyes - Written by Franke Previte and John DeNicola. Performed by Eric Carmen.
  • The Breakfast Club: Don't You (Forget About Me) - Music by Keith Forsey & Steve Schiff. Performed by Simple Minds.
  • Dream a Little Dream: The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades - Written by Pat MacDonald. Performed by Timbuk 3.
  • National Lampoon’s Vacation: Holiday Road - Written and Performed by Lindsey Buckingham.
  • Weird Science: Weird Science - Written and Performed by Oingo Boingo.
  • Pretty in Pink: If You Leave - Written by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (as OMD). Performed by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.
  • St. Elmos Fire: St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) - Written by David Foster and John Parr. Performed by John Parr.
  • St. Elmos Fire: Love Theme From St. Elmo's Fire - Written by David Foster. Performed by David Foster.
  • Valley Girl: I Melt With You - Written by Modern English. Performed by Modern English.


List of the best-selling albums worldwide during Early Millennials childhood in the period 1980-1990:

  1. Thriller: Michael Jackson (1982) - Pop / R&B / Rock - 110 million sales. This is also the best-selling album of all times.
  2. Back in Black: AC/DC (1980) - Hard rock / Heavy metal - 49 million sales. This is also the second best-selling album of all times.
  3. Dirty Dancing: Various artists (1987) - Dance / Pop - 42 million sales.
  4. Born in the U.S.A.: Bruce Springsteen (1984) - Rock - 30 million sales.
  5. Brothers in Arms: Dire Straits (1985) - Rock - 30 million sales.
  6. Bad: Michael Jackson (1987) - Pop / R&B - 30 million sales.
  7. Slippery When Wet: Bon Jovi (1986) - Hard rock - 28 million sales.
  8. Appetite for Destruction: Guns N' Roses (1987) - Hard rock / Heavy metal - 28 million sales.
  9. Greatest Hits: Queen (1981) - Rock - 25 million sales.
  10. The Joshua Tree: U2 (1987) - Rock - 25 million sales.
  11. Whitney Houston: Whitney Houston (1985) - Pop / R&B - 25 million sales.
  12. True Blue: Madonna (1986) - Pop - 24 million sales.
  13. Like A Virgin: Madonna (1984) - Pop / Dance - 21 million sales.
  14. Legend. The Best of Bob Marley & The Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers (1984) - Reggae - 20 million sales.
  15. Hysteria: Def Leppard (1987) - Rock - 20 million sales.
  16. Faith: George Michael (1987) - Pop / R&B - 20 million sales.
  17. Purple Rain: Prince & the Revolution (1984) - Rock - 20 million sales.
  18. Private Dancer: Tina Turner (1984) - Rock - 20 million sales.

List of the best-selling albums worldwide during Early Millennials puberty and adolescence and Late Millennials childhood and early puberty in the period 1990-1999:

  1. The Bodyguard: Whitney Houston / Various artists (1992) - Soundtrack - 44 million sales.
  2. Millennium: Backstreet Boys (1999) - Pop - 40 million sales.
  3. Come On Over: Shania Twain (1997) - Country / Pop - 39 million sales.
  4. Jagged Little Pill: Alanis Morissette (1995) - Rock - 33 million sales.
  5. Falling into You: Celine Dion (1996) - Pop - 32 million sales.
  6. Music Box: Mariah Carey (1993) - Pop / R&B - 32 million sales.
  7. Dangerous: Michael Jackson (1991) - Pop / R&B / New jack swing - 32 million sales.
  8. Let's Talk About Love: Celine Dion (1997) - Pop - 31 million sales.
  9. Titanic: James Horner (1997) - Soundtrack - 30 million sales.
  10. The Immaculate Collection: Madonna (1990) - Pop / Dance - 30 million sales.
  11. ABBA Gold Greatest Hits: ABBA (1992) - Pop - 28 million sales.
  12. Backstreet's Back: Backstreet Boys (1997) - Pop - 28 million sales.
  13. Supernatural: Santana (1999) - Rock - 27 million sales.
  14. Nevermind: Nirvana (1991) - Grunge / Alternative rock - 26 million sales.
  15. Baby One More Time: Britney Spears (1999) - Pop - 25 million sales.
  16. Daydream: Mariah Carey (1995) - Pop / R&B - 25 million sales.
  17. Happy Nation/The Sign: Ace of Base (1994) - Pop - 23 million sales.
  18. Spice: Spice Girls (1996) - Pop - 23 million sales.
  19. (What's the Story) Morning Glory?: Oasis (1995) - Britpop / Rock - 22 million sales.
  20. No Angel: Dido (1999) - Pop - 21 million sales.
  21. Some Gave All: Billy Ray Cyrus (1992) - Country - 20 million sales.
  22. Cross Road: Bon Jovi (1994) - Rock - 20 million sales.
  23. Believe: Cher (1999) - Pop - 20 million sales.
  24. Janet: Janet Jackson (1993) - Pop / R&B - 20 million sales.
  25. Ray of Light: Madonna (1998) - Pop / Electronic - 20 million sales.
  26. HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I: Michael Jackson (1995) - Pop/Rock/R&B - 20 million sales.
  27. Spiceworld: Spice Girls (1997) - Pop - 20 million sales.

Continues in Part IV


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