I Love the '80s 4 Ever

by mharrington | created - 12 Dec 2014 | updated - 11 Apr 2015 | Public

My idea for a fourth "I Love the '80s" series on VH1 (movies and TV shows only).

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1. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

63 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 778,500 | Gross: $44.02M

They show clips on the 1980 episode

2. Cosmos (1980)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.

Stars: Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn, Alan Belod

Votes: 31,146

They show clips on the 1980 episode

3. Archie Bunker's Place (1979–1983)

60 min | Comedy

The further misadventures of Archie Bunker, now the owner of a local pub, and his regulars.

Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Danielle Brisebois, Allan Melvin, Jason Wingreen

Votes: 791

They show clips on the 1980 episode, even though it originally debuted in 1979

4. Popeye (1980)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

64 Metascore

The adventures of the famous sailor man and his friends in the seaside town of Sweethaven.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, Paul Dooley

Votes: 26,910 | Gross: $49.82M

They show clips on the 1980 episode

5. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Music

87 Metascore

Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens-Liptak

Votes: 15,203 | Gross: $67.18M

They show clips on the 1980 episode

6. Knots Landing (1979–1993)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

The residents of Knots Landing, a coastal suburb of Los Angeles, deal with various issues such as infidelity, health scares, rape, murder, kidnapping, assassinations, drug smuggling, corporate intrigue and criminal investigations.

Stars: Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark, Kevin Dobson

Votes: 2,001

They show clips on the 1980 episode, even though it originally debuted in 1979

7. Card Sharks (1978–1989)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Game-Show

Hosted by Jim Perry, were contestants are asked questions about how 100 people answered a poll question then played a card game where they tried to guess whether the next card drawn from a deck in a sequence would be higher or lower.

Stars: Jim Perry, Janice Baker, Gene Wood, Lois Hamilton

Votes: 306

They show clips on the 1980 episode, even though it originally debuted in 1978

8. The Final Countdown (1980)

PG | 103 min | Action, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino

Votes: 19,163 | Gross: $16.65M

They show clips on the 1980 episode

9. Thundarr the Barbarian (1980–1981)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Thundarr the Barbarian and his companions Ookla the Mok and Princess Ariel wander a devastated future Earth and fight evil wherever they find it.

Stars: Henry Corden, Robert Ridgely, Nellie Bellflower, Dick Tufeld

Votes: 1,032

They show clips on the 1981 episode, even though it originally debuted in 1980

10. Condorman (1981)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Cartoonist Woody becomes the superhero he draws. Using his gadgets he helps a Soviet spy defect to the West.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Michael Crawford, Oliver Reed, Barbara Carrera, James Hampton

Votes: 4,206

They show clips on the 1981 episode

11. The Pee Wee Herman Show (1981 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 58 min | Comedy

An adult-oriented version of what would eventually become an award-winning children's classic. This version of the show features Pee-wee's playhouse and many of the characters of the later ... See full summary »

Directors: Paul Reubens, Marty Callner | Stars: Paul Reubens, John Moody, John Paragon, Tito Larriva

Votes: 1,287

They show clips on the 1981 episode

12. The Cannonball Run (1981)

PG | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

28 Metascore

A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise

Votes: 30,527 | Gross: $72.18M

They show clips on the 1981 episode

13. 3-2-1 Contact (1980–1992)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

A children's show explaining various principles of science and their applications.

Stars: David Quinn, Debra Shapiro, Todd A. Rolle, Ginny Ortiz

Votes: 415

They show clips on the 1981 episode, even though it originally debuted in 1980

14. The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

G | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

70 Metascore

Kermit the Frog, The Great Gonzo, and Fozzie Bear are reporters who travel to Britain to interview a rich victim of jewel thieves and help her along with her secretary, Miss Piggy.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 12,125 | Gross: $31.21M

They show clips on the 1981 episode

15. Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.

Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James Sikking

Votes: 6,366

They show clips on the 1981 episode

16. Full Moon High (1981)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Horror, Fantasy

A popular high school football player becomes a werewolf after a trip to Romania, and struggles to come to terms with his new reality.

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: Adam Arkin, Roz Kelly, Ed McMahon, Joanne Nail

Votes: 1,055

They show clips on the 1981 episode

17. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

79 Metascore

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi, Roshan Seth

Votes: 206,956 | Gross: $52.77M

They show clips on the 1982 episode

18. Simon & Simon (1981–1989)

60 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Two brothers of disparate tastes and manners run a private detective agency.

Stars: Jameson Parker, Gerald McRaney, Mary Carver, Tim Reid

Votes: 3,842

They show clips on the 1982 episode, even though it originally debuted in 1981

19. Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Film noir parody with a detective uncovering a sinister plot. Characters from real noirs appear as scenes from various films are intercut.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Alan Ladd, Carl Reiner

Votes: 18,876 | Gross: $18.20M

They show clips on the 1982 episode

20. It's a Living (1980–1989)

30 min | Comedy

This series featured a group of waitresses (and a pianist, Sonny) who work at a fancy restaurant at the top of a skyscraper.

Stars: Gail Edwards, Barrie Youngfellow, Paul Kreppel, Marian Mercer

Votes: 545

They show clips on the 1982 episode, even though it originally debuted in 1980

21. Starcade (1982–1984)

Game-Show

Contestants answer questions about video games and then play featured arcade games in order to earn enough points to beat the opponents.

Stars: Kevin McMahon, Geoff Edwards, Mark Richards, Robbie Beasley

Votes: 75

They show clips on the 1982 episode

22. My Favorite Year (1982)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna

Votes: 7,968 | Gross: $20.12M

They show clips on the 1982 episode

23. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Musical

40 Metascore

A town's Sheriff and regular patron of a historical whorehouse fights to keep it running when a television reporter targets it as the Devil's playhouse.

Director: Colin Higgins | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Dom DeLuise, Charles Durning

Votes: 9,076 | Gross: $69.70M

They show clips on the 1982 episode

24. Matt Houston (1982–1985)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Matt Houston is a wealthy Texan who moves to California to oversee his family's offshore drilling enterprises but spends most of his time dabbling in his private investigator hobby.

Stars: Lee Horsley, Pamela Hensley, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Cis Rundle

Votes: 842

They show clips on the 1982 episode

25. Dig Dug (1982 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Family

Dig tunnels underground and use an air pump to inflate and blow-up your enemies. You can also drop rocks on your foes. Dislodge two rocks and a bonus fruit or vegetable will appear in the ... See full summary »

Director: Masahisa Ikegami

Votes: 215

They show clips on the 1982 episode

26. Newhart (1982–1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of an author turned innkeeper in rural Vermont and his friends.

Stars: Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston, Julia Duffy

Votes: 4,920

They show clips on the 1982 episode

27. 48 Hrs. (1982)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

71 Metascore

A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O'Toole, Frank McRae

Votes: 62,836 | Gross: $78.87M

They show clips on the 1982 episode

28. Trading Places (1983)

R | 116 min | Comedy

69 Metascore

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche

Votes: 123,092 | Gross: $90.40M

They show clips on the 1983 episode

29. Faerie Tale Theatre (1982–1987)

50 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Inspired by an earlier children's series, Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958), Shelley Duvall hosted this series featuring some of the best known actors in Hollywood performing adaptations of... See full summary »

Stars: Shelley Duvall, John Achorn, Patrick DeSantis, David McCharen

Votes: 1,720

They show clips on the 1983 episode, even though it originally debuted in 1982

30. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

PG | 101 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

44 Metascore

Four horror and science fiction segments, directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series.

Directors: Joe Dante, John Landis, George Miller, Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Vic Morrow, Doug McGrath

Votes: 30,244 | Gross: $29.50M

They show clips on the 1983 episode

31. Mama's Family (1983–1990)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Mama's Family originated with Thelma "Mama" Harper, and her younger sister Fran living together in Mama's House.

Stars: Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer, Ken Berry, Dorothy Lyman

Votes: 3,997

They show clips on the 1983 episode

32. Sudden Impact (1983)

R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

52 Metascore

A rape victim is exacting revenge on her aggressors in a small town outside San Francisco. "Dirty" Harry Callahan, on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 37,089 | Gross: $67.64M

They show clips on the 1983 episode

33. The Pirates of Penzance (1983)

G | 112 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

66 Metascore

After a young man leaves a band of pirates, hilarity ensues.

Director: Wilford Leach | Stars: Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose

Votes: 2,961 | Gross: $0.69M

They show clips on the 1983 episode

34. Falcon Crest (1981–1990)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Set in the vineyards of California, this prime-time soap opera featured the conflict within the powerful Gioberti family, owners of the vast Falcon Crest Winery.

Stars: Jane Wyman, Lorenzo Lamas, Chao Li Chi, David Selby

Votes: 2,876

They show clips on the 1983 episode, even though it originally debuted in 1981

35. The Winds of War (1983)

883 min | Drama, Romance, War

The trials of the Henry and Jastrow families in the early years of World War II.

Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ali MacGraw, Jan-Michael Vincent, John Houseman

Votes: 3,316

They show clips on the 1983 episode

36. Tender Mercies (1983)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Music

A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Betty Buckley, Wilford Brimley

Votes: 8,490 | Gross: $8.44M

They show clips on the 1983 episode

37. Hardcastle and McCormick (1983–1986)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A retired judge and his last defendant follow up on cases that were dismissed due to technicalities.

Stars: Brian Keith, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Joe Santos, John Hancock

Votes: 1,990

They show clips on the 1983 episode

38. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 121,940 | Gross: $20.61M

They show clips on the 1983 episode

39. Riptide (1984–1986)

60 min | Action, Thriller, Crime

The cases of a private investigations agency run by three Vietnam War veterans, armed with toughness, their own helicopter, and the third's technical ability.

Stars: Perry King, Joe Penny, Thom Bray, Jack Ging

Votes: 2,032

They show clips on the 1984 episode

40. The Cotton Club (1984)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Music

68 Metascore

The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem. The story follows the people who visited the club, those who ran it, and is peppered with the Jazz music that made it so famous.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee

Votes: 14,853 | Gross: $25.93M

41. Breakin' (1984)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

53 Metascore

A struggling young jazz dancer meets up with two break-dancers. Together they become the sensation of the street crowds.

Director: Joel Silberg | Stars: Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo Quinones, Michael Chambers, Ben Lokey

Votes: 5,330 | Gross: $38.68M

They show clips on the 1984 episode

42. The Natural (1984)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sport

61 Metascore

An unknown comes seemingly out of nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger

Votes: 39,789 | Gross: $47.95M

They show clips on the 1984 episode

43. Airwolf (1984–1986)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

As part of a deal with an intelligence agency to look for his missing brother, a renegade pilot goes on missions with an advanced battle helicopter.

Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Alex Cord, Ernest Borgnine, Jean Bruce Scott

Votes: 8,609

They show clips on the 1984 episode

44. Blood Simple (1984)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh

Votes: 79,631 | Gross: $2.15M

They show clips on the 1984 episode

45. Muppet Babies (1984–1991)

TV-Y | 25 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Muppets, as babies, have adventures with their imaginations inside their nursery.

Stars: Greg Berg, Katie Leigh, Laurie O'Brien, Russi Taylor

Votes: 3,860

They show clips on the 1984 episode

46. Kidd Video (1984– )

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Fantasy, Music

A teen rock band is abducted to a cartoon fantasy world where music is the key to defeating their enemies and finding their way home.

Stars: Bryan Scott, Gabriela Nelson, Robbie Rist, Steve Alterman

Votes: 190

They show clips on the 1984 episode

47. The Killing Fields (1984)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands

Votes: 47,537 | Gross: $34.70M

They show clips on the 1984 episode

48. Clue (1985)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

36 Metascore

Six guests are anonymously invited to a strange mansion for dinner, but after their host is killed, they must cooperate with the staff to identify the murderer as the bodies pile up.

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 68,957 | Gross: $14.64M

They show clips on the 1985 episode

49. Amazing Stories (1985–1987)

PG | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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