I Love The 80s

The BEST episodes of I Love The 80s

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Each one-hour episode takes viewers on a stream-of-consciousness tour of one year of the Eighties with vivid flashbacks of the people, music, movies, TV shows, products, fashions, fads, trends and major events that defined pop culture that year. I Love the 80s is MTV, Rubik's Cube, Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Michael Jackson jackets, "What you talkin' bout, Willis?", Donkey Kong, Purple Rain, "Don't Worry Be Happy," Baby on Board, Who's the Boss?, Milli Vanilli, yuppies, preppies and of course, the Coreys (Haim, Feldman, Hart). I Love the 80s brings a cast of characters together for each show-rock stars, actors, writers, comics and other celebs past and present-to celebrate the decade's good, bad and ugly. They'll reminisce about having their whole belief systems shattered when Darth Vader uttered those fateful words, "I'm your father." They'll weigh in on important topics such as, "Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin: Who Was Hotter?" They'll analyze, personalize and interpret. They'll trash what deserves to be trashed, and rave about the 80s moments they hold dear, gabbing about the same stuff we've all been discussing in bars, offices and emails ever since the decade of greed. Viewers will be completely immersed in each year, treated to a barrage of retro clips from sitcoms, movies, music videos, network news, commercials and other sources. They'll see a clip of a smirking Tom Brokaw introducing a new craze called Pac Man, be confronted with the horrible memory of the Members Only jacket, and marvel at the only sockless detective in the history of cop shows (Sonny Crockett, of course. OK, Thomas Magnum, too). I Love the 80s will be all that and a bag of Reese's Pieces. The kind of junk food we can never get enough of. Like, totally.

Last Updated: 4/8/2022Network: VH1
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1981
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8.87
31 votes

#1 - 1981

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/16/2002

While 1980 kicked off a brand new decade, 1981 was truly the year of birth. Everything from a new presidency to music television took shape within the twelve months that made 1981 a year featuring romance, transition, and a White House full of jellybeans.

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1985
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8.87
31 votes

#2 - 1985

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/18/2002

You really can't even begin to discuss the year 1985 without the Brat Pack. Demi, Andrew, Rob, Emilio, Judd, Anthony Michael, Molly, Ally. I could go on all day. Oh wait, there's one more brat packer, the chick from St Elmo's Fire who ate the PB&J with Rob Lowe. Don't you remember?

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1989
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8.87
30 votes

#3 - 1989

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/20/2002

Bad boys, bad boys what you gonna do, what you gonna do when they come for you? Here she is 1989 and the theme song to one of her babies COPS. CHIPS had become like a distant cousin and Adam 12 a weird uncle, or something. No more Jon and Ponch for us. 1989 is like the clever baby sister. The last of ten and she came of age with Reality TV and big fake boobs. And like a kid cleaning out her CD collection, she Bust A Move, gave the bands all haircuts, and cleared out some shelf space for the grunge to come no matter how hard Cher tried to Turn Back Time. She witnessed San Francisco shake, the Chinese stand up, the Berlin Wall fall down, and Zsa Zsa slap a Beverly Hills Cop. She carried us to the summit of Mount 1980's with all of it's new found silicone, TV cheese, movie fluff, and musical dirty laundry.

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1984
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8.10
31 votes

#4 - 1984

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/18/2002

So..."Where's the beef?" In 1984. Arguably the greatest pop culture year of the decade, and maybe ever! From Film, to TV, to Music, 1984 delivered. Not only did it introduce us to some of music's most enduring artists (Madonna & Prince), but a few endearing one hit wonders (Corey Hart ring a bell?) as well as some surprise classics (Footloose, Miami Vice, "Girls Just Want To Have Fun").

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1983
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8.06
31 votes

#5 - 1983

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/17/2002

The "like, totally gnarly". I mean "tubular" year that let us know that Michael Jackson was "not like other guys" introduced us to Tony Montana's (Al Pacino) "little friend" finally let us know that it was ok to be black and Miss America but not ok to get naked for Bob Guccione at the same time. There were those who just had to "adopt" the latest dolly.those who begged us to "Just Say No" and those who simply wanted to be "gagged with a spoon". 1983 also helped us to finally bury the disco, I mean Travolta's Stayin' Alive was the coffin's final nail.No? Disco R.I.P. We made fun of the preppie, gave up the 3D movie, cross-dressed on TV, started falling for Madonna.and her publicity stunts, and all the while we had the pleasure of looking down the road to what some thought might be the future according to George Orwell, 1984.

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1987
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8.03
33 votes

#6 - 1987

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/19/2002

You remember 1987. Glenn Close refused to be ignored, the Stock Market bubble burst, and the Beastie Boys fought to keep the party going. It was the year we realized what the 80's were all about - and we reveled in the excess, extravagance and bigness of it all!

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1988
star
8.00
2 votes

#7 - 1988

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/20/2002

Don't Worry, Be Happy. In 1988, everyone was whistling that tune. It's no wonder it was the year of dancing raisins and the debut of Prozac. 1988 was the feel good year of the decade. Whether you saw Rainman and Die Hard at the box office, gathered around your TV to catch Who's the Boss and The Wonder Years, or played Pictionary in your living room, you were looking for a good time.

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1982
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7.97
31 votes

#8 - 1982

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/17/2002

No year epitomized the 80's more than 1982, and yes, you did dress like that. Fast, plugged in, and embarrassing, this is a year you can't forget; no matter how hard you try. As the third episode of the series, I Love The 80's 1982 will saturate the audience with vivid flashbacks of colorful people, defining moments, and mortifying fads that make people fondly remember their youth, and sometimes even blush.

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1980
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7.94
32 votes

#9 - 1980

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 12/16/2002

Ahhh.1980. On the cusp between the 70's and the 80's, the year 1980 sometimes feels like the odd man out. Not a disco queen, not yet a yuppie. But don't be fooled - 1980 has a lot to offer. What other year gave birth to Post-It Notes, CNN and today's diva in training Christina Aguilera? Not 1984, I can tell you that. 1980, do that to me one more time. Once is never enough. With a.oh, you get the picture.

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1986
star
7.93
30 votes

#10 - 1986

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/19/2002

1986 was a year of breaking out, and breaking the rules. From a triumvirate of rebellious teens taking a day off to a hairy cat-eating alien taking over a family's garage, there were plenty of rules that were broken in `86. And as far as break-outs go, there was a wheel-spinning game show hottie, an Australian with a rather large knife, and - of course - a teddy bear with a tape deck for a stomach. How futuristic!

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