‘The ’80s — The Decade That Made Us’ Debuts, Memories Re-Lived
As a child of the ’80s, I LOVE re-living the absurd things we did. Teasing hair (AQUANET, anyone???), leg warmers, jelly bracelets….I love it.
National Geographic Channel has a six-part miniseries on the ’80s, called ‘The 80s: The Decade That Made Us‘, hosted by the ultimate ’80s guru, Rob Lowe. I only caught a few minutes of last night’s parts, but definitely want to set the DVR for the next four installments.
I’ve gathered a few highlights from comprehensive surveys they did to prepare for the show. Feel free to add your favorite memories!
- What ’80s TV family would you most want to be adopted by? The Cosby Show took first place honors.
- The top ’80s make-out song went to The Police’s “Every Breath You Take”. (We didn’t catch on to it being a stalker-esque type song until later!)
- The movie that defined the decade went to one that focused on the ’60s — Back To The Future.
- The best ’80s movie couple went to Johnny and Baby from ‘Dirty Dancing’…and to this day, nobody puts Baby in the corner.
- What musician had the biggest influence on today’s artists? Michael Jackson by a landslide.
- Favorite “Brat Pack” member went to Demi Moore. I thought for SURE Molly Ringwald would take that honor, but she was a close second.
Other categories included…
Most important tech invention of the ’80s — the personal computer (I’m still using a Commodore 64 here at work….)
Top ’80s fashion fad people never want to see again went to shoulder pads (“The wider the shoulders, the smaller the hips” was a theme).
BEST ’80s fashion? Leg warmers. Nowadays I guess we just keep our legs warm with…pants?