80’s TV on YouTube

I just found a bunch of old TV shows and music videos on YouTube. Talk about a trip down memory lane. I started looking at Monkees song videos. Then I found entire episodes from their 60’s tv show. I first fell in love with them from the re-runs on Nickelodeon in the mid-80’s. My friends and I were huge fans of the Monkees and Beetles. I think I had all the Monkees albums. We used to rush off the school bus to watch it then call each other (can you say conference call). None of us had a VCR so if we knew we would be missing an episode we would hook up a time delay on a tape recorder then listen to the tape. I can still sing their songs from memory. Hey, Hey we’re the Monkees… 🙂

Junior year in high school we had a lot of fun and won some awards doing tv show themes for band: Dallas, Jeopardy, M*A*S*H, MacGyver, Magnum PI, Mission Impossible. Great thing is most of these intros are now on YouTube. I wish full episodes were.

Remember when drama and action shows had a plot other than just shoot the bad guys like The Fall Guy, A-Team, Dukes of Hazzard, Hardcastle & McCormick, Simon and Simon (AJ was cute), Quincy, Columbo, Knight Rider. Wonderful mysteries like Perry Mason (it was great Barbra Hale and Raymond Burr were together on both the 50’s and 80’s versions of it), Diagnosis Murder, Matlock, Father Dowling Mysteries, Murder She Wrote. Or the evening soaps Falcon Crest, Dynasty and of course Dallas? How about kids shows like Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (Hey, Hey, Hey), Electric Company, 3-2-1 Contact (shows by the Children’s Television Workshop ruled!), Sesame Street (before it turned PC), Reading Rainbow (Lavar Burton still makes this show), Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock. Cartoons like Inspector Gadet, Looney Tunes (they were canceled for being too violent!), Thunder Cats, Transformers, Smurfs, HeMan, Garfield. Then there’s always Hulk Hogan, Richard Simmons, Weird Al, Arsenio Hall. We got MTV then VH1. Charity Aid concerts that were real charity and great concerts. Live Aid concert and in 1985 over 8000 radio station played We Are the World (try to get a group together like that today) at the same time to benefit starving Africans. They played it at our school over the intercom and we all sang along. Farm Aid to benefit distressed US Farmers. Remember Atari when PacMan, Pong, and Space Invaders were the latest games? We have more than 30 Atari games including paddle controllers.

Anyway, parts of these wonderful shows and more are now on YouTube. What are your favorite 80’s shows on YouTube now?


2 Responses

  1. Hi,
    I have looked high and low for a television show that aired in Anchorage and rural villages in bush Alaska in the 80’s, I think on Rural Net Alaska. It featured Alaskan bands and had dancers while the bands were introduced and played. I think there were only a few of the actual shows that were aired. It was taped in a bar named Spenardos in Spenard that is now ALANO. It also was taped in a club that was on the Old Seward Highway near Diamond. That club didn’t last long. Does anyone know about this or where to get old tapes from this show?

  2. David,
    Sorry, I have no idea. I was a kid in the early 80’s and didn’t return to Alaska until 1994. Good luck finding it though.

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