1984 Foreword – by Claymation Werewolf
The year was 1984. Big Brother was watching over all of us…but what I want to know is…what were WE watching? Speaking for myself, I was a wolf pup of a mere three years old when the new bread of television programming arrived in September of ‘84.
Using a patented pop-culture research method, I have spent years cultivating I have found a way to literally look back in time to an age when TV was simpler. When fashion was much more corduroy and when people broke records, selling records. The year of Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Four.
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As I started to dig, I soon realized that the answers I found were more amazing than I could have possibly imagined! 1984 it would seem, was a year when the television industry was ready to take risks. Maybe it was the fact that they thought the dystopian future of George Orwell had finally arrived or maybe they had just realized that human civilization had finally reached its height and they wanted to make the most of it. Either way, we were given gifts like cartoon blocks introduced by music mogul Weird Al Yankovic! We had cartoons about wrestlers! TV shows about helicopters… Sitcoms about wrestling helicopters? Strangest of all someone was finally brave enough to air a show about two middle-aged women with kids, living in the 80’s, cooking dinner and having jobs!
But rather than try to put my spin on such an amazing era of televised programming, I’ll let this historic artifact speak for itself!
(Check out the Claymation-style TV listings, see if you can spot any Easter eggs! – Ed.)
Claymation Werewolf has an evil plan to bring about a Nostalgia Revolution for a time when cartoons were actually good. You can find more of his posts about toys, cartoons, puppets and horror on his blog at http://claymationwerewolf.blogspot.com. Also, follow him on twitter @claymationhowl and let him know what you think of his work.
~Episode 27: 1984 (“Muppet Inception”)~
“Living Dolls” spin-off (feat. Halle Berry, Leah Remini, Vivica Fox)
Kate & Allie
Punky spin-offs: Fenster Hall, animated serie
Super Friends: Legendary Powers
Muppet Babies (a.k.a. “Muppet Inception”)
Apple Computer Super Bowl ad
Hulk Hogan defeats Iron Sheik for the WWF Championship at MSG
Michael Jackson’s hair catches fire
Michael Jackson wins a record 8 Grammy awards
Who Shot J.R.?
First and Ten
Video Vibrations (BET w/the “Unseen VJ” Alvin Jones)
Video Music Box
Puttin’ on the Hits (lip-synch Star Search)
Dragon’s Lair (animated series)
Jeopardy (Ken Jennings is the “The Ric Flair of Jeopardy”)
Super Password (Bert Convy with the Bernie Kosar fro)
Airwolf (vs. Blue Thunder)
The Cosby Show
Murder, She Wrote (shout-out to Chaka Demus & Pliers “Murder She Wrote”)
Tales from the Darkside
V: The Final Battle – mini-series
Tuesday Night Titans
Highway to Heaven
Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye
Murder, She Wrote vs. Murder, She Wrote…
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