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ABC Afterschool Special was a television anthology series that aired on ABC from1972, to 1997. Younger Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers, and even "Elder" Millennials might remember coming home to these very special programs created for teens. First, we revisit an afterschool drink, Capri Sun! We learn about the origins of the foil-pouched drink and then dive…
 
It's September, and that means it's back to school time! To celebrate, we're revisiting the show that got everyone to read in the summer... Reading Rainbow! Hosted by Levar Burton, Reading Rainbow is an American educational children's television series that originally aired on PBS from 1983 to 2006. After digging into the fascinating history of the…
 
This week, in honor of Labor Day, we revisit Office Space! Office Space was written and directed by Mike Judge, creator of Beavis and Butthead. The film debuted in 1999 and was a sleeper hit with low initial box office returns, but huge VHS sales after being shown almost daily on Comedy Central. The movie satirizes the worklife of a typical 1990s s…
 
This week, we go way back to revisit the original Scooby-Doo! Scooby-Doo Where Are You debuted in 1969 to answer a call for Saturday morning cartoons with less violence and more humor. The Hanna-Barbera production spawned dozens of TV shows and movies. Before our full review of the original animated TV series, we have our non-sponsored snack, Sixle…
 
The camping fun continues with our summer movie pick, Camp Nowhere! Starring Christopher Lloyd (of Back to the Future fame) and Jonathan Jackson, Morris "Mud" Himmel hates spending every summer at computer camp, When he realizes all of his friends are unhappy about their respective camp prospects, he devises a plan to create his own, kid-friendly c…
 
After receiving a listener suggestion, we decided to revisit another beloved Nickelodeon TV show, Double Dare! Double Dare began when Nickelodeon was looking for more programming to play after school, and a sponsor suggested a kid's game show instead of a cartoon! What resulted was a fun, exciting mixture of trivia, dares, physical challenges, and …
 
It isn't summer until you go to summer camp! So this week, we revisit the beloved Nickelodeon TV show Salute Your Shorts! Salute Your Shorts began as a collection of short stories before being developed as a pilot by Propaganda Films. It took a year for Nickelodeon to green-light the project, but once it was on the air, it was an instant hit with k…
 
This week, we revisit another classic franchise that started with a toy line... My Little Pony! Hasboro began with the failed "My Pretty Pony" doll and then ran a more successful line of smaller ponies from 1982 to 1992. The toys launched a global phenomenon, and a movie and TV series captured the hearts of kids everywhere. Before our full review o…
 
This week, the summer fun continues with the classic 1980s baseball movie, Field of Dreams! Starring Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Amy Madigan, Gabby Hoffman, and Timothy Busfield, this award-winning film came into theaters in 1989. When Iowa farmer Ray (Kevin Costner) hears a mysterious voice one night in his cornfie…
 
"Oh Boy!" This week, we revisit the cult favorite, Quantum Leap. Quantum Leap ran for 5 seasons and 97 episodes from 1989 to 1993. Created by Don Bellisario, the show starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett, a time traveling scientist, who leaps into people from 1953 to 1987 to help them and correct something that went wrong in the original timelin…
 
On April 21, 1990, all four major American television networks: ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS, most independent stations, as well as cable networks Nickelodeon and the USA Network ran the anti-crack PSA, Cartoon All Stars to the Rescue. Sponsored by McDonald's, the special featured nearly every famous cartoon at the time: Winnie the Pooh, Muppet Babies, A…
 
This week, we revisit the original cartoon version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! What began as a comic book in 1984, TMNT quickly launched into a series in 1986, and an empire was born. The franchise spawned 5 animated television series, 5 live-action films, 4 animated films, 4 comic book series, toys, video games, table top games, pinball machi…
 
To celebrate the Fourth of July this week, we revisit Top Gun! Starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Tom Skerritt, and Meg Ryan, this summer blockbuster burst into theaters in 1986. The movie helped to increase Navy recruitment, and was popular enough to spawn the sequel, Top Gun: Maverick earlier this year. Steve talks …
 
"The plane! The plane!" This week, we revisit Fantasy Island! Fantasy Island started out as a joke made by a frustrated Aaron Spelling as he was pitching ideas to network executives. The executives loved the idea, and so did the public! The show ran 152 episodes and two made-for-TV movies over seven years from 1977 to 1984. In the ratings, it never…
 
We have a special extravaganza, celebrating our 25th episode! We went back 25 years to the 25th highest box office film and rewatched The Fifth Element! Starring Mila Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, and Chris Tucker, this sci-fi adventure film is known for its stunning visuals... and Mila Jovovich's infamous orange and white costume. Some call…
 
Megan is out of the studio this week, and Steve is joined by his brother, Kevin, who is celebrating his first Father's Day as a new dad! To help Kevin celebrate, we let him pick the movie, so this week's Bonus Episode features the classic 1980s BMX racing movie, Rad! The film stars Bill Allen, Lori Loughlin, Talia Shire, Jack Weston and Ray Walston…
 
This week, we revisit Jem! Jem and the Holograms was a hit Saturday Morning Cartoon that ran from 1985-1988. It rose to the top of the Nielsen Ratings its first two years, and then dropped down into relative obscurity. We talk about the show's strong cult following, original songs, toy tie-ins, and the 2015 reboot film. Before digging into Jem, we …
 
This week, we revisit the live-action Disney film, Flight of the Navigator! This 1986 movie starred Joey Cramer as David, a 12-year-old kidnapped by a spaceship he calls Max. The voice of Max was provided by Paul Reubens, best known for his Pee-Wee Herman character. Sarah Jessica Parker also appears in one of her first film roles. Before our review…
 
This Memorial Day, we revisit the Civil War film, Glory Inspired by the true story of the 54th Regiment, the first military unit consisting entirely of black soldiers who fought for the Union army during the Civil War. Despite the bravery of the many men amongst their ranks, the 54th Regiment were often mistreated as second-class soldiers. Under th…
 
This week, we revisit The Greatest American Hero, a science fiction/comedy/mystery TV show starring a regular school teacher who receives a magical suit that turns him into a super hero. Sometimes more well known for its theme song than its wild plots, the show lasted 3 seasons. We start with our snack review and learn a bit about the history of Pi…
 
This week, we revisit the original Transformers cartoon! We start with our snack review and learn a bit about the history of Blow Pops, and how Charms tried to distinguish this lollipop from the competition! Then, in our fun facts section, we talk about Transformer toys, the supposed knock-off brand, Go Bots, and the continued popularity of the Tra…
 
This week, we revisit Dream a Little Dream, a film starring "The Two Coreys," Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. We start with our snack review and learn a bit about the history of Nerds, how they got their "uncool" name, and how they're made. Then, in our fun facts section, we talk about the phenomenon that was the Two Coreys, what movies these two sta…
 
For Mother's Day, we have a special bonus! Megan's mother Karen stops by to talk about mothers and daughters in the movies! We start with our snack review. Necco wafers were one of Karen's favorites... and something Megan avoided. Then, we revisit the original 1970s version starring Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris and talk about the gender roles an…
 
This week, we discuss all things Little House! We start with our snack review and dive into the history of maple sugar candy. Why was it popular during the Pioneer Days? When did we switch from maple sugar to white sugar? Then, in our "Fun Facts" section, we talk about the history of the Little House books and how these slower, gentler stories were…
 
Muppet Babies was a classic, Saturday morning cartoon that aired from 1984 to 1991 on CBS. After discussing the history of the Muppet Babies, beginning with a small segment in The Muppets Take Manhattan, we revisit the show and talk about some of our memories of imaginative play. One of us had a jungle gym in their living room, and one of us built …
 
Everlasting Gobstoppers! This is our first fan-requested episode! Thanks to everyone for your support. Join us on Facebook to add your requests! We talk about the inspiration for Willy Wonka and how author Roald Dahl developed this amazing character and his world! In our fun-fact section, we learn more about how the movie was made, how the author f…
 
Happy Easter! To celebrate Easter, we're revisiting the 1980s Christian cartoon, Superbook!​Superbook was a Christian television show created by the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) in the early 1980s. The show ran for 2 seasons and led to the spin-off Flying House a year later. The show was rebooted and has been running for 7 seasons, so we re…
 
To round out April, we finish up our Easter candy stash by trying 3 different varieties of Cadbury Creme Eggs. After discussing the history of the creme egg and enjoying our nostalgic snack, we dig into the world of the A-Team. Steve recalls playing with some of the toys, and Megan shares some fun facts about the show, including the full story of h…
 
Easter is just around the corner, so we revisit the classic Easter snack, Marshmallow Peeps. We talk about the history of the Peep, including the automation process that took the formation of each batch from 23 hours to 6 minutes! Then, we do a deep dive on Alvin and the Chipmunks, beginning with a novelty record in 1958 and ending with live-action…
 
This week, we revisit the Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah romantic comedy, Splash! Before diving in (pun intended) to the film, we try the classic childhood candy, Swedish Fish and answer the question, "Are these actually Swedish?" Then, we swim through some facts and explore the history of the movie. We uncover why this was a Disney film without the Di…
 
This week, we revisit the forgotten 80's TV show, Manimal! Manimal was an action-adventure show that aired for just 8 episodes. Was it canceled too early? Or did NBC executives make the right decision in giving it the ax? Listen to find out! We also take another taste of animal crackers and discover why the box has changed from the classic circus m…
 
Our first bonus episode to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! While having our nostalgic snack, Megan discusses the history of Lucky Charms cereal and her memories of the "new marshmallow campaign." Then, we dive into the world of Leprechaun and explore how this unlikely franchise became a cult classic. Steve talks about his (very young) childhood memori…
 
This week, we revisit the old classic, candy buttons! Then, we dig into the history of GI Joe and talk about how this 1964 Hasboro toy became a beloved cartoon hero of the 1980s. Steve revisits his childhood memories of playing with ALL the GI Joe toys, including the coveted 7-foot-long aircraft carrier. And Megan asks Steve about all the things sh…
 
It's Girl Scout Cookie season! This week, we matched our movie to our snack. We reminisce about our scouting days while trying out some cookies (including the gluten-free kind)! Steve recalls becoming a door-to-door salesman for the Boy Scouts, and Megan talks about being unimpressed by the Girl Scout uniforms. Then, we jump into the movie! Troop B…
 
Before discussing ALF, that adorable, sarcastic alien from Melmac, we look back at our memories of Jelly Bellies and play "Beanboozled." One of us enjoys the game... and one of us gets a mouthful of displeasure! Then, we remember ALF and review the original sitcom, the cartoon, and the late-night TV show. Which did we like best? Listen to find out!…
 
Strawberry Shortcake was born as a greeting card character and became a 1980s childhood icon! Join us as Steve describes his hazy memories of other people enjoying Strawberry Shortcake, Megan describes her childhood Strawberry Shortcake-themed bedroom, and both of us talk about the original cartoon and which of the reboots we found the most whimsic…
 
In our first episode, we take a look back at He-Man! Before our review, we take a snack break to revisit the classic childhood candy, Pop Rocks. Learn how this amazing popping candy was accidentally invented. Then, join us as we discuss the classic 80s cartoon and compare the original to the reboots. Which version is the best? Listen to find out!…
 
Cheers ran for 11 seasons from 1982-1993. Our snacks for this classic sitcom were candy cigarettes! Steve teaches Megan not to light the candy, and Megan remembers getting in trouble the last time she tried one. Then, we reminisce about the show "where everybody knows your name" and look back at the various eras of Cheers, from Diane and Coach to W…
 
Who Framed Roger Rabbit was hailed as a technical masterpiece in 1988! In this episode, Steve talks about his love for film noir, Megan is appalled at our snack choice, Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape, and we both try to answer the question, "Is this cartoon/live-action hybrid as good as I remember?" Watch with us by visiting our blog at www.stopruiningmyc…
 
A sometimes nostalgic, sometimes cynical look back at pop culture.Join us as we revisit movies, cartoons, and live-action TV of the 80s and 90s, and ask the question, ”Does this hold up? Or did I just ruin my childhood?” Visit us online at www.stopruiningmychildhood.com where you can find links to our social media as well as our "Watch With Us Blog…
 
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