To celebrate the Fourth of July this week, we revisit Top Gun! You can find the film HERE on Amazon Prime.
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. The trailer is
In the episode, Steve talks about the ways the movie inspired his childhood obsession with airplanes... and how he may have recreated the "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" scene to pick up girls back in the day. You can see the infamous scene below!
Megan talks about her childhood memories of sneaking to a friend's house to watch the movie and going to Navy air shows to celebrate July 4th.
And we both enjoy eating our nostalgic, childhood snack, Freezy Pops, for the first time in over 20 years! Freezy Pops are available in most grocery stores, but you can also find them HERE!
Did we love the film? Are we looking forward to the sequel? Did the popsicles give us brain freeze? Listen to find out!
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"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 broke into the top 10, but it was popular enough to spawn a reboot series in 1998, a prequel film in 2020, and a sequel series in 2021.
Fantasy Island was available to stream on Tubi, but it seems to be moving hosting platforms at the moment. You can find out where to stream it HERE. We watched Season 5, Episode 12: Magic Camera/Mata Hari/ Valerie as well as the 2-hour Pilot Movie.
Below, you can find the pilot episode from the 1998 version, which Megan loved as a teen! And the trailer for the newest reboot, which is still currently on the air!
Tying into our tropical theme this week is our snack, Tropical Fruit Gushers! These fruit gummy treats were all the rage in the 1990s. They're still available! You can find them HERE
Did the show live up to our expectations? Did the Gushers make us nauseous? Listen to find out!
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 called it a comic book come to life! Others found it overstuffed and overstimulating.
You can watch the film HERE on Hulu or HERE for free on Tubi.
Before we give our take, we revisit a few of our favorite moments from the podcast and take a second look at Happy Meals! The portions have changed, and the meals come with some healthier options, but the toys still play a major role!
Learn more about the history of the Happy Meal HERE on Mental Floss.
We also briefly discuss the movie The Founder, which depicts the rise of the McDonald's franchise. You can watch that film HERE on Tubi or HERE on Amazon Prime.
What is the one TV show Steve's looking forward to watching soon? What is the one cartoon Megan wishes she rated higher? Will Leeloo ever learn another word besides "Multipass"? Listen to find out!
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! You can rent the movie HERE on AMAZON.
The film stars Bill Allen, Lori Loughlin, Talia Shire, Jack Weston and Ray Walston, along with 1984 Olympic gymnastics champion Bart Conner and famously features a dance sequence on BMX bikes! You can watch "Bicycle Boogie" and check out the wardrobe choices of the infamous twins below!
The film was a box office bomb, grossing $2 million against a budget of $3 million, and received mixed reviews from critics, but found a cult following among kids as a top VHS rental.
Before digging into the film, the guys have some Skittles and talk about their love of candy as kids. Both Steve and Kevin prefer the original flavor, but if you want a full variety pack, you can purchase that HERE on AMAZON.
Did they love the movie as much as the snack? Were the critics right? Listen to find out!
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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.
You can watch the original HERE ON TUBI and you can watch the reboot film HERE ON NETFLIX.
Jem was also a popular doll, and you can read all about the history of the doll HERE on the "Totally Jem!" Fansite.
Before digging into Jem, we try a Hershey's Symphony bar. Launched in 1989, this candy bar was create to appeal to wealthier and European customers. You can buy a whole box of Symphony Bars HERE on Amazon. And you can watch the vintage commercial below!
Did we love it? Did we hate it? Were the songs from Jem bops or flops? The intro to the show is below, but for the rest, you can check out the podcast to hear our take!
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This week, we revisit the live-action Disney film, Flight of the Navigator!
This 1986 movie is available on Disney+ HERE. It 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.
The director also worked on the Disney Star Tours ride, which you can relive below!
Joey Cramer went through a lot of difficulties as a result of his rise to fame as a child star. The documentary "After Navigator" details his process of recovery. You can see the trailer below, or rent it HERE on Amazon Prime.
Before our review, we try the retro childhood treat, the Sugar Daddy! The sticky, caramel pop was invented in 1925, but surged in popularity in 1973 during the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match. You can buy them HERE.
And... then we talk about Light Speed Theory, and if you're interested, you can read more about it HERE
Did we love the movie? Did we break our teeth on the candy? Listen to find out!
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This Memorial Day, we revisit the Civil War film, Glory
You can rent the movie HERE on Amazon Prime.
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 the leadership of Robert Shaw, the first all-black volunteer company fought prejudices of both their own Union army and the Confederates.
During the podcast, we talk about THIS article from the Smithsonian, which describes more of the history and historical details of the film .
We talk about the inspirational 1989 film, marvel over the cinematography, debate the acting choices, and discover the differences between fact and fiction.
Before our review, we try the old-fashioned treat, salt water taffy! The sticky candy was popular during the Civil War, when it often featured molasses and transformed into the candy we know today in the early 1900s. Read all about the history of the candy HERE and buy some candy while you're there!
Did the movie do justice to the story of the 54th Regiment? Did it honor the soldiers who fought for this country? Did we love the candy as much as we remembered? Listen to find out!
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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. Listen to the theme song below! And watch Megan's memory of Seinfeld right beside it!
Fun Fact! The pilot movie was the fourth most watched program on TV the week it debuted! You can watch the episodes HERE on Tubi.
We start with our snack review and learn a bit about the history of Pixy Stix and their connection to Sweet Tarts and Fun Dip. Buy Pixy Stix HERE
In our fun facts section, we talk about the making of The Greatest American Hero, its failed spin-off series, and the amazing ensemble cast that came together to create this short-lived show.
After the recap and review, we have a fun sneak preview of next week's episode as Steve chooses what he's willing to watch!
Did we love this hilarious science fiction classic? Did we ruin our childhoods? Listen to find out!
This week, we revisit the original Transformers cartoon! We focus on the original and touch on some of the lesser-known remakes. Nearly all forms of Transformer cartoons can be found HERE for free on Tubi!
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! To purchase some, click HERE
Then, in our fun facts section, we talk about Transformer toys, the supposed knock-off brand, Go Bots, and the continued popularity of the Transformers franchise, including reboots, sequels, prequels, and more! To revisit your memories of the toys, a compilation of G1 commercials is below! And if you loved Go Bots more, you can watch those commercials as well!
After the recap and review, we have a fun sneak preview of next week's episode as Steve chooses which episodes he's willing to watch!
Does the cartoon hold up? Did it live up to our beloved childhood memories? Listen to find out!
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This week, we revisit Dream a Little Dream, a film starring "The Two Coreys," Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. You can stream the movie HERE on Amazon's FreeVee service.
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. If you'd like to see a clip of their featured Unwrapped episode, it's below!
Then, in our fun facts section, we talk about the phenomenon that was the Two Coreys, what movies these two stars made together, and how they seemed to be everywhere in the 1980s. We also talk about the inspiration for the film and the song "Dream a Little Dream of Me," and we shy away from the direct-to-video sequel... but if you'd like to watch it, you can find it HERE also on Amazon's FreeVee service.
We also talk about the film's amazing soundtrack. Watch the clip below, featuring "Into the Mystic."
After the recap and review, we have a fun sneak preview of next week's episode as Steve chooses what he's willing to watch!
Did we love the movie? Did we hate it? Did Corey Feldman's Michael Jackson dance moves impress us? Listen to find out!
You can also click HERE to take our Buzzfeed quiz and test your love of the Two Corey's Movies!
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. If you like them, you can find them HERE!
After having our snack, we discuss the history of Freaky Friday, beginning with the book, which you can find HERE on Amazon!
Then, we revisit the original 1970s version starring Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris and talk about the gender roles and generational differences in the movie. Then, we look at the early 2000s remake starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. Both versions as well as the 2018 version are on Disney Plus:
You can also watch the 1995 made-for-TV version of Freaky Friday on YouTube below!
Which did we like best? Listen to find out!
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? If you'd like to know more than we covered on the show, click HERE!
Then, in our "Fun Facts" section, we talk about the history of the Little House books and how these slower, gentler stories were adapted into one of the longest-running, dramatic television series of all time! If you'd like to read the series, you can find that HERE. Megan also talks about Pioneer Girl, Laura's original biography. It's been restored and annotated, and you can buy it HERE.
We watched three episodes throughout the run of Little House:
You can stream the entire series HERE on Amazon FreeVee
Below, you can watch Melissa Gilbert recall her memories of the show! The other video is a fan walking through the real Walnut Grove today! Megan talks about her visit on the podcast as well.
Did we ruin our beloved childhood memories? Or, does Laura Ingalls Wilder still resonate with us today? Listen to find out!
Muppet Babies was a classic, Saturday morning cartoon that aired from 1984 to 1991 on CBS.
In addition to revisiting this cartoon version of the Muppets, we talk all things Smarties! How did Smarties get their name? Why are they shaped like pellets? You can buy them HERE and listen to find out more about their history!
Then, we discuss the history of the Muppet Babies, beginning with a small segment in The Muppets Take Manhattan, which you can watch below.
We watched the pilot episode as well as a season 3 episode. You can find both on YouTube through the playlist below! We also discuss the 2018 reboot, which you can find HERE on Disney Plus.
While we revisit the show, we 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 pillow forts throughout the entire house! But we both loved PipeWorks, pictured on the right, as well as building bricks, which you can still buy HERE!
So, does Muppet Babies hold up? Or did we ruin our childhoods? Tune in to find out!
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! You can find the book and its sequel HERE.
In our fun-fact section, we learn more about how the movie was made, how the author felt about the movie, and why there was never a sequel.
Then, we talk about our memories of the film. Steve watched it on Easter, and Megan... made a bunch of little kids cry. Throughout our discussion, we mention comedian John Mulaney's bit on the movie, including his thoughts on "laundry soup," which you can find below. (Please note that there is some cursing in that particular clip.)
In addition to our recap and review, we try the nostalgic candy inspired by the film: Everlasting Gobstoppers, which you can buy HERE or find in your local grocery or convenience store.
Watch the original HERE and the remake HERE and enjoy the trailers below!
Does the movie hold up, or did we just ruin our childhoods? Listen to find out!
To round out April, we finish up our Easter candy stash by trying 3 different varieties of Cadbury Creme Eggs. You can find all the varieties HERE on Amazon... though it might be easier to check your local grocery store!
After discussing the history of the creme egg and enjoying our nostalgic snack, we dig into the world of the A-Team. In that discussion, we mention the Jonestown Tragedy. There is a wonderful episode on that historic incident from the podcast You're Wrong About, which you can listen to HERE. We also mention the Waco Tragedy with David Koresh. There have been many documentaries done on the subject, and one is HERE free on YouTube.
Steve recalls playing with some of the toys, including the van, which you can find HERE, and Megan shares some fun facts about the show, including the full story of how they were framed for "a crime they didn't commit" and how the finale came to be shown in the wrong order!
In terms of the episodes, we watched:
You can find the A-Team HERE on Amazon. The reboot movie is THERE as well.
If you'd like to watch the original Bells of St. Mary's starring Ingrid Bergman and Bing Crosby, you can find it HERE free on PBS.
We decided to review some Christian entertainment for our bonus Easter episode!
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 in the early 2000s, and we review those episodes as well! You can read about the man behind the series HERE and the history of the series HERE in fascinating articles from Vision Christian Radio.
You can find the original episodes below, which are provided for free on YouTube by CBN. The new series can also be found on Amazon Prime HERE.
Before we dive into Superbook, we try some chocolate bunnies! If you want a quality bunny from Russell Stover, you can find a wide variety HERE on their website!
This week, we begin with some classic Easter candy! We'll be reviewing Easter candy throughout the month of April, and today, we learn about the history of Marshmallow Peeps! Learn more about the fascinating immigrant who invented Peeps HERE!
Or, if you hate Peeps, check out the Facebook page for Peeps' Haters HERE.
After snacking on the marshmallow treats, we explore the history of Alvin and the Chipmunks, beginning with The Chipmunk Song from 1958 and the episode "Theodore's Dog" from The Alvin Show which aired in 1961 and is linked below.
After doing a deep dive on the origins of the Chipmunks, we move into our memories of the 1980s cartoon. We watched the first three segments of the video below:
We also watched the feature "Trick or Treason," one of the Chipmunks' Halloween Specials, also available below from YouTube.
Megan mentions watching Alvin and the Chipmunks from 2007 and Road Chip from 2015, both of which are available HERE on Disney+
And last, but certainly not least, The "C" Team, features Mr. T.
Megan mentions the wonderful "Bob and Sheri Podcast" episode "Talking Turkey with Mr. T," where Mr. T answers questions from listeners about Thanksgiving. You can find the full episode HERE.
This week, we watch the 1984 hit movie, Splash!
You can find Splash on Disney+ HERE and if you're interested in learning more about the film, there is a great article HERE from Mental Floss, though we do cover a lot of these fun facts on the podcast!
It seems that Disney wanted to bury the made-for-TV sequel because it's nearly impossible to find Splash Too (and for good reason)! But we were able to find it HERE free on Veoh.
But, if you don't want to slog through the whole dull thing, you can just watch the trailer below!
And this week, well, there was only one choice for our snack. It had to be Swedish Fish! You can buy Swedish Fish HERE on Amazon.
For St. Patrick's Day, we wanted to provide listeners with a fun holiday-themed episode, and we chose Leprechaun! You can find the 1993 film HERE on Tubi, a free streaming service. It's also available to rent or own on Amazon Prime HERE.
In our discussions, Megan reads from an interview with Warwick Davis, star of the film. You can read the full interview HERE on Dread Central.
Of course, we had to sample the cereal that inspired the film... Lucky Charms! They're available in nearly every grocery store, but the chocolate version may be harder to find. You can buy it HERE on Amazon.
And finally, in the podcast we talk about the trope of sitcom and movie characters saying, "Come on! It's the 90s now!" For a hilarious compilation, watch the short video below from Vimeo!
Before we jump into the forgotten 80s TV show Manimal, Steve takes a moment to enjoy some animal crackers.
We talk about the history of animal crackers, which you can read about HERE while you enjoy the snack, sold on Amazon HERE. Megan doesn't love animal crackers, but there is a gluten-free version from Mi-Del, which you can find (also on Amazon) HERE.
Then, we dive into Manimal! The show aired in 1983 for 8 episodes. So, it's a bit difficult to find!
All 8 episodes are available in English on DVD HERE on Amazon.
But we were able to find a few episodes (in English) on Youtube! Episode 4 "The Female of the Species" and Episode 6 "Scrimshaw" are both below!
Episode 4 features a "feral child," and on the podcast we discuss the fascinating history of children raised by animals. While many of these tales have been debunked, you can read more about a few of these children HERE.
Each week, we'll post the links to the shows and films we watched, so you can "play along at home."