"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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Each week, we'll post the links to the shows and films we watched, so you can "play along at home."