"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!
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 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!
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.
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.
ALF Season 1 isn't really available because of streaming rights, but the other seasons of ALF are currently streaming on Starz, which you can find through Amazon Prime HERE
You can also find a few episodes on the YouTube compilation below:
Also featured below are clips from the ALF cartoon and "ALF's Hit Talk Show" from TV Land, which both we both loved!
During the podcast, we also discussed the article "Out of This World: An Oral History of ALF," and if you'd like to read more about ALF, you can find it HERE on Mental Floss.
Before watching ALF, we had our vintage snack! We ate Jelly Bellies and played the game "Bean Boozled," and if you'd like to play, you can find that on Amazon HERE
Each week, we'll post the links to the shows and films we watched, so you can "play along at home."