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Socoder -> Film + TV -> 80s TV

Posted : Friday, 06 May 2022, 00:34
PHS
I was wondering, what was the typical experience growing up in the 80's in the UK as it pertains to American TV shows being broadcast. It'd be interesting to know what shows were being distributed over the pond in that era.
Posted : Friday, 06 May 2022, 00:34
Dabz
There was a few... You had Dallas, Magnum PI, The Fall Guy, Knight Rider, Airwolf, Street Hawk, Cheers... The list is pretty massive really!

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Posted : Friday, 06 May 2022, 03:20
rockford
You missed the A-Team, Dabz. Tut Tut!
Posted : Friday, 06 May 2022, 04:19
AndyH
And Married with Children, I think that was on at 10pm or 11pm once a week. And V.

I think we had most things that were popular although it could be a few years later for some.

For example, while not 80's, I don't remember seeing Everyone loves Raymond until around 2015? Way after shows like The Middle, etc.

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Posted : Friday, 06 May 2022, 04:36
Jayenkai
Nah, Raymond and King of Queens were both on Paramount Comedy Channel (or whatever it was called at the time) way before that. I remember watching it at work

Quantum Leap!!!!
We got shows like Twin Peaks, tons of the Sat-AM cartoons, things like that.
Dallas and Dynasty were kinda things over here, too.
But Late Night Chatshows never "really" made it over here. There just wasn't a place to put them. Our four main channels usually had late night snooker, movies at night, or bizarre random oddness in the case of Channel Four.

For a while, Letterman was on one of the cable channels, but that was as close as we got.

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Posted : Friday, 06 May 2022, 04:43
AndyH
Don't think I've ever seen the Paramount channel, so that would be why. It was when day time C4 bought it before I ever saw the odd episode.

Ah yes, Quantum Leap, wow that just scrapes into the 80's doesn't it

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Posted : Friday, 06 May 2022, 04:44
Dabz

You missed the A-Team, Dabz. Tut Tut!


I hang my head in shame!

To make amends, I'll now go into my workshop with a length of 2x2, half a dozen scraps of plywood, a hammer with no head and a handful of old bent nails that I've straightened with my shoe, and then burst through the wall in a 4x4 pickup, armed with missiles, a gattling gun and armoured plating that a neutrino couldn't penetrate!

Very 80's styleeeeeee

Oh aye, all the while drinking tea from a 80's thermos flask cup... You know the ones... They had the square handle!

Would I be forgiven then?



Dabz

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Posted : Friday, 06 May 2022, 05:24
Jayenkai
Only if your computer display of important information contains a screen full of BASIC Print commands, because the person in charge of the onscreen computer display typed LIST instead of RUN..

(I've seen this in a couple of the Knight Rider Historian's commentaries, but damned if I can find an example of it.)

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Posted : Friday, 06 May 2022, 08:18
rockford
LOL @ Dabz and Jay!

Doncha just love the 80s and their computer screens. TBF it's still pretty bad nowadays...
Posted : Friday, 06 May 2022, 08:34
Jayenkai


Found it! Linkage

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Posted : Friday, 06 May 2022, 10:26
Dabz
Oh aye, they loved that... T'was the same in that episode of Only Fools and Horses, with the 6128, where Del pressed a key and it cleared the screen... Basically it had a program up on the monitor, and, well, the bit to fit the scene, all it was was Call &BB18:Cls

Not 80's, but still love this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkDD03yeLnU

Dabz

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Posted : Friday, 06 May 2022, 11:11
Jayenkai

View on YouTube
Posted : Friday, 06 May 2022, 12:03
Dabz
Another one is "Her GUI is mindblowing" is another one...

Imagine using that as a chat up line... "Alreet pet hew, dee yee nar what it is hew, your GUI is mindblowing hew"

Still, doesnt beat mine when I was on tinder... Got sick and tired of the same old tired breaking the ice messages over and over, so matched this lass, and I pretty much just sent "Hi there, do you like bread? x"

And... She did apparently, nowt happened with her... Just one of them on a vanity trip I think... Well, must've been, what with me being lush and that!

Dabz

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Posted : Friday, 06 May 2022, 21:20
PHS
Funny thread.

You know what always bothers me in tv and movies is when they show people "playing" a video game but the sound effects never match what they claim to be playing.

Like if they're supposed to be playing Halo and you hear Pac Man sound effects.
Posted : Friday, 06 May 2022, 23:28
Dabz
I think another thing with the 80's (And early 90's) is that, sometimes, the adverts were funnier then some of the stuff that was starting to creep up on the tele... Still remember the "Got any dirty videos" scotch video one...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XtUwzrDaEg

I mean, he's got his mac on and everything!

EDIT: Just spied this one too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkBIIZcLmQQ

Dabz

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Posted : Saturday, 07 May 2022, 01:41
rockford
You're not wrong about the ads - many of them were incredibly good.
Posted : Saturday, 07 May 2022, 05:12
AndyH
80's adverts... now that could open up a can of never ending worms

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbdxm8Ia0Wc

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Posted : Saturday, 07 May 2022, 11:55
AndyH
Moonlighting!
Posted : Saturday, 07 May 2022, 13:39
Dabz
Awwww, there was some beauties wasnt there, ahhhhh... The good old days when the world didnt frown when you laughed!

Dabz

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Posted : Saturday, 07 May 2022, 14:01
Jayenkai
Yeah, thankfully the world grew up.
I do love me some Knight Rider and Quantum Leap, even classic Trek. But they were very much "man gets a girl-of-the-week, then leaves them for the next lass, next week", weren't they.

Is that what made those shows work? I don't think so.. maybe Knight Rider would've struggled without it, but Journeyman showed us that Quantum Leap needn't have relied on it.
80s tv, man...
Seems like just yesterday, but ... I'm so old!!!!

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Posted : Sunday, 08 May 2022, 01:35
PHS
I remember seeing only a little British TV in the 80s here in the US.

Most of it was either dry and for grown-ups or was little snippets of cartoons interspersed in other shows, for instance a 5 minute glimpse of Noddy in a half hour show that would have mostly US production toons and live action. Only got bits and pieces of that stuff in that decade. Not until I was older and had the web could I get full episodes of those great toons for the younger ones in the family, (secretly for me if we're being honest).

As far as the grown-up stuffs. Very little sci-fi. Like I mentioned somewhere else, have never seen much Dr. Who. Goes for Red Dwarf too.

Luckily my cousin, who was in college and privy to more than myself would let me see a lot of Monty Python which was nice, though except for the physical comedy I didn't understand most of the topical jokes and also Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Mostly the grown-up shows were things like Are You Being Served, Keeping Up Appearances, Benny Hill, and Ab Fab. I didn't really like these. They were just on for the most part.