February 12th, 2011
|puipui||10:52 pm - Monthly Picspam: Bad 80's TV Shows|
AT LAST, AT LAST, IT IS TIME FOR OUR PICSPAM! YAY!
We're going to start with T.J. Hooker, because William Shatner says so.
T.J. Hooker was a terrible, terrible, terrible show. I don't think I've seen it again since it first ran, but I'm sure I can trust my memory on this. I'm willing to say that it was mainly William Shatner's fault, because that makes sense, but he is not the only one to blame, oh no! There were other people in T.J. Hooker, too!
OH LOOK IT'S HEATHER LOCKLEAR! :D Heather Locklear was very, very popular in the 80's, appearing not only on T.J. Hooker, but also on that bastion of fabulous 80's fabulousness, Dynasty.
EVERY PICTURE OF JOAN COLLINS COUNTS AS FIVE!
But Dynasty was about more than just Joan Collins! Or, okay, well, no, it wasn't, but there were other people in it, too! Really! They probably spent most of their time talking to/about Joan Collins, but they were there!
It is so not fair that so many people in the cast of Dynasty got so much hotter as they got older. Witness John Forsythe:
And also Linda Evans:
And do you know who else was in Dynasty, playing Alexis Carrington-Colby-Etcetc's equally amazingly fabulous sister? KATE O'MARA, THAT'S WHO! Oh, Kate O'Mara, you are just too awesome for words. *swoons*
Be careful with this next picture; it contains enough awesome to destroy the planet, if not handled properly.
And with the entrance of Kate O'Mara, that brings us to bad 80's Doctor Who.
(As opposed, of course, to good 80's Doctor Who, but don't worry if you can't tell the difference; many have tried and failed.)
I would argue, in fact, and possibly in opposition to a large part of the viewing audience both then and now, that quite a lot of 80's Doctor Who was quite good, actually. Maybe not the best that Doctor Who has ever produced, but it's certainly entertaining, and only parts of it leave you wanting to bash yourself in the head with your toy TARDIS until your brain leaks out your ears.
On the other hand, though, I'll take any reason to post more pictures of Seven and Ace, so here they are.
K9 and Company, though, now that was just bad. Entertaining, in its own way, but OMG bad.
But! Moving on! WHO WANTS SOME FANTASY ISLAND?
Ricardo Montalban was awesome, OMG.
And do you know what else was awesome? CHiPs.
Sometimes CHiPs even had super cool guest stars!
I came very close to giving Leif Garrett the diva tag, BTW. He was a bad musician and a bad actor! He could do it all!
Oh, and also CHiPs had Larry Wilcox.
Poor Larry Wilcox. Nobody watched the show for Larry Wilcox, let's face it. Everyone was there for Ponch.
Oh, Erik Estrada
Let's have some more of the two of them together, shall we? Because yes.
BUT WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? WHERE? Do we go with Knight Rider?
Or Remington Steele?
Or the footnote in history that is Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, notable only for its stars?
Or possibly even Spencer For Hire, which was arguably not at all bad but we're going to go with it anyway because it lets me post pictures of Avery Brooks?
Oh wait! I know! MIAMI VICE, BABY! You have to promise me you'll imagine the theme music in your head, though, because it totally works better that way. THIS POST NEEDS THEME MUSIC!
BUT WAIT! WE'VE SWITCHED CHANNELS! WE NEED THE A-TEAM THEME MUSIC NOW! :D :D :D
AND NOW THE KNIGHT RIDE... oh, wait, we already did Knight Rider, didn't we? Hmmmmmm...
AND NOW THE 21 JUMP STREET THEME MUSIC! YAY YAY YAY!
My god, this picspam is getting long. No wonder it took so long get posted. Wow. Here, please enjoy these hot hot pictures of hot hot people while I try to get my bearings.
Okay, where was I? Oh, yeah, Greatest American Hero.
Also? Scarecrow & Mrs. King!
(CONFESSION: Sabrina was my favorite Angel. DISCUSS!)
Oh, and also also? V! HOORAY!
And, of course, Buck Rogers. Which only just barely made it into the 80's, really, but I don't care, I would've put it here anyway, because Buck Rogers.
Yes, that's right, Markie Post was in Buck Rogers. In fact, both Markie Post and Pamela Hensley above her (huh huh huh) each had a number guest starring roles and at least one co-starring role in several other bad 80's TV shows of note. CAN YOU NAME THEM? (Hint: a couple of the shows have already been featured, sometimes they guest-starred on shows where the other was a co-star and/or had already guest-starred, and more than one of their various other co-stars are about to appear in this big ol' sampling of bad TV that I'm about to post right this very second. GO GO GADGET ME!)
CAN YOU NAME ALL THEIR SHOWS? It's difficult, but if anyone can do it, it's
IMDB all of you fine people here at hot_daily. I <3 YOU ALL!
And now I'm going to go have a bit of a lie-down. For the record, including previews, this picspam had 394 pictures in it. THANK YOU, GOODNIGHT! *collapses*
Sisko! Servalan! Five! Ah, the crush I had on Peter Davison when I was a wean. And so much did I hate Colin Baker for slagging off his outfit the minute he regenerated that I refused to watch one moment more.
It's sad that every time I see a cop-buddy picture I instantly think "Bet there's a lot of slash of *them* lying around'. CHiPs especially. You can even tell which one gets the weepy-trauma backstory.
Richard Hatch was in 'Battlestar Galactica', and because he didn't bitch about the remake like Dirk Benedict he got a good long-lasting part in it, where he was much coolth.
Glynis Barber was in one of those detective shows, for some reason I always thought it was 'Remington Steele' but no. She is currently in 'Eastenders' and looking very well.
|Date:||February 14th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)|| |
I was the same way with Davison as a kid. Didn't know behind the scenes Eric Seward was trying to character assassinate Colin Baker at that time, alas.
Love love love! Great way to start off the morning!
So much Boxleitner *____* *dies and is dead*
Thank you for all the awesome 80s-ness, Pui!!!!! <3<3<3
Especially Bruce Boxleitner from the miniseries "How the West was Won." My sister's best friend's dad directed that, so my whole family got an earful from my sister's friend about how good looking he was. Of course we watched the entire show!
Damn, your sister's best friend wasn't kidding. I've seen the photos! I never thought any man could fondle a gun quite so obscenely before. :P
BOXLEITNER OVERLOAD! *GLOMP* ILU, PUI! <3
I almost feel guilty for bringing this song.
In the guess-the-show section (without resorting to IMDB or picking on pics I've pimped), I spy Joe Penny & Perry King = Riptide; Liam Neeson = guest starred on Miami Vice; Lee Majors = The Fall Guy and Jan Michael Vincent = Airwolf. \o/
SO MUCH AWESOME! And SO MUCH HAIR! AND OMG THE SHOULDER PADS!
Amazing post. <3
I'm sorry boys and girls, but my heart belongs to KITT.
omg omg so much Six and Seven MY HEART ♥♥♥♥
Totally worth the wait.
THANK YOU ♥
This picspam is AWESOME! I've been waiting a long time for the '80s to win (still wish '80s musicians would!) and it was totally worth it.
I think every single one of my girlcrushes from my childhood is somewhere on this post. ♥ ♥ ♥
This picspam is so full of awesomeness it's not even funny.
Certainly well worth the wait.
Eee, this is so awesome it's making gigantic shoulder pads awesome by association. I blame you, Joan Collins!
And I was born just a little too late to catch Buck Rogers, but it has exactly the shiny fashion aesthetic I dream of for the future.
Oh, Pui! You have truly out-done yourself! Thank you for including Michael J. Fox - I'll admit it, he's one of my crushes of shame. xD This is a good post and you should feel good. THANK YOU!!!
|Date:||February 14th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)|| |
There is no shame in crushing on Michael J. Fox. I love him more now than I did then, even.
You gotta love the puffy vest thing he had going on in Back to the Future.
I didn't really learn much about his personal struggles until I watched The Frighteners director's cut and fell in love with the behind the scenes footage of him talking to some little kids on a school trip who were visiting the set one day. He was just so gentle and respectful of every question they asked. He even poked fun at himself telling the kids that the reason why they had to re-shoot scenes most of the time was because he messed up his lines. He got right down to their level (which isn't much of a challenge considering his height *is shot*) and talked to them not as kids but as equals.
Then I got reading about how he battled alcoholism after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 and how he managed to finally pull himself out of his depression and founded The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Sorry for the gushing. LOL Any ways, he's hot in The Frighteners because he purposely went against his usual look for his part and it's amazing.
This is going to be even longer than most of my rambling summaries, as the 80s were my teen years, and so I have a lot of memories.
Bill was a handsome guy back in the day, yes. And I like that tie.
But Heather Locklear... *sigh*
You're right about Joan Collins, of course.
*cracks up at the Ted McGinley sighting* Eighties Man, indeed. "Your Ship's Photographer".
80s Who, oh dear. An unfortunate time, with the Beeb trying to kill it and all.
I remember the first time I saw Peri, after a whole summer immersed in PBS reruns of Davison et al; I couldn't figure out what her accent was supposed to be. @.@;; (Nicola's a lovely girl, but whenever she opened her mouth...)
My memories of McCoy and Aldred as Seven and Ace are much fonder, and Liz Sladen is evergreen as Sarah Jane.
also timeless: Ricardo Montalban.
"You still remember... I cannot help but be touched."
Guilty secret: I watched a LOT of CHiPs and Knight Rider back in the day. Miami Vice, on the other hand... I think I've actually seen more of that in random reruns than I ever did during the original run. (What, no young Edward James Olmos? Tsk.) Nor was I much of a Remington Steele fan, alas.
Dwight Schultz looks rather unnervingly (if appropriately) like Jeffrey Combs in that one pic of him with hair.
AHAHAHAHA 21 JUMP STREET. The show that somehow became one of FOX's first hits and propelled Johnny Depp to a stardom he quickly disavowed, not wanting to be typecast as a prettyboy. Yes, I remember it well. (Also: Steven Williams is a very underrated, and very hot, actor.)
Steve Guttenberg looks... surprisingly not-goofy in that pic with the van dyke. And there's Heather Thomas, "the other Heather" (with Locklear) from those days.
Michael J, quintessential mid-80s teen. Between Marty and Alex P., he had it sewn up. Never quite lost those boyish looks, either.
"And my wife, Morgan Fairchild!" Still an icon for me.
There's Rex Smith, astride Street Hawk - I expect Jan-Michael Vincent will be somewhere below, completing the "80s Super Vehicles" trifecta started by Michael and KITT. (Yup, there he is.)
And you're also right about Tom Selleck not aging. While RDA has, but very nicely. (I suspect some here just spontaneously combusted at that pic of him young and shirtless, leaning back against the tree.)
THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO OMG I LOVED THAT SHOW ahem
Bruce and Kate were so damn cute together. (There's that smile of his I mentioned before.)
Oh, V. Guiltiest of pop sci-fi pleasures. I went to a local con back in '85 which had a couple of Visitor cosplayers, a female officer and her stormtroopers. Good costumes, stayed in character.
Jane Badler with big hair and ridiculous "uniforms", vamping it up and swallowing mice. I was more into Faye (some carryover from GAH, maybe).
In my mind, Michael Ironside has always been old, but it's neat to see him not so old.
Buck Rogers? Okay, I think this might beat out V. But hey, I still love that show, and not (just) for Erin Grey in shiny spandex. Did you know they had Jerry Orbach in one episode, as an eeevil record producer, and Richard Moll as his goon?
and now the "classic Galactica" portion of our program. Forget Athena and Cassiopeia and even Lady Jane as Serena - it'll always be Anne Lockhart as Sheba for me.
Almost didn't recognize Tom Wopat and John Schneider in there. (I watched Dukes when I was twelve, I'm excused.)
That is a ridiculous outfit Melody Anderson is wearing. That would be Ming's Empress of the Hour, yes? I see the late Simon McCorkindale in there also... as for "Manimal", I plead the same as above.
guest stars? Oh, right. Well, Brad Pitt was on Growing Pains, and George Clooney was semi-regular on The Facts of Life.
But this is really to cover a couple of unfortunate omissions: I totally meant to acknowledge Cindy Morgan (Yori looks great with her hair down), and Stephen Collins, and the inimitable
John Steed Patrick MacNee.
|Date:||February 16th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)|| |
It was a crime what all happened to WHO in the 80's. I wish I'd known them all back then, my little teenage heart would've exploded. (Especially over Davison, damn.) But I had the A-Team (Murdoch) the Dukes of Hazzard (Bo AND Luke) and The Incredible Chest (where's Lou Ferrigno?)