Roseanne, Raising Arizona, REM – the 1980s from A to Z

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

It’s, like, totally bitchin’ you came back to find out what my favorite R’s are from the 1980s. Like the most righteous tv show, movie and music from the 80s.

It didn’t start until 1988, but Roseanne is definitely my favorite television show starting with R in the 1980s – actually it is one of my favorite shows ever. So funny and so real, a great cast. Jackie and Darlene were my favorites – and coincidentally they both have guest starred on another favorite of mine The Big Bang Theory. I have first few seasons of Roseanne on dvd and watch them regularly, as well as watch the reruns on TVland or WETv or whoever else airs them.


Raising Arizona
This was a tough call because I love the Rocky movies, but my favorites Rocky and Rocky 2 were in the 1970s, so I went with Raising Arizona, which I totally love and was obsessed with and watched repeatedly – although I do watch all six of the Rocky movies from time to time to this day. Plus I was obsessed with Nic Cage. As I’ve stated before, for me it was Ralph Macchio in middle school, Tom Cruise in high school and Nic Cage in College. I guess Raising Arizona in 1987 set the seeds of my Nic Cage obsession in high school that wasn’t fully developed until college and peaked with Honeymoon in Vegas. I usually do not like what I call ‘dumb funny’ movies, or slapstick, but Raising Arizona is hysterical to me and definitely one of my favorites of the 1980s that I still watch today.


There are so many great songs by R.E.M. in the 1980s including “It’s the End of the World as We Know It,,” “The One I Love,” “Orange Crush,” “Fall on Me,” “Stand,” “(Don’t Go Back to) Rockville,” “Driver 8,” “So. Central Rain,” and my favorites “You Are The Everything” and “Finest Worksong.” (although my favorite R.E.M. song “Losing My Religion” came later in 1991) Also in the 90s – half of Rem (Michael Stipe and Mike Mills) collaborated and performed with half of my favorite band U2 (Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton) at MTv’s Rock and Roll Inaugural Ball for Bill Clinton in 1993 – “One” by Automatic Baby (named for REM’s Automatic for the People and U2’s Achtung Baby).


Thank you for joining me on my trip back to the totally tubular 1980s as I complete my Blogging from A to Z Challenge. What was your favorite tv show, movie and band or song from the 80s starting with the letter R? Please come back tomorrow to read about my faves from the 80s that start with the letter S. And be sure to check out the 1970s from A to Z here.


4 Comments on Roseanne, Raising Arizona, REM – the 1980s from A to Z

  1. greyzoned/angelsbark // April 21, 2016 at 9:59 am // Reply

    Great post! Roseanne was so funny. I love her! Raising Arizona was a good movie and I love love love REM! Probably my favorite by them is Losing My Religion…

    Michele at Angels Bark


  2. Roseanne!! I loved this show!! It was hilarious and as you said REAL!! I’ve ever seen Raising Arizona but I definitely like Nicholas Cage especially in Peggy Sue Got Married (which I totally forgot to mention in my favorite P’s) and Face Off. R.E.M. was a great group. I liked some of their music with Losing My Religion which is on top of my list. My favorite tv shows including Roseanne were Riptide & Remington Steele. Both I used to watch with my mom. My movies are Revenge Of The Nerds, all of The Rocky’s (I liked 4), & Red Dawn. No favorite musicians/bands but I enjoyed R.E.M.’s music. Great blog Deena. Blessings.


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