The 1980s from A to Z – tv, movies, music

It’s totally tubular you joined me as I blogged the A to Z Blogging Challenge this past April. I hope you enjoyed the journey back to the totally awesome 1980s as much as I did writing about my favorite television shows, movies and music from the best decade ever, the decade I grew up in as I was 8 in 1980 and 18 in 1990. These were just my favorites (not necessarily the best or the most popular) from the 80s and how they impacted my life, actually they shaped my life. My favorites are often associated with the great memories they bring, not necessarily because of the quality of lack here of. Also, a lot of my favorite tv shows and movies are because of their soundtrack or theme song because apparently music plays an significant part in my life.

Here is a recap of my favorite tv shows, movies and music from 1980s – the best decade ever!

My favorite TV shows from the 1980s:

  • Alf
  • Bosom Buddies
  • Cosby Show
  • Dallas
  • Empty Nest
  • Family Ties
  • Growing Pains
  • Happy Days
  • It’s a Living
  • Joanie Loves Chachi
  • Knots Landing
  • Laverne and Shirley
  • Mork and Mindy
  • Newhart
  • One Day at a Time
  • Punky Brewster
  • Quantum Leap
  • Roseanne
  • Santa Barbara
  • Three’s Company
  • Valerie
  • Who’s the Boss?
  • You Can’t Do That on Television


My favorite MOVIES from the 1980s:

  • About Last Night
  • Back to the Future
  • Cocktail
  • Diner
  • Eddie and the Cruisers
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Grease 2
  • Heathers
  • Indiana Jones 
  • Just One of the Guys
  • Karate Kid
  • Legend
  • Mystic Pizza
  • National Lampoons Vacation
  • Outsiders
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Quicksilver
  • Raising Arizona
  • St. Elmo’s Fire
  • Top Gun
  • Urban Cowboy
  • Valley Girl
  • Weird Science
  • Xanadu
  • Young Guns
  • Zapped


My favorite MUSIC from the 1980s:

  • A-Ha
  • Bryan Adams
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Duran Duran
  • Eurythmics
  • Foreigner
  • Guns n Roses
  • Howard Jones
  • INXS
  • Michael Jackson
  • Karate Kid soundtrack
  • Huey Lewis
  • Madonna
  • New Kids on the Block
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Phil Collins
  • “Question of Lust” by Depeche Mode
  • REM
  • Simple Minds
  • Tears for Fears
  • U2
  • Violent Femmes
  • Wham!
  • Xanadu soundtrack
  • “You Got Lucky” by Tom Petty
  • Frank and Moon Unit Zappa’s “Valley Girl”


Thank you once again for joining me on my trip back to the totally tubular 1980s as I completed my Blogging from A to Z Challenge. What was your favorite tv shows, movies and music from the 1980s?



16 Comments on The 1980s from A to Z – tv, movies, music

  1. No wonder why I relate to this challenge. I was just a little bit younger in the 1980s. Thanks for writing and bringing back the memories.


  2. I missed a few days here and there, but your collection of 80s favorites is pretty awesome! I really enjoyed your theme.

    #AtoZChallenge Z is for Zenda


  3. You did a great job! The Eighties were my first decade as an adult, and this was a fun way to see them again. And, we made it!


  4. Once again, congratulations on completing the challenge. It’s been a fun month. It was good to discover your blog and reconnect with my 80s love. I know my series included many TV shows and commercials outside the 80’s, but you can bet, when I included the 80’s they were likely my favourites.


  5. I thought I replied to this post, but for some reason, it didn’t post.
    This has been a great series. I loved the 80’s theme. It’s one I’ll be considering doing possibly next time.
    Most people realized that although my blog had TV shows from many different decades. I was heavy on the 80s whenever possible.
    It’s been good getting to know you and your blog. I’ll be stopping back in to check things out. 🙂


  6. I’ll be back to enjoy your posts, Deena!! So many memories! 🙂


  7. No mention of “Cheers” regarding 80’s shows?

    As for Huey Lewis and the News, they were the first concerts I ever saw, at Merriweather Post Pavilion, in ’84 and ’85. They did a hell of show. I also saw Jerry Lee Lewis at Pier 6 in Baltimore, 1989. i


  8. Thank you for your website. Isn’t it ironic that JLL lived longer than the other Sun Studios stars? Very talented guy, yet I recall the story from the late Lamar Fike, one of Elvis’ friends….”Jerry Lee is a dog…..always has been.”


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