I grew up on TV, there's no denying it. It fostered my love for everything fantastical. Many shows were copycats of very successful films, others were so completely original that it held my fascination for each episode's full 30 minutes (which includes commercials, because as a kid I loved commercials too).
Here's just a small sampling of shows that seem to have been forgotten by most of us. If you're a child of the 80s, I'm hoping to jog your memory of some fun shows that I enjoyed as a kid.
Automan. 1983-84. Tron had been a huge hit the year before, and Automan attempted to capitalize on the film's popularity. I remember being mezmorized by the hero's awesome Lamborghini. The computer generated car was capable of turning at 90 degrees...just like Pac-Man. I remember that Desi Arnaz Jr. played the computer whiz and Automan had find blowdryer styled feathered hair. And somehow the two could actually combine to form Voltron, er, one super-hybrid being. What a winning combo! But alas, the show only lasted 13 episodes.
The Greatest American Hero. 1981-83. I remember re-enacting this TV show on the playground, although I was always cast as the villain. I was in the 3rd grade when this show premiered, and it looked like a goofy take on Superman - which was pretty astute for an 8 year old, as the show was hit was lawsuits by the the owners of the Superman franchise. Anyway, this show was about an English teacher named Ralph that receives a superhero suit by aliens. But the idiot loses the instructions. So he sucks at being a superhero, often flayling around in the sky rather ungracefully. I can recall almost all of the words to the show's theme song, "Believe it or Not."
The Phoenix. 1982. It was the Summer of '82. My St. Louis Cardinals were on their way to an incredible World Series Championship, and the TV show The Phoenix came on the air. It had such a fantastical element, and I loved mythology as a kid. And this show combined my love of sci-fi and fantasy - plus with a nice superhero twist. Basically, this alien dude named Bennu is stuck in suspended animation in some ancient Incan tomb, only to awaken by the work of archeologists. Bennu goes on a quest to find his fellow alien love, who is buried somewhere in America. But the Feds want to use his powers for secret missions. Sucks that the show only lasted the 90 minute movie premiere and another four episodes.
I love YouTube...allows me to wax nostalgic when I get to thinking about my long lost, nearly forgotten TV shows. More fun and obscure shows are on the way, so stay tuned.
Have a fantastic weekend!
Next Week: The Premiere of Alex J. Cavanaugh's CassaFire