I remember that!
February 14, 2006 3:33 AM   Subscribe

If, like me, you grew up on a steady diet of TV in either the 70s, 80s or 90s, then head on over to Retro Junk. There you'll remember such classics as, for example, The Spiderman Live Action Series from the 70s, Thundercats from the 80s or the legendary Samurai Pizza Cats from the 90s. It even has archives for commercials and movies from these eras as well, just to really complete that sense of nostalgia.
posted by Effigy2000 (23 comments total)

Brilliant. It's amazing how much I had forgotten that came back as I started browsing there. Great FPP. Thanks
posted by saraswati at 3:56 AM on February 14, 2006

Wow, that is a great site. That reminds me, I still haven't gotten around to finishing off season 1 of Thundercats on DVD. :)
posted by antifuse at 4:19 AM on February 14, 2006

finally, i know what's wrong with you kids.
posted by quonsar at 5:15 AM on February 14, 2006

Land Before Time puppets from Pizza Hut! I remember getting those when doing Book It for school.

Book It! If only pizza was still the reward for reading things.
posted by a47danger at 5:48 AM on February 14, 2006

And for the UKsians, TV Cream is stunningly comprehensive. And includes loads of mp3s of the theme songs. Remember the theme to The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe? It's there.
posted by i_cola at 5:48 AM on February 14, 2006

Sweet. Thanks for posting this.
posted by josephtate at 6:04 AM on February 14, 2006

TV Cream has Going For Gold with Henry Kelly!!!

"So Klaus, your question for tree points - Which country lost the First and Second World Wars and the 1966 World Cup?"

"Pierre - which country has been occupied twice and is well known for rudeness and wine?"

Never was there a more unfair English-speaking quiz in history.
posted by longbaugh at 6:51 AM on February 14, 2006

awesome!! ive killed too much time here already and i can see that i will spend more time here as well. i no longer have television, not worth the time or money, but since i too was raised by a television babysitter, this site certainly takes me back.
thanks for the awesome link.
posted by stackmonster at 6:55 AM on February 14, 2006

Wow, thanks. I've been looking for this Peter Chung intro to C.O.P.S. for awhile now.

No James Bond Jr. clip yet though, for some reason the theme to that awful cartoon has been repeating in my head for the last 15 years or so.
posted by dgaicun at 7:36 AM on February 14, 2006

Incredible - not just the theme, but the full opening credits for The Man From Atlantis AND Automan, both shows that lasted something like 9 episodes and were seen by between 20 & 30 people tops. And yet ONE of those people, back in the late 70s/early 80s had a VCR & recorded the credits. It's a much bigger world than I ever remember.
posted by jonson at 7:40 AM on February 14, 2006

jonson - a good 30 or 40 guys in this office alone remember Automan. It does help that it's rerunning on Bravo here in the UK of course.
posted by longbaugh at 8:17 AM on February 14, 2006

This site makes me extremely glad that there remains no record of precisely which lame tv shows I was a big fan of when I was younger. Just seeing some of those intros again made me wonder what the hell was wrong with me.
posted by nightchrome at 8:21 AM on February 14, 2006

The CBS Special Presentation clip makes me so happy. I never thought I would see something so totally meaningless, ephemeral, and useless ever again!
posted by Lord Kinbote at 8:37 AM on February 14, 2006

No "The Legend of Calamity Jane" ? Bastards. They do list Exo-Squad at least.
posted by Vaska at 10:56 AM on February 14, 2006

Watching the 4 different G.I.Joe intro's just about made me fall out of my chair laughing.

They were to aweful. From the stilted animation, to the completely wierd camera angles (plus the huge amount of spacial distortion). Then the voice-over comes in. I wonder if you were to take that little clip and just substiture neo-cons and al queda for G.I.Joe and Cobra, would they use it as an Army recruitment video, or just play it on repeat on Fox News.

For some reason I get the strange feeling that most gung-ho Bush supporters were avid fans of that show. It just seems to fit.
posted by daq at 11:46 AM on February 14, 2006

If Bravo UK is scheduled like Bravo US, does that mean it shows the entire series run of Automan in a single night?

(PS: Dear Bravo UK, I will gladly make Bravo US give you all the episodes of Celebrity Poker Showdown in exchange for Automan. Hell, I'll even throw in Project Runway for any Max Headroom episodes you may have kicking around somewhere.)
posted by Spatch at 3:02 PM on February 14, 2006

How to right an episode of Family Guy:
Find five things on this website
Mention them
posted by I Foody at 4:13 PM on February 14, 2006

posted by I Foody at 4:13 PM on February 14, 2006

That's why Family Guy is as cool as this website! :)
posted by Effigy2000 at 4:36 PM on February 14, 2006

Yeah but isn't the Dennis Miller and MST3K comedy arsenal based almost entirely around the obscure reference too? Seems to be a strange but surprisingly effective formula.
posted by dgaicun at 5:06 PM on February 14, 2006

Another inconsequential cartoon whose theme song has mysteriously been stuck in my head. It's only the weird, unlikable ones - I can barely remember the themes to shows that I watched religiously like Transformers. . . and that even has a cool song! Even notably viral songs like DuckTales don't follow me, just random stuff.
posted by dgaicun at 10:28 PM on February 14, 2006

Wow... watching the Bravestarr intro again really takes me back. SUCH high cheeseball factor! And My Pet Monster - god, the number of afternoons I used to waste watching that STUPID show.

"A moooooonsteeeeer offfffff aaaaa friend!"
posted by antifuse at 1:39 AM on February 15, 2006

I was amazed to find out that one of my favorite cartoons theme songs was peformed by none other than Zakk from the origonal Battlestar Galactica Mr Rick Springfield.
posted by dustsquid at 11:52 PM on February 17, 2006

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