Category Archives: Television 1980s

‘The Simpsons’ debut on ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’ 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 19 1987)


Video: 'The Simpsons Shorts Episode 1 - Good Night'

(Sunday, April 19, 1987, 8:30 p.m. EDT)The Simpsons, an animated satirical depiction of working-class life epitomized by the Simpson family, first appeared tonight as a series of shorts on the Fox network’s television variety show The Tracey Ullman Show, starting with “Good Night.” Continue reading ‘The Simpsons’ debut on ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’ 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 19 1987)

Nike launches advertising campaign using The Beatles’ ‘Revolution’ 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 27 1987)


Video: '1987 Nike Revolution'

(Friday, March 27, 1987) — In America, the footwear manufacturers Nike began using The Beatles’ 1968 recording of “Revolution” today in a highly publicized television advertising campaign. Continue reading Nike launches advertising campaign using The Beatles’ ‘Revolution’ 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 27 1987)

‘A, My Name is Alex’ episode airs on ‘Family Ties’ 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 12 1987)


Video: 'Family Ties - S05 E22 A, My Name Is Alex (Part 1)'

(Thursday, March 12, 1987, 8:30-9:30 p.m. EST) — Alex begins seeing a therapist following the death of a close friend in a car accident on tonight’s episode of the NBC-TV sitcom series Family Ties. Continue reading ‘A, My Name is Alex’ episode airs on ‘Family Ties’ 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 12 1987)

Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ wins Grammy’s ‘Album of the Year’ award 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 24 1987)


Video: '(1987) Grammy's After Parties'

(Tuesday, February 24, 1987, 8:00-11:00 p.m. EST) — Paul Simon’s controversial Graceland was named Album of the Year tonight at the 29th Annual Grammy Awards at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (click here to watch 12 videos from tonight’s ceremonies). Continue reading Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ wins Grammy’s ‘Album of the Year’ award 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 24 1987)

‘Thanksgiving Orphans’ episode airs on ‘Cheers’ 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 27 1986)


Video: 'TV Land's Top 10 - Cheers Thanksgiving Food Fight.mp4'

(Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 1986, 9:00-9:30 p.m. EST) — The gang gathers at Carla’s house for a Thanksgiving dinner of frozen turkey and overdone peas on tonight’s episode of the NBC-TV sitcom series Cheers. Continue reading ‘Thanksgiving Orphans’ episode airs on ‘Cheers’ 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 27 1986)

‘Atomic Shakespeare’ episode airs on ‘Moonlighting’ 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 25 1986)


Video: 'Moonlighting s03e07 Atomic Shakespeare'

(Tuesday, November 25, 1986, 9:00 p.m. EST) — A boy hoping to watch Moonlighting but forced to study Shakespeare instead daydreams about the cast performing their own version of The Taming of the Shrew on tonight’s episode of the CBS sitcom series Moonlighting.

In 2009, TV Guide ranked this episode #48 on its list of “TV’s Top 100 Episodes of All Time.”

‘Cagney & Lacey,’ ‘The Golden Girls’ big winners at Emmy Awards 30 years ago this hour (Sep 21 1986)


Video: '1986 Emmys Opening Number'

(Sunday, September 21, 1986, 8:00 p.m. EDT)Cagney & Lacey picked up four awards at the 38th Primetime Emmy Awards tonight at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. Continue reading ‘Cagney & Lacey,’ ‘The Golden Girls’ big winners at Emmy Awards 30 years ago this hour (Sep 21 1986)

Four early Monkee albums re-enter Billboard’s top albums chart 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 16 1986)


Video: ‘Then & Now… The Best of The Monkees’

(Saturday, August 16, 1986) — Four early studio albums by The Monkees re-entered Billboard‘s top albums chart today after MTV and Nickelodeon began running reruns of the 1960s TV show (a fifth album, Then & Now… The Best of The Monkees, had already charted on July 26, 1986, and was at #31 and climbing on this day’s chart; it would eventually peak at #21).

‘Captain Midnight’ interrupts HBO satellite feed 30 years ago this hour (Apr 27 1986)


Video: 'Captain Midnight, HBO, 1986'

(Sunday, April 27, 1986, 12:32 a.m. EST) — John R. MacDougall of Florida, a video pirate calling himself “Captain Midnight,” interrupted a movie this morning on the premium cable and satellite television network HBO (Home Box Office) with a printed onscreen message protesting home satellite de-scrambling fees.