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8.4/10 TV

Original language(s)  English
No. of episodes  10
Original network  VH1
Final episode date  28 October 2005
Genre  Documentary film
7.9/10 IMDb

Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons  1
Running time  45 minutes
First episode date  24 October 2005
Network  VH1
Language  English
Similar  I Love the '80s, I Love the '80s Strikes Back, I Love the '70s, I Love the '90s, I Love the 2000s

I love the 80s 3d 1984

I Love the '80s 3-D is the follow-up to VH1's 1980s nostalgia show I Love the '80s and its sequel I Love the '80s Strikes Back. It premiered October 24, 2005. Like its predecessors, it premiered in one-hour installments, each describing the events and trends of a year between 1980 and 1989, two shows per night until Friday, October 28, 2005.


The show is actually in 3D, using a process called ChromaDepth that appears in 3D when using a special pair of ChromaDepth glasses, but the process allows the show to be viewable in normal 2D (unlike the anaglyphic 3D process). The ChromaDepth glasses for the show were available free at Best Buy stores across the United States.

I love the 80s 3d 1983

Recurring segments

  • "Weird Al" Yankovic presents movies from the year that "should have been made in 3-D" but weren't. This is a reference to his album "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D.
  • Paula Abdul presents teen idols from each year.
  • Chuck Woolery presents the "best on-screen hookups" of each year.
  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark presents the "biggest boobs" (i.e., blunders) of each year.
  • Alan Thicke presents "hot moms" from each year.
  • Emmanuel Lewis presents a slang word or phrase as the "pop culture term" of each year.
  • Harry Anderson (of Night Court) judges a "trial" of a pop culture icon in the "Guilty/Not Guilty" segment.
  • John Moschitta gives a quick recap of each episode in the "Year in Review" segment.
  • During the credits of every episode, a clip from a popular music video was played without any type of commentary. These were usually replaced with a show promo by Vh1.
  • 1980

  • Fame
  • Paul McCartney gets busted for marijuana possession in Japan
  • Ethnic Barbie Dolls
  • Pepsi Challenge
  • Richard Pryor burns himself
  • Fruit Roll-Ups
  • Gary Numan's "Cars"
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  • Post-it notes
  • AC/DC's "Back in Black"
  • Intellivision
  • My Bodyguard
  • Christopher Cross' "Sailing"
  • The Jazz Singer
  • Fashion plates
  • Sugar Ray Leonard
  • The Elephant Man
  • Little Darlings
  • Movies of 1980: 9 to 5 (film) and Xanadu (film)

    Teen Idols of 1980: Scott Baio, Christopher Atkins, Michael Jackson

    Best On-screen Hookup of 1980: John Travolta and Deborah Winger in Urban Cowboy

    Biggest Boob of 1980: Rosie Ruiz cheating in the Boston Marathon

    Hot Moms of 1980: Ann Romano (One Day at a Time), Alice Hyatt (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore), Vickie LaMotta (Raging Bull)

    Pop culture Term of 1980: "Like" (modifier)

    Guilty/Not Guilty of 1980: That's Incredible for inciting kids at home to imitate the stunts seen on the show despite having a "do not try this at home" warning.

    End Credit Video is The J. Geils Band's "Love Stinks"


  • History of the World, Part I
  • Circus of the Stars
  • The first laptop
  • Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend"
  • Chariots of Fire
  • You Can't Do That on Television
  • Mud wrestling
  • 38 Special's "Hold On Loosely"
  • Escape from New York
  • Penny Racers
  • The Mediterranean fruit fly infestation
  • Barbara Mandrell and The Mandrell Sisters
  • REO Speedwagon's "Keep on Loving You"
  • Body Heat
  • Erasermate
  • Country stars performing pop songs (specifically, Juice Newton and The Oak Ridge Boys.)
  • Gimme a Break!
  • An American Werewolf in London
  • Movies of 1981: Clash Of the Titans, Arthur, My Dinner With Andre

    Teen Idols of 1981: Timothy Hutton, Todd Bridges (Diff'rent Strokes), Rick Springfield

    Best On-screen Hookup of 1981: Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy (The Great Muppet Caper)

    Biggest Boob of 1981: Miss New York USA, Deborah Fountain padding her swimsuit at the Miss USA 1981 pageant

    Hot Moms of 1981: Jane Fonda (On Golden Pond), Faye Dunaway (Mommie Dearest), Barbara Eden (Harper Valley PTA)

    Pop culture Term of 1981: "Dude" (noun)

    Guilty/Not Guilty of 1981: Richard Simmons for wearing short shorts

    End Credit Video is Hall & Oates' "You Make My Dreams"


  • Quest for Fire
  • Videocassette recorders
  • The Human League's "Don't You Want Me"
  • Cats
  • Tron
  • Freezy Freakies
  • Toto's "Rosanna"
  • BMX
  • Shopping malls
  • Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy"
  • Headbands and mesh tops shirts
  • The $25,000 Pyramid
  • EPCOT Center
  • Victor Victoria
  • 1982 Chicago Tylenol murders
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  • First Blood
  • Movies of 1982: Annie, Conan the Barbarian, Gandhi

    Teen Idols of 1982: Ricky Schroeder, Duran Duran, John Stamos

    Best On-Screen Hookup of 1982: Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange in Tootsie

    Biggest Boob of 1982: Larry Walters flew 16,000 feet up in the air using only a lawn chair with 45 helium weather balloons attached to it

    Pop Culture Term of 1982: Gag Me With A Spoon (phrase)

    Guilty/Not Guilty of 1982: Tommy Tutone for causing a fad of calling 867-5309 and asking for Jenny

    End Credit Video is Missing Persons "Words"


  • Jaws 3-D
  • Star Search
  • Monchhichis
  • Herbie Hancock's "Rockit"
  • St. Elsewhere
  • Truly Tasteless Jokes (Offensive Joke book)
  • Mr. Mom
  • The jheri curl
  • Jesse Jackson runs for President
  • Press Your Luck
  • ZZ Top
  • D.C. Cab
  • Reading Rainbow
  • Mr. Wizard
  • Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars")
  • Quiet Riot
  • Terms of Endearment
  • Best on-screen hookup of 1983: Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay in Risky Business
    Biggest Boobs of 1983: KISS for taking off their makeup and revealing what they really looked like
    Hot Moms of 1983: Beverly D'Angelo, Susan Clark (Webster), Jacqueline Bisset
    Pop Culture Term of 1983: Hoser (loser or someone easily fooled)
    Guilty/Not Guilty of 1983: Cabbage Patch Kids for inciting riots in stores.

    End Credit Video is Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me with Science"


  • Red Dawn
  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer
  • Murray Head's "One Night in Bangkok"
  • Band Aid
  • Children of the Corn
  • New Edition
  • Hair mousse
  • Amadeus
  • Doug Flutie's hail mary pass
  • Rodney Dangerfield's "Rappin' Rodney"
  • Voltron
  • Calculator watch
  • Romancing the Stone
  • Designer shoelaces
  • Snorks
  • Anti-fur movement
  • TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes
  • Police Academy
  • "Movies that should have been made in 3-D" of 1984: Splash, Breakin', Purple Rain
    Teen Idols of 1984: Menudo, Wham!, Corey Hart
    Best On-Screen Hookup of 1984: Long Duck Dong and Lumberjack in Sixteen Candles
    Biggest Boobs of 1984: Walter Mondale using the Wendy's Slogan "Where's the beef?"
    Hot Moms of 1984: Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show), Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin (Kate & Allie), Caren Kaye (It's Your Move)
    Pop Culture Term of 1984: Boy Toy
    Guilty/Not Guilty of 1984: The FCC allowing more time devoted to commercials resulting in the introduction of infomercials.

    End Credit video is Peter Schilling"s "Major Tom (Coming Home)"


  • Bob Ross' The Joy of Painting
  • Monster trucks
  • Mick Jagger and David Bowie's version of "Dancing in the Street"
  • Calvin Klein's Obsession
  • The Legend of Billie Jean
  • Phil Collins' No Jacket Required
  • Joe Theismann gets his leg broken on Monday Night Football
  • My Buddy
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic
  • Just One of the Guys
  • The Subway Vigilante
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Brewster's Millions
  • Sally Field's Academy Awards speech
  • DeBarge's "Rhythm of the Night"
  • Spies Like Us
  • Rocky IV
  • "Movies That Should Have Been in 3-D" of 1985: Gotcha!, Witness

    Teen Idols of 1985: Michael J. Fox, Val Kilmer, Matthew Modine

    Best On-screen Hookup of 1985: Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club

    Biggest Boob of 1985: David Lee Roth goes solo and parts ways with Van Halen

    Hot Moms of 1985: Lea Thompson (Back To The Future), Cher (Mask), Kelly McGillis (Witness)

    Pop culture Term of 1985: Dweeb (noun)

    Guilty/Not Guilty of 1985: Tipper Gore and the PMRC for the Parental Advisory Stickers

    End Credit Video is Starship's "We Built This City"


  • Back to School
  • Love Connection
  • Madballs
  • Jermaine Stewart's "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"
  • Murder, She Wrote
  • Muammar al-Gaddafi
  • The Color of Money
  • Short Circuit
  • Snuggle
  • Not Necessarily the News
  • Memorex tapes
  • Lucas
  • Head of the Class
  • Heart
  • Halley's Comet
  • ┬íThree Amigos!
  • Movies of 1986: Pretty In Pink, Aliens, Cobra

    Teen Idols of 1986: Malcolm Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show), Andrew McCarthy (Pretty in Pink), River Phoenix (Stand by Me)

    Best On-screen Hookup of 1986: Mallory and Nick on Family Ties

    Biggest Boob of 1986: Geraldo Rivera and the opening of Al Capone's vault on live TV

    Hot Moms of 1986: Cindy Pickett (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), Deidre Hall (Our House), Judith Light (Who's the Boss?)

    Pop culture Term of 1986: Poser (noun)

    Guilty/Not Guilty of 1986: Don Johnson for his song and video "Heartbeat"

    End Credit video is Stacey Q's "Two of Hearts"


  • Predator
  • Oral Roberts asks for $8,000,000
  • Max Headroom
  • Billy Idol's version of "Mony Mony"
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Moonstruck
  • Baby Jessica falls down a well
  • Lee Press-On nails
  • Throw Momma from the Train
  • Microwave oven
  • Ozone depletion
  • Spenser: For Hire
  • Black Monday
  • Mannequin
  • The bolo tie
  • Cutting Crew's "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"
  • Kelly Le Brock Pantene advertisements
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Movies of 1987: Ishtar, Roxanne, Three Men and a Baby

    Teen Idols of 1987: Patrick Dempsey, Kirk Cameron, Johnny Depp

    Best On-screen Hookup of 1987: Michael Douglas and Glenn Close from Fatal Attraction

    Biggest Boob of 1987: the people of Italy electing former porn star Ilona Staller into Parliament

    Hot Moms of 1987: Anne Schedeen (ALF), Katey Sagal (Married... with Children), Mel Harris (Thirtysomething)

    Pop culture Term of 1987: Skank

    Guilty/Not Guilty of 1987: Tammy Faye Bakker for wearing too much makeup

    End Credit video is LeVert's "Casanova"


  • Twins
  • The party line/1-900 Numbers
  • Cher and Rob Camiletti
  • Buster Poindexter's version of "Hot Hot Hot"
  • Cocktail and The Beach Boys "Kokomo"
  • Micro Machines
  • Lita Ford's "Kiss Me Deadly"
  • Unsolved Mysteries
  • Midnight Run
  • Jimmy the Greek's racist comments
  • Midnight Oil's "Beds Are Burning"
  • The rattail
  • The Morton Downey, Jr. Show
  • It's Garry Shandling's Show
  • Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
  • Tanning beds
  • Rod Stewart's "Forever Young"
  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
  • Movies of 1988: Rain Man, Caddyshack II, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

    Teen Idols of 1988: The Two Coreys, Michael Hutchence (INXS), Jason Bateman

    Best On-screen Hookup of 1988: Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Costner in Bull Durham

    Biggest Boob of 1988: Dan Quayle's ineptness ("potatoe")

    Hot Moms of 1988: Demi Moore (pregnant on Vanity Fair), Katherine Helmond (Who's the Boss?), Joanna Kerns (Growing Pains)

    Pop culture Term of 1988: P.C. (Politically Correct)

    Guilty/Not Guilty of 1988: Sherman Hemsley (The Jeffersons) making a spin-off show Amen

    End Credit video is The Escape Club's "Wild, Wild West"


  • Rescue 911
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Fine Young Cannibals' "She Drives Me Crazy"
  • The Exxon Valdez oil spill
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • Mr. Bean
  • Leona Helmsley charged with tax evasion
  • Paula Abdul
  • Road House
  • Super Bowl XXIII
  • The Noid
  • The hi-top fade haircut
  • Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses
  • Parenthood
  • Kim Basinger buys a town
  • Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford's "Close My Eyes Forever"
  • The B-2 bomber
  • Steel Magnolias
  • Movies of 1989: Turner & Hooch, Dream a Little Dream, UHF

    Teen Idols of 1989: New Kids on the Block, Christian Slater, John Cusack

    Best On-screen Hookup of 1989: Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally

    Biggest Boob of 1989: the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company inventing the "smokeless" cigarette.

    Hot Moms of 1989: Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias, Kirstie Ally in Look Who's Talking, and Marge Simpson

    Pop culture Term of 1989: Have A Cow (phrase)

    Guilty/Not Guilty of 1989: CBS executives for first-degree brain slaughter

    End Credit Video is Skid Row's "18 and Life"


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