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The 1980s, pronounced "the Eighties", was the decade that started on January 1, 1980 and ended on December 31, 1989. It was the the ninth decade of the 20th century.

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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Cocaine Everyone Seemed to Be Doing It
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3 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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4 1990 It was when the decade... ended.
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5 War on Drugs It's Not Working
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6 Hair Metal MTV influenced bands destroy rock music
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7 Greed "Greed is good."
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1 Unfortunately, I was too young to see the earliest part of the 80s for what they were. I seem to have a better understanding of them nowadays. 1981 was when the 1980s began. The early 1980s gave us MTV, the Cabbage Patch doll craze and the death of punk rock music. 1984 was when the middle part started and it took after 1983. Within this time, we saw He-mania, the best John Hughes films and economic growth boomed by 6.8%. Then came 1987 which kicked off the late 1980s. Some argue that inklings of '87 were found in late '86. During this time, we were introduced to the trashy Married with Children on the FOX Network, Spuds McKenzie and the Panama Invasion. The late 80s didn't really end until President George HW Bush announced the war against Iraq in mid '90. All in all, the 80s were "nothing but a good time" for some and horrible for others. The same can be said for most decades. Never jumped. -- Submitted By: (tvwatcher7) on September 13, 2014, 2:50 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 I thought the "sex drugs and rock and roll" thing was from the 50s/60s. -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on February 14, 2013, 1:20 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 The 80s was (at least the early and mid 80s) just the continuation of the sex, drugs, and rock and roll party til you drop decadence of the 70s with the resurgence of conservative values by the Regan revolution after all you never knew the nukes were going to start flying. But in spite of the imperfections it was a great time to be alive nice cars, sexy ladies (in spite of the tendency to go overboard with the makeup and hairspray) and it was still okay to look, it was still okay to be a straight manly man who was conservative and liked guns,the music was good and it was good to be alive back then. -- Submitted By: (JimPickens) on February 11, 2013, 1:27 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Yeah...that's right. I was thinking of the Berlin Wall. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on November 19, 2011, 12:03 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 The Cold War ended in 1992 with the collapse of the Soviet Union in late '91 -- Submitted By: () on November 16, 2011, 12:32 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Unless I'm mistaken, the 80s was when the Cold War finally came to an end. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on November 15, 2011, 2:16 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 My favorite decade. I'm sure there were things wrong with the decade that I wasn't aware of at the time, but I don't care. It seems strange to me that there aren't more TV shows and movies that capitalize on '80s nostalgia. (Besides "That '80s Show", which sucked.) -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on November 13, 2011, 6:00 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
8 The early 80s were fine enough, but I hated the mid-late 80s, and the decade got worse with each year starting in '86 (and come to think of it I could make a case for that happening the entire decade). The music wound up consisting of nothing but crappy hair metal ballads and gratuitously obscene rap, with New Kids On The Block thrown in for good (bad) measure. It didn't help that my favorite team sucked from '86-'89 either, or that I was forced by the state to endure junior high and high school. I loved the 90s MUCH more. Having said all that, that time looks like the halcyon days compared to now--and even the Dolphins are far worse. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on October 25, 2011, 7:49 pm - (-2 votes) - Login to Vote
9 All eras have their pros and cons: the 20s had flapper music, but gangsters such as Al Capone. The 40s had great cartoons (Tom and Jerry, etc.), but WWII. The 60s and 70s? Make of them what you will. This era also has its pros and cons. When it comes to TV, I think we're in the "dark ages" (though there are good shows out there. Don't get me wrong). This era has presented us with a tidal wave of bad cartoons, some of which are just flash animations done by people with little or no artistic talent (Problem Solverz, etc.). I'd rather watch the 80's toy commercials, and I'm not exaggerating. Not to mention reality shows taking over, classic cartoons being remade in "hip" fashion, shows which long since boned the fish still going strong, movies destined for two stars or less, and an early bargain-bin release (I'm really being negative, aren't I?). Well, on the plus side, we can go online for entertainment. I'm glad Al Gore invented the internet. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on October 20, 2011, 1:22 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
10 I think a lot of people look back at the 80s with nostalgia for the same reason a lot of people look at the 90s with nostalgia. That reason being that I think a large portion of the people using this site were kids in the 80s or the 90s. I was a kid of the 80s. I remember the whole 'say no to drugs!' movement, I remember the years where the media taught kids to fear strangers and to think that everyone in the world wanted to abduct us. I don't remember hearing much about cocaine, crack or AIDS. I remember first hearing about AIDS in the early 90s or so. As for the cartoons existing solely to advertise the toys, even though I seem to remember hearing that with at least some, they created the toys *then* made the cartoon to advertise them. However, I still have trouble feeling that way about the cartoons. I think the commercials for the actual toys are far worse even though I know it's more or less 'you love the show, now here's the toys!' Although as one might say, the best form of advertising is an advertisement that doesn't feel like one. To use a modern example of an 80s cartoon, just look at all the fanart there is of MLP. It's all free advertising for the franchise once you get down to it. However, it doesn't feel like advertising. As for the live action shows, don't forget ALF. A lot of people loved that show and I think it's still fun to watch. I don't remember any of the financial stuff. I do remember (to an extent) the cold war and the worries that came alone with it. Overall though, I think a lot of people call the 80s the good old days is for the same reason people refer to any decade with that term. Perhaps it's not so much the decade which people refer that was a time of innocence or at least a good time as much as it was a time of innocence and/or a good time for the person reminiscing about that decade. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on October 17, 2011, 1:08 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
11 I'm a big fan of 80s music (outside of hair metal) and 80s films (Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, etc.) However, I find 80s TV to be too cheesy and silly. The cartoons were nothing more than advertising vehicles for toy and candy companies. The sitcoms... the less said the better. None of them have aged well at all. Also, there was the cocaine epidemic that was spreading like wildfire, the rise of AIDS, the failing war on drugs started, the paranoia of the cold war and nuclear weapons, corruption in Wall Street with insider trading fraud that brought the market down (wow, some things don't change, do they?), and other things. So for people that think the 80s were the good old days... there were just as many issues then as there are now. Nostalgia helps us remember the good and forget the bad. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on October 16, 2011, 6:36 pm - (7 votes) - Login to Vote
12 The 80s was a good year for cartoons. Despite cartoons which served no purpose other than being advertising vehicles (such as Care Bears, Popples, Strawberry Shortcake, etc.), you had Gummi Bears, Duck Tales, Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers, Transformers (OK, it advertised toys, but IIRC it had good storylines to back them up, unlike the others I mentioned), Voltron (ditto), Count Duckula, and more. There were a lot of bad 80s cartoons, too. I guess the quote that best describes the cartoons of the 80s: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The 90s also had good cartoons (especially most anything from WB). From 2000 on, quality started slipping when it came to cartoons. However, there were some good ones (like Samurai Jack and Invader Zim). Nowadays, many cartoons are cheaply done fillers with little to no effort put into them. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on April 30, 2011, 6:38 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 I agree with Stephanie on the perspective depending on the age of the judge and on how kind or cruel the decade was to that judge. I also agree with her on the music of the '80s, much of which was very good indeed. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 30, 2011, 2:41 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
14 I don't think a decade can really bone. Once there are too many changes you can say the decade has passed, even if it is not at the official end of the decade. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on June 26, 2010, 6:12 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
15 I think whether or not a decade BTFs for someone depends upon their age or circumstances. But then again, I don't look back at the 80's and go: "Wow. What good times!" I was old enough to see the decadence, excess and greed during those years and wasn't impressed. Then again, there was some pretty decent music at times. -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on January 21, 2010, 8:27 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote

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