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The 80's: The Decade That Made Us

The 80's: The Decade That Made Us (2013)



First Aired:
April 14, 2013
Air Day:
Air Time:
8:00 PM EST
60 Min


Lift Off

April 14, 2013

Ep: 1 Lift Off

This landmark new six-part miniseries takes viewers back in time to see how the ’80s created our modern world. The first episode explores the revolution in personal entertainment brought on by Pac-Man, Sony Walkmans and Jane Fonda’s... More

The Revolutionaries

April 14, 2013

Ep: 2 The Revolutionaries

In 1981, Ronald Reagan is propelled into the U.S. presidency, but his much-scrutinized administration is shaken to its core a mere 70 days in when an assassin’s bullet pierces his lung. Vivid accounts from newsman Sam Donaldson, on the ground... More

Shop 'til You Drop

April 15, 2013

Ep: 3 Shop 'til You Drop

Nonstop glamour and excess find a new poster girl in the 1980s, when a hot young singer sees her chance to create her own brand. Catapulted to superstardom with a shocking performance of “Like a Virgin” at the first MTV Music Video Awards,... More

Masters of the Universe

April 15, 2013

Ep: 4 Masters of the Universe

With the motto “greed... is good,” Gordon Gekko encapsulates the 1980s drive for excess and ruthless ambition in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street,” while big traders mirror his notoriously bad behavior with insider trading and drug use in... More

Tear Down These Walls

April 16, 2013

Ep: 5 Tear Down These Walls

Though the 1980s were known for its “greed is good” mantra, the decade also saw its fair share of literal and cultural walls brought down, as Americans united on political, racial and health issues.

Super Power

April 16, 2013

Ep: 6 Super Power

At the end of the 1980s American pop culture goes global and helps bring down the Iron Curtain, leaving America as the world's sole superpower.