WATCH: Tacky 1980s sci-fi and fantasy opening credits


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I used to watch ‘Misfits of Science’ as a kid. I always wondered “If you have a guy who can shoot lightning from his hands, why would you need anyone else on the team?”


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I remember hearing a radio minister explain how The Phoenix was part of an elaborate government plot to control our minds. Since it had already been cancelled I didn’t think it was all that successful.

Now, though, I really want to find episodes of The Highwayman, although I admit it’s only because I want to see “Jacko” as “Jetto”.


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I’d watch the ass out off all of those shows! We need a channel that just plays 80s reruns. And TIL that The Predator and Courtney Cox worked together!


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Since it had already been cancelled I didn’t think it was all that successful.

Or it was more successful than the CIA NSA network ever imagined.


#6

In some dreamy alternate 1976, Judson Scott makes a guest appearance on Ark II and we all transcend to a higher plane.


#7

…Doesn’t mean that they can’t keep trying.


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Wasn’t the lightning guy the stereotypical “too cool for this stuff” type, though?

The intro for The Wizard is really pretty tame compared to most of the others in that collection.


#9

As a wise man once said, “Cocaine is a hell of a drug.”


#10

This makes me curiously embarassed to have been alive during the 1980’s, even though I had nothing at all to do with any of it.


#11

Automan was great. Manimal was … watchable to a 10yr old.


#12

My vague recollection of it was a hamfisted mash-up of Mad Max aesthetic, Knight Rider and Airwolf.

Ex Aussie Rules footballer Mark “Jacko” Jackson. Here’s a taste of what you can look forward too:

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#13

I was only a fan of two of those shows, so I’m moderately less nerdy than I thought.

I say “moderately” because one of them was Manimal.


#14

Sweet Jebus, I think I’ve seen that video before, and I’m not even Australian…


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I remember I was excited about “The Phoenix” at the time because I imagined it had something to do with the arcade game Phoenix. It didn’t, unfortunately, but I seem to remember him playing the arcade game in the opening episode as a sort of in-joke. It’s weird that any conspiracy theory would revolve around it – it didn’t even last a season.


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Wow. I’m not sure whether to be embarrassed or proud at how many of these I remember watching as a kid. Misfits of Science, Wizards and Warriors, the Phoenix… sure, they look kind of corny now, but to a child it was amazing stuff.

…though there’s a show or two missing from that montage. Does anyone else remember The Man From Atlantis with Patrick Duffy?


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I watched The Wizard as a kid, it was a pretty normal show about an inventor, starring a little person.


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I saw the movie-length pilot episode. Never caught any other episodes. It was 70’s though.


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