For over a decade, The Retroist Podcast has taken a nostalgic look back at the last 40+ years of retro themed pop culture. The show attempts to connect or reconnect you to things from your past through storytelling and discussion of compelling milestones and forgotten tidbits of pop culture.
Retroist Podcast Episode 308 (Columbo)
Welcome to the newest episode of the Retroist Podcast. On today's show, I discuss the long-running detective drama series, Columbo. This episode was a long time coming and is one of my longer episodes. Columbo is a big deal.
I begin the show talking about my own brush with Columbo himself, Peter Falk. It was an unexpected experience, but very positive. I am very happy to finally get to share it.
Then I move on to the show itself. I discuss the evolution of the characters, the show’s release, reception, the people in front of and behind the camera, and much more.
Columbo is special for a lot of reasons. Great writing, acting, etc. But also because he is different from other "cop shows". He wasn't meant to be a standard detective. His legacy hearkens back to earlier detective stories written by people like Agatha Christie. He has a more timeless feel, and that kept people interested for decades.
Add to that is Falk at the center of it all. He is not only a talented performer but also packs a lot of natural charisma. His dedication to perfection in what he believed in helped to make the character perfect.
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Retroist Podcast Episode 307 (Monsters TV Series)
Travel back to the late '80s when television was full of mysterious and eerie stories. Monsters, a horror anthology series, was a hidden treasure during that time. Imagine flipping through channels on a quiet October evening and stumbling upon this captivating show. While it might not have been popular among everyone, for those who discovered it, Monsters was a thrilling experience.
The series stood out due to its unique charm and captivating stories. Despite its low budget, talented writers, directors, and actors collaborated to bring each episode to life. The creators, often overlooked, crafted a world where supernatural elements dominated, leaving a lasting impact on the audience.
Monsters' music added to its mystique, enhancing the atmosphere and drawing viewers deeper into its chilling narratives. Though it was relatively unknown on television, the show gained a following through home video and cable TV releases, allowing fans to revisit their favorite episodes and introducing new audiences to its brilliance.
Monsters might have been a hidden gem, but its impact was profound for those who embraced it. Whether you're a long-time fan or a curious newcomer, exploring the world of Monsters promises a journey into the realm of captivating horror.
Retroist Podcast Episode 306 (The Midnight Hour)
Welcome to the latest episode of the Retroist Podcast! Today, we're stepping back in time to revisit a hidden gem from the ABC vault: the made-for-TV movie, "The Midnight Hour".
I begin this episode by sharing my personal memories of stumbling upon this film and the delightful nostalgia that washed over me, especially when I rediscovered it during my days working at the video store.
But let's dive into the heart of the matter: "The Midnight Hour." I will talk about the people behind the camera, exploring the creative minds that brought this spooky and funny film to life. But the magic of the film doesn’t stop there. From the talented cast that breathed life into the characters to the hauntingly beautiful music that set the mood, every aspect of this film contributed to its unique charm.
I'll guide you through the reception of "The Midnight Hour", shedding light on how this made-for-TV movie might be unjustly slipping under the radar during Halloween season. But you should give it a chance, because if you're in the mood for something light, spooky, and filled with fun music, "The Midnight Hour" deserves a prime spot on your watchlist.
So, whether you're a fan of nostalgic TV movies, enjoy a good dose of spookiness, or simply love immersing yourself in the magic of the past, this podcast episode promises an entertaining journey through the world of "The Midnight Hour". Thank you for joining me, and I hope this film finds a special place in your heart, just as it has in mine.
Retroist Podcast Episode 305 (Kool-Aid)
Welcome to the Retroist Kool-Aid Podcast, where we're about to dive into the world of a tasty and refreshing beverage that has quenched our thirst for nostalgia for generations. This week, we're stirring up some sweet memories as we explore the colorful world of Kool-Aid.
But before we take a sip of this flavorful journey, let me share a personal story about a miscalculation I made with some cherry Kool-Aid that haunted me for years. It's a tale of hubris that many of us can relate to, a reminder that sometimes our attempts to “have it all” don't quite go as planned.
Now, let's delve into the heart of it all - Kool-Aid itself. This beloved drink mix has a rich history, stretching back to its creation and evolution over the years. We'll explore how this iconic beverage came to be, from its humble beginnings to its status as a beloved household staple.
Kool-Aid isn't just a drink; it's a cultural phenomenon that has left its mark on advertising and pop culture. We'll dive into the colorful and memorable advertising campaigns that have introduced generations of kids to the joys of mixing up their own Kool-Aid concoctions. From the Kool-Aid Man crashing through walls to the catchy jingles, Kool-Aid commercials are a nostalgic treasure trove.
Having grown up with Kool-Aid, I consider myself lucky to be able to sip a glass and be transported back to the carefree days of childhood. It's a simple pleasure that carries with it a world of memories and emotions. We'll discuss how Kool-Aid has become more than just a drink; it's a vessel for nostalgia and a way to relive the flavors of our youth.
Retroist Podcast Episode 304 (Rustler’s Rhapsody)
Welcome to a journey back to the charmingly quirky world of 1985, where Rustler's Rhapsody graced the big screen and left audiences with a reaction that was, sadly, less than rhapsodic. However, sometimes a film's true charm takes a bit longer to shine through, and for many, like myself, who discovered this hidden gem on cable, it was love at first viewing.
Rustler's Rhapsody isn't just another Western parody; it's a loving tribute to the B Westerns of the 1930s and 1940s, capturing the essence of a bygone era, while making fun of it, with impeccable precision. Some may draw comparisons to the irreverent humor of Blazing Saddles, however, it's important to note that Rustler's Rhapsody had its own unique vision and intentions from the outset.
In this all-new episode of the Retroist Podcast, we embark on a journey deep into the heart of Rustler's Rhapsody. We'll explore the talented individuals who brought this cinematic treasure to life, both in front of and behind the camera. From the production challenges to the initial reception, we'll uncover the fascinating story behind this film.
And let's not forget the music! As always, the show is accompanied by the wonderful melodies provided by Peachy.
It's a mystery that Rustler's Rhapsody didn't enjoy immediate popularity, but perhaps its humor is so beautifully specific that it needed time to find its audience. Regardless of the reasons, this episode serves as an impassioned plea for viewers to give this film a second chance, or even a first if they missed it the first time around.
So, my fellow retro enthusiasts, I encourage you to take a leap back in time and revisit or discover the delightful world of Rustler's Rhapsody. It's a cinematic experience that's sure to put a smile on your face and make you appreciate the art of the B Western in a whole new light. Yeehaw!
Retroist Podcast Episode 303 (Woodstock ’99)
On today’s Retroist Podcast as we delve into a more contemporary subject that hits close to home – the turn of the millennium musical festival, Woodstock '99. This marks the fourth episode of the newest season, a departure from my usual fare, but one that holds a special place in my heart. Why? Because I was there, not as a spectator, but as a worker, and today, I would like to share my experiences.
Let's rewind the clock and imagine growing up in an era when the echoes of the original Woodstock still lingered in the air. I'll take you through my journey of hearing about the legendary festival, wondering what it was like, and pondering if my mom ever wished she'd been there. It's a trip down memory lane, one that leads us to the heart of Woodstock '99.
Now, the details of the festival. From the planning stages to the pricing, from the anticipation to the reception, I'll guide you through the highs and lows of this musical extravaganza. And of course, we can't skip over the bands. We'll explore how things went awry, how the spirit of “unity” quickly unraveled, and how a series of unfortunate events cast a shadow over this once-promising event.
Then I share my perspective of a worker amidst the chaos. I'll share why I was there, what I witnessed on the ground, and why my companions and I made the tough call to leave early. It's a firsthand account that I hope adds depth to the story of Woodstock '99.
And as we unfold this tale, one thing becomes clear – Woodstock '99 wasn't the magical experience people had hoped for. It started on a rocky note and quickly spiraled into chaos, leaving a trail of disappointment and hurt in its wake. Sadly, this turn of events dealt a severe blow to the prospects of future Woodstocks.
So there you have it – the Retroist Podcast, a journey through the highs and lows of Woodstock '99. From my own experiences to the broader narrative, this episode offers a unique perspective on a turning point in music festival history. As we relive the moments and memories, let's remember that sometimes, even when things go awry, the stories that emerge might be worth sharing.
Memory Box for Children of a Certain Age
If you’re a 70s-80s kid or just have an interest in the era there’s simply no better show that recaps a pop culture topic or experience better. From the foods we ate, the toys we played with or the adventures we had in our towns this podcast has it all. Episodes tend to be tightly put together without a lot of filler. I look forward to every new episode in my feed.
A guided tour to your childhood
The Retroist is a lover letter to the media, technology and other phenoms of ages past. The host is passionate but devoid of over the top hyperbole. It's wonderful getting to hear the backstories of things from my childhood that I obessed over. God bless the Retroist!
If you like all things retro this is the channel for you. The Retroist promises “an info packed show” at the beginning of each episode and man does he deliver! Very methodical approach and does a deep dive into each topic. There’s things you learn despite how much you feel you know about the show, The Retroist will find something to surprise you. I highly recommend.