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A sometimes nostalgic, sometimes cynical look back at pop culture. Join us as we revisit movies, cartoons, and live-action TV of the 80s and 90s, and ask the question, ”Does this hold up? Or did I just ruin my childhood?”

Stop Ruining My Childhood‪!‬ Stop Ruining My Childhood Podcast

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

A sometimes nostalgic, sometimes cynical look back at pop culture. Join us as we revisit movies, cartoons, and live-action TV of the 80s and 90s, and ask the question, ”Does this hold up? Or did I just ruin my childhood?”

    ABC Afterschool Specials... and Capri Sun

    ABC Afterschool Specials... and Capri Sun

    ABC Afterschool Special was a television anthology series that aired on ABC from1972, to 1997. Younger Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers, and even "Elder" Millennials might remember coming home to these very special programs created for teens. 

    First, we revisit an afterschool drink, Capri Sun! We learn about the origins of the foil-pouched drink and then dive into the fascinating history of the Afterschool Special, which started on ABC and was quickly replicated by CBS and NBC in a fight for teenage viewers!

    Steve recalls thinking the specials were ridiculous, Megan remembers everyone in middle school talking about them, and then we recap "Andrea's Story: A Hitchhiking Tragedy" and "It's No Crush, I'm in Love."

    Did we love the shows? Did we hate them? Did we think the entire concept was ridiculous? Tune in to find out!

     

    Trigger Warning: This episode contains discussions related to drugs, alcohol, abuse, and sexual assault. If these are topics you'd rather not hear discussed, please skip this one and tune in next week. 

     

    Links to listen can be found at www.stopruiningmychildhood.com 

     

    #ABC #Afterschool #VerySpecialEpisode #1970s #1980s #1990s   #stopruiningmychildhood #80s #1980s #1980sTV #1970sTV #YALit #Back2School #GenX #80sBaby #90sKid #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #tbthursday #CapriSun

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Reading Rainbow... and Snack Packs

    Reading Rainbow... and Snack Packs

    It's September, and that means it's back to school time! To celebrate, we're revisiting the show that got everyone to read in the summer... Reading Rainbow!

    Hosted by Levar Burton, Reading Rainbow is an American educational children's television series that originally aired on PBS from 1983 to 2006.

    After digging into the fascinating history of the show, Steve reminisces about  "Book It," a program that gave kids free pizza for reading, and Megan describes cataloging her books and movies as a kid. First, we both enjoy a school lunchbox treat, Snack Pack Pudding Cups! 

    Does Reading Rainbow hold up? Do we miss the tin can Snack Packs used to come in? Tune in to find out!

     

    Links to listen can be found at www.stopruiningmychildhood.com 

     

    #PBS #1990s #BookIt #LevarBurton #ReadingRainbow  #stopruiningmychildhood #80s #1980s #1980sTV #1980sCartoons #SummerTV #Back2School #Reading #StarTrek #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #tbthursday #Kelloggs #Kellog #SnackPack

     

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Office Space... and Cotton Candy

    Office Space... and Cotton Candy

    This week, in honor of Labor Day, we revisit Office Space! 

    Office Space was written and directed by Mike Judge, creator of Beavis and Butthead. The film debuted in 1999 and was a sleeper hit with low initial box office returns, but huge VHS sales after being shown almost daily on Comedy Central. 

    The movie satirizes the worklife of a typical 1990s software company as well as the food service industry. We talk about our early jobs, frustration with middle managers, and toxic workplaces... but in a fun way! 

    And for Labor Day, we have our final summer snack, cotton candy!

    Does the movie hold up? Listen to find out!

     

    Links to listen can be found at www.stopruiningmychildhood.com 

     

    #1990sTV #1990s #OfficeSpace #MikeJudge #MTV #ComedyCentral #stopruiningmychildhood #90s #1990s #1990smovies #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #tbthursday #LaborDay 

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Scooby-Doo... and Sixlets

    Scooby-Doo... and Sixlets

    This week, we go way back to revisit the original Scooby-Doo!

    Scooby-Doo Where Are You debuted in 1969 to answer a call for Saturday morning cartoons with less violence and more humor. The Hanna-Barbera production spawned dozens of TV shows and movies. 

    Before our full review of the original animated TV series, we have our non-sponsored snack, Sixlets: a candy that tried to be better than M&Ms! We talk about our memories of Scooby-Doo, and Steve calls Megan "pretentious" and Megan calls herself, "kind of WASPy." 

    Was Megan being pretentious? Did we appreciate the nuances of the mystery as much as we did as kids? Were the Sixlets better than M&Ms? Listen to find out!

    Links to listen can be found at www.stopruiningmychildhood.com 

     

    #1970sTV #1970s #ScoobyDoo #ScrappyDoo #CaseyKasum #Cartoons #Sixlets #Shaggy #Velma #Daphne #Fred #MysteryMachine #stopruiningmychildhood #80s #1980s #1980smovies #1980sCartoons #SaturdayMorning #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #tbthursday

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Camp Nowhere... and Gummy Worms

    Camp Nowhere... and Gummy Worms

    The camping fun continues with our summer movie pick, Camp Nowhere! 

    Starring Christopher Lloyd (of Back to the Future fame) and Jonathan Jackson, Morris "Mud" Himmel hates spending every summer at computer camp, When he realizes all of his friends are unhappy about their respective camp prospects, he devises a plan to create his own, kid-friendly camp. 

    Before our full review, Megan explains exactly what happens at an academic camp, Steve talks about the differences camps went through from the 50s through the 90s. And we both the candy that soared to popularity in the 80s, gummy worms! 

    Was the movie what we remembered?  Was Megan's academic camp as lame as it sounded? Did Steve find Christopher Lloyd's hijinks hilarious or annoying? Listen to find out! 

    Links to listen can be found at www.stopruiningmychildhood.com 

     

    #stopruiningmychildhood  #CampNowhere #SummerMovies #90sMovies #90s #1990s #1990sTV #ChristopherLloyd #BacktotheFuture #Camp #SummerFun #JessicaAlba #AndrewKeegan #AllisonMack #JonathanJackson #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #tbthursday

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Double Dare... and Sour Patch Kids

    Double Dare... and Sour Patch Kids

    After receiving a listener suggestion, we decided to revisit another beloved Nickelodeon TV show, Double Dare!

    Double Dare began when Nickelodeon was looking for more programming to play after school, and a sponsor suggested a kid's game show instead of a cartoon! What resulted was a fun, exciting mixture of trivia, dares, physical challenges, and the famed obstacle course!

    Before our full review, Steve and Megan reminisce about wanting to be on Double Dare, and talk about how the show influenced everything from playground design to camp games. We also revisit Sour Patch Kids and learn some surprising history about this sweet and sour candy. 

    Did the show live up to our expectations? Were we amazed at the prizes given out by the show? Did the Sour Patch Kids make our mouths pucker? What did we think of the reboot? Listen to find out! 

    Links to listen can be found at www.stopruiningmychildhood.com 

     

    #stopruiningmychildhood  #DoubleDare #Nickelodeon #nickelodeon #90snickelodeon #90sNick #SNICK #80sNick #90s #1990s #1990sTV #GameShows #SaturdayMorning #Disney #AfterSchool #SourPatchKids #CabbagePatchKids #1980s #MarcSummers #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #tbthursday

    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Charger '91 ,

Really enjoying this show!

The hosts do a great job of “saving” the truly important things of life for future generations: pop culture of the 80’s & 90’s. :)
The show is like sitting down with some friends and taking about movies and TV shows that we loved as kids; lots of good vibes here. If you are a GenX’er and love the nostalgia of your youth, then I recommend you give this show a listen.

Player KESC1234 ,

Entertaining and whimsical

Love listening to these episodes especially the background information in the shows and movies which is informative, but especially the lively banter and ease of the hosts. Always a fun and engaging listen!

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