80s TV Shows & Their Unintended Legacies

Diff’rent Strokes

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Wealthy old white guy adopts two black kids from the ghetto; fish- out-of-water antics ensue ad nauseum.

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Legacy: Introduced a curse on child TV actors that lasts to this day.
Also: A mind- boggling windfall for masturbation humorists.

Saved By The Bell

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Follows the exploits of a clique of privileged white kids attending a California high school. Pegged, acid- washed Levis run amok.

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Legacy: Screech’s sex tape.

Three’s Company

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Perky debutantes Janet and Chrissy run interference on suspicious landlord Mr. Furley, for the benefit of closeted roommate Jack Tripper.

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Legacy: Gay marriage.

The Brady Bunch

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Dad is an architect, mom’s a stay-at-home house-wife raising three boys and three girls with hair of gold, like their mother.

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Legacy: When the cameras stopped rolling, Greg and mom steam-up the windows of the station wagon IRL.

That’s Incredible!

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Early reality TV progenitor in which a swami squeezes himself into a tiny glass box, another guy (almost) catches a bullet in a small box in his mouth and countless daredevils attempt stunts involving motorcycles.

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Legacy: The exquisitely awful Bam Margera.

Miami Vice

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Miami police detectives Tubbs and Crockett bust coke dealers, set the haute couture agenda, piloting Ferraris and cigarette boats while wearing trendy lavender apparel.

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Legacy: Is that you at your 8th grade prom? Blame Miami Vice.

Baywatch

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Hot blonde lifeguards bounce around a sunny SoCal beach wearing tight, revealing bathing suits.

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Legacy: Controversially, Baywatch became the first American serial TV program broadcast to the Middle East, leading to… 9/11, the underwear bomber and perpetual wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Thanks much, Pamela.)

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