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That '80s Show
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That '80s Show logo
Genre Sitcom
Created by Mark Brazill
Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner
Written by Tony Barbieri
Mark Brazill
Bonnie Turner
Terry Turner
Linda Wallem
Directed by Terry Hughes
Gail Mancuso
Jeff McCracken
Starring Glenn Howerton
Tinsley Grimes
Chyler Leigh
Eddie Shin
Brittany Daniel
Geoff PiersonMargaret Smith
Opening theme "Eighties" by Killing Joke
Composer(s) Ben Vaughn
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Mark Brazill
Marcy Carsey
Caryn Mandabach
Jeff McCracken
Terry Turner
Linda Wallem
Tom Werner
Christine Zander
Producer(s) Patrick Kienlen
Editor(s) Vince Humphrey
Tom Ryder
Cinematography Ronald W. Browne
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Carsey-Werner Company
Carsey-Werner-Mandabach Productions
Original channel Fox
Original run January 23, 2002 (2002-01-23) – May 29, 2002 (2002-05-29)
Status Ended
External links
Production website

That '80s Show is an American sitcom that aired in half-hour long episodes from January through May 2002. Despite having a similar name, show structure, and many of the same writers and production staff, it is not considered a direct spin-off of the more successful That '70s Show, as the characters and storylines from both shows never crossed paths. It was a separate decade-based show created because of That '70s Show's popularity at the time.[1] That '80s Show failed to gain a wide audience and was cancelled by Fox after 13 episodes, due to low ratings.

The show was set in 1984 and revolved around the lives of a group of friends living in San Diego, California. It debuted January 23, 2002, and the final episode aired May 29, 2002. Its regular timeslot was on Wednesday nights at 8:00/7:00 Central on the Fox Network, although a few shows were aired on different nights. Its main timeslot competitors were ABC's My Wife and Kids, CBS's 60 Minutes II, and NBC's Ed. All 13 episodes, which were filmed in at CBS Studio Center, aired at least once.



The show follows the lives of struggling musician Corey Howard and his associates, friends, and family. His working (and eventual romantic) relationship with Tuesday is also a focal point, and becomes the main anchor of the show after a few episodes. Later episodes focused on the culture clash between Corey and Tuesday's lifestyles. Various tidbits of '80s culture and music are sprinkled in throughout each episode. As with That '70s Show, many celebrities from the decade guest starred in several episodes.

Episodes took place at different locations throughout the day. Scenes would take place at Club Berlin, a dance club; Permanent Record, the record store where Corey and Tuesday worked; Videx, an office owned by R.T.; and the family home, along with the occasional car trip.

Theme and opening credits

The theme song was a 15 second snippet of the song "Eighties" by Killing Joke:

Eighties/I'm living in the eighties/Eighties/I have to push, I have to struggle/Ohhhh!

The opening credit sequence (and screens used to transition from scene to scene) consisted of a hand flipping through a row of vinyl records, each with artwork of a cast member's face and name.


Role Actor Description
Corey Howard Glenn Howerton A struggling musician who lives at home with his sister Katie and his father, R.T. Works at Permanent Record, a record store. Is constantly trying to rebel against the ever growing mainstream culture around him, unlike his best friend, Roger. He also dated Sophia before the start of the series, as they are recently broken up in the pilot. Tries working for his father, but fails miserably and goes back to the record store (and Tuesday).
June Tuesday Chyler Leigh A punk-rocker who also works at Permanent Record. She wears her hair in liberty spikes (she is seen with it down exactly 3 times). She eventually becomes Corey's girlfriend halfway through the series, after much tension and love/hate arguing between the two. She grew up in Las Vegas, as the daughter of a minister, but the show ended before any additional information about her family could be revealed. She goes simply by "Tuesday" for most of the series, which is her last name. Her first name, "June" was brought up only once, as a plot device in the episode "My Dead Friend".
Roger Eddie Shin Corey's best friend, a struggling used-car dealer. He rents a room above the Howard family garage, admires Ronald Reagan and is dance-a-holic (who installed a dance square in the middle of his living room carpet). He is constantly perfecting his appearance, and listens to motivational self-help cassette tapes. Meets Patty through Tuesday near the end of the series, and the two begin a relationship.
Katie Howard Tinsley Grimes Corey's sister. A Valley Girl and college drop-out turned environmentalist. She later returned to college to major in Environmental Science. She tries to get the family to adopt environment-friendly methods, such as buying toilet paper made from old dictionaries. Dates Owen, who is in the Navy.
Sophia Brittany Daniel Corey's bisexual ex-girlfriend who has an unreturned crush on Corey's sister Katie. She later will become the power-hungry director of marketing at Videx, the company owned by R.T., and will move into the family home near the end of the series. Has a twin sister named Bianca. Sophia's character is allegedly based on a San Francisco socialite of the same name.
R.T. Howard Geoff Pierson Corey and Katie's divorced father. Owner of "Videx", a small company that produces and sells personal fitness equipment such as the Butt Luge and the Gut Wacker. He heavily relies on Katie to keep things running around the house, and lavishes himself with expensive items, such as a hot tub and a video camera, symbolizing the "excess" aspect of the 1980s.
Margaret Margaret Smith Ex-Hippie/Rock Groupie. Owner of Permanent Record, the record store where Corey and Tuesday work. She usually has a "long story short" tale regarding her past with various musicians and rock bands in each episode. She frequently insults customers looking for/buying music she feels is inadequate.



Each episode used several vintage 1980s hit songs, either playing in the background of a scene or sung by one or more of the cast members:

Guest stars and recurring characters

  • Ed McMahon, Pat Benatar, and Neil Giraldo all appeared as themselves in the episode entitled "Road Trip".
  • Tiffany appeared in the episode "Punk Club" as "Candy", an employee of the "Chaos" punk club.
  • Debbie Gibson appeared as an annoying show tunes-loving customer named "Janice", and Morgan Fairchild appeared as R.T.'s rival competitor "Cossima Blair", in the episode "Beach Party".
  • John Taylor appeared in the episode "Sophia's Depressed" as Margaret's personal decorator.
  • Nathan West appeared in the episode "Spring Break '84, as "Wray Thorn", a former classmate of Corey's turned successful musician.
  • Tammy Lynn Michaels and Josh Braaten appeared in several episodes as "Patty" and "Owen", Roger's and Katie's significant others, respectively.


  1. ^ Rice, Lynette (2001-12-12). "Let's Do the Time Warp Again!".,,187618,00.html. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 

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