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12 Pop Culture Moments From the ’80s That Turned Boys into Men

Catch Fast Times at Ridgemont High during IFC's 80s Weekend.

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Picture it: The year is 1980-something. You’re a young man of a certain age. You’re watching some innocuous comedy, about a nerd who switches bodies with a jock, or a schlub who drives cross country to meet the girl of his dreams. Typical stuff. Some jokes. Maybe a Kenny Loggins song. But in the 1980s, there was one more thing you were likely to stumble upon. Something that would change your life forever.

That thing was BOOBS.

They were everywhere. You’re watching a VHS copy of some family comedy with your grandma, and there they are. You’re up late watching cable on a sleepover, and whoops!, there are those hungry, hungry hippos. There was no escaping them, which led to loads of confusing and enlightening feelings over the years. Here are a few of those magical moments that kickstarted puberty for an entire generation.

12. Daisy and her Dukes on Dukes of Hazzard

When we first tuned in, it was for those no good rascals The Duke Boys. But as we grew older, our focus shifted. Soon we barely noticed the car chases and hijinks. Something, or someone (and her iconic short shorts) was distracting us.

11. The Bundy Gals on Married With Children

Before Married With Children debuted, the sexiest thing on a sitcom was Phylicia Rashad’s knowing smirk. Peg and Kelly Bundy blew the old school out of the water, and we spent the next decade glued to the screen.

10. Duran Duran’s “Girls On Film” Music Video

MTV was something our older brother watched. It was cool, mysterious, and confusing. Cool guys singing about cool things. Like girls. Specifically ones on film.

9. Jamie Lee Curtis in Trading Places

A comedy classic, this movie had it all. Eddie Murphy at his peak. Hell, Aykroyd at his too. And some scream queen trying to break into the big time with her wits, her charm and her…Oh dear lord. Mom, I’ll be in the other room.

8. Bond Girls

We were emphatic. There had never been, and never would be, a better Bond than Roger Moore. He was charming. Dashing. Sure, he looks a little like grandpa. And did he just say a pun? But this movie about a half octopus, half pussy cat sounds promising. That is what it’s about, right?

7. The Popular Girls in Can’t Buy Me Love

Here’s one of the many movies from the ’80s that tried to teach us that popularity didn’t matter, while showing us how amazing it was to be popular. The rewards of being the big man on campus ranged from rocking out the African Anteater Ritual to doing certain adult things in the backseat of cars.

6. The Big Reveal in Just One Of The Guys

Years before The Crying Game, our young libidos were put to the test. You can keep your blonde cheerleaders. We’ll take the “boy” in the corner, with a very big secret. We can’t show you how Joyce Hyser proves she’s a girl, but we’re betting you remember it pretty clearly.

5. MTV Spring Break

A strange, magical place filled with tanned coeds and Adam Sandler, the MTV Beach House was the stuff of legend when it first appeared in 1986. Sure, now we know it was just a cesspool of OSU frat brothers and herpes, but at the time, it seemed like heaven on earth.

4. Lisa in Weird Science

The concept might not have been the most P.C., but then again, P.C. didn’t even exist back then. Heck, this was a John Hughes movie. That nice boy Anthony Michael Hall was in it. It’s like a sci-fi The Breakfast Club. We can take the whole family, right? Right?

3. Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Okay, this was a children’s movie, right? Bugs Bunny is in it! Mickey freakin’ Mouse! But then Jessica Rabbit walked in, and made Eddie Valiant, and by extension everyone in the audience, seriously confused about what they were feeling.

2. Princess Leia’s Gold Bikini

Gold bikini. Those two words represent a sea change to men of a certain age. The irony of George Lucas adding Ewoks to Return of the Jedi to appeal to kids while simultaneously making men of his young audience is best left for Mr. Lucas and his therapist to sort through.

1. The Pool Scene in Fast Times At Ridgemont High

The standard by which all ’80s babes are measured, Phoebe Cates became the stuff of legend in one quick fantasy sequence. A classic movie to begin with, this short scene has become as iconic as Marilyn on the subway grate or Clark Gable not giving a damn.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…