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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.

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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
Women, start reading again here:


Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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Binge Don’t Cringe

Catch up on episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia.

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A brain can only take so much.

Every five minutes, all day, every day, ludicrously stressful headlines push our mental limits as we struggle to adapt to a reality that seems increasingly less real. What’s a mind to do when simple denial just isn’t good enough anymore?

Radical suggestion: repeal and replace. And by that we mean take all the bad news that keeps you up at night, press pause, and substitute it with some genuine (not nervous, for a change) laughter. Here are some of the issues on our mind.

Gender Inequality

Feminist bookstore owners by day, still feminist bookstore owners by night, Toni and Candace show the male gaze who’s boss. Learn about their origin story (SPOILER: there’s an epic dance battle) and see what happens when their own brand of empowerment gets out of hand.

Healthcare

From Candace’s heart attack to the rise of the rawvolution, this Portlandia episode proves that healthcare is vital.

Peaceful Protests

Too many online petitions, too little time? Get WOKE with Fred and Carrie when they learn how to protest.

What Could Have Been

Can’t say the name “Clinton” without bursting into tears? Documentary Now!’s masterfully political “The Bunker” sheds a cozy new light on the house that Bill and Hill built. Just pretend you don’t know how the story really ends.

Fake News

A healthy way to break the high-drama news cycle is to switch over to “Dronez”, which has all the thrills of ubiquitous adventure journalism without any of the customary depression.

The more you watch, the better you feel. So get started on past episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia right now at IFC.com and the IFC app.

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