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

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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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Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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