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Strangely Compelling Network Promos

In Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, Chuck Klosterman talks about "the primary cultural obsession of all people born between 1968 and 1980 (i.e., profound nostalgia for the extremely recent past)." I came into the world in 1979, just under the wire. And I'm nostalgic for everything that's happened since.

I had no real reason to conduct a YouTube search of "Mr. Belvedere." But it returned some great results, some only tangentially related to Mr. B. Like this 1988 ABC promo, featuring Kirk Cameron, Larry & Balki, the dad from Just the Ten of Us, Dave Coulier and more.

The YouTube vault was filled with gold, from Randy Newman singing about MacGyver to Doogie Howser singing about the promising 1990 fall lineup.

Yep, Randy Newman adopted "I Love L.A." to promote MacGyver:


"Super bad guys,
try to crush us,
fight for freedom,
and for justice.
Got a hot bomb?
Hey no problem.
Saving pretty damsels in distress you'll see.
And some hero stuff from me,
on ABC!"

(I'm not sure about those last two lines. I tried.)

Fast forward to 1990 and another ABC promo. This time Doogie Howser, Dan Dierdorf, Father Dowling, Cop Rock, both Cameron siblings and Kevin Arnold get in on the action.

After this, you'll be running out to buy Season 1 of both Growing Pains and Who's The Boss?

Perfect Strangers and Head of the Class. If I were head of programming for Nick at Nite*, this would be my 3am-4am comedy hour.

The video quality just isn't here for the 1989 ABC promo. In fact, quality is lacking altogether.

OK, I feel better. Now I'll go back to being nostalgic for My Boys (on TBS) and when The Apprentice was in New York.


*Probably my dream job. My first order of business would be to start airing repeats of The John Larroquette Show.

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4 Comments

the last two lines are

"this handsome hero stuff is for me,
on ABC"

as they show the ever so handsome macguyver.

and, i was born in 81... i'm just as nostalgic. i remember having seen all of these... i watched too much tv

said munchy mcgee on January 11, 2007 5:50 PM.

Thanks, munchy. I listened to it about 12 times (and forwarded it to various co-workers for their opinions) before giving up.

said aquaman on January 11, 2007 6:06 PM.

Widen that age bracket to people born on '83. I can't count the times I've spent a long hour remembering my favorite chilhood shows with my friends. I have a Glo Worm, and I want to buy myself a Fraggle. Which is why this post has made my day. :)

said MJ on January 13, 2007 7:11 AM.

I watched growing pains and it made me give up on life and live in a box in the alley.

can i have a dolla?

street-people dot com

said theboxman on January 17, 2007 1:49 AM.
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