Stop Ruining My Childhood!

Stop Ruining My Childhood!

A sometimes nostalgic, sometimes cynical look back at pop culture. Join us as we revisit movies, cartoons, and live-action TV of the 80s and 90s, and ask the question, ”Does this hold up? Or did I just ruin my childhood?”

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March 14, 2024 107 mins

For this year's Easter episode, we have our friend Hannah as a guest to discuss The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a British children's television drama first broadcast by the BBC in 1988.

Based on the 1950 novel by C.S. Lewis, Lucy, Edmund, Peter, and Susan Pevensie travel to a magical land through a forgotten wardrobe. Narnia is the home of the great lion Aslan. During his long absence, his arch-enemy, the evil White Witch pla...

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We are starting our look into the 1980s! This week, Megan reviews Bosom Buddies. She was particularly surprised to learn that the show was not a TV rip-off of the Oscar-award winning film, Tootsie. 

Bosom Buddies was an American television sitcom starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari. It aired on Thursday nights for two seasons on ABC from 1980-1982 and in reruns on NBC in 1984 after Tom Hanks appeared in Splash. The show features t...

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February 22, 2024 98 mins

This week, we have Karen back on as a guest! Karen and Megan talk about the original Mickey Mouse Club, which debuted in 1955. Karen shares her memories of running home to watch all the fun, singing, and serial adventure stories like Spin and Marty and The Hardy Boys. Then, we talk about The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, which debuted in 1989. Megan shares her memories of watching the show with her cousins after school. And we briefly...

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is the classic Thanksgiving comedy directed by John Hughes, starring Steve Martin and John Candy.  Control freak Neal Page (Steve Martin) is trying to get home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his wife and kids. After missing a cab (stolen by Kevin Bacon,) his flight is rerouted to a distant city in Kansas because of a freak snowstorm, and his sanity begins to fray. Worse yet, he is forced to b...

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November 9, 2023 91 mins

Happy Holidays everyone! It's Friendsgiving time, and that means we finally rewatch Friends! Friends was an NBC sitcom created by Marta Kauffman and David Crane, which ran for 10 seasons from 1994-2004. The show starred 6 actors who were relatively unknown at the time and launched them almost immediately into superstardom.

Known for their extravagant Thanksgiving episodes, Friends became a bit of a divisive show, with some people l...

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November 2, 2023 83 mins

Darkwing Duck was an animated superhero comedy show that ran on the Disney Channel and ABC from 1991-1992. Part of the "Disney Block" of afterschool shows, it followed Duck Tales and was often thought to be a spin-off of that beloved show. 

In his secret identity of Drake Mallard, Darkwing Duck lives in an unassuming suburban house with his adopted daughter Gosalyn. He solves crimes with the help of Gosalyn, side-kick Launchpad McQ...

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October 31, 2023 71 mins

Don't expose them to the light. Don't get them wet. And no matter what, don't feed them after midnight! We are reviewing Gremlins this Halloween! And subbing in for Steve, we have Megan's brother Tim, who was also part of our 50th episode extravaganza. 

Gremlins is a comedy-horror film. It was written by Chris Columbus, directed by Joe Dante, and produced by Steven Spielberg. Starring Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, we follow the s...

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October 26, 2023 86 mins

This year, our second throwback Halloween pick is The Lost Boys, a 1987 American comedy horror film directed by Joel Schumacher, produced by Harvey Bernhard with a screenplay written by Jeffrey Boam, Janice Fischer and James Jeremias. The film had a huge ensemble cast including: Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Jason Patric, Jami Gertz, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, and Alex Winter.

A group of vampires is terrorizing ...

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October 19, 2023 105 mins

It's Halloween, and Steve was willing to watch Poltergeist! The highest grossing horror film of 1982, Poltergeist was written and produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper. It starred Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Dominique Dunn, and Oliver Robins as an all-American family plagued by spirits who steal away their youngest daughter. 

We talk about the bizarre history of the film, including the inf...

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October 12, 2023 92 mins

This week, we continue our exploration of Superman lore with Lois and Clark, the New Adventures of Superman. Spanning four seasons and 87 episodes, the TV show starred Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane, Dean Cain as Clark Kent, and Lane Smith as Perry White. 

Before we get into our fun facts, history, and memories, we dig into the a bowl of Superman themed ice cream! Then, Steve talks about his love of Teri Hatcher, Megan recalls having ol...

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September 29, 2023 85 mins

This week, we talk about Superman the Movie, starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, and Marlon Brando. Superman was a 1978 superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero Superman. The film was directed by Richard Donner based on a screenplay by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, and Robert Benton. 

It is the first of four installments in the Superman film series starring Reeve as Superman, and i...

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Hello Everyone,

We're trying to come back from obscurity with this "lost episode" of the 1980s cartoon version of Dungeons and Dragons. We talk about the history of the game, the show, and get into our full recap of two of the episodes of this short-run series.

We also feature the museum favorite, freeze-dried astronaut ice cream for our non-sponsored snack review.

Did we love the show? Was it cancelled too soon? Listen to find out...

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March 6, 2023 87 mins

Starring Lou Ferigno and Bill Bixby, The Incredible Hulk aired from 1977-1982! Listen in as we discuss the history of the comic book character and the behind-the-scenes details of this classic adaptation. We watch two episodes and try the tart taffy candy Air Heads. Did we love the show as much as the Marvel movies? Does it hold up? Listen to find out!

 

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February 23, 2023 76 mins

This week we explore the cult classic "Clue." Listen in as we discuss Tim Curry, Madeline Khan, the original board game, and our non-sponsored snack, Starburst! One film, three endings. Did we love them? Did we hate them? Listen to find out! 

 

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February 16, 2023 90 mins

This week we explore the beloved detective show "Columbo." Listen in as we discuss Peter Faulk, Dobermanns, Leslie Nielson, and the country of Hungary. Oh, we also review chocolate cigars. 

 

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February 14, 2023 80 mins
This episode is our first Patreon Bonus Episode! We're sharing it with everyone for this month only! Join us on Patreon for ad-free bonus episodes every month!    https://www.patreon.com/stopruiningmychildhood    For Valentine's Day, we take a look at Some Kind of Wonderful! Our runner up for "Best Date Night Movie," this 1987 teen romance stars Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Lea Thompson. One of the many successful film...
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Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers is an American animated adventure comedy television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation.[1] Created by Tad Stones and Alan Zaslove, it featured chipmunks Chip and Dale, mice Gadget and Monterey Jack, and housefly Zipper as a team of mystery-solving detectives working on "small crimes."  

Before we revisit this Disney classic, we try Chick-O-Stick, the retro peanut butter coconut candy th...

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February 2, 2023 91 mins

Welcome back to Season 2 of Stop Ruining My Childhood!

The Princess Bride began as a satirical novel by William Goldman in the mid 1980s. In 1987, it was made into a film with a script written by Goldman and directed by Rob Reiner. The movie had a 16 million dollar budget and brought in about 30 million in revenue, but soon found a huge audience in VHS and DVD releases and became a cult classic. 

Before digging into the history of...

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January 26, 2023 63 mins

This week, we revisit the Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah romantic comedy, Splash!

Before diving in (pun intended) to the film, we try the classic childhood candy, Swedish Fish and answer the question, "Are these actually Swedish?" 

Then, we swim through some facts and explore the history of the movie. We uncover why this was a Disney film without the Disney name attached, we discuss the casting choices including how both John Candy and...

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January 19, 2023 79 mins

It's September, and that means it's back to school time! To celebrate, we're revisiting the show that got everyone to read in the summer... Reading Rainbow!

Hosted by Levar Burton, Reading Rainbow is an American educational children's television series that originally aired on PBS from 1983 to 2006.

After digging into the fascinating history of the show, Steve reminisces about  "Book It," a program that gave kids free pizza for rea...

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