On Tuesday, I turned 28. Apparently, the older you get, the more time flies, because I feel like I just turned 18. It doesn’t help that I recently took on a new job in social media at my alma mater, so I am constantly being mistaken for a student when I really just want to take someone’s photo to post on Facebook.
In honor of this momentous occasion, I thought I would look back at some of the milestones that hit television during the wonderful year of my birth. I was surprised to find out some shows, like Who’s the Boss and The Cosby Show, both premiered on the same day (September 20). I also had no clue Charles in Charge started on October 3 on CBS; by the time I watched the show, it was already in syndication on KTLA.
Other pop culture favorites that premiered 28 years ago? Murder, She Wrote on September 30; Highway to Heaven on September 19; Punky Brewster on September 16; Kids Incorporated on September 7; and Muppet Babies on September 15.
What really shocked me was the fact that several shows that seem to be millions of years old actually ended in 1984. Happy Days (which I honestly thought as a child was really filmed in the 1950s; I remember my mind being blown when I found out it was the 1970s), Three’s Company, Hart to Hart, One Day at a Time, and Fantasy Island all had their finales. So did some shows I have never heard of, including Boone, Jennifer Slept Here, and The Edge of Night, which made its debut in 1956.
One huge television event was the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, which finished right before I was born not too far from L.A. Apple launched the Macintosh computer during the January 22 Super Bowl, airing its “1984” ad for the first, and only, time on national television. Michael Jackson’s Pepsi commercial debacle that ended with his hair catching on fire took place on January 27. He went on to win eight Grammys on February 28 for Thriller. That album came out in late 1982 – almost 30 years ago!
Those were 1984’s biggest television events. Do you know what premiered the same year you did?