With the great success of That ’70s Show, you would think ‘That ’80s Show’ would have been just as successful. Unfortunately it wasn’t. That ’80s Show aired in half-hour long episodes from January through May 2002.
Despite having a similar name, show structure, and many of the same writers and production staff, it is not considered a direct spin-off of the more successful That ’70s Show — as the characters and storylines from both shows never crossed paths. That ’80s Show was a separate decade-based show created because of That ’70s Show’s popularity at the time. That ’80s Show failed to gain a wide audience and was canceled by Fox after 13 episodes, due to low ratings.
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|Corey Howard||Glenn Howerton||A struggling musician who lives at home with his sister Katie and his father, R.T. Works at Permanent Record, a record store. Is constantly trying to rebel against the ever growing mainstream culture around him, unlike his best friend, Roger. He also dated Sophia before the start of the series, as they are recently broken up in the pilot. Tries working for his father, but fails miserably and goes back to the record store (and Tuesday).|
|June Tuesday||Chyler Leigh||A punk-rocker who also works at Permanent Record. She wears her hair in liberty spikes (she is seen with it down exactly four times). She eventually becomes Corey’s girlfriend halfway through the series, after much tension and love/hate arguing between the two. She grew up in Las Vegas, as the daughter of a minister, but the show ended before any additional information about her family could be revealed. She goes simply by “Tuesday” for most of the series, which is her last name. Her first name, “June” was brought up only once, as a plot device in the episode “My Dead Friend”.|
|Roger Park||Eddie Shin||Corey’s best friend, a struggling used-car dealer. He rents a room above the Howard family garage, admires Ronald Reagan and is dance-a-holic (who installed a dance square in the middle of his living room carpet). He is constantly perfecting his appearance, and listens to motivational self-help cassette tapes. Meets Patty through Tuesday near the end of the series, and the two begin a relationship.|
|Katie Howard||Tinsley Grimes||Corey’s sister. A Valley Girl and college drop-out turned environmentalist. She later returned to college to major in Environmental Science. She tries to get the family to adopt environment-friendly methods, such as buying toilet paper made from old dictionaries. Dates Owen, who is in the Navy.|
|Sophia||Brittany Daniel||Corey’s bisexual ex-girlfriend who has an unreturned crush on Corey’s sister Katie. She later will become the power-hungry director of marketing at Videx, the company owned by R.T., and will move into the family home near the end of the series. Has a twin sister named Bianca. Sophia’s character is allegedly based on a San Francisco socialite of the same name.|
|R.T. Howard||Geoff Pierson||Corey and Katie’s divorced father. Owner of “Videx”, a small company that produces and sells personal fitness equipment such as the Butt Luge and the Gut Wacker. He heavily relies on Katie to keep things running around the house, and lavishes himself with expensive items, such as a hot tub and a video camera, symbolizing the “excess” aspect of the 1980s.|
|Margaret||Margaret Smith||Ex-Hippie/Rock Groupie. Owner of Permanent Record, the record store where Corey and Tuesday work. She usually has a “long story short” tale regarding her past with various musicians and rock bands in each episode. She frequently insults customers looking for/buying music she feels is inadequate.|
Guest Stars on That ’80s Show:
- Ed McMahon, Pat Benatar, and Neil Giraldo all appeared as themselves in the episode entitled “Road Trip”.
- Tiffany appeared in the episode “Punk Club” as “Candy”, an employee of the “Chaos” punk club.
- Debbie Gibson appeared as an annoying show tunes-loving customer named “Janice”, and Morgan Fairchild appeared as R.T.’s rival competitor “Cossima Blair”, in the episode “Beach Party”.
- John Taylor appeared in the episode “Sophia’s Depressed” as Margaret’s personal decorator.
- Nathan West appeared in the episode “Spring Break ’84, as “Wray Thorn”, a former classmate of Corey’s turned successful musician.
- Tammy Lynn Michaels and Josh Braaten appeared in several episodes as “Patty” and “Owen”, Roger’s and Katie’s significant others, respectively.
- Kelly Clarkson appeared briefly as an uncredited dancing extra, prior to her appearance and subsequent fame on American Idol.
80’s Music on That ’80s Show:
Each episode used several vintage 1980s hit songs, either playing in the background of a scene or sung by one or more of the cast members.