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72: “Whatever Happened to Predictability?” – TGIF

If you’ve been waiting for us to tackle ABC’s family-friendly Friday night programming block known as TGIF – you got it, dude! TGIF premiered in 1989, and hosted, oh, about a hundred thousand sitcoms, maybe a dozen or so you may actually remember today. If you were a child of the 90s, there’s no doubt you likely waited all week to tune in to “Full House,” “Family Matters,” “Step By Step” and “Boy Meets World” – and maybe even “Dinosaurs,” too. This week we’re taking a look back at these family shows to see if their laugh tracks and heartwarming moments still entertain us as adults.

Join us as we tackle the big questions: where did all the family members disappear to on “Step By Step?” How are three single men sharing a house in San Francisco NOT gay? Is Urkel just an incel in disguise as a geek? And, most importantly, will we go insane listening to catchphrase after catchphrase after catchphrase? Have mercy.

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44: “Come Out To The Coast, We’ll Get Together, Have a Few Laughs” – Die Hard

DIE HARD (1988)

Welcome to the party, pal! In this episode, we’re celebrating Christmas in July with the 30th anniversary of DIE HARD, a (debatable) holiday favorite. John McTiernan’s 1988 hostage thriller posed Bruce Willis as a kinder, gentler action hero alternative to the likes of Schwarzenegger and Stallone — but don’t worry, he still murders lots of greedy terrorists. Ho, ho, ho!

This genre classic set the mold for many action flicks that followed, and featured one of the most beloved bad guys of all time in Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber. But what about its depiction of women in the workplace as a threat to masculinity? Or its serious skepticism toward capitalism, the media, and law enforcement? Before you RSVP “yes” to John McClane’s holiday bash, remember this: Die Hard also co-stars a series regular from TGIF’s Family Matters.

Will Die Hard hold up as well as Nakatomi Plaza under fire? And how about those sequels? Kindly remove your shoes before stepping into this nostalgic experience, because it’s time to say “yipee-ki-yay,” podcast lovers!

When We Were Young is a podcast devoted to the most beloved pop culture of our formative years (roughly 1980-2000). Join us for a look back to the past with a critical eye on how these movies, songs, TV shows and more hold up now. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @WWWYshow, on Facebook at Facebook.com/WWWYShow and you can email us your episodes suggestions at wwwyshow@gmail.com. Don’t forget to subscribe and review us on iTunes!

Help us defray the costs of creating this show, which includes purchasing movies/shows/music to review, delivery food to eat our feelings, and producing & editing in-house at the MFP Studio in Los Angeles, California, by donating to our Patreon account at patreon.com/WhenWeWereYoung.