Ah, the 80s! The decade pop culture won’t let die is still trending in our hearts. This moment is so special that even those who have not lived it celebrate it as if they belonged to them, having their memory reactivated through television programs, films, merchandising articles and the most varied media. . It is for them and for others that the 80s are now! They have not left and never will be. Among other things, because for pop culture it is the consolidation of blockbusters and entertainment products that transcend the screens of our daily life.
The most beloved films in purest entertainment have come out of this decade. But the 80s were not marked only in the cinema. And television has reached new heights of popularity as well, with enduring programs that we will never forget. To dive deep into that nostalgia, let’s now recall with you the most beloved action series of the 80s. Watch below.
German actor (!?) David Hasselhoff has earned his famous player status thanks to the SOS Malibu (Baywatch) series, in which he plays the leader of the heroic rescuers. Long before that, however, he had already made a name for himself in the annals of American and world television on The Supermachine. The series has been a huge success here thanks to reruns on open TV, but it hasn’t aired for so long. Begun in 1982, the series lasted “only” 4 seasons, until 1986. Created by Glen A. Larson (the same as Magnum – which we will see later in the list), the series starred Hasselhoff in face… with a car! But it wasn’t just any vehicle, the title “supermachine” was cutting edge gear with artificial intelligence (even then) and even a voice synthesizer, called KITT – a black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am car.
In the plot, Hasselhoff was a terribly wounded policeman, on the verge of death. Apparently dead, he was in fact saved by a mysterious millionaire, who changes his face and identity, now becoming Michael Knight. Now he will work for his secret benefactor, facing missions that justice cannot do. Oh yes, and KITT is a “little gift” to help you out. A few years after the series ended, in 1991, a TV-produced movie was released titled The Super Machine 2000, again starring Hasselhoff, but the car was now a red 1990 Dodge Stealth. The show would be attempted again in 2008, with The New Super Machine. Here, the son of Michael Knight (role of Justin Bruening) was the new protagonist and KITT took the form of a black Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR. Two curiosities here. One is that Hasselhoff returned for a role of Michael, and the other is that Val Kilmer lent KITT his voice in an uncredited manner. The new program only lasted one season.
MacGyver – Danger Profession
It’s unforgettable! To this day, the term “MacGyver” is used to refer to someone who is very intelligent, who knows how to get by and do a little bit of everything. The big joke that actually happened in some episodes is that MacGyver created the most elaborate artifacts with very little, and thus got rid of the most dead-end situations. His scientific knowledge was his greatest weapon. Angus MacGyver, who would forever mark the career of actor Richard Dean Anderson, was a secret agent involved in the most mind-boggling missions. Interestingly, the actor’s fame at the time intensified for him to become a sex symbol for women, and whenever a love interest in the protagonist was introduced to the series, the channel received letters from complaining fans, prompting the suitor to quit the show.
More successful than the above article, the Profissão Perigo (as he became known in Brazil) had no less than 7 seasons, from 1985 to 1992 – who lived at the time remembers the Sunday afternoons of Globo. Two years after the series ended in 1994, two films for television were produced – MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis and MacGyver: Final Judgment. Contrary to the article above, the series won a successful reboot in 2016, which spanned 5 seasons and has one more guaranteed for this year. Who plays now is Lucas Till and the production was in charge of none other than master James Wan.
This series on two undercover police officers from the narcotics division operating in the magnificent setting of Miami is another series printed in the 1980s. Equally satirical (as in the comedy Friends), honored and recognized for her attributes, Miami Vice is perhaps -to be the series that best defines the 1980s. Even its synopsis makes a point of emphasizing that the program “shines with the music, fashion and vibe of the 80s.”. Don Johnson shone and rose to stardom as cool sleuth James ‘Sonny’ Crockett, who lived on a boat guarded by his ‘pet’ the alligator Elvis. His partner, black detective Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas), originally from New York, tracked down his brother’s murderer. The show ran for 5 seasons, from 1984 to 1989. In 2006, director Michael Mann, one of the producers of the TV show, brought the story to the big screen in the form of more serious overproduction and tense, where the protagonists Crockett and Tubbs were respectively inhabited by Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx.
One of the attractions of this program that greatly impressed children of the time was the presence of the earthy Mr. T and his unwavering Mohawk haircut. Coming out of the wrestling world, having worked as a bodyguard and bouncer, the big guy would go on to become one of the most curious and famous personalities of the decade. Still using her slogan “fool”, calling everyone an idiot, she just released the hit Rocky III – The Supreme Challenge (1982), where she played the antagonist Clubber Lang. Here, on the contrary, he was the hero, the brucutu BA (Bad Attitude) Baracus. Created by Stephen J. Cannell (American superhero) and Frank Lupo (Tiro Certo), the series starred four Vietnam War veterans accused of a crime they did not commit. So, they decide to act under the hood like mercenaries, protecting innocent people while fleeing the army.
What really caught the eye here is the chemistry of four very different characters in this squad: John ‘Hannibal’ Smith (George Peppard, of Bonequinha de Luxo) was the leader, the seasoned veteran; Templeton “Faceman” Peck (Dirk Benedict) – or Cara de Pau, as the name suggests in Brazil, was the womanizer who used his charm as a weapon; “Howling Mad” Murdock (Dwight Schultz) – Crazy Furious in Brazil -, was the team’s airplane and helicopter pilot, and the off-duty unbalanced, also comedic relief. With BA (M. T), they form the quartet of renegades. The program aired for 5 seasons, from 1983 to 1987. It was another series that resulted in a movie for the cinema. In 2010, Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley and Rampage Jackson were the new faces of the characters in a super production.
Known as Magnum PI (Private Investigator or Private Investigator) in its original title, this is one of the most successful action series of the 1980s. From 1980 to 1988. And it was at the both a blessing and a curse for mustached protagonist Tom Selleck. I explain. Being marked forever in the skin of the character, private detective based in Hawaii – hence his costume full of floral shirts -, the actor could not take what would undoubtedly be a big step in his career: Indiana Jones.
Selleck had been selected by both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas to play the adventurous archaeologist in the franchise’s first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), but the producers of the television show, which had just made its first and was in full swing. , they did not abandon the actor to carry out his contract. So Harrison Ford took over and the rest is history. A curiosity is that the creators of the cartoon Tico and Teco – Defenders of the Law (aired from 1988 to 1990), from Disney, decided to play by honoring what happened. So the squirrels were given clothes a la Indiana Jones and Magnum. Take a look below. Magnum is another series revitalized for the present day. With Jay Hernandez, the new program debuted in 2018 and now has 3 seasons.
The adventures of Tico and Teco in the 80s were similar to Indiana Jones and Magnum.
angels of the law
The original title here is 21 Jump Street, which was the address of an abandoned church that served as the base for the operations of a very particular division of the police. And yes, we’re talking about the show that revealed to the world star Johnny Depp, then a 24-year-old “boy.” Created by the same Stephen J. Cannell of the Class A Squadron, the plot here focused on young police officers infiltrating high schools and colleges to deal with issues related to this student universe, primarily drug trafficking. The catch is that these law enforcement officers were chosen precisely because of their very young appearance, which allowed them to infiltrate the students perfectly. The program met with huge success with young audiences for its closeness to the theme, which spanned 5 seasons, from 1987 to 1991. Ah yes, the series won one of the most successful cinematic attacks, with two films featuring starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, in 2012 and 2014, who don’t take themselves a bit seriously, scribbling down the show’s absurd plot.
Bonus: Golden Lady
This is only for those who grew up at the time. The program was made famous here due to the numerous reruns on Globo, which marked the 1980s. However, in its home country, the United States, it was not successful, only giving out a season of 14 episodes. But those who lived through this time will never forget red-haired policewoman Katy Mahoney. Starring the beautiful Jamie Rose and her red curls, the series was conceived as a female version of Dirty Harry, and brought police in cases across the violent city of Chicago, using unorthodox methods to combat crime and always with his trebuchet, a Magnum 357. in hand. Danny Aiello played his boss by force. The show aired in 1985. It would be really cool to take the detective from the ’80s to new times. Are you OK?
What would policewoman Katy Mahoney look like these days?
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