Synopsis by Hal Erickson
It should not require a Ph.D. to figure out that the Fox Network sitcom That '80s Show was cooked up by the same people responsible for Fox's popular "retro" laugh-spinner That '70s Show. Set in San Diego during the "Decade of Excess," the series followed the exploits of a group of twentysomethings, each of whom represented an easily recognizable stereotype of the era. Corey (Glenn Howerton), an aspiring musician, lived with his entrepreneurial dad R.T. (Geoffrey Pierson), the inventor of such mail-order wonders as the "Gut Whacker," and his sensible kid sister Katie (Tinsley Grimes). Corey worked at Permanent Records, an operation owned by Margaret (Margaret Smith), an earthy leftover from the hippie era; another of Margaret's employees was Tuesday (Chyler Leigh), the series' resident "punker," colorful hair and all. In his off-hours, Corey hung out at Club Berlin with his mercenary ex-girlfriend Sophia (Brittany Daniel) and his Reagan-worshipping best bud Roger (Eddie Shin). That '80s Show was first broadcast on January 23, 2002.