Written by Natalie MootzNatalie has been writing for the web since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Or at least since dinosaurs achieved blogging technology. She's also written for About.com and Joystiq.
What's going on? Did somehow ALL of us fall into a time warp and zip back to the 80s?
The first clue I got was when I tried to watch the first episode of Suits last week. I thought, "Since when did we start caring about cutthroat lawyers in $2,000 clothing trying to outdo each other's lies -- again?" I don't know anybody who wears a suit to work any more. I'd wager there are even fewer people who want to work in a dog-eat-dog environment any more. There's no debating that those trends were as big as the hairdos in the 80s, but I thought that today's fascination with that decade was only about the leg-warmers. Obviously, I was wrong.
I thought about the 80s again when I saw the trailer for Netflix's new kids' sitcom, Richie Rich. These kids have a downright retro-80s fascination with wealth -- and, apparently, pompadour hairstyles. And those eyebrows! Who plucks an 8-year-old boy's eyebrows down to 2-dimensions? They do realize that Richie Rich's eyebrows were thin because he was a drawing in a comic book, right??
Don't get me wrong. I get it: kids like to watch shows where other kids are empowered so they can imagine or aspire. I also admire the show for at least making a stab at getting a bit of diversity in the casting. But if I could tell those kids one thing, it would be that the 80s weren't that great. Especially since I could never get my bangs higher than a 45-degree angle. On second thought, never mind me -- maybe my view of the 80s is just filtered through too much hairspray.
You can watch Richie Rich on Netflix starting today, February 20th.