20th Century Popcast is a podcast that tries to understand the present by living in the past.  Each week hosts Bob and Tim take a sociological look at the pop culture of the '80s and '90s.  Its a ruining of their childhood that hopefully explains how they became adults.

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BINGE AND PODCAST: "When a VHS of wood burning won't do."  (1986-1996) Its the most commercial time of the year, with many of them airing during Bob and Tim's favorite shows.  So in that money-sucking spirit they are tuning in to some (theoretically) festive episodes of some (questionably) classic sitcoms.  Seriously ... MORE Perfect Strangers?!?

00:00:00 - PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - a tinny tone
00:00:53 - MORNING DRIVE MATERIALISM - a conflict in gifting / “Put A Little Love In Your Heart”
00:03:47 - SITCOM ALL YE FAITHFUL - the holiday tradition of  Christmas-themed episodes
00:08:10 - DECEMBER 17th, 1986 - Autobot city and diminishing plastic
00:11:59 - GOD REST YE LARRY APPLETON - a horny tradition and stranded for the holidays
00:21:21 - O CHRISTMAS TOOL - Oedipus Al and stranded for the holidays
00:30:53 - DECEMBER 13TH, 1996 - a blue Christmas
00:40:12 - CARL OF THE BELLS - standing ovations and stranded for the holidays  
00:50:39 - IS IT THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR? - and a Riptide reference
00:53:09 - MALONE FOR THE HOLIDAYS - Network friends and family and stranded for the holidays
00:59:54 - URKEL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN - a pitch to David Fincher
01:02:49 - CLOSINGS - Contacts, plugs and no catchphrase / “Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth”
01:05:05 - BONUS FEATURES - a recurring fear  

Follow along with today's episodes through the HULU and NETFLIX links below:

Witness Larry's perfect descent into morose depression on HULU.com HERE.

Apologize to your own eyes for viewing Tim and Al's exploits on HULU.com  HERE .

Celebrate Tim's new perennial favorite on HULU.com  HERE

And understand why CHEERS is always worth cheering for on NETFLIX HERE.

Viewing of the above links will require a paid subscription to the HULU and NETFLIX platforms.  Calamity House Productions and 20th Century Popcast are unaffiliated with these providers, receive no compensation for usage and are not responsible for the corresponding fees and charges that apply.  So ... if you'd rather not succumb to corporate Duopoly ...

Watch Nell Carter open a box of crayons on this GIMMEE A BREAk holiday episode HERE.

See PUNKY BREWSTER's heart break in in two in time for the holidays HERE and HERE.

And have yourself a Jason Bateman Christmas with that guy from Married with Children on  IT'S YOUR MOVE HERE.

The use of audio and video clips linked from YOUTUBE are for educational purposes and without the expressed permission of their legal holding companies.  All rights remain with with their original distributor.

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“Put A Little Love In Your Heart” performed by Al Green and Annie Lennox from the 1988 original motion picture soundtrack to the Richard Donner film SCROOGED. 

"Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth" performed by Bing Crosby and David Bowie and first featured on the 1977 CBS presentation  BING CROSBY'S MERRIE OLDE CHRISTMAS. 

The use of these songs are for entertainment purposes and without the expressed permission of the recording artist.

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20TH CENTURY POPCAST will return next week with an "out of this galaxy" POOP CULTURE.