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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EFFIN' SPOILERS: "Waiting on that Nightman comeback." (1988-2018)  We've all mourned the loss of a favorite tv show, following characters to the finale of a "goodby," "farewell" or, if you're Sherman Hemsley, "Amen."  So how do we handle it when a major network resurrects a father, re-knots severed ties or staves of a that predestined alien invasion?  Its what Bob and Tim attempt to make sense of as they look at some recent revivals of  90s television.

00:00:00  SPOILER WARNING - hey, we haven’t done one of these in a while
00:00:23  NOTHING JUST HAPPENED - and the return of Effin’ Spoilers
00:04:30  IT’S A REVIVAL - not a reboot
00:07:31  SPOILING THE APOCALYPSE - by re-opening The X-Files
00:12:20  GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES -  and Macguyvering a reboot
00:20:10  SPOILING WILL OR GRACE - by reuniting Will and Grace
00:26:10  CANON BALLED - forgoing finality
00:30:21  SPOILING A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY - by continuing the saga of a continuing saga
00:36:28  SPOILING MORTALITY - by still living with Roseanne
00:47:19  MAKE AMERICA GRAIT AGAIN - portraying a person verses personal politics
00:53:53  REVIVAL OR RE-VILE - or just a reboot
00:58:27  CLOSINGS - contacts, plugs and no catch-phrase.

Hear the Truth as it was originally revealed in the final episode of The X-Files (before being retconned for an unnecessary revival) HERE.

Watch (from behind the scenes) as David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson film what could of (and maybe should of) been their last scene as Mulder and Scully HERE.

Read what the original cast told The Nerdist about rebooting the X-Files for seasons 10 and 11 HERE.

Hear series creator Chris Carter attempt to rationalize the existence of yet another finale for this possibly ongoing program HERE.

Watch a the fourth wall crack as both actors and characters celebrate the return of Will & Grace via an elaborate musical number HERE.

Read how the newest season of will & Grace chose to ignore the finale of the previously final season of Will & Grace HERE.

Explore Megan Mullally's parallel universe theory for her character of Karen Walker HERE.

Engage with MSNBC anchor Joy Reid's panel discussion on the current Roseanne reboot (including actor/director Rob Reiner) HERE.

And read (if you have any free articles from the New Yorker left for the month) this insightful plight of a journalist attemtping to fully review the new Roseanne series HERE.

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“Super Poupi ” (opening theme) and "Poupi Great Adventures: The Arcade Game" (closing theme) performed by Komiku from the 2018 album POUPI'S INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES available at Freemusicarchives.org.   

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