20th Century Pop! 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: “Our school could be your life” (1982-1983) Stuck in detention due to the tardy slip of last week’s missed episode, Bob and Tim are unsnapping their Trapper Keepers to talk about one of their favorite sit-coms of the 1980s. SQUARE PEGS was a one season wonder that aired before either of their Hi-Tops ever stepped into a High School. Yet, somehow, this Sara Jessica Parker starring oddity informed these second graders what their future school nostalgia would consist of.

00:00:00 PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - the Joanie/Chachi/Feline trifecta
00:00:32 BACK TO SCHOOL - but not with Rodney Dangerfield
00:03:45 SEPTEMBER 1982 - and watching what Bob’s mom was watching
00:09:53 ANNE BEATTS STREET - challenging the status quo
00:13:17 I WAS A TEENAGE BROAD CITY - clicking with Patty and Lauren
00:19:07 WEEMAWEE ROLL CALL - and not a hint of John Hughes
00 26:26 NOT SO TYPICAL FOR PRIMETIME PLAYERS - with a shout-out to Benson.
00:30:33 PARENTAL GUIDANCE REJECTED - glasses, braces and no adult supervision
00:35:52 BEHOOVED TO MENTION - a moment for Muffy Tepperman
00:37:52 REALITY BITS - Bob finds some of this a little cartoony
00:42:48 POPULARITY CONTESTED - and a world they could recognize
00:51:24 THE DIVINE SIT-COMEDY - always never quite right
00:59:51 CLOSINGS - contacts, plugs and no catch phrase
01:02:16 SPECIAL FEATURES - owning kids

Patty and Lauren break down the true nature of High School with the OPENING CREDITS TO SQUARE PEGS.

Watch The Waitresses perform the THEME FROM SQUARE PEGS to the cast of Square Pegs during the closing credits for the pilot for Square Pegs ... and then apply some gout and re-patch that fourth wall.

Wonder what you were watching Wednesday nights in 1982 with this NBC PROMO FOR SQUARE PEGS featuring an appearance by Devo.   Yes ... Devo.

As a reminder … this is what BENSON was.

Study up on why this show was cancelled after a single brilliant season with the AV CLUB’s retrospective BEHIND THE SCENES CHAOS DERAILED SQUARE PEG'S NEW WAVE PROMISE.

And because that TV Guide article doesn’t seem to be posted online … here is another critique of what was written with NO ONE REMEMBERS SQUARE PEGS BUT THE DRAMA BEHIND THE SCENES IS UNFORGETTABLE from THROWBACKS.COM.

Learn how they put together that mix tape Tim would love to have in THE TOTALLY NEW WAVE LEGACY OF SQUARE PEGS by Lyndsey Parker.

Listen to Bob recount a similar affection for 80s TV (as Tim did in this episode) with the flashback of the podcast episode about MISFITS OF SCIENCE.

And because they both mentioned it … here’s that ELIZABETH PERKINS IN BIG episode.

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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.   Cleared for public domain use through Creative Commons under a CCO 1.0 Universal License.   

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20TH CENTURY POP! will return next week with some weird drawings of cows.