Friday Night Videos

July 1983. The Police were king, as “Every Breath You Take” was enjoying its 8-week ride at the top of the charts, Return of the Jedi had people dancing like Ewoks in the theaters, and a new late-night show premiered on NBC.

Our cousin Nick in the city had told us about this new cable channel called MTV (we love it!), but damned if we even had cable around here… so the chances of us ever seeing a music video were pretty slim.

That is, until Friday Night Videos.

Suddenly, we had 90 minutes of music videos at our fingertips every week. Duran Duran! The Cars! Thomas Dolby! Yessss!

Of course, it didn’t come on til 12:30 in the a.m. (so why wasn’t it called Saturday Morning Videos, exactly?) but that didn’t stop us. Heck, why do think Pa dropped $500 on that VCR thing?

Then in 1985, guests hosts were invited to the festivities, including Family Ties co-stars Justine Bateman and Michael J. Fox, and even Crockett and Tubbs themselves, Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas! FNV was pure awesome from the world ‘go’.

Sure, MTV started growing in popularity, and eventually our beloved show got bumped back to 1:30 in the a.m. in 1987 (and got cut to an hour), but don’t worry about that big-shot cable channel, FNV… they don’t even play videos anymore. And besides, we always remember our first love.

We ♥ Friday Night Videos.

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~ by weheart80s on February 24, 2011.

2 Responses to “Friday Night Videos”

  1. I distinctly remember Justine Bateman and Michael j Fox hosting friday night videos I dunno why….maybe because i had crush on her i recall an interview a few years after Family Ties she claimed during the filming of show she did not wear panties under her nice fitting jeans…whoa Justine, too much info..haha. Where is she now? Hope she’s doing well and didn’t crash and burn like so many teenstars from those days.

  2. I’m trying to find a website where I can buy dvds of every Friday Night Video episode. It seems impossible! Does anyone have any insight for me? Thanks so much!!

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