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.
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.