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9/11 2001- I was home ill and awoke to the phone ringing and the TV on. I was trying to think of what movie I woke up to when I answered the phone and my wife at the time told me what happened. The plane crashing into the 2nd Tower was shocking.


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Great memory of that one.  Tate literally fell like a ton of bricks. 

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After all these years I still can't believe they killed her off.

Supposedly there will be a revival of Dexter for one more season. 10 years after it went off the air.

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lobo316 wrote: Season finale of season 4 - Dexter, where Dexter finds his murdered wife in the bathtub.
After all these years I still can't believe they killed her off.

Supposedly there will be a revival of Dexter for one more season. 10 years after it went off the air.

It was a disappointing finale so I hope they give us a better ending this time.

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The infamous "Sopranos Ending" in 2005. A big majority initially thought that their feed had been cut.

The TV movie "The Day After" freaked out everybody who watched it (myself included), back in 1983/1984.

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Erick Von Erich wrote: The TV movie "The Day After" freaked out everybody who watched it (myself included), back in 1983/1984.
I never heard of this until binging the TV series “The Americans”. When I looked it up, it turns out Reagan was even watching and wanted to de-escalate tensions after that movie. 

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srossi wrote: Erick Von Erich wrote: The TV movie "The Day After" freaked out everybody who watched it (myself included), back in 1983/1984.
I never heard of this until binging the TV series “The Americans”. When I looked it up, it turns out Reagan was even watching and wanted to de-escalate tensions after that movie.
I remember it. Was quite a thing at the time, and it's airing was hyped accordingly.

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khawk wrote: srossi wrote: Erick Von Erich wrote: The TV movie "The Day After" freaked out everybody who watched it (myself included), back in 1983/1984.
I never heard of this until binging the TV series “The Americans”. When I looked it up, it turns out Reagan was even watching and wanted to de-escalate tensions after that movie.
I remember it. Was quite a thing at the time, and it's airing was hyped accordingly.

Strange that I don’t remember it at all. I was watching plenty of TV at the time, but have no recollection of even a commercial for this one. 

Similar to this though, I’ll mention the “Roots” miniseries, which people still talk about 40 years later. 

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The Day After was a very big event.  In his diary Reagan was not complimentary of the movie and its intent.  I think he wrote that it was very chilling but that it wasn't going to make it any easier to lessen the prospects of a nuclear exchange actually happening.  

The O.J. chase is the first one that jumps out, because you didn't know how it was going to end.  If you haven't seen it, the ESPN 30 For 30 episode titled June 17th, 1994 is great viewing.  No narration, no plot, just a series of news clips from that day, morning to night.  It's incredible how many massive things were happening in the sports world on that day, all of them overshadowed by the chase that evening.  

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I remember Reagan being shot.

The Cheers finale was a big one for me. They actually filled the Skydome and showed it on the big screen.

I remember Charles and Dianas wedding being big and being forced to watch it because my mom wanted to watch it.

I don't remember watching this, but of course remember the hysteria behind Who Shot JR ?

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the squared circle wrote: I remember Reagan being shot.

I think I’ve told this story before, but this is one of my first vivid memories, but not for the reason it was for anyone else. I was 3, a few months shy of 4, almost exactly the same age my son is now. A Bugs Bunny Easter special was supposed to air that night. I can’t remember ever liking Bugs Bunny that much, but for some reason I was really looking forward to this one. I remember clutching the clipping for this show from TV Guide in my hand all day.  It’s crazy how well I remember it all. And then of course, Reagan was shot and there was wall-to-wall coverage of it all night on every channel. That fucking special never did air and I was so pissed. 

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I don't remember watching this, but of course remember the hysteria behind Who Shot JR ?
I remember it well. It was a media obsession and it was just everywhere.

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I wasn't into this by any means, but Luke and Laura's Wedding on General Hospital. I remember my mom watched it, and it was a "thing" back in 1980 or '81 or whenever it happened.

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Blazer wrote: I wasn't into this by any means, but Luke and Laura's Wedding on General Hospital. I remember my mom watched it, and it was a "thing" back in 1980 or '81 or whenever it happened.
It’s amazing how popular soaps were in the early to mid ‘80s. I remember Days of Our Lives used to do elaborate summer storylines involving travel to exotic locations and good TV special effects for the time. I never thought about how much they must’ve been raking in to justify the expense of all that. That stopped 30 years ago and now it’s a genre that’s almost completely dead. They’ve all been canceled except maybe 2 of them and I can’t imagine those will survive much longer. Weird to see an entire genre of TV disappear. 

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Was Luke and Laura’s wedding on a boat, and then they had a fight and the curly haired guy (I believe Luke), had a bleeding lip and then was knocked over the side of of the boat and into the water? If so, I remember that pretty clearly. I remember My mom and my aunt watching (and me being forced again to watch it. About a year later we got a second tv which was a life saver)

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the squared circle wrote: Was Luke and Laura’s wedding on a boat, and then they had a fight and the curly haired guy (I believe Luke), had a bleeding lip and then was knocked over the side of of the boat and into the water? If so, I remember that pretty clearly. I remember My mom and my aunt watching (and me being forced again to watch it. About a year later we got a second tv which was a life saver)
I have no idea. The one thing I remember is that Luke raped someone, maybe Laura or someone before her, and then they turned him babyface. Even 40 years ago, that was really controversial and people were really upset by that writing after that wedding got so over. Imagine today...

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3 words perfectly describe this for the early 1980s

"Who shot J.R.?"

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katook wrote: 3 words perfectly describe this for the early 1980s

"Who shot J.R.?"
Was mentioned previously, but yeah, it was nutso-big at the time.

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srossi wrote: the squared circle wrote: Was Luke and Laura’s wedding on a boat, and then they had a fight and the curly haired guy (I believe Luke), had a bleeding lip and then was knocked over the side of of the boat and into the water? If so, I remember that pretty clearly. I remember My mom and my aunt watching (and me being forced again to watch it. About a year later we got a second tv which was a life saver)
I have no idea. The one thing I remember is that Luke raped someone, maybe Laura or someone before her, and then they turned him babyface. Even 40 years ago, that was really controversial and people were really upset by that writing after that wedding got so over. Imagine today...

Yep Luke raped Laura.  No the Wedding was not on a boat.  But from what I just read what Circle wrote did happen sometime before the wedding.  

The Luke and Laura wedding was so big Elizabeth Taylor had a role in it

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I was only a few years old. But every documentary I seen on the subject was that the Watergate hearings were big.

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khawk wrote: the squared circle wrote:
I don't remember watching this, but of course remember the hysteria behind Who Shot JR ?
I remember it well. It was a media obsession and it was just everywhere.

I love Dallas.  JR still has my all time favorite line in a TV show.   After being especially despicable Bobby asked him how can you do such things and JR replied, “Once you’ve lost your integrity, the rest is easy”.    Lol. 

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Watching the OJ verdict. I was in high school, and there were all these TVs in classrooms and the cafeteria so we could watch Channel One. I was at lunch period so I got the cafeteria experience. I remember the OJ verdict being bigger than even Kurt Cobain's suicide.

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Munich Olympics, terrorist attack. Jim Mc Kay announcing that "They're all gone".

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BitterOldMan wrote: Munich Olympics, terrorist attack. Jim Mc Kay announcing that "They're all gone".
I was too young to remember it, but I watched a documentary about it and it was riveting, and I knew the outcome.

McKay's words were simple but powerful, & summed up the moment.

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