I love the '80s. But who doesn't? The decade that gave us the most heinous fashion styles and colors also gave us the most memorable music, television and movies. The clothing, songs, hairdos and even idioms are easily identifiable with that time, so it's not surprising that movie and TV producers would turn to the '80s for inspiration. Sometimes it works: Hot Tub Time Machine. Sometimes it doesn't: That '80s Show. And sometimes the possibilities are totally tubular.
TBS' new hour-long sitcom Glory Daze is about university life at an Indiana college in the late '80s. Big hair, big accessories, big adjustments.
Hartley Sawyer (Killian) plays Brian, Drew Seeley (he sang for Zac Efron on High School Musical No. 1) plays Jason, Kelly Blatz (From Within) plays Joel and cute little Matt Bush (Adventureland) plays Eli. They are four guys who couldn't be more different. Through the melting pot of college--and the bonding process that is pledging a fraternity--they forge friendships.
While strains of The Clash's "I Fought The Law," Duran Duran's "Girls on Film" and Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax" will cause the 40-year-old set to stop and watch, universal themes of friendship, anxiety and the pressures of adulthood will resonate with anyone who has ever had to grow up.
Hour-long episodes could cause Glory Daze to drag, but unlike half-hour offerings that rely on a laugh-track, this show may allow for deeper character development, something often missing in 21st century sitcoms.
One especially bright spot in the show is SNL alum Tim Meadows as Professor Haines. He serves as a mentor and a monitor, but he may need to grow up a little, too.
"Excuse me," Haines questions a distracted Jason during a lecture. "Am I not interesting enough for you or is this the first time you've sat next to a girl? [Under his breath] Burn."