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The Eighties is a news television series that is about the events that went on in the 1980s. For people who did not live through that decade, they can learn about many of the highlights that embodied that decade. One of the biggest events in the 1980s was the decision to destroy the Berlin Wall that was erected in 1961 to separate East and West Berlin.

The Eighties is a television series that talks about the evolution of Michael Jackson's music career during his young adult years and the impact it had on the music industry. The Eighties gave us Prince and Madonna. This series shows how cable television came about, including the first all news network and all music networks.

Thursday 9:00 PM et/pt on CNN
1 Season, 12 Episodes
March 31, 2016
Documentary & Biography
8.3/10
Cast: H.W. Brands, Chris Connelly, Gil Troy, James Baker III
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  • A look at the innovations and inventions of the Digital Revolution, including the personal computer and the Internet, which have defined life as we know it today.

  • The discovery of the mysterious AIDS virus leads to a pandemic with enormous political and cultural consequences.

  • Music videos and the digital revolution dominated the music industry, as CDs replaced records; the charts were dominated by artists like Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Prince.

  • The music industry embraces change in the '80s as CDs push vinyl aside and big-budget music videos make stars of Madonna and Michael Jackson.

  • Junk bonds, bailouts and Wall Street corruption set the tone for a decade of greed and excess.

  • Greed and excess ran wild with Wall Street corruption, junk bonds, bailouts and Reaganomics.

  • The tech boom takes off in the '80s when everything from personal computers to video games to cell phones begin to hit the mainstream.

  • The events that concluded the decades-long Cold War are examined.

  • The rise of a mysterious and deadly illness developed into a pandemic, affecting primarily the gay community and killing millions of people to date called acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

  • Ronald Reagan's two-term presidency is explored highlighting his landmark legislative achievements and political setbacks.

  • Actor turned politician, Ronald Reagan is elected 40th President of the United States. Although the country initially goes through tough times Reagan leads the country through two terms and brings a renewed sense of patriotism to America.

  • VCRs, remote controls, family sitcoms, adult dramas and prime-time soaps all changed TV enjoyment.

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