The profanity-laden documentary managed to win both Emmys and an Oscar. But it didn't reduce juvenile delinquency.
The therapist gave advice about masturbation and contraception at a time those subjects were still taboo.
The tiny chips held just 60 seconds of pop music, but kids still couldn’t get enough.
In the 1970s, Big Bird went to the big house (literally) when "Sesame Street" launched a prison daycare program.
The ‘phone phreakers’ of the 1960s and 1970s indirectly led to the tech boom of today.
In 1990, kids went crazy for lip-syncing Turtles who were rocking out live on stage—and trying not to pass out in the process.
The soft drink company teased consumers with a giant contest offer. But could they really pay it out?
Suggestive lyrics from bands like Twisted Sister led to the 1985 Parents Music Resource Center Senate hearing on whether musicians should be allowed to rock without parental supervision.
Dolly the sheep was the first animal cloned from a single adult cell—and raised a lot of questions about the future of human cloning.
Cars with wood paneling used to be all the rage. And yes, it made perfect sense at the time.
Animatronic versions of bar patrons Norm and Cliff made two actors named George and John very unhappy.
In the fall of 1990, two shows about meta high-schoolers premiered. Only one would last through the holidays.
The happy little paper clip made Microsoft Office users absolutely miserable. Naturally, that didn't stop the internet from writing erotica about him.
The transparent novelty phones were a fixture in many a teenager's bedroom.
Thanks to the Barbie Liberation Organization, the congenial doll barked military orders and screamed "vengeance is mine!" during a very weird holiday 1993 toy season.
The vivacious doll has held an expansive real estate portfolio since 1962, when her first (foldable) Dreamhouse was unveiled.
Media mogul Ted Turner didn’t hesitate to alter classic Hollywood movies, claiming: “The last time I checked, I owned the films.”
In 1984, audiences were excited for a new Murphy movie. What they got was a glorified cameo.
After decades of development and $200 million spent, Procter & Gamble thought they had the perfect snack food additive with olestra. Too bad it caused “rectal urgency.”
The Smurf-colored trio came up in the counterculture. Then Intel came calling.
In 1993, Fox thought they could win the late-night wars with the premiere of "The Chevy Chase Show." Unfortunately, that was until Chevy Chase walked on stage.
The cartoon from Japan was perfect for an American audience--so long as producers edited out all the beheadings.