What's the best 80s show

2002 (RTL). Retro show with Oliver Geissen.

Prominent guests use old TV clips, utensils such as magic cubes or sweatbands and personal stories to remember topics, fashion and stars of the 80s. In between, video collages with hits from the 80s are shown. Celebrities who sing and comment on their favorite hits from back then have been cut into the original excerpts. This style was copied in shows on almost all broadcasters in the years that followed.

Ten episodes ran on Saturdays at 9:15 p.m., each dealing chronologically with one year of the decade. The success was overwhelming. Around six million viewers watched regularly, in the young (“advertising-relevant”) target group of 14 to 49 year olds even more than the previous quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. Since this had started three years earlier, no other regular show had been able to surpass their ratings in this area. Actually it was The 80s show For an hour, but after the high market shares of the first few weeks, Geissen was allowed to overtake it by about a quarter of an hour - although the show was recorded beforehand.

Two weeks after the actually last show, a best-of-special ran at prime time in June 2002, and although the concept of assigning a year to each edition of the show would not have allowed a continuation (the 80s were only ten years long), the show ran November and December four new episodes. A few weeks earlier, the show had been awarded the German Television Prize as the best entertainment program of the year and Oliver Geissen for the best entertainment presenter. In February 2003 RTL showed another “Best of”.

Günther Jauch was the producer. The show sparked a boom in retro shows on almost all channels; Jauch also produced the most successful ones for RTL according to the same pattern: The 70s show, The GDR show.