“21 Jump Street” was categorized as a police crime drama series. The show was a breath of fresh air as it was completely off-scale from the high school story sitcoms that were broadcasted at the time. It was about undercovered young police officers who were on a mission to investigate crimes in high schools.
Johnny Depp was the biggest name on the show and earned a whopping $45,000 per episode. Depp was not alone as Holly Robinson was the voice behind the theme song. Bradd Pitt one of the “pretty boys” of the 1980s was on the show too, appearing in one episode only.
The Secret of My Two Dads Was Literally Taken to the Grave
The premise of "My Two Dads" has two friends who share a history with the same woman who tragically passes away and both win custody over her daughter. The show ran for three seasons with a total of 60 episodes. It was a great success when it was launched and even managed to win a few awards.
Although several decades have gone by since the last airing of the show, it is still unknown who Nicole's (Staci Keanan) real father was. The only person who knows the truth behind the real father's identity is Judge Margaret (Florence Stanley) but sadly she is no longer here to share.
Fame Turned Down Madonna
Although aired around the same time, we're here to focus on "Fame" the 1982 TV series — not the 1980 movie (which was inspired by the 1970 stage show). Madonna (yes yes, queen madonna) auditioned for a role in the show. Luckily enough she didn't make it. Could you imagine the 1980s without "Papa Don't Preach"?
The queen of pop was not the only big-name potentially on the show as you most probably recall Janet Jackson who played the role of Cleo Hewitt. She quit "Fame" after three seasons and went off to make music. To this day "Fame" is known as one of the best musical TV shows made. Presumably, it will go on and live forever.
That's So Raven Couldn't Predict Its End
"That's So Raven" was launched in 2003. Raven was a teenager with abilities to see the future. Occasionally, her magical touch benefited her but sometimes her interference caused more chaos than planned. The show ran for four successful seasons but as the early 2000s were overloaded with high school TV shows, the names on the TV guide changed frequently.
Although the purpose of the show was purely to entertain, it managed to cover plenty of educational topics. The battle against prejudice, the harms of smoking, and the complex relations all teens have with their parents were all mentioned in a direct or indirect manner throughout the show.
Teen Wolf? More Like Teen Gorilla
In 1985, Michale J.Fox was more than just a time traveler. He played the leading role in the hit movie "Teen Wolf" which soon enough turned into an animated TV series. In 2011, by embracing modern life technology, the new and improved version of the show was released.
One of the biggest challenges in the show is the makeup. It took over four hours to complete Tyler Posey's makeup, meaning all the scenes that involved him being in the wolf appearance had to be shot there and then. There was no time for retaking and reshooting. By the way, the wolf's roaring in the show is actually a real recording of a gorilla.