This Throwback Thursday we’re continuing to ride into the throws of TV holiday specials. As promised, today, we will work through the Elated Elite Eight, the Frostbite Four, and determine the overall Merry Madness Champion.This is part two of this Christmas-y competition. We went through the overviews of each episode last time (Part 1), so if you need a refresher course, I recommend going back and giving it a listen. Onward toward the champion! Excelsior!
For this year’s holiday special, the gang wanted to do something fun. So we decided to take 16 of our favorite TV specials of the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s… and pit them against each other in a single elimination tournament we are calling MERRY MADNESS. We have 16 different holiday episodes that will lock reindeer antlers, and only 8 will emerge victorious. Much like the NCAA Basketball tournament of a coincidentally similar name, our contenders are split into 4 regions. Due to the breadth of what we’re trying to cover, we have split this special into two action-packed episodes. The first half is being covered now, on December 17th, the one year anniversary to the Dating Ourselves Podcast debut. The second half will be posted on throwback Thursday, December 20th.
Even though it was released in 1941, Disney’s fourth full-length feature production Dumbo was re-released in the 80s and 90s on Betamax and VHS, exposing a whole generation to flying pink elephant terror. On this Paul lead episode, Adam talks about presidential portraits, Brian reinforces the myth that elephants are made of rubber, and Paul expresses his fondness for drunk doctors.
This time on Dating Ourselves, the guys talk about two great teams from the Great Lakes State: the Detroit Red Wings’ Russian Five and the Michigan Wolverines’ Fab Five. Not only do you get to hear about them, but the guys will definitively decide on whether these hockey greats or these basketball greats are the greatest (pretty great, right?!). Brian brings up the Buffalo Bills a few times, Adam crunches some numbers, and Paul has heard of at least some of these players!
On this edition of Dating Ourselves the gang is tackling the original Nicktoon Rugrats! Paul leads the discussion as we explore Brian’s favorite episodes. Adam will guide us through the ups and downs including the fan theory that haunts Chuckie Finster’s nightmares. Discover the magic before they were all growed up.
On this week’s episode, the gang discusses the undeniable classic arena shooter game Unreal Tournament! Adam recalls his first foray in LAN gaming, Paul comes to understand his knee problems after lugging around 90s computers, and Brian recounts his best college second-hand gaming experiences.
On this very spooktacular episode, the crew is joined by ZOS Films media mogul Bill Gelineau as we discuss our personal Top 3 Favorite Slasher Movies to brighten the harvest holiday season. We’ll learn Paul’s rude dietary habits as he murders burritos on air after skipping dinner. Adam will teach us about the personification of death, and how he doesn’t seem like such a bad guy. Brian will ask the hard questions such as what does the Slasher genre mean to you? All this and more on Halloween… Special… ya know, Halloween Special! Please check out more from Bill and ZOS Films here.
On this week’s episode, Paul will walk us through the viral YouTube video by Ben Giroux “Back to the 90s”. Brian clearly misses his Pizza Bagel Bites and Easy-Bake Oven. Adam educates Paul on the difference between EPs vs. LPs. And finally, friendships nearly end over the debate between fork or spoon whilst eating Mac & Cheese.
On this week’s episode, we finally get to hear about Adam and His Animorphs. That’s right, we’re talking about everyone’s second favorite book series, The Animorphs, while Paul discusses treating superficial wounds only when convenient, Brian describes the difference between ghostwriters and actual ghosts who are writers, and Adam accidently triggers a tangent on Marc Singer and the film The Beastmaster.