A collage of movie posters of classic movies from the 1980s

A collage of hit movies from the 1980s

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Why I Love 1980s Comedies

It's the Summer of Love—and we're loving these TV favorites. Read up on why our contributors picked these shows as their favorites in our series of love letters—an ode to the best of the best on Paramount+.

It was the mid-to-late 1980s.

Cool Ranch Doritos had just hit the scene and become a must-have for at-home movie snacking. Add a pouch of grape Big League Chew gum—to clean my teeth, of course—and I was ready to slide my freshly rented VHS into the VCR, switch on the Zenith, and enjoy one of my favorite comedies. The glory of analog and a warm summer breeze were just perfect before my mom called up that dinner was ready.

So if you find yourself “Indiana Jones-ing” for a feeling that will bring you back to those upbeat, carefree days of no school and summers off, check out these 1980s comedy classics. No VCR required.

Indiana Jones (original trilogy): Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Temple of Doom (1984), and The Last Crusade (1989)

Mr. Mom (1983)

The Heavenly Kid (1985)

Short Circuit(1986)

The Golden Child (1986)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

Raising Arizona (1987)

The Naked Gun (1988)

It Takes Two(1988)

Moving Target (1988)

— Christopher Ross

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