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When It Was Cool Podcast

Author: Karl Stern

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When It Was Cool reviews, remembers, and celebrates the toys, music, action figures, television, movies, and popular culture of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Super Friends, Comic Books, Comics, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, My Little Pony, Alice in Wonderland, books, Six Million Dollar Man, Godzilla, video games, and all things retro.
167 Episodes
Episode #68 - "The Eye of the Tiger"... Tangent / noun /ˈtæn·dʒənt/ a subject or activity that is different than the one you are talking about or doing / "In this episode Mike and Joseph go off on a tangent". Christmas lights, whodunnits, mix tapes, comedians, and movies about wrestling. What's the main topic? It's hard to tell with this one, folks. We're gonna leave it up to YOU to figure it out!
In 1989 the classic Incredible Hulk television show got a TV movie featuring an appearance by Daredevil! When It Was Cool took a look at this made for TV movie and reviewed it for our Patreons and now you have access to it too. Support on Patreon.
Two very different retro kid's television shows are our focus on this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast. Karl grew up on Sesame Street and we review the very first episode featuring an orange Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird with a strange head, and other familiar characters like Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, and Kermit the Frog which leads to a discussion of The Muppet Show. Then we discuss the insane, frantic mess that is Pee Wee's Playhouse. Also, for your entertainment we present to you the John Denver knock off song that you will never get out of your head- Oh, Cow.
UBW Special Thanksgiving show! After giving some shout-outs to a few things that they are thankful for, Joseph and Mike dive into the Mix-Tape Challenge. The main course- TURKEYS. As in, cinematic "turkeys" - movies that were so bad they don't even circle back to the "so bad it's good" status! So instead of talking politics or watching football just say "Alexa, play Uphill Both Ways" and then sit back and enjoy while you slip into a tryptophan-induced slumber. This is Turkey Day, UBW style!
On this When It Was Cool Podcast special, hosts Karl and Tonya take a look back at the 1964 iconic television series Bewitched. The story of a witch married into a normal family with comedic results. Which came first - Bewitched or I Dream of Jeanie? That and much more on this When It Was Cool retro TV review special.
On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast, Karl and Tonya take a look at the recent influx of live action Disney movies based on retro animated properties. First up, the Lion King (2019) was a pleasant surprise and a great faithful remake of the original. Then we both also enjoyed Aladdin far more than we expected. The most divisive of the group was Dumbo which deviated significantly from the original. We also discuss the Disney Plus streaming service and much more! Come join us for this look at the recent rash of Disney news and movies from
Episode #66 - "Take a Letter, Maria"... As Mike and Joseph transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving they decide to dive into listener mail to see what the people are saying. There's questions dealing with carpets, clowns, magazines, and more! But before all of that, the guys talk about "Christmas Creep", All-Elite Wrestling, NWA Power, and of course the Monthly Mix-Tape Challenge. Consider this your retro palette cleanser from all of that chocolate and candy a couple of weeks ago.
Sometime ago, our Patreons got a retro review special of the outstanding 1978 space drama Battlestar Galactica. is now releasing that special for free. Join host Karl as he talks about this outstanding late 1970's television series, why it had only a short run, and how it was compared but differed from Star Wars. For more retro reviews like this, become a Patreon supporter starting at just $1 at
The flagship podcast for is back and Karl and Tonya discuss shows, music, and movies we hated from the 1980s and 1990s. Then we review season 1 episode 1 of Roseanne from 1988 and wow, what an eye opening train wreck that show was. Then we get on a tangent about 1980s comedians and much more! It's a fun filled edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast plus Karl finally gets Tonya to talk about pro wrestling.
From the files of here is our retro TV review of one of the most fun television shows ever, the iconic Batman 1966 television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward against a colorful and amazing lineup of supervillains.  Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel for retro movie and TV fun!
Enjoy a sample of our premium Patreon content from as we review the first episode of The Andy Griffith Show. Karl and Tonya revisit Andy Taylor, Barney Fife, and the rest of the Mayberry gang as we discuss one of the all time classic television shows.  Karl is a huge fan of the Andy Griffith Show and we hope you'll enjoy this show and consider checking out our other premium podcasts at
Episode #65 - You'll GASP when you learn what Joseph saw in the skies one night! You'll HOWL when you hear Mike's tale of why he was afraid of white vans in the mid-70s! You'll SCREAM when Joseph talks about what he saw in the JC Penney's stockroom! You'll SHRIEK when you find out why Mike refused to take a shower for two weeks! And how does guerrilla (or is it GORILLA?) warfare figure into all of this? It's time for the Uphill Both Ways Halloween show and you'll get all that and MORE, including a double-sized, horror-themed Mix-Tape Challenge! Grab your favorite Ben Cooper costume because it's time for episode #65 - "Thriller"!!
In "TVC15" Joseph and Mike turn the tables and start the show with a brief discussion of two new TV shows; Shudder's "Creepshow" and "American Horror Story: 1984". From there it's off to the Mix-Tape Challenge where Joe spells out his list of mix-tape of songs about sports and then it's time for the main event as the guys chat about old horror TV shows from the 70s and 80s like "Circle of Fear" and "Tales From the Darkside". It's the perfect episode to get you in the mood for the upcoming Halloween holiday!
The flagship podcast of the When It Was Cool Network is back and Karl and Tonya gather together this eclectic list of music for your Halloween enjoyment! The songs we suggest range from the fun and lighthearted to the occult and horrific. There are bound to be several you never even thought of and you might even find a new favorite! Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, Rob Zombie, Rush, Pink Floyd, Dio, Disturbed, and even Charlie Daniels Band! Get ready to put together the definitive Halloween horror playlist! 
MST3K Live, martial arts films, the Mix-Tape Challenge and books, books and more books! From the old newsprint Scholastic catalogs to book fairs, used book stores and everything in-between, Joseph and Mike talk Tarzan novels, The Hardy Boys, Doc Savage, The Destroyer, Choose Your Own Adventure, Big Little Books and many more. If you choose to listen online, go to page 73. If you decide to download and listen later, turn to page 88.
On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast from Karl and Tonya discuss Ma (the movie), upcoming haunted attractions including Netherworld, Disney Plus streaming service, Ozzy Osbourne in a new song, our new re-sell buy and trade group, and much more! A fun filled edition of the flagship podcast!
Things start out a little somber as Mike and Joseph lament the passing of classic rock legend, Eddie Money. Things don't stay blue for too long, though, as they talk about judging films for the Filmquest film festival, run down the latest "Mix Tape Challenge" and then set their sights on memories from elementary school. Wacky Packages, pencil fighting, and... going on strike? Don't know about you, but I "Wanna Go Back"!
It's time once again for the biggest show Karl Stern does every year- a detailed look and discussion of the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame ballot. Karl has been a HOF voter for many years this year's ballot is interesting due to several names being put back on and a few being dropped off. Among names discussed in this massive show are CM Punk, Edge, Sgt. Slaughter, Junkyard Dog, Kerry Von Erich, Bearcat Wright, Dr. Wagner Jr, Jim Crockett, Big Daddy, and many others. This years show is free in order to raise awareness of When It Was Cool so pass it around and let others hear it too, post it to social media, whatever. Thank you!
It's the flagship podcast of and on this episode Karl and Tonya review four recent movies with retro pop culture ties. First, Godzilla King of the Monsters, then Rocketman a tremendous movie about Elton John, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark based on a popular book series from the 1980s, and finally It Chapter 2 based on the Stephen King novel. A fun movie packed edition of When It Was Cool Podcast!
Episode #61 - Grab some ice cream and fixins' because it's time for some Banana Splits! Mike and Joseph dive deep into the 60s/70s kids show The Banana Splits and all of the accompanying shorts that they'd show, and then follow up with a look at the recent horror movie featuring Fleegle, Drooper, Bingo and Snorky. All that and the monthly mix-tap challenge! Uh oh, Chongo - it's the Sour Grapes Bunch!
Comments (5)

Tracy Murray

It has only been one episode, but I am already loving it, keep up the good work, guys.

Jun 17th

Brooke Allen

Tried to get into this... just a man reminiscing about days gone by.

Apr 7th

Joshua Bradford

can't image a better name for a podcast for man children living in the past.

Jun 14th

Mina Tochumy


May 23rd


seems promising 👺

May 11th
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