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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.
162 Episodes
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.
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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