The following is a guest post by Andrew Kardon, professional dad, lover of soupy dumplings and regular blogger over at Pops4Me.com, a site celebrating the adorableness of Funko Pop Figures.
I’m a child of the ’80s. I may have teens of my own now, but give me an Atari 2600, a Rubik’s Cube and Van Halen’s “1984” album and I’m in my happy place. In fact, with all of the sitcoms I watched as a kid, I feel like I was raised by a laugh track.
Yeah, back before things like Netflix and Hulu, or even such a concept as DVRs, we’d sit on the couch as a family and watch knee-slapping comedies like Bosom Buddies, Family Ties and Charles in Charge. Those days may be long gone, but in case you haven’t heard, retro is back.
Yep, all those classic ’80s fads are making a comeback in some form or another, such as those super cute Funko Pop Figures you see everywhere nowadays. And it got me thinking. If they can make a Kool-Aid Man Funko Pop Figure or even the Golden Girls, they can give us just about anything.
So I made a list. And I’m sharing it here for you and all the fine folks at Funko to hear and hopefully act upon! I give you…
10 Sitcoms From the ’80s That Need Some Funko Pop Love
Clean cut Richie Cunningham and Bad Boy (With a Heart of Gold) Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli are the dynamic duo of sitcoms. It’d be a crime not to give these two their own Pop Figures, not to mention Richie’s pals Potsie and Ralph, and his sister Joanie. Of course, we’d also demand an exclusive chase figure featuring Fonz on water skis as he literally jumped a shark.
Her name rhymes with “spunky” and that’s the perfect word to describe the curious fun-loving pig-tailed girl Punky Brewster and her dog Brandon. While cranky old foster dad Henry made for a great straight-man to Punky’s comedian, he wouldn’t make for a good Funko Pop figure. So let’s just stick with Punky.
The Facts of Life
You take the good. You take the bad. You take them both and there you have the Facts of Life! The world needs, no… the world deserves a Facts of Life Funko Pop line starring Blair, Tootie, Natalie, Jo and, of course, Mrs. Garrett.
It may take “Diff’rent Strokes” to move the world, but a line based on this sitcom will have adults everywhere holding an Arnold Jackson Pop Figure while uttering those immortal words, “Whatchoo talkin’ bout, Funko?” Toss in brother Willis, foster sister Kimberly and dad Philip Drummond and you know exactly what we’re talkin’ bout.
Who’s the Boss
A big, dopey jock from the city named Tony taking a housekeeper job in the suburbs? Why, that can only be Tony Micelli and his daughter Samantha (that’d be Alyssa Mil
ano!). We need a Tony with vacuum Funko Pop, along with Samantha, boss lady Angela and her mom the red-headed, sex-crazed Mona.
Alf doesn’t just stand for Alien Life Form. It was the name of the lovable, curmudgeon of an alien who starred in his own self-titled sitcom. This wise-cracking, cat-eating alien from the planet Melmac may be ugly on the outside (okay, and somewhat on the inside at times), but if anyone can turn him into an adorable collectible, it’s the fine folks at Funko.
Way before the serious likes of Law & Order, we had magician-turned-judge Harry Stone and his show Night Court. Give us the robe-and jeans wearing Harry, along with the egotistical prosecutor Dan Fielding, passionate public defender Christine Sullivan and, most importantly, the giant bald soft-hearted (and soft-headed) Bull the bailiff.
Two single gals and one nice-but-forever-horny guy living in a Santa Monica apartment is most definitely a recipe for disaster. Three’s Company was the poster child for taking things way out of context. Jack, Chrissy and Janet are a must for this line, along with possibly the greatest landlord in the history of comedy, Mr. Ralph Furley (Don Knotts!).
Mork & Mindy
Na-nu, na-nu! Easily one of the oddest sitcoms of all time, Mork & Mindy was a weekly stage for comedian Robin Williams to bring alien Mork from Ork to life. Both he and young journalist Mindy deserve their own Funko Pop Figures for sure.
I’m a big fan of science-fiction. Mix sci-fi with comedy and you’ve got me for life. Unless, of course, that show is Small Wonder, the ’80s sitcom that has the honor of being my most hated show of all time. I absolutely could not stand the girl robot Vicki. I can’t explain why, other than the fact that her mere presence made my skin crawl. However, this ridiculous show (that somehow lasted a miraculous four seasons) does deserve the Funko treatment. If for no other reason than the fact I can introduce a Funko Vicki to my baseball bat.