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DragonKing Dark Podcast - 10 Curses - Episode 175

(07-21-2019) (Zones: DragonKing Dark Podcast) Host Karl Stern is back with a fresh show taking a look at 10 interesting curses in both history and popular culture. Are there any that actually pass the slightest bit of inspection and make you go, "hmmm?" From obviously ones like buried pirate treasure to ones less known, people have long been fascinated by a warning attached to a curse. Will you be brave enough to break the seal on this episode? Patreons get an ad free version of the show with bonus content. Come join us!

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Stuck in the Desert Audio Show - Episode 18 - Amused I Am

(07-20-2019) (Zones: Stuck in the Desert Podcast) Go with the Rat this week, as we take a look back at several amusement parks with a western flavor. Part of the Summer Fun Series. The ghost of amusement parks past also makes a visit as we look into the history of long standing amusements, both living and dead. Become a Patron of this concern, and show your support. Go to, and push any of the donate or Patreon buttons. There are other levels, but I'm asking you listeners to sign up at the 5 dollar level. Thanks to my 3 loyal listeners!

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Fantasia 2019: Sadako and Stare Film Reviews

(07-19-2019) (Zones: Horror) Japanese horror films involving long-haired ghosts bringing terror and death came to modern international prominence after the release of director Hideo Nakata’s Ringu (1998). Many viewers outside of Japan saw the film for the first time as second-generation or worse videotape dubs, adding to the eerie sense of the story about a ghost named Sadako who crawled out of television sets to claim the lives of her cursed victims. Read More.

When It Was Cool Podcast - Episode 79 - Star Wars Prequel Collected Edition Podcast

(07-18-2019) (Zones: When It Was Cool Podcast) This is our second "best of" show and the flagship podcast will be back in two weeks with fresh content (including the long awaited Pepsi Challenge) but today is a collected edition of our Star Wars prequel movie reviews previously available only to our Patreons. Karl and Tonya take a look at the origins of Darth Vader, what did she being new to Star Wars thing about the much maligned prequels? It's a massive show with all your prequel goodness in one place. Hello there! Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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Andy Griffith Show (1960) Retro TV Review

(07-17-2019) (Zones: Patreon Support) We finally review Karl's favorite retro television show The Andy Griffith Show! Karl and Tonya head down to Mayberry to join Andy, Barney, Opie, Aunt Bea, Goober, Gomer, Floyd, and the entire Mayberry gang. To me, this is the peak of wholesome, yet fun, television goodness. We watch season 1 episode 1 where we learn the relationship between Andy and Barney and we find out why Aunt Bea came to Mayberry to begin with, plus, Andy uses his good old folk wisdom to catch a criminal. Andy Griffith Show (1960) Retro TV Review

Stuck in the Desert Podcast - Episode 17 - Rat on a Sur Board

(07-13-2019) (Zones: Stuck in the Desert Podcast) Join The Rat this week as he explores the Pacific Coast Wilderness! A Wonder of nature, and protected by law from incursion, This place must be seen to be believed! Part of the Summer Fun Series, this podcast is now available by RSS feed on iTunes. Thanks to you Mr Warren, and my other 2 listeners... :p

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Uphill Both Ways Podcast - Boris the Spider - Episode 57

(07-11-2019) (Zones: Uphill Both Ways Podcast) Joe shocks Mike with another classic movie that he's never seen until recently, they discuss Mike's answer to Joseph's mix-tape challenge and then cover the latest round of the Retro Pop-Culture Battle Royale. From there they jump into the episode's topic and talk about Spider-Man in the comics and TV from the 70s and 80s.

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The Brady Bunch (1969) Retro TV Review

(07-10-2019) (Zones: Patreon Content) Karl and Tonya sit down to watch one of the most iconic sit-coms of all time- The Brady Bunch! A comedy show about a mixed family which aired it's first episode in 1969. We watch SE1 EP1 and we are dropped right in the middle of the story without much explanation about how we got here. Back in the day that was fine. I wish it were still fine. We got a few chuckles and we discuss why the show gained the popularity it did. The Brady Bunch! The Brady Bunch Retro TV Review Podcast Special

Stuck in the Desert Audio Show - Episode 16 - Woo Woo 2

(07-06-2019) (Zones: Stuck in the Desert Podcast) Join the Rat this week, as he wanders through one of Arizona’s premier tourist locations, Sedona. Heading through Nevada on his way towards the California Coast. A satellite podcast of Send suggestions or questions to thedesertrat3@twitter, or

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Yesterday Movie Review

(07-06-2019) (Zones: Music) If there ever was a movie that was a combination of the Back to the Future trilogy and mashed it up with Rocketman, the Hot Tub Time Machine movie, and Bohemian Rhapsody, we’d get Yesterday! Eric Darsie reviews this new classic rock themed movies about the music of The Beatles starring Ed Sheeran and more! Read More.

When It Was Cool Podcast - Episode 78 - American Gladiators and Back to the Future

(07-04-2019) Today we pull two retro reviews from the Patreon files at to give a look at what you could be getting by supporting us on Patreon. Review number one takes a look back at the sports entertainment styled American Gladiators game show where contestants battled athletes in a variety of bizarre contests. Then we take a look at an all time classic movie - Back to the Future! Come join us!

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Cheers! (1982) Retro TV Review Podcast Special

(07-03-2019) (Zones: Patreon Content) Making your way in the world today takes everything you got... ain't that the truth! Well, back in the 1980s we had a television show for that. Cheers! Tonya and Karl watch season 1 episode 1 of Cheers! where we meet Sam, Diane, Coach, Norm, Cliff, and the gang for the first time. We find out that Diane was on her way to be married when she got dumped at the bar and how she ended up working there. We get the backstory on Sam as a MLB pitcher who ended up washed up and owning a bar and much more. So pull up a stool and let's enjoy this 1980s sitcom classic. Cheers! (1982) Retro TV Review Special

Indiana Jones Movie Review Collected Edition - All Four Indiana Jones Movies Reviewed

(07-01-2019) Our Patreons have previously gotten reviews of all four Indiana Jones movies but today I have collected them together for one collected edition of reviews for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, Last Crusade, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls. When It Was Cool revisits these classic action adventure movies starring Harrison Ford. If you enjoy this content we hope you will consider supporting us on Patreon!

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Weird Al Yankovic Concert Review - Richmond, VA

(06-30-2019) (Zones: Music) On Thursday, June 27, 2019 Weird Al Yankovic held a concert in conjunction with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Tony Christ was there with a full review and set list of the greatest parody musician in pop culture - Weird Al! From his classics like Smells Like Nirvana to modern hits like Word Crimes, a Weird Al concert is a fun experience and When It Was Cool gives you a look at Weird Al with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra! Read More. Read More.

When It Was Cool Newsletter Issue 3

(06-28-2019) (Zones: When It Was Cool Newsletter) This issue of the When It Was Cool Newsletter clocks in at over 100 pages with lots of retro pop culture including the 100 Greatest Superhero Movies of All Time list, a history of pro wrestling in the Dominican Republic, and tons of updates from the Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling project including a near complete look at 1981. Lot’s of great stuff in this issue and best of all both the newsletter (read online, download the .pdf, or print it out!) and the audio podcast companion are available at the $1 Patreon level!

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Bewitched (1964) Retro TV Review

(06-26-2019) (Zones: Patreon Content) Karl and Tonya are back with a look back at the 1964 classic sit-com Bewitched. We pick the series up in season 3 and Darren and Samantha have a child who also, is apparently, a witch. We talk about the sad end of the major stars of the show, how it compared to the similar I Dream of Jeannie. It's a magically good time on our latest retro TV review podcast special. Bewitched (1964) Retro TV Review

The Waltons (1971) Retro TV Review Podcast

(06-19-2019) (Zones: Patreon Content) Set in the depression era from the fictional town of Walton's Mountain, WV, this classic 1971 family drama told the story of the Walton family, a large multiple generation family living in the same house and their struggles. This is about as wholesome a show as you'll find on TV. Your mother probably loved it, mine did.  I watched The Waltons mostly in re-runs. Karl and Tonya from When It Was Cool sat down and watched season 1 episode 1 and here are our thoughts. The Waltons (1971) Retro TV Review

100 Greatest Superhero Movies of All Time List

(06-08-2019) (Zones: The 100 Lists) It’s time for another massive When It Was Cool ranking of pop culture and retro pop culture. We’ve poured over tons of “Best of” and “Greatest” lists of superhero movies, averaged all the rankings, and have come out with the consensus 100 best superhero movies of all time list! These range from the big boys like Marvel and DC to smaller films you may have forgotten. From the 1950s to 2019 this list is packed with the 100 greatest superhero films you’ll ever see! Read More.

After you read the article, be sure to check out our free podcast special counting down and commenting on the 100 best superhero movies ever! (There is also an ad free version for our Patreon supporters)

The 100 Greatest Comic Book Stories of All Time - The Most Popular Article at When It Was Cool

(Zones: Comics / The 100 Lists) When It Was Cool has crunched the numbers using dozens of Best of Comics, Greatest Comic Books, and Must Read Comic Book Stories lists.  We have polled the visitors to When It Was Cool and these are the 100 Greatest Comic Book Single Issues, Comic Book Runs, and Graphic Novels of all time! Where did your favorite comic book or comic book story rank on the top 100 comics of all time list? Check it out!  Read More.

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