Retro Pop Culture * Classic TV * Classic Movies * Classic Rock * Comic Books * Toys * Superheroes * Food * Pro Wrestling * Podcasts *


The latest podcast on the When It Was Cool Network: Wednesday, November 21, 2018: Star Trek (1966) TV Review. Download Show


When It Was Cool Podcast - Episode 62 - Addams Family, Beverly Hillbillies, the Death of Stan Lee

Podcast: (11-15-2018) (Zones: When It Was Cool Podcast) On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast we take a look back at two retro classic TV shows! We asked our Patreons at WhenItWasCool.com what they wanted more of and they said retro TV and movie reviews so that's what we're going to do more of! On this show we watched season one, episode one of the 1964 classic gothic comedy The Addams Family and the 1962 classic The Beverly Hillbillies! Yes, we liked one more than the other but both were fun! We also discuss the death of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee. When It Was Cool Podcast 062



Star Trek (1966) TV Review

Article & Podcast: (11-21-2018) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) I make no apologies that I am a bigger Star Wars fan than a Star Trek fan. However, I am part of a retro pop culture website so, by necessity, I need to visit the Star Trek world as well and what better place to do that than with season 1, episode 1 of the 1966 original Star Trek series titled “The Man Trap”. As it turns out, it was a pretty good show and makes me want to dive deeper into the Star Trek universe. Read More.


Goodbye Barbie… Hello Annabelle! The Age of the Creepy Doll is Here

Article: (11-16-2018) (Zones: Toys) This is the age of the “creepy” doll. These are not the type of dolls you give to children. Unlike Barbie they are not known for their beauty. They do not look like they welcome cuddles or love such as the faces of Cabbage Patch Kids nor do they come with swanky (most popular girl in school accessories) such as the American Girl dolls (unless by swanky you mean a murder weapon, a crucifix, or a tiny coffin). Read More.



Holmes and Yoyo (1976) TV Review

Article & Podcast: (11-16-2018) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) You win some, you lose some, and sometimes you win in losing. That is the case with Holmes and Yoyo, a wacky TV cop comedy from 1976. I was in kindergarten in 1976 and I thought this show was great! That goes to show you just how dumb of a kid I was. I remember running around the school playground with another dumb kid and he would be Yoyo and I would be his partner Holmes. Sounds like just two kids playing cops and robbers right? Well, after watching this abomination of a television show today as an adult… yeah… I was a pretty dumb kid. Read More.


Six Million Dollar Man (1973) TV Review

Article & Podcast: (11-14-2018) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) Steve Austin… a man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. Better than he was before. Better, faster, stronger. The Six Million Dollar Man was an amazing fun television show during the 1970s and a favorite of When It Was Cool. Join us as we look back at this great retro tv series and discuss the bionic man. Read More.



BAFF 2018: “Survival of the Film Freaks” and “Dead by Midnight” Film Reviews

Article: (11-15-2018) Joseph Perry reviews the Buried Alive Film Festival 2018, running November 14–18 at the 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, it features a bevy of horror features and short films ranging from the surreal to the extreme. Among these offerings are two that should be of particular interest to When It Was Cool readers: Survival of the Film Freaks, a documentary about cult films and their fans, and Dead by Midnight, a horror anthology that boasts a 1980s vibe. Read More.


Free breaking news audio from When It Was Cool about the death of Stan Lee. - Click Here.



Hawkman - Celebrating the DC Comic Book Character Hawkman!

Article & Podcast: (11-10-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) Today is #HawkmanDay on social media and fans and comic book creators are celebrating one of the oldest DC Comics characters - Hawkman! Hawkman has a complicated backstory but a very cool costume design. He has been around since the golden age of comics, has been a staple of DC Comics since the 1940s, has had action figures, a role on the Super Friends, and appearances throughout media. Celebrate Hawkman with us today at When It Was Cool. Read More.


IG-88 - Everything You Want to Know About the Star Wars Bounty Hunter

Article: (11-07-2018) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) IG-88 had a brief an unremarkable debut in Star Wars The Empire Strikes back. However, his impressive design and striking appearance has spun into it’s own lore in the Star Wars fandom and in media including comics, video games, animated series, action figures, and more. Join When It Was Cool for a detailed look at IG-88 and learn everything you would want to know about the Star Wars assassin droid! Read More.



Tonya’s Diner Presents Amazing Milk and Cookies Lasagna

Article: (11-07-2018) (Zones: Tonya’s Zone) This is one of Karl’s favorite dessert dishes and it is super easy to make, very quick, and involves absolutely no cooking! How much better can it get! You’ll find out after your first plate full. This is a great dessert when you need to whip something up in a hurry. Do you like cookies? Do you like whip cream? Then you need this milk and cookies lasagna dessert. Get the recipe.

Also check out Tonya’s Diner official Facebook page! - here!


Boba Fett Star Wars Movie Cancelled! Looking at Disney’s Handling of the Star Wars Franchise

Article: (11-01-2018) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) It was recently announced that one of the Star Wars spin-off movies staring fan favorite character Boba Fett and his fellow bounty hunter companions had been cancelled. Karl from When It Was Cool takes a look at how this is the latest misstep in Disney’s handling of the Star Wars franchise. Where does Star Wars go from here and what can Disney do to buy back fan goodwill? Help us Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re our only hope. Read More.

Support us for just $1 or more on Patreon and you can listen to our podcast special reviewing Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back plus many other digital download specials!



Maskatron Six Million Dollar Man Action Figure From 1976 Review

Article: (11-03-2018) (Zones: Toys) The Six Million Dollar Man television show was very popular in the mid-1970s and spawned a toy line of action figures by Kenner. Near the end of that line, Kenner produced the Maskatron action figure- a character that never made it to the series as it was slated for season six and the Six Million Dollar Man television show ended with season five. In this popular expanded and updated article from When It Was Cool we take a look at this impressive action figure. Read More.


Halloween (2018) Movie Review

Podcast: (10-31-2018) (Zones: Digital Downloads) Karl and Tonya from When It Was Cool review the latest movie in the Halloween franchise. Forget everything except Halloween I from 1978 as this is a direct sequel to that movie and in the latest Halloween time-line Halloween 1978 and Halloween 2018 are the only two movies that count.  It's been 40 years since the Halloween murders and Michael Meyers has been locked away and hasn't spoken a word.  But guess who breaks out?  And guess who he is after? Join us for this spoiler filled review of Halloween 2018 in this $1 Patreon special. Halloween 2018 Patreon Podcast Special



1980: Your When It Was Cool Guide to Pop Culture - 1980

Article: (11-01-2018) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) In our latest When It Was Cool guide to retro pop culture we take a look at the year 1980! The beginning of the decade saw lots of cool stuff and lots of stuff that changed the world. It was the end of Jimmy Carter and the beginning of Ronald Reagan, AC/DC was both on the top and bottom of the world, Star Wars Empire Strikes Back, the Olympics, and much more! Join us on this retro ride back in the When It Was Cool time machine to the year 1980! Read More.

See also our popular Your When It Was Cool Guide to Pop Culture 1983 & 1985 & 1987 articles!


The Fast Food Explosion of the 1950s and a History of American Fast Food

Article: (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) Updated & Expanded: Today, hundreds of fast food places clutter the landscape in virtually every town above 5,000 people in population. McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Arby’s, Hardee’s, you know all the names.  Today, fast food is often viewed as being low quality in exchange for speed and convenience. However, in the 1950s, fast food was viewed as pure Americana with chain fast food franchises seen as an extension of the popular American Diner. Read More.



Best Ever Live Concert Moments

Article: (Zones: Music) Updated & Expanded: Sometimes everything just works magically.  There are times of perfect synergy, mood, and circumstance that make a musical performance unforgettable. It's like that time when Peter Cetera came back and performed with Chicago or Steve Perry returned to perform with Journey... except that never happened.  But these really awesome moments did. Read More.


The 100 Greatest Comic Book Stories of All Time

Article: (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.

Check out our free podcast special on the 100 best comic books of all time. This is just an example of what our Patreon supporters get daily at When It Was Cool!



Little Miss No Name Doll Review - A Hasbro Doll With a Unique Back Story

Article: (Zones: Toys) Expanded article with more photos: Join Tonya from When It Was Cool with a look back at a very oddly marked doll from the 1960’s. Called Little Miss No Name she was meant to appeal to little girls sense of compassion by presenting a doll that was completely different from the glamorous fashion dolls of the era. This doll had nothing. Dressed in rags with a tear running down her face the Little Miss No Name doll stands out as one of the most interesting dolls in history. Read More.


100 Greatest Rush Songs! A Super Fan’s List of the 100 Best Songs by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Band Rush

Article: (Zones: Music) Karl from When It Was Cool is a huge Rush fan. Having been a Rush fan for almost forty years and living through multiple eras of Rush, Karl gives you his list of the 100 best Rush songs. Your list will certainly vary as the music of Rush speaks to different people in different ways but no matter if you agree or disagree with these being the 100 greatest Rush songs or not, you are sure to find a great song or two you might have forgotten. Read More.