For its upcoming miniseries The 80s: The Decade that Made Us, Nat Geo Channel commissioned a pop culture survey asking participants important questions like, “Which of the following songs would you have made out to in the ’80s?” and “Which of the following ’80s TV family would you most want to be adopted by?” EW.com has an exclusive sneak peek at those results…
The Cosby Show’s Huxtables are the family of choice, with 38 percent of the vote. Family Ties’ Keatons and Dallas’s Ewings tied for second, with 17 percent each. Growing Pains’ Seavers finished next with 16 percent, and Diff’rent Strokes’ Drummonds came in last, with 7 percent.
The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” is the top makeout song (36 percent), followed by Lionel Richie’s “Hello” (26 percent), LL Cool J’s “I Need Love” (16 percent), Wham!’s “Careless Whisper” (13 percent), and Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (9 percent).
Other notable results in the survey:
• Back to the Future is the movie that defines the decade (21 percent), followed by The Breakfast Club (18 percent), E.T. (16 percent), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (15 percent), Top Gun and Ghostbusters (tied with 8 percent), Wall Street (7 percent), Do the Right Thing (4 percent), and Say Anything (2 percent).
• Michael Jackson scored a landslide 61 percent of the vote for his influence on today’s musicians, followed by Madonna (17 percent), U2 (12 percent), and Run DMC (7 percent).
• Demi Moore is America’s favorite member of the Brat Pack (28 percent), followed by Molly Ringwald (19 percent), Emilio Estevez (16 percent), Rob Lowe (15 percent), Andrew McCarthy and Judd Nelson (tied 6 percent), and Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy (5 percent apiece). Recount?
The 80s: The Decade That Made Us – narrated by Rob Lowe, naturally – premieres April 14 at 8 p.m. ET.