Monday evenings starting Dec. 28, it’s a nostalgic batch of curated sitcoms, commercials, oddities, rarities, VHS movies, Jordache jeans and TV dinners with The Awesome Fest’s “Thank God It’s Monday.”
The Foundry at the Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St., Fishtown, hosts this free trip back in time over drinks to showcase the big hair, loud colors and neon grandeur of a bygone era when TV families — and an alien from planet Melmac — ruled the evenings in the 1980s and 1990s.
The “Thank God It’s Monday” two-hour blocks will begin at 8 p.m., with new weekly themes, as well as never-before-seen television pilots, painting nights with Bob Ross, sitcom intro sing-a-longs, old school wrestling matches, “MacGyver” gadgetry demonstrations and more.
The retro TV screening series even features Foundry house-made TV dinners, as well as other menu options. Doors will open at 7 p.m. All guests must be 21 to attend and sweatpants are encouraged.
“I’m absolutely obsessed with the ’80’s and early ’90s. Kelly Bundy was my first crush, and I’ve had the ‘Perfect Strangers’ theme song stuck in my head for the past two decades,” said Awesome Fest founder Josh Goldbloom. “In my teenage years, I would stay up all hours of the night consuming as many reruns of ‘Night Court’ and ‘Coach’ as possible. TGIF lineups on Friday nights were an institution in my family, and that is the comfort zone I wanted to re-create here. Only now, for adults. There’s a treasure chest full of endless content from that era, and I can’t wait to experience it with everyone, all over again.”
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