Nothing makes you feel older than when you realize that 1987 was 20 years ago. Those of us born and/or raised in the 1980s remember a time of outrageous fashion, outrageous music, and most of all, outrageous television.
But most of us have also made the transition from the 1980s to the present day with relative ease - we've put away our scrunchies, retired our parachute pants, cut out our shoulder pads, and we've moved onwards and upwards (into the stylized 00s).
But what about the television stars we love and hate? Did they ever manage to leave it all behind? Starpulse is sick of hearing about the ones that crash and burn (except maybe the Coreys), so here are some of the ones that actually made it (well, sort of...)
Mark Paul Gosselaar
(Zack Morris on Saved by the Bell
): After playing lovable prankster Zack Morris for the full four-year run of "Saved by the Bell," Gosselaar went on to disappear in "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" and then he appeared in NYPD Blue
. Look for him soon in Steven Bochco's latest legal drama "Law Dogs."
(Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years
): After playing Fred Savage's
love interest on "The Wonder Years" for five years, McKellar went on to study mathematics at UCLA and now tutors fans in mathematics for free through her website. She has had reoccurring roles in How I Met Your Mother
and The West Wing
, and is the author of the book: "Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail."
(A.J. Slater on Saved by the Bell): The jock with a heart of gold, Mario Lopez amassed a massive female following during his years on "Saved by the Bell." Having briefly disappeared from our screens during the late 1990s, Lopez enjoyed recent success on the 2006 season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars
, placing 2nd and going on to date his dancing partner. He now hosts Ms. America pageants.
(D.J. on Full House
): The sister of Growing Pains
star Kirk Cameron
, any mention of Candace Cameron kills two evangelical ex-sitcom stars with one stone. After playing Donna Jo (D.J.) Tanner on "Full House" for seven long years, Cameron went on to marry a NHL hockey player and now endorses online Evangelical Homeschooling Academies from her home in Florida. She has three children.
(The Coreys): While not technically "making it" post-1980s, no "where are they now" story would ever be complete without some mention of the Coreys. Having battled each other for the hearts of teenage girls across America, the two Coreys went on to combine their powers and star in movies such as The Lost Boys
and National Lampoon's Last Resort
. After individually battling issues like substance abuse, obesity, and a stint on The Surreal Life
, the two Coreys have once again reunited to star in their own self-produced celebreality show for A&E entitled (surprise, surprise): "The Two Coreys." We at Starpulse wish them all the best. Godspeed, Coreys. Godspeed.
Sources: Wikipedia.com, ABCnews.com, Buddytv.com, Askmen.com & IMDb.com
By David Smithyman
Starpulse.com contributing writer