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Long live the '80s!

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'The Carrie Diaries' is the newest show to pay homage to those colorful days of yoreBy Robert IsenbergSpecial to MSN TV"'80s music!" "'80s fashion!" "The Reagan Era!" "Material Girl!"Say any of these phrases, and every red-blooded American instantly know what you're talking about — even if he or she was technically born in 1990. The phrase "the '80s" conjures very specific images, not to be confused with any other era. After years of dormancy, the '80s have returned: rebooted movies, pop-infused music and even homages on prime-time TV."The Carrie Diaries" premieres this week on The CW, revealing what a young Carrie Bradshaw experienced as a temperamental high schooler. The new series basks in its '80s glory, from the throbbing soundtrack to the candy-colored outfits. Even the boxy-looking cars parked on her Manhattan streets look startlingly authentic.But really what makes an '80s show? Retro or original, how are '80s shows different from all other television? We can usually recognize an '80s-themed show in a New York minute, but how? Here are some observations from the age of Glasnost."The Carrie Diaries" premieres Monday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CW.Bing:More about 'The Carrie Diaries' | More about 'Sex and the City'Do you pine for the shows of the '80s? Share with MSN TV on Facebook and Twitter(The CW)
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