CNN Headed to the ’80s

By Mark Joyella 

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When CNN announced its documentary series The Seventies, the network explained “we realized we hadn’t really told the entire story” after The Sixties. Now the CNN original series is back, in The Eighties.

The seven-part documentary series is again produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and will premiere March 31 at 9 p.m. ET. The network says as with previous decade docs, the focus will combine politics and pop culture:

Through its use of rarely seen archival footage and interviews with journalists, historians, musicians and television artists as eyewitnesses to history, The Eighties will look at the age of Reagan, the AIDS crisis, the end of the Cold War, Wall Street corruption, the tech boom, and the expansion of television and the evolving music scene.

The series launches with a two-hour episode on 1980s television.