Sunday, June 6, 2021
Flopcast 474: The Two Words Are... Naked Skating
We'd been meaning to do a roller-skating-themed show for years, and it's finally here, in convenient Top 4 ½ List format! We're listing our favorite roller-skating scenes and characters from movies and TV of the last half century. Plenty of skating humans, of course, but also some goofy Hanna Barbera skating birds, and one big weird wildebeest who is absolutely a zoo animal on wheels. And if you think there's a chance we forgot to include a certain Facts of Life girl, this must be your very first Flopcast. Welcome. Time to lace up those stupid skates, hit your favorite rink, and wander in circles all night like it's 1983. Birthday girl Bonnie Tyler will supply an appropriate soundtrack, and Dazzler (the roller-disco queen of Marvel Comics) has a mutant-powered light show just for you.
Happy Birthday, Bonnie Tyler! The Hit Parade episode devoted to the works of Jim Steinman contains a lot of material on his two muses, Miss Tyler and Mister Loaf.
Top 4 ½ on Roller Skates
- The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season 2, Episode 1 (on Netflix, and also check out Girls5eva on Peacock)
- The Skatebirds
- Weeds - Season 8, Episode 5
- Rollergirl in Boogie Nights
- Cobra Kai - Season 2, Episode 8 (on Netflix)
- Xanadu (the whole movie, but especially the epic finale)
- David Disco Skates on Sesame Street
- Zoo Animals on Wheels from Get a Life
- Shrill - Season 2, Episode 3 (on Hulu)
- Tootie on Season 1 of The Facts of Life