Today Show: ’80s Trivia: Brat Pack, E.T. Reese’s Pieces & Cosby Kids


Kathie Lee & Hoda: ’80s Trivia

It was the decade that brought us the Brat Pack, Madonna and Mr. T, but Tim Stack, Senior Writer for Entertainment Weekly, joined Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb to test them on their ’80s trivia, including Top Gun, the Cosby kids and Knots Landing.

’80s Trivia: Top Gun Quotes

'80s Trivia: Kathie Lee & Hoda

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were joined by Tim Stack, who quizzed the ladies on 80s trivia, like E.T.'s favorite candy, Cosby kids names and Brat Pack.


Finish this sentence from the movie Top Gun: “I feel the need, the need for…”

The correct answer is “speed.” Tim said Tom Cruise played Maverick in Top Gun and this line made the list for AFI’s Greatest Movie Lines Ever.

’80s Trivia: E.T.

What candy became popular after being featured in the movie E.T.?

  • Snickers
  • Kit Kat
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Almond Joy

The correct answer is Reese’s Pieces. Tim said E.T. loved Reese’s Pieces and everyone remembers Elliot lured him out of hiding with them.

’80s Trivia: The Cosby Show

How many kids did the Cosbys have and name them?

  • Three
  • Four
  • Five
  • Six

The correct answer is five. Their names are Theo, Rudy, Sandra, Denise and Vanessa. Denise went on to have her spinoff, A Different World.

’80s Trivia: Prince Lyrics

Finish this lyric: “You don’t have to be rich to be my girl…”

The correct answer is “You don’t have to be cool to rule my world.” Tim said that was “Kiss” from Prince’s album Parade, which Hoda knows very well.

’80s Trivia: Knots Landing

Knots Landing was a spin-off of what other primetime soap?

  • Falcon Crest
  • Dallas
  • Dynasty
  • Peyton Place

The correct answer is Dallas. Tim said J.R. Ewing’s brother, Gary, moved to Knots Landing with his wife.

’80s Trivia: The Brat Pack

What 1985 Brat Pack classic featured a young Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy and Rob Lowe?

The correct answer is St. Elmo’s Fire. Tim said it also had Emilio Estevez and Andrew McCarthy.

’80s Trivia: Say Anything

What song was playing out of Jon Cusack’s boombox in the movie Say Anything?

The correct answer is “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel. Tim said Entertainment Weekly named Say Anything as the best modern movie romance.


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