WATCH Magazine: August 2022: Summer Of Love


Had Us a Blast

F ORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, IN THE SUMMER OF 1977, one of my best friends and I went to see Star Wars . And while Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers would haunt my dreams—not in a good way—for several years to come, we left the theater in awe. We looked at each other and said, in the definitive and very serious way only kids can, “ ….that was the best movie ever. ” But just like many kids, we were fickle about our obsessions. Because just one summer later, Grease came out, and it was good- bye, R2-D2, hello, Sandra Dee. We walked out of the theater and said, without hesitation, “No, THAT was the best movie ever.” (We did, however, prefer Sandy pre-makeover. Those leather pants did not make sense to suburban Philadelphia kids.) Talk about the capriciousness of summer romance! Pre- evolved Danny Zuko had nothing on us.

The best movies and TV can inspire devotion in all of us, whether it’s a new hit show like Ghosts , a thrilling soccer match with Lionel Messi, your 87th viewing of The Godfather , or a clas- sic show like The Brady Bunch or The Odd Couple . These shows and characters resonate with us for personal reasons—some- times serious, sometimes for the memories, and sometimes even because of that really nice kitchen from Madam Secretary . We had a great time sharing our favorites (all of which are available to stream on Paramount+ and Pluto, by the way) in this special Summer of Love issue. We’d love to hear about yours! Please let us know at

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