Growing long sideburns and 'staches, belittling female coworkers, sleeping with the next-door neighbor, smoking cigarettes and pounding scotch on the job. Can you dig this? The '70s are back -- at least on television.
ABC's new Life On Mars show, which follows a New York City detective on the trail of a serial killer only to find himself suddenly transported back to 1973, premieres Thursday at 10. Meanwhile, CBS's Swingtown -- celebrating the open marriages and other sexual hijinks of the decade -- just finished up its first season and is headed to cable's Bravo network for reruns later this fall (with a DVD release coming in early December.)
If the classic retro-rock songs from each TV show don't get your heart pumping -- Life on Mars even borrows its title from a 1971 David Bowie song -- we're betting this list of far-out '70s pop culture phenoms will have your brain racing:
Do you fondue?
Nothing says "groovy" like stabbing some meat and soaking it in a tableside pot of boiling oil. A cardiologist's nightmare but a true '70s delicacy. (Just remember to wash it down with some 7-Up or Tab.)
Once upon a time, commercials were actually clever and fun. "Plop plop, fizz fizz, oh what a relief it is." Or "Hey, how 'bout a nice Hawaiian Punch? ... Sure!" Blammo!
How low-tech can you go?
Ah, dude, we love the bean-bag chair, shag carpet and avocado-green frig! It blends in so well with the reel-to-reel tape player. But ditch that lame turntable! Don't you know eight-track tapes are all the rage now?
If it's brown, drink it down
Scotch, Irish coffee, bourbon. ... Prefer something a little less scorching on the liver? Order up a Harvey Wallbanger, a Tequila Sunrise or just sample some lovely Cold Duck. Deee-lish!
My pet, Rocky
Tired of running home to let the pooch out? Sick of scooping cat litter? For a mere $3.95 in the '70s, you be the proud owner of a Pet Rock, the only fad more intellectually barren than the Macarena.
Acid-tongued Archie Bunker and All the Family ruled the TV world back in the first half of the '70s. So did Sanford and Son ("You big dummy!"), Hawaii Five-O ("Book 'em Danno!), The Waltons (Goodnight, John-boy!) and ... Maude? It's just proof that you can never underestimate the timeless appeal of Bea Arthur.
Some '70s fashion keeps coming back whether we treasure them or not (like reruns of The Rockford Files). Baby doll tank tops, running suits and even afros are back in vogue today. But are you ready to break out the maxi dresses, polyester double-knitted slacks, rabbit-fur jackets, bell-bottom jeans and earth shoes? Oh we have more. Try a leisure suit complete with butterfly-collar shirt and patent white loafers. Okay, maybe some trends are meant to be left buried in time.