A character and show by Brad Jones as part of The Cinema Snob site. Dan got zapped from 1989 to the present when Brad opened a bottle of New Coke. Since then, Dan has settled with his roommates, Dolly and R.O.B. the Robot, and his neighbors the Crabtrees, to talk about his favorite stuff from The Eighties, no matter how stupid or schlocky it is.Most of the show is done in a fake sitcom format, complete with canned audience reactions. Plots usually involve Dan gushing over stuff from his time, his friends getting annoyed, and R.O.B. trying to make it with Mrs. Crabtree, to her husband's increasing annoyance.Episodes can be found on here.
Provides Examples Of
Acting for Two: In the Christmas episode, all of Brad's characters team up.
Ass Shove: In the Christmas Special, Mrs. Crabtree threatens to shove ROB up her own ass. Acts as Foreshadowing to The Reveal that she really does do that kind of thing when drunk, and that the Christmas star 80's Dan and Dolly were looking for throughout the whole thing was up there all along.
For Halloween 2012, Dolly tries wearing a "sexy Captain N" outfit (something Dan might actually recognize.) Everyone mistakes it for Captain Planet, and Dan ends up praising Mrs. Crabtree's Game of Thrones outfit instead.
Cool Shades: Dan has a pair, just to complete the 80's cheese look.
Fish Out of Temporal Water: A line in the Halloween III review explains that 80s Dan fell into a time warp at the exact moment the 80s ended.
Foil: Dan is a foil to the Cinema Snob. The two are almost perfect opposites: The Snob hates '80s schlock, Dan loves it. The Snob is unrelentingly cynical, Dan is unreasonably optimistic. The Snob is highly intelligent and cultured, Dan is a complete dimwit. And of course, the Snob wears a black jacket, while Dan wears a white—excuse me, Crockett jacket.
Fridge Logic: In-Universe, Dan eventually calls out Mr. Crabtree's costume. He could have been any astronaut, not one from the Challenger. Instead of answering, Crabtree just shoots zombie Sweenz.
Reality Subtext:invoked Parodied in "The Sweenz", which plays with fan expectations about Brad's output following various life changes, such as his separation from his wife Jillian (whose character Dolly is now played by a man), Brian and Sarah Lewis's divorce (they're so close to murdering each other they have to be filmed separately with inanimate objects standing in for the other) and Jerrid Foiles leaving Team Snob (he shows up in a gratuitous 5-second cameo just to show he's still around).
Spot the Impostor: Mr. Crabtree wanted to shoot the fake Dolly, not because the fake Dolly was dangerous, but because Mr. Crabtree just needed to let off some of his stress.
Spoof Aesop: 80s Dan's Christmas: "Whether we think about Santa this season, or Jesus, whether we're religious, or we just like presents, we can all agree on one thing. And that's that killing Nazis is fun."