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1980 was the first year of the 1980s decade. Debut video game is Pac-Man.

Movies released in theaters this year

North America

  • Friday the 13th (May 9, 1980)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (May 21, 1980)
  • Herbie Goes Bananas (June 25, 1980)
  • Xanadu (August 8, 1980)
  • Popeye (December 12, 1980)

Japan

  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (June 28, 1980)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (July 12, 1980)
  • Friday the 13th (August 2, 1980)
  • The Muppet Movie (December 15, 1980)

UK

  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (May 21, 1980)
  • Xanadu (December 19, 1980)

France

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (March 19, 1980)
  • The Muppet Movie (April 2, 1980)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (August 20, 1980)

Australia

  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (August 7, 1980)
  • Xanadu (November 20, 1980)
  • Herbie Goes Bananas (December 18, 1980)

Latin America

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (January 17, 1980)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (July 31, 1980)

Brazil

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (January 18, 1980)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (July 21, 1980)
  • Xanadu (November 22, 1980)

Hong Kong

  • The Muppet Movie (January 31, 1980)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (August 8, 1980)

Movies re-issued in theaters this year

North America

Japan

UK

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (September 18, 1980)

France

Australia

Hong Kong

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (January 19, 1980)

Movies aired on television this year

CBS

  • The Wizard of Oz (March 7, 1980)
  • Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You? (May 2, 1980)

NBC

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Old Yeller (November 9 and 16, 1980)*

(*) This film was re-edited for viewing in two parts.

Programs debuted on television this year

NBC

  • Blockbusters (October 27, 1980)

PBS

  • 3-2-1 Contact

Syndication

  • Solid Gold (September 13, 1980)

Programs airing new seasons this year

ABC

  • Family Feud (1976-1985)

CBS

  • M*A*S*H (Season 9) (November 17, 1980–May 4, 1981)
  • The Price is Right (Season 9)

NBC

  • Card Sharks (1978-1981)*
  • Days of Our Lives
  • Disney's Wonderful World (1979-1981)
  • The Tonight Show
  • Wheel of Fortune (1975-1991)

(*) On June 23, 1980, Card Sharks' time slot was moved to 12:00 PM.

PBS

  • Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (1979-2001)
  • Sesame Street (Season 12) (November 24, 1980–May 22, 1981)

Programs broadcasted in reruns this year

PBS

  • The Electric Company (1975-1977)
  • Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (1969-1975)

Programs ended this year

ABC

  • The $25,000 Pyramid (1976-1980)

VHS releases this year

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (March 4, 1980)
  • Alien (1979)
  • All About Eve
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang (March 4, 1980)
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (March 4, 1980)
  • The Black Hole (March 4, 1980)
  • Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (March 4, 1980)
  • Jaws
  • Jaws 2
  • The Love Bug (March 4, 1980)
  • Mary Poppins (December 30, 1980)
  • My Fair Lady
  • Pete's Dragon (March 4, 1980)
  • Superman (1978)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • The Wizard of Oz (October 28, 1980)

Comics

USA

  • Archie Comics (Vol. 1) (February 1, 1980)

UK

  • Doraemon (March 12, 1980)

Japan

  • Heathcliff (May 15, 1980)

Australia

  • Garfield (June 19, 1980)

Logos introduced this year

  • MCA Videocassette Inc. - "The Arc"
  • MGM/CBS Home Video - "The Green Lines" (October 1980)
  • WCI Home Video - "The Big \\" (July 1980)

Logos still in use this year

  • 20th Century Fox - "The Searchlights" (1953)
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures - "Leo the Lion" (1957)
  • 20th Television Fox - "The Early Searchlights" (1965)
  • Buena Vista Distribution (1966 and 1979)
  • Children's Television Workshop - "The Plaque" (1969)
  • Universal Pictures (as an MCA company) - "Zooming Globe" (1971)
  • PBS - "Tri-Colored P-Heads" (1971)
  • Warner Bros. Television - "The Big \\" (1972)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures - "The Big \\" (1973)
  • Paramount Pictures - "Blue Mountain" (1975)
  • Paramount Television - "Blue Mountain" (1975)
  • Universal Television (1975)
  • Columbia Pictures - "70s Torch Lady" (1976)
  • Columbia Pictures Television - "The Sunburst" (1976)
  • Viacom - "V of Doom" (1976/1978)
  • Magnetic Video Corporation (1977)
  • Children's Television Workshop - "The Snake" (1978)
  • WGBH - "Flash of Doom" (1978)
  • Walt Disney Home Entertainment - "Neon Mickey" (1978)
  • Buena Vista Distribution (1979)
  • Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment - "The Sunburst" (1979)
  • Paramount Home Video - "Mountain Silhouette" (1979)

Logos ended this year

  • Paramount Home Video - "Still Mountain" (1978)

Books released this year

  • The Sesame Street Dictionary (First Edition)

Albums released this year

  • Lady and the Tramp (Disney Picture Disc) (LP)

Software released this year

  • 86-DOS

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