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An '80s Oddity Worth Watching

The ABC sketch show ”Fridays” hasn’t aged well, but ”The Best of Fridays” has three big selling points

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Monster Musical Moments
Fridays‘ music booker was the coolest: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Pat Benatar, and the Clash (in their first U.S. TV appearance) are among the eyebrow-singeing performances.

Kaufman Chaos
Andy Kaufman’s hosting gig ended in fisticuffs after he quit in the middle of a sketch. The violence was convincing, but like Kaufman’s wrestling exploits, it was all a well-staged gag.

Pre-Seinfeld Stars
The cast and crew of Fridays included Seinfeld co-creator Larry David, star Michael Richards, writer Larry Charles, and Bruce Mahler, who played a rabbi on both shows.