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Fire up the Hot Tub Time Machine!

It’s the event every Gen-Xer has been waiting for: Affirmation that the 1980s gave birth to every culturally significant trend of the next 30 years.

And who better to guide us through this than the National Geographic Channel’s three-night, six-hour mini-series, “The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us,” narrated by Rob Lowe, he of “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Class” and “About Last Night…”

Long before Lowe played the noble Sam Seaborn on “The West Wing,” Lowe was starring in hard-R comedies in the era of leg warmers, Aqua Net and Ronald Reagan — a time we were all duly reminded of with this week’s death of another 1980s icon, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Thatcher.

“Despite its reputation for bad hair and loud clothing, the ’80s was a big, bold time, and just about everything about the era, from the politics and technological innovations to the blockbuster movies, TV shows and ‘to the max’ fashions, continues to shape the world we live in today,” a release from National Geographic Channel pants.

Even Cyndi Lauper is back, thanks to the latest Twitter misadventure of Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.

That’s what we’re talking about! Those of you who want to remember, it all starts on National Geographic Channel at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday night.

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