Back in Time for Dinner
The Campus family meet host Carlo Rota and begin their time-traveling adventure in the 1940s. They experience wartime rationing, strict gender roles in the home, technology-free entertainment and a diet lacking in the variety and diversity of food that they are used to.
It’s the 1950s and the Campuses are riding the wave of post-war prosperity. They enjoy a number of firsts - new kitchen gadgets, dining out at a restaurant and dinner in front of the TV. Meanwhile, mom Tristan continues to struggle with restrictive gender roles and the pressure for domestic perfection.
The times they are a-changing for the Campus family as they enter the “Swinging Sixties,” with looser attitudes about how to dress, eat and live. Folk icons Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison (Sharon, Lois and Bram) share their memories of coffeehouse counterculture with the teens and later the family celebrates the moon landing.
The Campuses time travel back to the wood-paneled, crazy patterned 1970s. Tristan finally gets a bit of kitchen help from her husband and a life-changing appliance. The hockey-loving family also gets the surprise of their lives with a visit from renowned Hockey Night In Canada host Ron MacLean who shares his memories of the historic ‘72 Canada/Russia Summit Series.
It’s the decade of big hair and workout wear as the Campus family has reached the 1980s. Change is underway in the kitchen as the men of the family tackle a meal solo for the first time. And it’s time to get physical when Hal Johnson and Joanne Mcleod of Body Break lead the family in a classic ‘80s aerobics routine.
The family has reached the 1990s, the decade of cozy comfort and home computers. Tristan takes a spin in high-end ‘90s fashion with style icon Jeanne Beker, the family’s diet is diversifying and they reflect on 60 years of transformation.
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