Starting in the United States, it has become a common expression of relief at the end of the work week and anticipation of relaxing or partying over the weekend. The term was originated by the Akron, Ohio disk jockey Jerry Healy on radio station WAKR in the early 1970s. The phrase was further popularised by the 1978 movie starring Donna Summer, Thank God It’s Friday. The phrase has also become common for advertising and promotional materials. On college campuses beginning in the 1970s, the phrase (sometimes shortened to “TG”) became associated with Friday afternoon beer parties, usually held outdoors.
Is also the name of a block of family friendly sitcoms aired on the ABC network every Friday evening. It was a pretty good block back during the 80′s and early 90′s when they showed Perfect Strangers, Full House, Family Matters, Hangin’ With Mister Cooper, Step By Step, and the ORIGINAL America’s Funniest Home Videos (yes, with Bob Faggot) but turned to pure shit towards the end of its more than decade-long run when it decided to run bilge like Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Sister Sister, and The Hugleys.
The lineup was cancelled a number of years back because of its aformentioned shittiness, but has been recently brought back to life due to the incessant complaining due to 80′s children such as myself. Unfortunately, the new TGIF will premier with sitcoms even shittier than the ones that killed it off in the first goddamn place.
God, how I miss 80′s television.