Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Garfield Christmas Special (1987)

When it comes to posting holiday TV specials, I prefer to stick to more obscure ones that people may have forgotten or didn't even know existed, but today I'm going the other direction and posting a tried and true one.

Here is A Garfield Christmas Special. First airing on December 21, 1987, it was an instant favorite of mine, if for nothing else than the goofy image of Jon and his family "oohing" over their Christmas tree that you see above. My brother and I cracked up for several minutes over how silly they looked! And don't forget Jon's awesome grandma!

I just realized the special celebrates its 30th anniversary next Thursday. Wow!


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday's Overlooked TV: A Carol for Another Christmas (1964)

It's only Tuesday for four more hours as I write this, but that's good enough for me. This week's Tuesday's Overlooked TV is the 1964 TV-movie A Carol for Another Christmas.

Carol was directed by Joseph Mankiewicz and written by Rod Serling. The film was commissioned by the United Nations in an effort to promote world peace. You can read about the film in more detail here, but suffice it to say, the film is a modern day take on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol from a global perspective. Unfortunately, in light of recent events, it's as relevant as ever.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Kenny and Dolly: A Christmas to Remember

Since I'm still in a throwback Christmas variety TV special mood, here are country music legends Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton in Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember. This will probably be one of the few programs I feature on this blog that my wife will watch with me.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tuesday's Overlooked TV: Al Alberts Christmas Special (1979)

I love this week's Tuesday's Overlooked TV. It's the locally produced Al Alberts Christmas Special!

Al Alberts Showcase was a weekly variety series produced and aired locally in Philadelphia from the 1970s straight through the 1990s. It was hosted by singer Al Alberts, who had been a member of the vocal group The Four Aces (their biggest hit was a version of "Three Coins in the Fountain"). The content consisted of occasional performances by Alberts, but mostly by performances of young children singing, dancing, and telling corny jokes.

It was amazingly kitschy, but it was a big hit in Philly. Here is an hour-long Christmas special that aired in 1979. This special hits all my soft spots: local TV, produced in Philly, with retro Christmas flair. I can't not love this!



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