TV Guide #11: December 19-26, 1981
Let's check out what was on the Boob Tube 34 years ago. Tis the season for sappy Christmas specials and Love Boat level celebs bringing us yuletide cheer. Enjoy.
Nothing says Christmas like Bruce Dern in a hot tub (with a script written by Jerry Lee Lewis).
The holidays are upon us. To usher in the season, we have Gerald Ford at Schuller's Crystal Cathedral, Lawrence Welk doing "Jing-a-Ling", Mr. Magoo as Scrooge, and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"... followed by The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.
Loved me some Witch Mountain back in the day. I don't recall "Mr. Krueger's Christmas" whatsoever. Also note Bo Duke hosts a "Solid Gold" featuring Paul Williams and Loverboy.
I daresay the airwaves were even more saturated with Christmas in 1981 than today.
It's not exactly a holiday classic, but neither is Rod Stewart singing "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" with Kim Carnes. I think I'll take "The Curse of Bigfoot".
What would the holidays be without a Bob Hope Special? (Featuring Loni Anderson no less.) I actually am very fond of The Shop Around the Corner - a great little film.
Also, take note of the animated Little Rascals Christmas special. I'd like to see that.
See a Specialist tonight.... a specialist in the art of love. Stay classy, San Diego.
As Kirk Lazarus once said, you should never go full retard.
I come from an Italian family. I distinctly remember watching this Pavarotti special as if it were yesterday. I even remember this odd caricature.
This seems an odd mix: Teddy Pendergrass with Oral Roberts and the Krofft Puppets.
Well, we've had a relentless stream of holiday specials for the past week, and now that Christmas has finally arrived we get very un-Christmas episodes of Falcon Crest, Benson, and Bosom Buddies, For good measure, we have several un-Christmas movies. Go figure.