TV Guide #12: December 16-22, 1978
The holidays were in full effect on the the boob tube in 1978; this week is overflowing with Christmas specials and extravaganzas. Let's take a look inside...
Remember flash cubes? From the 1950s through the most of the 1980s, cameras were stacked with these crummy flash cubes; an added expense and pain in the neck. We take for granted unlimited flash with our smartphones, easily forgetting that we had to be precious with our flashes once upon a time.
I like Lily Tomlin, but as the romantic female lead, I just can't get my head around it.
Fernando's wife Isabel intimidates me.
Anyone who has both a Merle Haggard and KISS ALIVE 8-track is cool in my book. "We never had it so good" - Amen, sister.
This tiny little block of time on Saturday mornings was so important to 70s kids. And with shows like Superfriends, Godzilla, Space Academy, Fantastic Four and Yogi's Space Race, how could it not be?
And so, the long line of Christmas specials begins. Year Without Santa Claus, The Tiny Tree, The Grinch, and Lawrence Welk usher in the season.
Don't forget about the Energy Crisis, but even more important, Vinnie Barbarino's Christmas jacket is stolen by some muggers.
The Barnstable twins (Quark) are on Love Boat, and Mr. Brady (Robert Reed) is on Fantasy Island.
I freaking LOVED Animals, Animals, Animals (hosted by Barney Miller) early Sunday mornings.
Needless to say, "Stubby Pringle's Christmas" never became the holiday classic Hallmark hoped it would be.
Wow. That Teleprosys looks pretty amazing.
Hey look, Dolph Sweet (Gimme a Break) is on Little House; looks like we'll be skipping the Charlie Brown Christmas this year.
Damn. In '78 it seems that every sitcom was required to deliver a Christmas episode. I don't remember the What's Happening! one, but I'm sure Rerun was fantastic.
Dear Lord, that fish filet looks like garbage.
I remember this well. It was December 1978 - my parents, aunt, uncle, and cousins all went to see Invasion of the Body Snatchers while me and my little brother had to stay behind with a babysitter. It still stings to this day.
Your friends got Pumas, Adidas, and Nikes under their tree... and you got a ten dollar pair of Trax. Merry Christmas!