Retro Repost - My Top 5 Favorite The Honeymooner's Episodes

Thursday, December 31, 2020

 Let's finish the year off strong with another Retro Repost! 
Last year I wrote about my Top 5 favorite "The Honeymooner's" episodes, and as we approach the WPIX New Year's Eve "The Honeymooner's" marathon, I'd like to share this with those that may have missed it last year or would like to read it again to get in the mood!  

If you get WPIX, or can find it online, check out this year's marathon starting at 11:00PM Eastern on December 31st!  

My Top 10 Twilight Zone Episodes NYE Marathon

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Every year on New Year's Eve, Lauren and I look forward to a nice quiet evening together.  We don't go out (anymore), and we don't have a bash at the house.  It's just the two of us, enjoying each other's company, some Chinese food, and television.  The past few years, we've gone to bed shortly after midnight, and honestly, I think the latest I've ever stayed up on New Year's was about 2am.
One of our many "rules" and traditions that we have is that we binge-watch as much as we can during the vacation week between Christmas and New Year's.  Now that we have a baby, it's a bit difficult, but... that will fix itself in the coming years as she grows up.  We often try to squeeze in Breaking Bad and The Sopranos, and this year (2020), we've already started on Breaking Bad.  Of course, on New Year's Eve, there's also "The Honeymooner's" marathon on WPIX here in New York that starts at midnight.  

However, one of the things I look forward to the most is SyFy's "The Twilight Zone" Marathon.  Every year I scour the guide and look for my favorite episodes to record, and so I've decided to put together a "Top 10" list of my favorite episodes, plus a few extras, which I hope you'll enjoy.  I'll even include the times these episodes will air this year if you're so inclined to check them out.

Just know, off the bat, this list will not include the episodes "Five Characters in Search of an Exit," "The Bewitchin' Pool," or "The Masks."  I cannot change the channel fast enough when I see these episodes.  I just wanted to document it here that I absolutely HATE these three episodes.  "Number 12 Looks Just Like You" is up there, too.

This year, the marathon begins on SyFy at 6:00AM (Eastern) on Thursday, December 31st, and will end at 5:30AM on Saturday, January 2nd. So, in honor of this great holiday marathon, I present to you my Top 10 Twilight Zone Episodes list.  

My ABCs of Christmas

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Well, everyone, we made it to Christmas!  What a fun month it's been building the excitement up for the big day!  Much like Halloween, I've decided to do a fun little ABC's of Christmas, with the help of my lovely wife, Lauren!  You can read that Halloween feature HERE, by the way.

Without further ado, our Christmas ABC list for 2020:

Christmas on Home Improvement

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Recently, I've gotten back into watching some of the shows I loved growing up.  "Home Improvement" was one of those shows my entire family enjoyed, and we made it a weekly staple to gather around the TV together to watch the latest episode.  It has been a real treat for me to go back and watch and review each season for this Holidays on Home Improvement series.

The show, and the fictional Taylor family, took the winter holiday season seriously.  Christmas was clearly the most significant holiday event for the Taylor family each year.  As we found out reviewing the Halloween episodes, which you can find by clicking HERE, not every season of "Home Improvement" contained a dedicated episode to the spooky holiday.  The same goes for Thanksgiving, which you can also find by clicking HERE.  Christmas, however, is served up every year with heartfelt storylines, laughter, and more.  Growing up in my house was similar to the show in that regard.

Halloween wasn't that big of an event for us.  We'd wear costumes and trick-or-treat, but that was about it.  For Thanksgiving, we'd have some extended family or our elderly neighbors over for the afternoon but everyone would be on their way home by 7 or 8 o'clock.

Christmas, however, was a different story.  We had lots of family stay for several days in our house and my Grandparents' next door.  Everyone pitched in to decorate the houses the day after Thanksgiving, my Grandmother would spend weeks baking batch after batch of Christmas cookies, and my parents would have an annual argument over putting up a real or fake tree.  On Christmas Eve, we'd attend a candlelight service, drive around looking for the best Christmas lights, and then open up one present before bed.  Christmas day was a full-day affair with several rounds of presents, meals, and much more that seemed to roll into New Year's Eve a week later. 

Thank you for indulging me these past few months as I review one of my favorite television series from my childhood.  It has been a lot of fun and has brought back so many great memories.  I can still remember watching most of these episodes live for the first time, and that's what YesterYear Retro is all about.

So without further ado, let's look at how Tim Taylor and his family spent 8 seasons with elves, gifts, family, and even roof-top decorations that affect air traffic on "Christmas on Home Improvement!"

Retro Scans: Coca Cola Collectors Cards Series 2 Foil Pack

Sunday, December 20, 2020

I've been looking for a Christmas themed item to add to my "Retro Scan" section when I came across these "Coca-Cola Series 2 Collector's Trading Cards" on eBay.  

What goes better with Christmas than a nice cold Coca-Cola and vintage Christmas advertising, I asked myself?  Not to mention, Coca-Cola's vintage advertising is responsible for the modern image of Santa Claus, aren't they?

Unfortunately, once I opened the pack there was very little Christmas inside it.  There was the famous Coke polar bear campaign from the 90s, but sadly, that's about it for Christmas.  Unless you consider an old-time advertisement that is reminiscent of years gone by and then connect it to Christmas.  You can make that mile-wide leap if twist your face up and squint while leaning your head one way (like my dogs do when I speak to them.)  Even the scans didn't come out right, but, to be fair, I was traveling at the time I took these photos and I scanned them (and took some photos too) and I may as well post it for you to enjoy.

So, with that glowing introduction, here are some "Retro Scans" of Series 2 Coca-Cola Collectors Cards of Coke advertisements from years gone by and two of the Pog style bottle caps included.

A Brief History of the "24 Hours of A Christmas Story" Marathon on TBS and TNT

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

This is sort of a "Retro RePost" from last year but has been modified and edited for 2020.  

Growing up, there was not a Christmas movie I enjoyed more than "A Christmas Story."  I'll admit, I had never even heard of the film before TBS began its annual 24-hour marathon in 1997.  It just wasn't something on my radar.  Having accidentally come across the film that first 24-hour marathon, I was sucked in by the excitement of the marathon itself and the quest to watch the movie as much as I could in an entire 24-hour period.  Then something amazing happened.  It turned out the movie was really good, too!

"A Christmas Story" was originally a small independent film made in 1983 that had very little fanfare for several years until it earned a "cult-classic" status and rabid fan following in the early 1990s.  Turner Broadcasting had maintained ownership of the film's broadcasting rights and, starting in 1991, began airing the film increasingly on its networks TBS, TNT, and TCM.  In 1995, it was aired over the 3 different channels a combined 6 times from December 24th to 26th.

Those 6 viewings were so successful that in 1996 Turner increased it to 8 separate broadcasts.

However, in 1997, due to the movie's ever-increasing popularity (and rising merchandise sales), TNT began airing a 24-hour marathon, officially titled "24 Hours of A Christmas Story."  The marathon would begin either at 8pm Eastern on Christmas Eve and run for a total of 12 airings.  

In 2004, when TNT switch to a predominantly drama television format, TBS took over the marathon.  

It was estimated that in 2002 that 38.4 million people tuned in at one point or another.    In 2008 that estimate increased to 54.4 million.

The film was so popular that in 2014 and 2015, Turner decided to broadcast the marathons on BOTH TBS and TNT!  They staggered the showings one hour apart so that you wouldn't have the same exact scene on both channels and could pick up at any point on either network.  This was also done so that both channels were not in the commercial break at the same time.  

For whatever reason, the dual marathon was not run on both channels in 2016 and only aired on TBS.  It returned to TNT in 2017 and has been on both channels since.

After widespread internet rumors in 2018 claiming TBS canceled the marathon, Turner (and TBS/TNT) issued statements assuring fans that the marathon indeed lived on.  You could understand, then, when TBS was very slow to publish the schedule for 2019, "A Christmas Story" fans were worried once again.  This year, for 2020, the two networks published the marathon schedule in early November, assuring fans that the annual tradition would live on once again.

One of my favorite activities around Christmas growing up was this marathon.  After the first few years of trying to watch EVERY SINGLE showing, I was older, and life had gotten quite a bit busier for all of us.  My family adapted, and our goal switched from watching the full marathon to catching the entire movie once... but not in a full sitting.  It's a fun little game we still play, where we piece together a complete movie over the 24 hours by tuning in at different times.  It doesn't even need to be in order, as long as we don't miss anything.

You can catch 24 straight hours of this beloved Christmas movie starting 8:00 PM Eastern on December 24th on TBS.  The marathon runs through Christmas Day, and the final airing of "A Christmas Story" is 6:00PM Eastern on the 25th.  The marathon will start on TNT at 9:00 PM on December 24th, running through the final showing at 7pm on Christmas Day.

Be careful, or you'll shoot your eye out!

Retro RePost: Santa Claus, Christmas, and I Love Lucy

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Here's another rerun to help you better enjoy the Christmas season!  I'm feeling very nostalgic this year, so why not go waaaay back to the 1950s when Santa Claus appeared on I Love Lucy?  

Since I Love Lucy is one of my top 5 favorite shows of all time, I really enjoyed writing this article last year.  It appeared both here and on "The Retro Network" so you know I'm very proud of it and think you'll enjoy it too if you missed it last year!

Click above to enjoy some retro goodness and get yourself even deeper into the Christmas spirit!


Retro RePost: Christmas Collides With Pro Wrestling

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Life has been busy so far this December, with work and studying for my annual training, so I haven’t been able to finish the content I’ve been trying to produce for Christmas.  Here it is, already December 10th, and I’ve yet to post anything this month celebrating the Holiday season...

It’s time to remedy that, so I’ve decided to air a rerun so to speak... A Retro RePost, if you wheeeel (Dusty Rhodes voice) in one of my favorite posts from last Christmas:

Click the above link if you missed this last year or want to relive some good old days or wrestling gone by!