Showing posts with label Classic TV. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Classic TV. Show all posts

A Cartoon Christmas - "A Jetson Christmas Carol" (1985)

Monday, December 5, 2022

I enjoyed writing "A Cartoon Christmas" last year, and reviewing "A Flintstone Christmas" from 1977 so much (CLICK HERE) that I decided to continue the series again this year.  What better to pair our first two entries into the series than the Flintstones and Jetsons!  

Technically, this is the third entry in the series.  In 2019, I made a short list of my Top Five Favorite Cartoons, which you can find HERE.  

The Hanna-Barbera cartoons get a bad rap these days, but I love the simple animation and old-time, clean, family fun.  The Jetsons (and The Flintstones) were from before my time, but when I was younger, both shows would air on TBS in morning reruns before school.  I remember many times during elementary school that I would have my bowl of cereal or Granny's English muffin sandwiches and dread the closing credits because that meant the bus was coming any minute to take me to school.


As I get older, I get more enjoyment from Christmas television specials, especially the older ones from long ago when things were so different it seems like we all lived in a different universe.  These older ones just seem like charming, innocent family fun.  Isn't that what Christmas (and the TV specials) should be all about?

This animated show features a slightly different take on the familiar storyline of the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol."  In it, we find the Jetson family and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Yet-To-Be, and Present, teaching the Scrooge-like Mr. Spacely the true meaning of Christmas.  

Originally airing in syndication on December 13, 1985, this 22-minute cartoon was later released in 1996 on VHS.  The 1996 VHS tape incorrectly calls this episode "The Jetson's Christmas Carol."  

By the way, before we start, based on the show's history, George Jetson was born earlier this year, on July 31, 2022.  It's kind of depressing that in this episode, he's approximately 40 and living in such a futuristic world just 40 years from where we currently sit.  

Oh well, maybe there are significant advances in technology made very quickly right around the bend!  It's Christmas, and I don't mean to be a downer, so positive thoughts!

Please click "Keep Reading" to check out "A Jetson Christmas Carol!"  

Classic Christmas TV Guide For 2022

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Thanksgiving is arriving soon, and as we prepare the turkey, we turn our attention toward our annual Christmas and holiday television specials!  

You've had the nonstop Hallmark movies for what seems like forever already, but it's time for the yearly classics that get us all in that festive Christmas spirit!  

I wanted to get this posted before Thanksgiving to give you a heads up for some of those classics like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles for turkey day... or the annual showing of The Wizard of Oz or March of the Wooden Soldiers on Thanksgiving Day.

Here is a list of what I consider the best of the holiday season.  I'm adding the list here as a regular post, but from now on you'll find it on the right side of the page as well (or below the weekly articles if your using a mobile browser!) Or feel free to bookmark this page and keep checking back!   

Obviously, this schedule is subject to change, but as of writing...

Here is The YesterYear Retro Christmas Classics TV Guide for 2022!

Items Of Note:
 
Charlie Brown's Christmas will not air on network TV again this year.  It will only be available on Apple TV+ but will be made available free to non-subscribers from Dec 22 to December 25.

FreeForms "25 Days of Christmas" begins on December 1st!  Between Halloween and Christmas, Freeform easily has some of my favorite marathons!

"The Wizard of Oz" airs on TBS on Thanksgiving Day, Nov 24 at 6:00PM and Nov 25 at 5:45PM.

"It's a Wonderful Life" airs as a marathon on E! on Friday, Nov 25th and on Christmas Eve on NBC at 8PM.

"A Christmas Story" marathon returns to both TBS *AND* TNT this year! It begins at 8 PM on TBS and 9 PM on TNT on Christmas Eve. Final showings air at 6 PM on Christmas Day on TBS and 7 PM on TNT.

I've highlighted the first showings of movies in RED that are what I consider "must-watch at least once" films this season.  Some are repeated so much that the whole list would be red, so I highlighted them only on their first showing, but of course watch when you can!  If you feel something should be red that I didn't consider, please leave a comment below!  I'd love to hear about your annual required viewing.  

I also BOLDED some of the more "can't miss" items, such as the once-a-year airings of Wizard of Oz or It's a Wonderful Life. 

All times listed are Eastern. 

Thanksgiving on Frasier

Monday, November 21, 2022

As we discovered in the "Halloween on Frasier" feature, the series didn't focus much on holidays.  That should come as no surprise, as Frasier wasn't your everyday sitcom that featured an "average working-class American family" like Full House or Home Improvement.  


Thanksgiving is a time when most sitcoms highlight family and togetherness.  Where most families celebrate with a large family dinner complete with all of the trimmings, jokes, laughter, and family squabbles, the idea of that is almost the antithesis of Frasier.  As a series, Frasier focused more on the absurdity of life's finer things while still portraying the differences among family members.  While Frasier (the character), living with his father and being best friends with his brother, certainly loved his family, the show Frasier often focused on the affluent urban life of parties, dinners, and private clubs.  Compared to shows like Roseanne that featured the "everyday" aspects of a typical suburban middle-America family, a sitcom show like Frasier is often not considered in the same category.  

This was always sort of funny to me.  While Frasier may have been a bit "elitist," at its heart, the entire family was, deep down, all blue-collar folk attempting to fit in as best they could with the upper class of Seattle.  Martin was as down to earth as you can get, being a retired policeman who would rather spend his time at Duke's, his favorite dive bar.  Pair that with Frasier and Niles trying to weasel their way into elite social circles while still acting like buffoons puts them in everyday familiar sitcom family territory, in my opinion.  

Frasier may not have gone all out for Thanksgiving like Roseanne did every season, but they touched on the holiday twice during eleven seasons.  Like Halloween, Thanksgiving served as more of a backdrop for each episode than the central focus.  It also took the series four years to mention the holiday and another three before mentioning it again. 

Continuing the "Holidays on Frasier" series, we'll look back and see how they briefly touched on the Thanksgiving season.  I must admit that, much like Halloween, one episode stood out to me even before considering Frasier for this year's series.  I strongly remember watching one of the two Thanksgiving episodes with my parents when it first aired.  I'm not exactly sure why; perhaps it was one of the first times I remember seeing Lilith, Frasier's ex-wife, or maybe it was another "travel" episode as the cast left Seattle and headed east for Boston.  I also can remember the roaring laughter from my entire family as Niles attempts to prepare the Thanksgiving meal.  For whatever reason, this episode is so memorable that I can still picture where I was seated in my parent's living room as we watched this episode, and I'm happy to cover it here.  

Get ready for some eloquent, upper-crust, loving family dysfunction as we look back at "Thanksgiving on Frasier!"

Halloween On Frasier

Monday, October 31, 2022

Suppose you were to watch a sitcom from the 90s that depicted a holiday, especially Halloween.  In that case, you'd likely see great, elaborate costumes on the characters as they attend heavily decorated house parties filled with Halloween spirit.  The houses would be filled with cobwebs, pumpkins, skeletons, witches, black cats, and more.  Halloween was considered a special event on those shows, and it's how I feel that Halloween should have been in real life.

Given how much we all watched television as kids, many of us collectively feel that's how it really happened anyway.  

Honestly, though, we all had homemade costumes cobbled together at nearly the last minute or the very rare store-bought outfit.  We’d collect a small amount of candy and call it a night after hitting the 15 houses on our block before returning home to watch those Halloween specials we now all cherish.  

Don’t get me wrong, I had many fun Halloweens on which I look back fondly.  Especially that one year my parents got the itch and had a Halloween party with all of the kids from school.  My Mom came up with games and activities, and Dad made this elaborate haunted house in the garage that everyone loved.  They never did that again, and in a way, that makes that one time even more special.

Sitcoms in the 80s and 90s got the holidays right, and that's why for the past two years, I've covered classic sitcoms and their special holiday episodes.  You can find the series on Home Improvement and Roseanne in the Collections Section whenever you want, or click HERE for HOME IMPROVEMENT or HERE for ROSEANNE

This year, I've selected another classic sitcom of the 90s that my family always enjoyed watching together:  Frasier!  


Now, I know when you think of Frasier, Halloween doesn't immediately come to mind, especially when compared to Roseanne or Home Improvement.  However, there were a handful of memorable episodes that celebrated the season and even one that is often described as "iconic" or "classic" that makes many people's "Top 5" episode lists.

With the recent news of the Frasier "reboot" sequel series being greenlit on Paramount Plus, I thought the original series would be an excellent choice for our focus this year in the "Holidays On..." series.

Frasier was created as a spin-off of the classic sitcom Cheers, continuing the story of psychiatrist Frasier Crane, played by Kelsey Grammer.  He returns to his hometown of Seattle as a talk radio host, where he reconnects with his father (John Mahoney) and his younger brother, Niles (David Hyde Pierce).  Jane Leeves appeared as Daphne Moon, Martin's live-in caregiver, and Peri Gilpin played Frasier's friend and producer, Roz Doyle. 

Frasier aired on NBC between September 1993 to May 1994.  Originally airing after Seinfeld on Thursdays at 9:30 PM, the network showed its faith in the series by moving the show to Tuesdays to go head-to-head with rating juggernaut Roseanne.  In 1998, the show was moved back to Thursdays, taking over the timeslot at 9 PM long held by the recently concluded Seinfeld. 

The show produced 264 episodes over eleven seasons, receiving critical acclaim for its writing and humor.  The series amassed 318 nominations for a variety of industry awards, including 108 Emmy awards (with 37 wins), 24 Golden Globe Awards (with two wins), 26 Screen Actors Guild Awards (with 2 wins), 11 TCA Awards (with five wins), 9 Writers Guild of America awards (with six wins), and 9 Directors Guild of America awards (with two wins).

My Mom and Dad were big fans of Frasier, and I frequently watched along with them.  I didn't understand most of the humor as a younger kid, but I enjoyed laughing with my parents.  One episode, in particular, involved Niles pre-dialing "9-1-1" into his cellphone and was just waiting to hit send while he, Frasier, and Martin sat in their car in a sketchy neighborhood.  We were practically rolling at that scene, and it was one of several times Granny could hear us from next door.

I didn't start watching Frasier seriously until much later in life.  When The Hallmark Channel began airing Frasier later at right, for some time, it was all my wife and I watched as we headed to bed.

Frasier is often called "high brow" because its titular character frequently discusses things like wine and the opera.  Still, one just has to watch a handful of episodes to see that it contains slapstick and plenty of childish "low-brow" humor.  Much like its predecessor, Cheers, Frasier often used tongue-in-cheek humor filled with double entendres that appealed to high and low-brow audiences.  

Like in our previous look-backs at other sitcoms, not every episode at the end of October covered, or even mentioned, Halloween.  As a matter of fact, only three episodes in the eleven-season series centered around the Halloween holiday.  

Get ready because here's a quick look at those three Frasier Halloween episodes.  

Fair warning, even though it's been nearly 30 years, there are spoilers below:

10 Television Hangouts I'd Love To Visit

Monday, February 21, 2022

I grew up in what I considered to be a small town.  Or, at least it seemed like it to me back then.  I felt like I knew everyone, and most everyone knew me and my family, who had been residents in town for decades.  

In all honesty, it was more likely that I lived in a bubble like all kids do.  The world revolves around us at that age.  I will admit, however, the area has since been built up, and the number of houses has nearly doubled, but my world was admittedly much smaller than I thought back then.  

I played sports throughout my time in school and had friends in all different groups and cliques.  We never all hung out together, and it was rare that the groups would ever cross.  The lunchroom was pretty segregated by "social status" in those days.  It probably still is.  

Even outside of school, there were very few places where any particular group would cross paths with another.  Besides "the mall," where all we did was walk around to kill time, there was never really a place where everyone gathered.  We never had a place where we could say "meet you later, at..." or "see you tonight, at..."  


That's where television comes in.  

Classic sitcoms, the comfort food of television, always had great places for everyone to hang out.  All different groups of people would meet and mingle at these hotspots.  Of course, the show's main characters would become regulars who befriended the owners and staff and were often given special treatment.  Since I never had one of these places to hang out in, I was always envious of the local watering holes that television characters would drop in to hang with friends. 

With that thought in mind, I figured it would be fun to look back at ten of everyone's favorite television hangouts (in no particular order) from YesterYear!

Christmas Classics TV Schedule for 2021

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Thanksgiving is here, and as the turkey cooks in the oven, we turn toward our annual Christmas television specials! You've had the nonstop Hallmark movies for over a month now, but it's time for the yearly classics that get us all in the festive Christmas spirit!


Here is a list of what I consider the best of the best of the holiday season.  Bookmark this page so you can come back time and time again to make sure your DVR is up to date!  If you don't bookmark it, you can find it on the right side of desktop browsers and below the articles on mobile.


Obviously, this schedule is subject to change, but as of writing, here is:


The YesterYear Retro Christmas Classics TV Schedule for 2021!


Items Of Note

 

After all of the hubbub last year that "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was not on ABC for the first time in decades (it was available via Apple TV), this year, you can find the classic special on PBS on Sunday December 19, at 7:30PM ET.  


FreeForms "25 Days of Christmas" begins on December 1st!  


"The Wizard of Oz" airs on TBS on Thanksgiving Day, Nov 25 at 7:45PM and Nov 26 at 12:00PM.


"It's a Wonderful Life" airs on December 4 on NBC at 8PM and again on Christmas Eve on NBC at 8PM.


"A Christmas Story" marathon returns to both TBS *AND* TNT this year! It begins at 8 PM on TBS and 9 PM on TNT on Christmas Eve. Final showings air at 6 PM on Christmas Day on TBS and 7 PM on TNT.

Halloween on Roseanne

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

1990's Sitcom television's version of Halloween depicts how I feel Halloween should have been in real life.  Dressed up in cool costumes, the characters on the show attended heavily decorated Halloween house parties and were just so filled with Halloween spirit.  Cobwebs, pumpkins, skeletons, witches, and black cats were more than just a backdrop on our favorite sitcoms.  Halloween was *special* on those shows.  

Last year, I chronicled the holiday episodes of my family's favorite sitcom when I was growing up, "Home Improvement."  Please CLICK HERE to go back and read last year's "Halloween on Home Improvement" feature.

This year, let's cover the self-described (apologies to Elvira) "Queen of Halloween" and star of the sitcom that arguably had the most Halloween spirit, Roseanne Barr, and her show "Roseanne."


I didn't start watching "Roseanne" until I was much older, but there's no arguing that she and her show's writers took Halloween and the end-of-year holidays seriously.  

"Roseanne" was a family-oriented, yet adult-skewing, comedy that ran on ABC from 1988 to 1997 for a total of 222 episodes.  In 2016, the show was briefly revived with 9 new episodes before being canceled.  It was reborn "The Conners," without the star of the show, Roseanne.

For the uninitiated, the "Roseanne" series focused on a fictional blue-collar, working-class family in the fictional suburban town of Langford, Illinois.  The show, and its namesake star Roseanne, were heavily praised for their realistic portrayal of a working-class family in early 90s America.  Roseanne, both the series and the human being, also received immense praise and adulation for being progressive, groundbreaking, and for not being afraid to push the boundaries of social norms.

"Roseanne" was so popular it became number one in the Neilsen ratings only a few episodes into the second season.  In 2002, "Roseanne" was ranked number 35 on TV Guide's "50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time" list, and a decade later, in 2013, TV Guide ranked it 32. 

Like what we found with "Home Improvement" last year, the Halloween-themed episode tradition didn't begin until Season 2.  The focus on the holiday was stronger some years rather than others, but millions of viewers tuned in each October to see how the Conner family celebrated the spooky holiday!  Each year was filled with incredible costumes, great decorations, elaborate pranks, and the occasional classic horror film homage.

Here's a look back at the Roseanne Halloween episodes in chronological order.  Fair warning, even though it's been nearly 30 years, there are spoilers below:

SBTB: Where did Kelly and Jessie go?

Saturday, November 14, 2020

On November 25th, a new version of "Saved by the Bell" debuts on the NBC streaming service Peacock. In this new version, California Governor Zack Morris poorly plans the state budget and is forced to close many low-income high schools. The state begins relocating those students to the highest-performing schools in the state, including Bayside High. Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley, Tiffani Amber Thiessen, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and Lark Voorhies have signed on to reprise their previous roles. To coincide with the new streaming version's release, a new podcast titled "Zack to the Future," with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, debuted.  With the new show's impending debut, one can feel an overall renewed sense of enthusiasm for the original.

The original "Saved by The Bell" itself was a retooled version of a Disney Channel show "Good Morning, Miss Bliss." The initial run of "Saved by the Bell" was from August of 1989 to May of 1993, where we followed a cast of teenagers living in Pacific Palisades, California, who attended Bayside High School. The show was a lighthearted look at their life, relationships, teenage angst and occasionally touch on serious social issues as the sitcoms of its time were known to do. Drug use, drunk driving, homelessness, divorce and remarriage, death, women's rights, and more were often lightly touched upon to teach the viewing audience right from wrong.
 

When the show went off the air in 1993, it created two spin-offs: "The College Years" (93-94) and "The New Class." (93-00) During the tenure of the original show, they created a 'Made for TV' movie "Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style" in 1992, and another in 1994 to cap off "The College Years" with the television movie "Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas."
 
Like most kids of the 80s and 90s, I was a huge "Saved by the Bell" fan. I can also clearly say that like most red-blooded American males that age, my first crush was Kelly Kapowski. "Saved by the Bell" was always on channels like TBS in the mornings and after school, but as I've come to find out, many people are surprised to learn it was a Saturday morning kid's show on NBC.

Christmas Classics TV Schedule for 2020

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Haul out the holly! Put out the tree before my spirit falls again... it's time for Christmas television! Of course, you have the Hallmark and Lifetime channels with nonstop 24/7 Christmas... but what about the other Christmas classics?  


Well, here is a list of what I consider the best of the best. Obviously, this schedule is subject to change, but as of writing, here it is!


The YesterYear Retro Christmas Classics TV Schedule for 2020!


Items Of Note

 

"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" will NOT air on television this year but will be FREE on Apple TV from November 25th through November 27th. The same goes for "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which will be available FREE on Apple TV from December 11th through December 13th.


FreeForms "25 Days of Christmas" begins on December 1st!


"A White Christmas" starring Bing Crosby and Danny Faye will air late at night at 2:30 AM on AMC on the night of December 3rd or the morning of December 4th, depending on how you look at it. The actual date is December 4th at 2:30 AM.


"The Wizard of Oz" airs on TBS on Sunday, November 22nd, at 8 PM and 10 PM.


"It's a Wonderful Life" airs on Christmas Eve on NBC at 8 PM.


"A Christmas Story" marathon returns to both TBS *AND* TNT this year! It begins at 8 PM on TBS and 9 PM on TNT on Christmas Eve. Final showings air on Ch4at 6 PM on Christmas Day on TBS and 7 PM on TNT.

Halloween on Home Improvement

Monday, October 19, 2020

When I think back on my childhood, the sitcoms of the 1990s depict how I feel Halloweens should have been.  Everyone was dressed in cool Halloween costumes and attended parties with elaborately decorated houses full of cobwebs, pumpkins, skeletons, and witches.  They all played Halloween tricks on each other, and it was a laugh-a-minute.  

To be honest, though, we had homemade costumes cobbled together at the last minute with the occasionally storebought rubber mask or items like a sword or clown wig.  We'd collect a small amount of candy and call it a night after hitting the 12 houses in my neighborhood before returning home to watch those Halloween parties on television.  

When I was in the 8th grade, I realized about a year too late that I was too old to be out trick or treating.  I'll never forget the look of disgust on the faces of the adults that answered that first door as we, with no costume whatsoever, held out our pillowcases expecting candy.  That was enough for me, and I returned home and turned on my faithful Halloween sitcoms.  Slightly embarrassed, I'd rather live in TV land for awhile. 

Don't get me wrong, I had many fun Halloweens that I cherish.  Especially that one year my parents got the itch and had a Halloween party with all of the kids from school.  My Dad made this elaborate haunted house in the garage that everyone loved and made me the star at school for a few days.  They never did that again and, in a way, makes it even more special.

In the 90s, most shows celebrated Halloween in some way.  However, two shows went all out every year:  "Roseanne" and "Home Improvement."  I didn't watch Roseanne until much later, but Home Improvement was appointment television for my family each week.  


It was the one show we all watched together, and if we weren't going to be home, my Dad spent the approximately 37 minutes it took to set the VCR to record before leaving the house. My Dad is very handy, well-skilled with power tools, and always watched Bob Villa and This Old House, so naturally, he liked the show.  My parents were pretty strict about television content back then, so "Home Improvement" was wholesome family entertainment in their eyes. 

Nick at Nite's TV Land

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

By the mid-90s, Nick at Nite was reaching the height of its popularity, and its library of classic television expanded to the point where some of the older shows beloved by all were being pushed aside to make room for fresher content.  In response, executives at Nick at Nite's parent company Viacom decided to launch a 24-hour channel to air the classic programs that had grown stale on Nick at Nite.

When the new network was announced in 1995, I couldn't have been more excited.  If you've been reading my articles this week that honor the 35th Anniversary of Nick at Nite, you'll know I fell in love with classic television at a young age.  When I read there would be a new channel dedicated to 24 hours of classic TV, I was beyond elated.


Speaking of my week-long tribute to Nick at Nite, I'd like to thank you for reading YesterYear Retro this week.  I know my articles were a bit long and packed full of information, but Nick at Nite of the 90s means so much to me, and I wanted to make sure I paid my respects and did it justice.  I had to comb through hundreds of websites and old message boards to find some of the information that I provided this week, so, hopefully, someone else looking for Nick at Nite and TV Land information only has to come here to find it all.

I often consider that when TV Land shifted towards modern and original programming, it was also the beginning of the end for Nick at Nite, so it's quite fitting that TV Land bembe the subject of my final article for Nick at Nite Week on YRM.

Nick at Nite's Block Party Summer

Friday, June 26, 2020

In honor of Nick at Nite's 35th Anniversary, I wanted to be sure to include an article about my all-time favorite television event, The Nick at Nite Block Party Summer.  This programming block on Nick at Nite was arguably the network's most popular and beloved stunt in network history and hooked a lot of 90s kids on classic television.

As a kid, I had a really early bedtime.  I remember being so upset when my parents sent me to bed while it was still light outside, and my next-door neighbor, the kid who got every toy on the shelf and everything else, was still out playing.  However, during the summer, when "Lucy Tuesdays" and the rest of the Nick at Nite Block Party Summer was on, I can still remember the sheer joy of staying up late and watching the whole night's programming with Dad.  Other than times when I was sick, and my parents let me sleep on the couch in front of the tv, this was one of the few times I remember being allowed to stay up late.  And of course, it involved classic television.


Launching in 1994, the Block Party Summer ran during July and August every summer through 2000.  After 2000, it faced a few different iterations before being discarded by the network in 2006 for weekly marathons.  In what some people call the original "Netflix binge-watching," The Block Party Summer would air three-hour mini-marathons of a different sitcom every night.  Each night was given its own branding and advertising, such as "Mary Mondays" or Lucy Tuesdays."

"Hi Honey, I'm Home!"

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

One of the best qualities of Nick at Nite during the early days of the "network" was that they were willing to attempt something new and way outside the box.  In 1991, Nick at Nite tried their hand at something new that paid homage to the sitcoms of yesteryear complete with the network's own kitschy charm.  If you read my last post, which was a Look Back at 35 Years of Changes at Nick at Nite, you know that this experiment was one my family truly enjoyed.

"Hi Honey, I'm Home!" focused on a typical 1990s teenager from New Jersey named Mike Duff who discovers that his new neighbors, The Nielsens (get it?), are the same family from the old 1950s sitcom.  Having moved to New Jersey after their show was removed from syndication, The Nielsen family faces constant culture shock integrating into 1991 American suburbia.  Mike is the only one who knows the family's secret and he helps them navigate 1990s America.  Every episode included a guest appearance by a favorite classic TV character (and storyline friend of the Nielsen family,) such as Gale Gordon as Mr. Mooney or Al Lewis as Grandpa Munster.


This show was a hit with my household.  I remember my parents really enjoyed this show because it was cute, full of nostalgia for their childhood favorites, and was family-friendly so even my brother and I could watch it.  In 1991, I would have been about 7 years old and I'm sure most of the jokes went over my head, but, I had been watching Nick at Nite with my Dad enough to get most of the references to the classic sitcoms.

A Look at 35 Years of Nick At Nite

Monday, June 22, 2020

This coming week Nick at Nite will celebrate it's 35th Anniversary as family-friendly programming during the evening hours on Nickelodeon.  On July 1, 1985, it launched with only a handful of shows and a small collection of movies.  Its library may have been small when it started, but since then, the network has added a vast array of properties and has gone through many different changes.

On the 10th Anniversary in 1995, they aired one episode of every series that had ever aired on the network over the past 10 years.  In 2005, they aired a 48-hour marathon on TV Land, the spin-off sister network, to celebrate the 20-year milestone.  Other than a few on-screen graphics, the network did not honor its 30th Anniversary in 2015.


It does not appear they plan on doing anything for the 35th this year.  So since Nick at Nite won't, I intend to mark the 35th Anniversary with a week-long retrospective of the first network for retro television here on YesterYear Retro Memories!

Many viewers have since grown disenfranchised with Nick at Nite, myself included, but there was a time for many of us that it was the only home for nostalgic television classics.

My Top 5 New Year's Honeymooners Marathon Episodes

Friday, December 27, 2019

With Christmas now in the rear view, it's time to look ahead to the next holiday... New Year's Eve!  Not quite the barn burner in my house, it's often a quiet night my wife and I look forward to eating Chinese take out and watching marathons on TV... and often going to bed at about 12:05AM.

One such marathon here in New York is the Jackie Gleason classic "The Honeymooners" on famed New York network WPIX (Channel 11).



WPIX will routinely air episodes late at night that I'll catch if I happen to be awake at 2 or 3 in the morning.  Sometimes they will also air mini-marathons on other holidays such as Thanksgiving.  However, as my wife said this past Thanksgiving... "The Honeymooners is for New Years."