Thanksgiving Traditions: Television

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While it might be the lesser of the Snoopy holiday special trifecta, I do enjoy A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  The highlight of the show is of course, Woodstock.  If you are anything like me, you now have the Little Birdie song stuck in your head.  You’re welcome.

It seems that every sitcom has a Thanksgiving episode.  Although I appreciate the effort of the writers, most of the antics are not memorable, with the exception of WKRP.  I know I’ve mentioned it time and again, but the Turkeys Away episode is such great comedy, that it bears repeating and rewatching.

But of course, my favorite holiday television tradition no longer takes place.  Back in 1991, I crawled into bed one Thanksgiving evening and switched on Comedy Central.  There was a weird movie on and I saw three shadows in one of the corners.  Intrigued by their sarcastic comments, I watched a movie so bad I cannot remember what it was, but I remember laughing and being amazed by the format of the show.

It was then that I started watching non-stop episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on every Thanksgiving.  Of course, I had to stop to go to dinner, but I still watched as many bad movies with snide comments as I could.  Sadly, it only lasted a few years, but I still have fond memories of watching those bad movies with my family.  There were even a few when my dad said, “I saw that in the theater!”

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