I did this last year and people seemed to like it, so I’m doing it again. For the next month or so, I’ll be reviewing Christmas specials of days gone by, including some Very Special Christmas Episodes and Christmas movies. If you have any suggestions of beloved holiday classics you want to see me eviscerate lovingly scold, please feel free to leave them in the comments.
We’ll start off this festive season by getting obscure. Real obscure. So obscure, in fact, that even I have no memories of this special, and I’m a guy who remembers Hi, Honey, I’m Home.
Back in the 80s, NBC had a serious TV line up. It had Cosby. It had Cheers. It had LA Law and Silver Spoons. It had Knight Rider. And oh did it ever like to strut its stuff (peacock-like, of course) by presenting its galaxy of stars in a series of Special Presentations.
Yes. Let’s all be there. NBC was the cock of the walk in those days. Strut strut strut. Case in point: Andy Williams and the NBC Kids Search for Santa. Oh yes, we’re very obscure today, folks.
I don’t think this is the complete special. If anyone has it, or has access to it, then God yes I want to see it. Especially if there’s more crazy shenanigans from the NBC kids. Oh, those crazy NBC kids. Always getting into trouble with their DUIs and breast reductions and such.
This is, of course, before all that. This is from 1985, a simpler time, a time when you could play on the audiences nostalgia of an even simpler time by dragging out friendly Andy Williams and his friendly sweaters and having him sing to a gaggle of adorable anklebiters. Especially if the adorable anklebiters are, in this case, highly paid tele-brats.
Witness the magic for yourself below the cut.