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The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

I recently had the opportunity to use my time machine to travel back in time, and have my 6 year old self liveblog the Star Wars Holiday Special as he watched it being broadcast on TV on November 17, 1978...


 

 

 

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The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - Sole Survivor (1978)

"Sole Survivor" is an interesting episode of the Hardy Boys.  It opens with Joe Hardy slipping in and out of consciousness in an ambulance after some kind of accident.  He finally wakes up in a hospital in Hong Kong, and is told that he has been in a coma for a year, and that his brother and father are dead.  Heavy stuff.  Of course, since the show wasn't retitled "The Joe Hardy Mysteries," it won't come as a surprise that all is not as it seems.  But it's still interesting to watch Joe as he reacts to his new circumstances, and then starts to unravel the mystery.

 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - The Mystery of the Silent Scream (1978)

The Hardy Boys hunt down a bomb-planting extortionist in Las Vegas, played by F Troop's Larry Storch.




The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - The Creatures Who Came on Sunday (1977)

On their way to Las Vegas, The Hardys take a detour to New Mexico where they get involved in a weird mystery involving government secrets and UFOs.



The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - Oh Say Can You Sing (1978)

In "Oh Say Can You Sing," the Hardy Boys drive their van to Spencer Valley, U.S.A., so Joe can sit in with some band and sing a couple of songs as part of Spencer Valley's Independence Day festivities. While they are there, they find themselves caught up in a mystery involving drug smuggling and attempted murder.

 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - Acapulco Spies (1977)

This episode is another international adventure for the Hardy Boys.  After receiving a mysterious phone call from their father, Fenton Hardy, the brothers fly to Acapulco to deliver him some papers, only to discover that their father has gone missing, and their own lives are being targeted by an assassin.  The adventure takes them hang gliding at the Acapulco shore, as well as sneaking around an historic abandoned prison.  Plus, they get to hook up with a couple of American tourist girls while they are at it. 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - Strange Fate of Flight 608 (1977)

Frank and Joe have to pilot a commercial airliner after the pilots are poisoned, and end up being stranded on a deserted island in the Bermuda Triangle!  This one is more of an adventure than a mystery, but it's still plenty of fun.


The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - The Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom (1977)

In "The Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom," Frank and Joe Hardy, their father Fenton Hardy, and Nancy Drew, are all attending a detectives convention in Hollywood, right next door to Universal Studios.  Things get interesting when the detectives start to be kidnapped, one by one, by a mysterious "Phantom" who lurks in the movie studio, with the remaining detectives as the prime suspects.

 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - Mystery of the African Safari (1977)

 In "Mystery of the African Safari," the Hardy Boys continue their globetrotting adventure that has so far led them from Paris, to Germany, to Transylvania, and Egypt, this time arriving in beautiful sunny Southern California... whoops, I meant Africa (or a reasonable facsimile thereof)

 

 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - The Mystery of King Tut's Tomb (1977)

In season 2 of the Hardy Boys,  Frank and Joe become globetrotters.  When we last saw the Hardy Boys, in "The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula," they were cruising around Europe in a white VW van, first in France, and then on to Germany, and finally to Transylvania.  In this week's episode, "The Mystery of King Tut's Tomb,"  The Boys have driven the van straight down to Egypt!

 

 

Saturday Morning Horror - 1966

Counting down the top 6 spooky, scary, or monster-filled cartoons that were available to kids on 1966 Saturday mornings, starting with the least scary, and working my way up to the most horrifying!

 

 

In the Flesh (2013)

I take a quick look at the BBC's zombieism-as-a-treatable-medical-condition series In the Flesh.

  

 

 

Halloween With The Addams Family (1964)

Halloween with the Addams Family takes place on Halloween, as the Addams family prepares for the holiday.  Wednesday and Pugsley get dressed up in their costumes for a night of trick-or-treating, while the rest of the family prepare punch and other party favors for any guests who may show up at their door.  They receive two guests in the form of a pair of bank robbers (one of whom is played by Don Rickles!) on the run from the police.  They think the Addams mansion will make a good place to hide out, but soon realize they've gotten more than they bargained for in the Addams's twisted house of comedic horrors.

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - The Secret of the Jade Kwan Yin (1977)

I've reached the end of season one of the Hardy Boys with this review of "The Secret of the Jade Kwan Yin."  Motorcycle chases, explosions, and Kung-fu fighting are just some of the delightful pleasures to be found in this episode.  Click the link to find out more...

 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - Wipe-Out (1977)

Shaun Cassidy sings Beach Boys songs!  Parker Stevenson surfs!  The Hardy Boys become burglars!  All this and bikini girls, too!  It's My latest Hardy Boys Review: "Wipe-Out!" 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - The Mystery of the Flying Courier (1977)

Shaun Cassidy sings one million songs (Approximately.  Actual number may vary) in this episode, and the Boys still find time to crack a mystery!  Join me as I review the Hardy Boys in "The Mystery of the Flying Courier."



The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries -The Flickering Torch Mystery (1977) 

For my fourth review of the Hardy Boys TV series, I take a look at an episode that guest stars Ricky Nelson, and has an eerie parallel to his real life death.

 

 

 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries -The Disappearing Floor (1977)

The third of my reviews of the 1970s Hardy Boys TV series is now online.  I wasn't sure how I felt about the first two episodes; they didn't seem quite as good as I remembered from when I was a kid, but this episode is my favorite so far.  Now I'm feeling pretty optimistic about the rest.

 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - The Mystery of Witches' Hollow (1977)

The Mystery of Witches' Hollow is the second Hardy Boys episode of the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries.  It involves their hunt to find a man who has gone missing in the woods.  The mystery involves a legend about a witch whose screams can be heard in the woods at night and her pet, a killer black mountain lion. 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries -The Mystery of the Haunted House (1977)

This is the first episode of the Hardy Boys Mysteries, but they don't spend any time setting up the premise.  The show begins with a spooky theme song and weird opening title montage, featuring the Hardy Boys running through a maze of their own book covers.  Then we jump right into the mystery, and along the way we learn that the Hardy Boys are Frank and Joe, the sons of Fenton Hardy, a 20 year veteran of the New York City Police Department, who now makes a living as a private detective...

 

Beavis and Butt-Head Christmas Specials


Beavis and Butt-Head had two Christmas specials.  The first was "A Very Special Christmas With Beavis and Butt-Head" and it originally aired on December 17, 1993.  It consisted entirely of Beavis and Butt-Head sitting on the couch, commenting on Christmas music videos. 

The second was "Beavis and Butt-Head Do Christmas" which originally aired December 19, 1995.  It featured two animated segments that parodied A Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life, and several short bits with Butt-Head dressed as Santa Claus (and with Beavis as a reindeer) answering Christmas letters from the show's fans.  These segments were interspersed with clips of Beavis and Butt-Head sitting on the couch watching Christmas videos that were taken from the first Christmas special. 


 

Twilight Zone: Night of the Meek

"The Night of the Meek," a Christmas episode of the Twilight Zone features this introductory narration from Rod Serling: "This is Mr. Henry Corwin, normally unemployed.  Who, once a year takes the lead role in a uniquely popular American institution, that of the department store Santa Claus, in a road show company version of "The Night Before Christmas."  But in just a moment, Mr. Henry Corwin, ersatz Santa Claus, will enter a strange kind of North Pole, which is one part the wondrous spirit of Christmas, and one part the magic that can only be found... in the TWILIGHT ZONE."



 

South Park: Woodland Critter Christmas

One of several Christmas episodes produced by South Park, "Woodland Critter Christmas" starts off like a typical children's Christmas special, before descending into twisted, satanic madness.  Two weeks after posting this, it was all ready my most read post of all time. 


 

 

 





 

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3 comments:

  1. Will there be Seasons 2 and 3 of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries to come in the near future?

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    1. I will definitely be doing them at some point. I haven't had much spare time to work on this blog, lately, but I've been itching to watch more episodes of The Hardy Boys lately... so hopefully it won't be TOO much longer.

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    2. For any Hardy Boys fans who might be reading these comments: My current plan is to start reviewing Season 2 in November, after the Countdown to Halloween is finished.

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