Monday, November 7, 2016

A Healthy Serving of the Best '80s Thanksgiving Specials and Videos!

We've made it through Halloween which means Thanksgiving is approaching! This is one of my favorite holidays and remember anxiously awaiting the arrival of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving to network television. Thanksgiving had a few popular specials including the aforementioned staple and of course, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Another Thanksgiving tradition I remember is watching Laurel and Hardy in March of the Wooden Soldiers on WPIX. Even though many seem to skip Thanksgiving to prep for Christmas, the holiday still became a wonderful bridge between the Halloween and Christmas holidays for me as a kid..

I've taken the liberty to compile many TV specials and moments from the '80s for us to be thankful for! Below you'll find a playlist of '80s Thanksgiving Specials, TV Episodes, Parades & Commercials that I've pulled together on YouTube. I also found Garfield's Thanksgiving Special on DailyMotion in two parts embedded below. You'll also find animated TV episodes including Q*Bert from Saturday Supercade, Care Bears, and The Berenstain Bears. Sitcom episodes include Small Wonder, Mr. Belvedere, Newhart, Diff'rent Strokes, and more. You'll also find footage from several Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parades and classic commercials.


Like Halloween, Garfield had his own Thanksgiving Special in 1989. Music legend Lou Rawls contributed to the special by performing the song "Make Thanksgiving One Whole Meal."