I have watched a lot of TV over the years and had you asked me if I was familiar with most Holiday Specials, I would always say yes with a certain amount of confidence. Now that I have picked up, “The Christmas TV Companion: a Guide to Cult Classics, Strange Specials and Outrageous Oddities”, I realized just how much I was missing. The book is a veritable treasure trove of TV’s best and worst Christmas specials, from the traditional to the bizarre. Whatever your tastes, the Companion has you covered.
Interested in the 3 famous Dragnet Christmas episodes? The Companion has you covered. Invader Zim? You better believe it. How about the Star Wars Holiday Special? How about 5 pages of coverage with a great photo of Bea Arthur and Harvey Korman in full wardrobe included. All of these shows and their stars are conveniently indexed, putting those holiday special answers you need right at your fingertips.
Although I find the book a very useful reference guide. It is filled with enough fun facts and brain rattling memories that it makes for a solid cover to cover read that will put you in the right holiday frame of mind. I picked it up and could not put it down until I was finished. My only complaint is that I wanted even more, but I guess that’s why they make sequels. I am talking to you “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year.”
You can also break out the hot chocolate, the holiday DVD collection and fire up YouTube and follow some of their holiday movie marathon suggestions. I suggest something from the SF X-mas section to start with.
The genius of the “The Christmas TV Companion” is that even if you you love “Oh Tannerbaum” or have no idea what it is, you will find enough information for the novice and the “expert”. So why not order a copy for yourself or as a stocking stuffer for a friend.
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