Saturday, November 23, 2013

What was on TV November 18th through 24th, 1979

Continuing my TV Guide marathon...  Wait a minute. This isn't TV Guide, but rather a knock-off from the local St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  These came in the weekend edition and just recently (a couple years ago) ceased publication.  One difference with Television Magazine versus TV Guide is Television Magazine began its schedule on Sunday's programming.  Anyway, here's Television Magazine from November 18th through 24th, 1979 with a cover graced by Big Bird.

I'll buy 3 of the lads as their counterparts, but the guy playing Paul?  Yeesh!

Buy a quarter of a cow, get a free turkey?  I've heard of Turducken before, but Turkcow?

The Television Magazine had it's own letters column for pleased and disgruntled viewers.  One mentions "The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan", a made-for-tv time travel movie starring Lindsay Wagner and Marc "Beastmaster" Singer.  It had made its debut on October 31st.  I recall watching it when it was on TV and enjoying it.  Of course, as I've said before, I'm a sucker for time travel movies.

Without much fanfare, "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" was shown at 7:00.

The Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday were some of the most awaited television viewing of my year.   Two days off of school and all the TV and turkey you could stomach. It began with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade (and flipping over during the boring parts to The All-American Thanksgiving Day parade).  This was also the first time you would start seeing Christmas commercials, as if I needed any further reminder that Christmas was just around the corner.  I was never a sports fan, so the afternoon football games didn't interest me, but the one-off, poorly-animated holiday specials such "The Thanksgiving that Almost Wasn't" did.  There was also usually one of those "Benji and Waldo" cartoons like "Christmas Is..." These specials starred a young boy Benji and his sheepdog Waldo.  I couldn't find much information on them, but I think they were produced by the Church of Latter Day Saints.  Anyway, without further ado, the entire Thursday and Friday lineup:

The Friday after Thanksgiving was usually a lesser version with some more animated shows you never saw any other time of the year like "Famous Classic Tales" as well as "Afternoon Playhouse".

Odd that 'Salem's Lot premiered after Halloween.  Raise your hands: How many of you were afraid to go to bed after seeing that kid scratching on the outside of Lance Kerwin's bedroom.  Dang!

Larry Lampert was a local auto parts store magnate, known for his "What's the Story, Larry?" and "You Want It?  I Got It!!" taglines.

They say the adult movie industry is what financed the development of VHS and Betamax.  Given the ad below, it's hard to argue.  Remember, they're for "sophisticated" adults only.  No riff-raff.

Given the prices of that player below, they were anxious for their adult entertainment.  $1,300 is the equivalent of $4,400 in 2013 dollars.


  1. Interesting peek into the past. I wouldn't have liked this guide. If you look at the first listings page you post, after the Beatles pic, it is quite sparse in showing what is on, except for the religious programming. Gotta alert all to all of those shows! Bah.

    1. Yeah, this was definitely the poor man's TV Guide. But don't distress, I have this week's TV Guide for 1981 and will be posting soon.


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