CHRISTMAS CAROL-A-THON 2015 CONTINUES: VARIATIONS

Balladeer’s Blog continues its annual look at various versions of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol! This particular item will examine episodes of television shows where the Carol was adapted to incorporate the program’s regular cast of characters.

wkrpWKRP IN CINCINNATI

Episode Title: Bah, Humbug

Original Broadcast Date: December 20th, 1980

Comment: Mr Carlson (Gordon Jump), the station owner, is the Scrooge stand-in in this fairly good sitcom version of the Carol.

Eating some of DJ Johnny Fever’s drug-laced brownies Carlson dreams about visits from the Ghost of Christmas Past – sexy Jennifer (Loni Anderson), Present – black DJ Venus Flytrap (Tim Reid) and Yet to Come – Dr Johnny Fever (Howard Hesseman).    

Family TiesFAMILY TIES

Episode Title: A Keaton Christmas Carol

Original Broadcast Date: December 14th, 1983

Comment: Alex P Keaton (Michael J Fox) is his usual money- loving, selfish jerk of a character. Needless to say he is the Scrooge surrogate here.

He had no business partner so the story jumps straight to visits from the Ghost of Christmas Past – Jennifer (Tina Yothers), no ghost for the present and then Yet to Come – Mallory (Justine Bateman). 

Especially funny are the gifts Alex finds during his Christmas morning conversion. Finding only a convenience store open he buys his family members coffee, TV Guide, batteries and beef jerky.  

The Odd Couple Jack Klugman (left) and Tony RandallTHE ODD COUPLE

Episode Title: Scrooge Gets an Oscar

Original Broadcast Date: December 17th, 1970

Comment: Perpetually grouchy Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman) refuses to portray Ebenezer Scrooge in a stage production being put on by his roommate Felix Unger (Tony Randall).

After chowing down on his usual spicy and bizarre combinations of food Oscar dreams that he gets visited by Felix as a Christmas Ghost. This is the only ghost who appears and he shuffles Oscar through the usual visions of his past, present and future. 

Famous Teddy ZTHE FAMOUS TEDDY Z

Episode Title: Season’s Greetings from Al Floss

Original Broadcast Date: December 11th, 1989 

Comment: The Famous Teddy Z was a cult sitcom that still has its champions who insist it was one of the greatest shows to only last 20 episodes.

Teddy Z (Jon Cryer of all people) and his co-worker Laurie (Jane Sibbett) are ordered to work on Christmas Day just to wait for something to be delivered. Al Floss (THE Alex Rocco), their grumpy boss, gets visited that night by the ghost of his dead partner Maury Chekoff (Bill Macy). Maury warns Al that he will be visted by three ghosts and you can fill in the rest from here.        

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28 responses to “CHRISTMAS CAROL-A-THON 2015 CONTINUES: VARIATIONS

  1. I loved the WKRP one.

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