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  1. A Chipmunk Christmas

    A Chipmunk Christmas (1981)


    A Chipmunk Christmas is an animated christmas television special based on characters from Alvin and the Chipmunks. It aired on the NBC television network in 1981, nine years after the death of Alvin and the Chipmunks creator Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. (also known as David Seville). This was the first time that Alvin, Simon and David Seville were voiced by Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and the first time that Theodore was voiced by Janice Karman.

  2. A Garfield Christmas Special

    A Garfield Christmas Special (1987)


    A Garfield Christmas is a 1987 American animated television special based on the Garfield comic strip. It once again featured Lorenzo Music as the voice of Garfield. The special was first broadcast December 21, 1987 on CBS and was rebroadcast on CBS every year thereafter until 2000. It was only recently rebroadcast again in 2008 on ABC Family. It has been released on both VHS and DVD home video.

  3. ABC 2000: The Millennium

    ABC 2000: The Millennium (1999)


    Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve is an annual television special that airs every New Year's Eve on ABC. The special broadcasts from New York City's Times Square, and prominently features coverage of its annual ball drop event, along with live and pre-recorded musical performances by popular acts from Times Square and Hollywood, respectively.

  4. Alien Planet

    Alien Planet (2005)


    Alien Planet is a 94-minute docufiction, originally airing on the Discovery Channel, about two internationally built robot probes searching for alien life on the fictional planet Darwin IV. It was based on the book Expedition, by sci-fi/fantasy artist and writer Wayne Douglas Barlowe, who was also executive producer on the special. It premiered on May 14, 2005.

  5. An Evening with Fred Astaire

    An Evening with Fred Astaire (1958)


    An Evening with Fred Astaire is a one-hour live television special starring Fred Astaire, broadcast on NBC on October 17, 1958. It was highly successful, winning nine Emmy awards and spawning three further specials, and technically innovative, as it was one of the first major television shows to be recorded on color videotape. It was produced at NBC's Color City studios in Burbank, California.

  6. Back In Town

    Back In Town (1996)


    Back in Town is George Carlin's ninth HBO special. It was also released on CD on September 17, 1996. This was also his first of many performances at the Beacon Theater in New York City.

  7. Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia

    Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia (1984)


    Backwards: The Riddle Of Dyslexia is a 1984 ABC Afterschool Special about dyslexia. It stars 13 year old River Phoenix in "one of his first major roles" as Brian Ellsworth. Joaquin Phoenix (then Leaf Phoenix) also stars as his younger brother Robby. According to allmovie, Brian Ellsworth is a junior high student "who has a habit of writing his words -- and the letters -- backwards. Brian's friends think he's kidding, his teachers think he's lazy, and his parents think he's slow. In truth, Brian suffers from dyslexia."

  8. Barbie and the Rockers: Out of This World

    Barbie and the Rockers: Out of This World (1987)


    Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World is a 1987 TV special created by DIC Entertainment with Saban Productions featuring popular Mattel character Barbie. The story was based upon the Barbie and the Rockers line of dolls, which featured Barbie as the leader of a rock band. The special originally aired in syndication as a two-part TV "mini-series" with each installment lasting approximately 25 minutes; part two was entitled "Barbie and The Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth". This miniseries was supposed to have been the pilot for a Monday-Friday Barbie cartoon series. Unfortunately, negotiations between DIC and Mattel fell through, and the project eventually emerged with a whole new set of characters — and the sponsorship of Mattel rival Hasbro — as Maxie's World in 1988. The story was based on the Barbie and the Rockers doll line in which Barbie is the lead singer of a rock band. The two-part special was later released on video as a single movie by Hi-Tops Video.

  9. Battle of the Network Stars

    Battle of the Network Stars (1976)


    Battle of the Network Stars was a series of competitions where television stars from ABC, CBS, and NBC would compete in various sporting events. A total of nineteen of these competitions were held, all of which were aired by ABC.

  10. Bigger & Blacker

    Bigger & Blacker (2006)


    Bigger & Blacker is an album by Chris Rock, originally released on July 13, 1999, on the Dreamworks label. The album features live stand-up comedy tracks recorded for an HBO special at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and studio-recorded comic sketches, featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard, Biz Markie, Gerald Levert, Ali LeRoi, Wanda Sykes, Kaz Silver, Horatio Sanz, Ice Cube, Kali Londono, Kate Wright, and Nneka Kai Morton. The HBO special premiered on July 10, 1999 and directed by Keith Truesdell. Slick Rick opened for Rock with 'The Show'.

  11. Bill Maher: The Decider

    Bill Maher: The Decider (2007)


    Bill Maher: The Decider is Bill Maher's eighth HBO stand-up comedy special. It was filmed on 21 July 2007 at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

  12. Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue

    Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (1990)


    Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue is a 1990 American animated drug prevention television special starring many of the popular cartoon characters from American weekday, Sunday morning, and Saturday morning television at the time of this film's release. Financed by McDonald's and Ronald McDonald Children's Charities, the special was originally simulcast on April 21, 1990 on all four major American television networks (by supporting their Saturday morning characters): ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS, and most independent stations, as well as various cable networks. McDonald's also distributed a VHS home video edition of the special, produced by Buena Vista Home Video, which opened with an introduction from President George H. W. Bush, and First Lady Barbara Bush. The show was produced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation and Southern Star Productions, and was animated overseas by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd.. The musical number "Wonderful Ways to Say No" was written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who also wrote the songs for Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.

  13. Chanukah

    Chanukah (1996)


    "A Rugrats Chanukah", titled onscreen as "Chanukah" and sometimes called the "Rugrats Chanukah Special", is a special episode of Nickelodeon's animated television series Rugrats. The first episode of the show's fourth season and the sixty-sixth overall, it tells the story of the Jewish holiday Chanukah through the eyes of the Rugrats, who imagine themselves as the main characters. Meanwhile, Grandpa Boris and his long-time rival, Sholomo, feud over who will play the lead in the local synagogue's Chanukah play.

  14. Cher... Special

    Cher... Special (1978)


    Cher... Special was a one-off television special from American singer/actress Cher that aired on ABC on April 3, 1978 at 9:00 pm ET/PT and was recorded at ABC Studios. Cher ... Special was a ratings success for ABC and it was ranked among the Top 10 most watched programs of the week. In the Fall of 1978, it was honored with a technical Emmy Award for "Best Achievement in Lighting Direction". It also received an Emmy nomination for "Best Art Direction for a Comedy-Variety or Musical Special" and Dolly Parton was also nominated for an Emmy in the category of "Best Supporting Actress in a Variety or Musical Special".

  15. Chris Rock: Bring the Pain

    Chris Rock: Bring the Pain (1996)


    Chris Rock: Bring the Pain is a 1996 HBO television special starring comedian Chris Rock. This was Rock's second special for the network following 1994's Big Ass Jokes. Although Rock was already a well-known comedian, Bring the Pain made him one of the most popular comedians in the United States.

  16. Classical Baby

    Classical Baby (2005)


    Classical Baby is the name of an HBO television series touted as a show for parents to watch with their babies. The show features pieces of classical music played while images of clowns, animals, and works of art are shown.

  17. Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary

    Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary (2003)


    The Comedy Central Roasts are a series of celebrity roast specials which air on the Comedy Central cable network.

  18. Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth

    Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth (2004)


    Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth is a 2004 television special starring stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle. The performance was recorded at The Fillmore in San Francisco, California in June 2004, and it premiered on September 4 later that year on Showtime. The special earned two Emmy nominations. The DVD was released on August 16, 2005.

  19. Donald Duck's 50th Birthday

    Donald Duck's 50th Birthday (1984)


    Donald Duck's 50th Birthday is the 1984 television special broadcast on The Magical World of Disney on November 13, 1984 on CBS. As the title suggests, it was produced for the 50th anniversary of the Donald Duck character. Donald is shown in both animated and costumed form, interacting with emcee Dick Van Dyke and other cast members. The film not only shows Donald's life, but also depicts an extensive international tour that Donald went on in 1984 as well as showing various celebrities of the day wishing Donald happy birthday. The tour culminates in a parade in Donald's honor at Disneyland. It was rebroadcast on Disney Channel Europe on November 13, 2004 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the special plus at the end of the special, it has the sign: "Walt Disney 1901-1966 Clarence Nash 1904-1985".

  20. Dunces and Dragons

    Dunces and Dragons (2006)


    "Dunces and Dragons", also known as "Lost in Time", is the sixth episode of the fourth season and the 66th overall episode of the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. It was written by Zeus Cervas, Erik Wiese and Tim Hill, with Alan Smart and Tom Yasumi serving as animation directors. Cervas and Wiese also functioned as storyboard directors. The episode originally aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on February 20, 2006 as a half-hour special.

  21. Eddie Murphy Delirious

    Eddie Murphy Delirious (1983)


    Delirious is a stand-up comedy television special starring Eddie Murphy. The 70-minute show, released in 1983, showcases his most racy material. The word "fuck" is used a total of 230 times, and "shit" is used 171 times. It was recorded on August 17, 1983 at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.. It was a big success and was followed-up with the concert film Eddie Murphy Raw. The Bus Boys perform in the beginning of the concert and are referenced throughout by Murphy.

  22. Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now

    Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now (2003)


    Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now is a stand-up comedy routine that was shown on HBO. This was Ellen DeGeneres's second HBO special. This hour-long special focused on everyday situations, as Degeneres put it: modern life and other inconveniences. It was filmed at the Beacon Theater on Broadway in New York City, New York. The show first aired on June 28th, 2003.

  23. Elvira's Halloween Special

    Elvira's Halloween Special (1986)


  24. Elvis

    Elvis (1968)


    Elvis, starring Elvis Presley, is United States television special that aired on December 3, 1968 on the NBC television network. The special is commonly referred to as the '68 Comeback Special, because of subsequent developments in Presley's career, but the soundtrack album was released simply as NBC-TV Special. It was directed by Steve Binder and produced by Binder and Bones Howe.

  25. Eugene Pack

    Eugene Pack

    American, Writer

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