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Worst holiday TV specials of the '80s ... aka 'The Village People on Ice!'



Village PeopleThe '80s get lauded here everyday, and rightfully so. But if there's a weak spot in its armor, it's in the field of holiday TV specials. Think about it: Every great holiday TV special comes from a decade that doesn't begin with the number 8. Charlie Brown and the Grinch in the '60s. Santa Claus is Comin' to Town in the 70s. Heck, even the so-dreadful-it's-great Star Wars Christmas Special was in the late '70s. has done the work none of us would be willing to do: It has ranked the Worst Holiday TV Specials of the '80s. I can't bring myself to reveal their whole list. (Click here to see it along with video clips from each show.) But here are the top 5, along with Urlesque's observations.


5. The Adventures of Candy Claus (1987): "There's no way this special didn't disrupt the normal development of any child who was unfortunate enough to have seen it."

4. The Village People in 'Can't Stop the Christmas Music -- On Ice!' (1980): "The Village People mobilize to save Christmas after Santa Claus cops a serious hernia."

3. A Chipmunk Christmas (1981): "Maybe the sarcastic sweatshirted rodents learn the true meaning of Christmas, but does that really require a boy to die of Cholera?"

2. ALF's Christmas Special (1987): "ALF meets a girl in the hospital who is dying of cancer, and then she dies."

1. Growing Pains, 'A Christmas Story' (1985): "Merry Christmas, no one."

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