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The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Specials

Christmas TV specials, limited series and movies are bigger than ever these days from now until the New Year, you’ll be able to find some festive yule-tide programming every night of the week. From the traditional viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, the different versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to baking shows and live music specials, we’ve got them all listed on the new Christmas TV Specials page. (Since not all of the networks list their specials early, this list will be updated throughout the coming weeks, so check back often for new additions!)

When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

 VALENTINE'S DAY 

You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus and Sally
Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe t-shirt-wearing Linus.

I Dream of Jeannie
Tony and Jeannie Nelson
The astronaut Captain Tony Nelson met Jeannie on a deserted island in the South Pacific on September 18, 1965 in the premiere episode of I Dream of Jeannie. Nelson’s one-man Stardus One space capsule landed far from the planned recovery site where he found a strange bottle. He opened the bottle releasing a genie who had been trapped inside for 2,000 years. At first, the two could not communicate until he wished that they could. Unbeknownst to Tony, Jeannie rolled her bottle into his duffle bag and “followed” him home. At the time, Tony was engaged to his commanding general’s daughter, Melissa Stone, but the two broke up.




The Munsters
Herman and Lily Munster
Herman Munster was born/created in Germany in 1815 at the University of Heidelberg by Dr. Victor Frankenstein but he wasn’t completed until 1850. He later moved to England where he was adopted by the Munsters of Munster Hall. Lily was born in 1827 to Count Vladimir Dracula (aka Grandpa on the TV series) and his 166th wife. She lived with her father in Transylvania before meeting Herman. Herman and Lily were married in 1865 and moved to America in the mid-1940’s where Herman joined the Army to fight in World War II before settling down in their home on 1313 Mockingbird lane.

Ricky and Lucy Ricardo
Lucy McGillicuddy was raised in Jamestown, New York in 1921. When Lucy was 22, she met Ricky Ricardo while on a blind date set up by her friend Marion Strong. The two fell in love and got married at the Byram River Beagle Club in Connecticut. They moved to their brownstone apartment in New York in the early 1940’s. It was there they met and became best friends with their landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz, another pair of (sometimes) love birds.

Rob and Laura Petrie
Robert Simpson Petrie was born in Danville, Illinois (along with this brother Stacey) and served in the military at Camp Crowder, Missouri as a Special Services Sergeant. It was there that met his future wife, Laura Meehan, a United Service Organizations dancer. After a number of odd jobs, Rob was hired to write comedy for the TV program, The Allan Brady Show and Laura became a stay-at-home mom to their son, Ritchie “Rosebud” Petrie. The family live in New Rochelle, New York.

Fred and Wilma Flintstone
Fred Flintstone and his good friend Barney Rubble once worked at a resort where the two met their future wives, Wilma Slaghoople and Betty McBricker, who worked as cigarette girls/waitresses. The two couples married and live next door to each other in the town of Bedrock. Fred and Barney work as bronto-crane operators at the Slate Rock and Gravel Company while the women are stay-at-homes moms (who don’t mind trying out a few new careers every now and then) to the children Pebbles Flintstone and Bam-Bam Rubble.

Chachi and Joanie Arcola
Joanie Cunningham grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In about 1960, she met Charles “Chachi” Arcola, the younger cousin of Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli, a boarder who lived in the upstairs apartment of the Cunningham home. About two years later they had their first date at Arnold’s Drive-In, which unfortunately included a fire in the restaurant. Soon, the two were dating regularly becoming budding musicians. The two ran off to Chicago to see if they could make a go of their new band but the two came back to Milwaukee to get married in 1965.

Greg and Dharma Montgomery
Dharma Finkelstein, a free-spirited yoga instructor and dog walker and Greg Montgomery, an uptight lawyer couldn’t have been more opposite when they first met in 1997. Dharma’s “hippie” parents and Greg’s cold and conservative parents shaped a lot of who these two were. Even so, the two fell head-over-heels in love on the first date which ended with them getting married to create their own dysfunctional family.


Mike and Frankie Heck
When Mike met Frankie, he was quickly interested but she was not and even lied to him about what her real name was in hopes of avoiding him. The first date must not have gone that well because Mike says that the only reason he asked her out for a second date was because she said that she liked the movie, Reservoir Dogs, his favorite movie. Today they have three kids (Axl, Sue and Brick) and live in Orson, Indiana.


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