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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Joanie Loves Chachie Christmas (1982)

Remember the theme song? "You Look At Me."

I recently reviewed writer/producer/director Garry Marshall's new book My Happy Days in HollywoodClick HERE to see that review again.  His reminiscences on his work in television sent me to seek out Christmas episodes from some of his past series.  Many of these Christmas episodes are some of my personal favorites--episodes I love to watch over and over again. So far, I've recounted Christmas episodes from The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy.  Click those titles for the link to return to those posts.  Though Marshall didn't have much to say in his book about the spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachie, this series did produce a Christmas episode.  The 1982 holiday episode is entitled "Christmas Show."

Joanie (Erin Moran) and Chachie (Scot Baio) were characters originally created for Happy Days.

On Christmas Eve, Al closes the restaurant so the family can be home together quietly celebrating the holiday. But Uncle Rico lavishes the young band members with expensive gifts and has booked the band to perform on a Christmas radio broadcast.  On the road to the radio station, the van gets stuck in deep snow preventing both Al and Rico from having that ideal Christmas they wanted--or so they think.  

No summary could ever replace the experience of watching it yourself.  How long has it been since you've seen this one?  Check it out:


  1. Been way to long! I was a big fan of this back in the day. Remember listing it as my favorite tv show on a school project! :)

  2. I have this on a DVD-R in the hour block it aired along with "Christmas in Pacland" which is a pretty odd pairing, but fun to watch every December.