With October 31st fast approaching, television shows have been taking on Halloween themes. However, there are certain shows that always managed to strike just the right tone with their Halloween specials. Some shows airing today might want to sit up and take note.
Following, we’ll highlight three TV shows (and their TV moms) that always managed to bring a little something extra to the game for their Halloween specials.
The first show that springs most readily to mind is undoubtedly Roseanne. This was one show that relished the Halloween special – especially back in the earlier years of the sitcom that ran for nine years on ABC.
The Conner family held nothing back when it came to Halloween. In that family involvement was not voluntary, oh no, it was a mandatory family extravaganza that ultimately turned into a competition of who could pull off the best prank. Halloween for the Conner’s was essentially what April Fools Day is for everyone else.
Check out this video of some of the best Halloween pranks Roseanne had to offer.
2. The Simpsons
It was a real challenge choosing who got the #1 spot: Roseanne or The Simpsons, but when I initially posed the question, it was Roseanne that came up first.
This animated television series have run special Treehouse of Horror episodes annually since their second season in 1990. Talk about commitment. These Halloween specials with three segments tend to be more violent than a typical Simpsons episode.
The 2011 installment of the Treehouse of Horror will give nods to 127 Hours, Avatar, and Dexter, according to EW.com. Watch Treehouse of Horror XVII Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 8:00 p.m./7:00 c. on FOX.
Take a look at an exclusive clip of this latest installment on EW.com.
3. Home Improvement
The Taylor family was another that enjoyed the Halloween season, coming up with some pretty great themed episodes. Was there ever any doubt for a man like Tim ‘The Tool Man’ Taylor for whom there was nary a project that could not be made bigger, better, and more powerful?
Add those three boys to the mix and one incredible TV mom – who could hold her own in the midst of all of that testosterone – and you’ve got a perfect recipe for Halloween trickery.
You can watch the complete playlist of Home Improvement Halloween episodes via this YouTube channel.
Surely there are Halloween movies that we enjoy watching each year – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown to name one – but there are certain shows – like the three listed here – that venture outside their norm and really bring out there A game for Halloween.
Which shows do you think have done Halloween episodes best?
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