On this episode of the official holiday podcast for people who organize meetings with 3 different versions of themselves, all of whom are action heroes, we’re skating on thin ice back to 1993 for a very educational trip to Bluffington to rewatch “Doug’s Christmas Story.”
Admittedly not a very festive episode late in the first official Nicktoon’s run on Nickelodeon, at one point I forgot this was a Christmas episode I was watching for my podcast.
On This Episode:
- Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), bitter ousted politician with a microphone and a self-help line.
- Greg Stevens (@pop_arena), weaponized dessert maker and creator of YouTube’s Pop Arena, home to Nick Knacks, a show-by-show history of Nickelodeon; plus reviews of Animorphs, Goosebumps, and Doctor Who books.
Topics and Tangents:
- Disney’s Doug was OK, y’all.
- “Doug” creator Jim Jinkins worked on Nickelodeon’s first show, “Pinwheel.”
- Early versions of Doug appeared on a bumper for USA Network and a PSA for Florida Grapefruit Juice. (Bonus: The grapefruit juice one features Lorenzo Music, the voice of Garfield.)
- The ol’ Danger: Thin Ice trope, the Chekhov’s gun of frozen ponds.
- Doug’s usual antagonist, Roger Klotz, is completely absent from this episode.
- Alice Playten (Beebe) was in the 1975 Maurice Sendak TV special, “Really Rosie” as Alligator.
- Constance Shulman (Patti) in a scene from “Weekend at Bernie’s II.” She’s also Yoga Jones from “Orange Is the New Black.”
- Every car in Bluffington looks like Homer Simpson designed it.
- Greg Lee from “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” voices recently ousted former mayor Bob White, and boy, am I glad we recorded this after election week.
- “The Phred on Your Head Show,” in example.
- Mr. Dink’s last name is apparently an acronym for “Double Income, No Kids,” a joke that went over every 11-year-old’s head.
- How much of what we see is what really happened, and how much is Doug embellishing in his journal?
- The first and only time Doug’s imaginary alter-egos Race Canyon, Quailman, and Smash Adams appeared on screen at the same time.
- Don’t wrap pets in boxes!
- Why have we been following Doug’s boring, normal kid adventures, when Porkchop’s apparently offscreen building houses and helping car crash victims walk again?
- The topper on the Funnies’ Christmas tree is Mr. Dink’s face.
Nick Knacks Episodes on Other Nickelodeon Shows Mentioned:
- By the Way
- Hocus Focus
- Christmas in Tattertown
- You Can’t Do That on Television
- Belle and Sebastian
- A Rugrats Chanukah
- Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea
- Double Dare
Previous Podcast Episodes Mentioned:
- A Rugrats Chanukah (Season 1, Episode 6)
- Christmas in Tattertown (Season 3, Episode 10)
- Deck the Halls With Wacky Walls (Season 4, Episode 5)
- SequelQuest, exploring the unexplored possibilities hidden within our favorite film franchises.
- TGI Podcast, covering the best holiday episodes of TGIF classics.
“Doug” and “Doug’s Christmas Story” © 1993 Jumbo Pictures, Inc.
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