Happy Festivus to one and all!
The "holiday," which emerged from the "Seinfeld" episode "The Strike," turns 11 today. It's highlighted by the used of a metal pole rather than a Christmas tree, the airing of grievances and the feats of strengths.
Frank Costanza (Jerry Stiller) created the holiday as a means of combatting the commercialism of the holiday season, after he got into a fight with another customer over the last doll in the store for his son George. As he rained down blows upon the other man, Frank thought to himself that there has to be a better way. Thus, a Festivus for the rest of us was born.
Festivus has grown into an actual holiday as people celebrate the "Seinfeld" episode in classic style. I myself have been to Festivus gatherings and aired a grievance or two. (Not so much with the feats of strength.)
It occurs to me that Festivus is kind of the perfect holiday for America right now, in a sad sort of way. The stark pole is sort of the perfect symbol for the holiday season right now, as fewer Americans are out shopping because of the state of the economy. And maybe, Festivus has the right idea of putting our priorities in order.
The episode can be seen at noon today on WMGT.
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: Tonight's best bet is easily "Leverage" (TNT, 10 p.m.), the stylish new series on TNT about a group of con artists and thieves who steal from the corrupt in defense of the little guy.
Less of a pick is "Rediscovered" (ABC, 9 p.m.), in which five former child stars are given a chance to perform again. Oy.
"Law & Order" (NBC, 8 p.m.) has a new episode at this special time.
Finally, you may need to check out "Frontline" (PBS, 10 p.m.), which examines the question "Can You Afford To Retire?"