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The Earth Day Special

The Earth Day Special is a television special revolving around Earth Day that aired on ABC on April 22, 1990. Sponsored by Time Warner, the two-hour special featured an ensemble cast addressing concerns about global warming, deforestation, and other environmental ills.

The Earth Day Special
Written by Armyan Bernstein
Richard Baskin
Various Writers
Directed by Dwight Hemion
James Burrows (Cheers segment)
Gerry Cohen (Married... with Children segment)
Ted Haimes (World of the Future segment)
Jim Henson (Kermit the Frog segment)
Terry Hughes (The Golden Girls segment)
Terry Lennon (Bugs Bunny segment)
Jay Sandrich (The Cosby Show segment)
Dick Schneider (Jeopardy segment)
Dave Wilson (Weekend Update segment)
Starring Bette Middler
Danny DeVito
Rhea Perlman
Voices of Jeff Bergman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Armyan Bernstein
Richard Baskin
Lorne Michaels
Paul Junger Witt
Running time 120 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Television
Original network ABC
Original release April 22, 1990

Several cut-aways are made to famous fictional characters watching events unfold, and discussing what can be done to save the planet.



The episodic narrative, consisting of several individual skits threaded together, focused on an ailing Mother Earth (Bette Midler), who falls from the sky and faints, and is rushed to the hospital where she is attended to by Doogie Howser (Neil Patrick Harris[1]) and two other doctors (James Brolin and Dana Delany). This special is watched by a married couple named Vic (Danny DeVito) and Paula (Rhea Perlman).


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  1. ^ A Matter of Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Lexicon Page 125
  2. ^ A Matter of Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Lexicon Page 300
  3. ^ YouTube clip of Wastebusters

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