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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
Directed by Dwight Hemion, James Burrows
Starring Bette Middler
Danny DeVito
Rhea Perlman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Running time 120 minutes
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 (played by Bette Midler), who falls from the sky and faints, and is rushed to the hospital (attended by Neil Patrick Harris as Doogie Howser,[1] James Brolin, and Dana Delany). This special is watched by Vic (played by Danny DeVito) and Paula (played by 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

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