Tom Hanks vs. the Fonz: 35-plus Oscar nominees in weird TV guest spots 

1. Amy Adams, Smallville (2001)
Even the best actors have to start somewhere. Before the advent of television, movie stars would get their big breaks in bit parts on the big screen or in the chorus of some Broadway show or another. But since the tube has invaded America’s living rooms, most actors get some of their…

“Boy, now I know how the pilgrims felt”: 20 impromptu TV Thanksgivings

1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
“This is not unlike another famous Thanksgiving episode,” Linus Van Pelt says near the end of 1973’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. The blanket-toting philosopher of the Peanuts set is trying to draw parallels between a disastrous holiday meal—which Peppermint Patty noisily interrupts…