Today's Special (1981–1987)

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The night staff of a major department store explore topics for young viewers.

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Series cast summary:
Jeff Hyslop ...
 Jeff (54 episodes, 1981-1987)
Nerene Virgin ...
 Jodie (54 episodes, 1981-1987)
Bob Dermer ...
 Sam / ... (54 episodes, 1981-1987)
Nina Keogh ...
 Muffy / ... (54 episodes, 1981-1987)


Each night in a major city, Sam the Security Guard locks the closed department store and joins Jodie in the Children's department as she brings a special mannequin with her even as she prepares to work on a display for the next day. With some magic words, the magic hat it wears brings it to life and becomes Jeff. Together with Muffy the Mouse, this gang learn about various things to teach younger viewer, both by the themselves and with visitors to the store. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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Hocus Pocus Alama Gocus!!
22 June 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Today's Special was a childhood favourite of mine. The show took place late at night in a Simpsons Sears store. Run by a puppet night watch man named Sam Crenshaw and his computer 'TXL', the show revolved around a mannequin named Jeff. Late at night Jeff would come to life and learn new things along with Muffy the Mouse and Toy Department Clerk Jodie. However if Jeff ever left the store, or his hat fell off, he would become a mannequin again. By placing his hat on his heat and reciting the magic words "Hocus Pocus Alama Gocus" Jeff would come back to life.

Like most children's shows, you learn along with the show. Each episode of Today's Special had Today's Special.. a word that would be featured in the episode that you would learn about. If I remember correctly, the woman that played Jodie went on to become a news anchor for CBS and CBC news.

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