A WGN channel 9 Chicago show that the whole family can watch. Family Classics featured good wholesome movies. Premiered on September 14, 1962. Originally broadcast on Friday evenings with ... See full summary »
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Frazier Thomas Frazier Thomas ...  Self - Host / ... 106 episodes, 1962-2000
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A WGN channel 9 Chicago show that the whole family can watch. Family Classics featured good wholesome movies. Premiered on September 14, 1962. Originally broadcast on Friday evenings with host Frazier Thomas. Was later moved to Sunday afternoons. Frazier personally picked which movies would be shown. He also oversaw the editing of each film for the show. When Frazier suddenly passed away in 1985. Roy Leonard became the host. Family Classics had a regular run up until December 25, 2000. At that point Family Classics was no longer on the air. In 2017 Family Classics was brought back with a special Christmas time showing of Scrooge (1951) hosted by Dean Richards. Since then WGN has been having Family Classics broadcast for special occasions. Usually with Dean Richards as host, but more recently with Steve Sanders as the host. Written by Kenneth Kwilinski

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The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) was the most shown movie on Family Classics. It was shown twenty-one times during Family Classics run. Moby Dick (1956) comes in 2nd at 16 times. And Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) had 15 viewings. The Littlest Hobo (1958) was shown only four times. But remains a fan favorite. See more »

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Featured in Bozo, Gar and Ray: WGN TV Classics (2005) See more »

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Well made showcase for classic films
20 March 2004 | by matlock-6See all my reviews

Family Classics aired on WGN Chicago for many years. It was originally hosted by Frazier Thomas (who is probably best known for his children's shows and for his part on the legendary Bozo's Circus). Thomas himself chose films to air and oversaw length and content editing so that they would be appropriate for people of all ages. Movies like "Robin Hood" were very common (and Errol Flynn movies in general seemed popular with Thomas). It aired on Sunday afternoons and was great viewing, especially on rainy days when you couldn't go outside.

After Thomas suddenly passed away in 1985, local Chicago radio legend Roy Leonard assumed hosting duties, and Family Classics continued to air well into the 90s.


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