TV Dinners with Swanson – Life in America

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A look back at eating the frozen meals in metal trays, called Swanson TV Dinners.

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  1. SEAN

    We kids loved Libbyland Dinners.

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  2. Uneducated Rural Mistake

    And obesity was on its way.

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  3. Robertjshearer

    I remember these as staples in the 70s. We used to eat these on TV tray tables while watching shows like MASH and the Bionic Man. There was never enough mashed potatoes tho.

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  4. Mike Miller

    Tasted way better bak in 70s and 80s . Now can't eat em make me sick ??

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  5. STANDUP4SURVIVAL

    You youngsters are funny, well let tell you something. I remember eating these watching box trays of edibles while watching cavemen paint their cave living room walls. Now those where the good old times.

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  6. glasslinger

    Gunsmoke with a Salisbury Steak TV dinner! My childhood favorite night!

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  7. kfl611

    I love tv dinners, even though they have too much salt and fat in them. But having them occasionally won't hurt you.

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  8. Ted Greezydic

    OU, OU!
    Oncor sees you!
    OU, OU!

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  9. Bonnie Baldridge

    I LOVED those TV dinners; to me, they were a treat! Back then (late 50s early 60s) both my parents worked, so this made life easier for them, too, and yep, we ate in front of the TV.

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  10. Allan R

    Back when TV dinners actually tasted good and could be considered food. The microwave crap they have now (and for the last many years) are mostly garbage.

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  11. yuvgotubekidding

    Yes the nostalgic feeling adds to the memory of TV dinners. It was a treat to have these. But realistically sometimes they were good and sometimes they weren’t. I realize now what a huge marketing and sales push it was to moms and how corporations manipulate consumers. We bought them and ate them though and I’m glad we did. Weird isn’t it?

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  12. Wook Chang

    Fond memories of my youth.
    Thank you.

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  13. alia Perez

    The perfect solution for a working wife.

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  14. John Patterson

    Swanson dinners were serious 'livin' in the 60s and early 70s. Team that up with a great movie on non-cable TV on a Saturday night and it became magical.

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  15. Roger Roberts

    Turkey??? Okay, every reference I have come across ( not many) stated the first "TV dinner" was made up of Salisbury steak. That being invented by Dr. Salisbury, DDS during the Civil War. I do remember the steak dinners bring served on airliners back in the 1950's using the same foil trays that Swanson used for their turkey dinners.

    How about a video on Salisbury steak TV dinners?

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  16. Kelly Ehlinger

    I am so hungry for one now. Not microwaved, but in the oven like then. Remember when almost every home had a set of TV trays? My mom saved up her S&H green stamps for ours❤️

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  17. Stevioside R

    TV Dinner with the original Star Trek series night.

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  18. Betty Alford

    My parents were never home and I had to eat these,they were horrible and I hate anything frozen or out of a can now. Am I the only person who has taste buds they tasted like aluminum to me.

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  19. Polycarp Hunter

    no microwave back then. had to use the stove to cook them in.

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  20. Norm Whiffin

    Only to watch Saturday night All Star Wrestling !
    TV dinner's or frozen Pepperoni Pizza's…??

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  21. claude bujold

    dog food….

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  22. kittycat0876

    The microwave ones don’t taste as good the ones in the oven tasted great

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  23. ChannelWright

    Loved those chocolate brownies – yum!

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  24. D-MAXX

    Does "Swanson" still sell frozen dinners ?? I don't ever see that brand anymore. I see "Banquet" quite a bit, but not Swanson.

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  25. bobbbxxx

    1:50 I don't really understand why they had to put them in train cars… why not just in freezer storage?

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  26. Equality For All

    There was something magical about sitting in front of a TV and eating dinner at the same. Having 5 kids in my family, and only one couch, some of us had to sit on the floor, using the coffee table, and take turns using the TV trays at the couch.
    Growing up poor, it made me feel like we finally struck it rich. This must be how wealthy people eat.
    Watching the Carol Burnett Show, Batman, and Sonny and Cher…it was truly magical. I think we chose the dinners that had a brownie for dessert, instead of the hot sliced apples.

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  27. Kenneth Southard

    I remember pushing a tine of the fork into the tray until it scratched it and then tasting the aluminum.

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  28. Walter Fechter

    (843) Laurie Johnson – Shopping Spree (by EarpJohn) – YouTube

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  29. Walter Fechter

    "TV Dinners" — ZZ Top

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  30. Thomaso De Tinape

    Should have ZZ top song in the background…

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  31. michelle Stover

    THAT SHIT WAS LIKE EATING FUCKING CARDBOARD WE NEVER HAD AS KIDS

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  32. Neal Whaley

    I miss the foil trays. I don’t miss the cobbler dessert that often went untouched because it always tasted strange.

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  33. Moms Daily Agenda

    I remember eating tv dinners and frozen chicken pot pies

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  34. Andy Lesko

    In the 60's, the aluminum trays were like steel and the foil on top could be used by NASA to wrap the LEM!?

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  35. Chris C

    They still had these in the 80s, I remember eating them while I was a kid

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  36. Soul Fly

    damn i miss those Swanson tv dinners /// loved the enchilada trays the best ! nowadays kiddies are told what to eat /// scary

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  37. DSherman50

    To me, a kid in the 60’s, the Swanson TV dinners still taste like a home cooked meal. My favorite was the turkey dinner, but I’ve not forgotten the fried chicken, the meat loaf or the Mexican meal. We’d some times have the pot pies, turkey or beef. It really was a treat though my dad really seemed to resent my mother using them.

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  38. beegee22

    Interesting that TV dinners came into being because of a surplus of frozen turkeys!

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  39. SnoopyDoo

    Airplane food that you can now eat in front of your TV.
    Yuck.

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  40. SnoopyDoo

    How dare YouTube play an ad during my ad video!

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  41. Neo Craft

    When I was 7, they still came in the foil trays. I always wanted the Salisbury steak and mashed potatoes. TV dinners were such an exciting part of my childhood. Mom always made cake or apple crisp or quick cherry cheesecake (cherry pie filling on top of 1/2 cool whip 1/2 cream cheese with crushed graham cracker and melted butter crust) Those really were the good old days. Oh, and hostess ding dongs were moist, and came wrapped in super thin aluminum foil too, not like today’s dry, plastic pouch type.

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  42. YesYou 123333

    I liked the spaghetti and meatballs. The meatballs were really good.

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  43. Cynthia McLellan

    And now we have Tucker Carlson – Thanks Swanson!????????

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