Although other companies experimented with frozen meals first, C.A. Swanson & Sons is generally credited with being the first to achieve success with the TV Dinner in 1953. Origin stories point towards a surplus of Thanksgiving turkey in the warehouse and also observations about the way that airline meals were served. (Remember that? When airline meals were served? And when they were something to be emulated?!)
Swanson also was the first to add a dessert component to the meal in 1960. My favorite was the apple cobbler. What was yours?
Okay, that’s enough talk. Now it’s time to enjoy an awesome tune that evokes another television classic and celebrate this special day with a big ol’ Hungry Man dinner. Yummy!