Happy winter! What's your favorite famous blanket?

151231__blanket_lBrrr! The onset of winter’s got me thinking: I need a better coat, one that’s more "hip," less "marshmallow." Also: What are the Most Important Blankets in entertainment history?

There’s a wealth of the "security" variety, of course — the "wubby" in Mr. Mom, Leo Bloom’s in The Producers, and the original, Linus’ blanket from Peanuts, which, FYI, has inspired its own non-profit for traumatized kids. Check out this clip of Linus going through a nasty case of withdrawl. Holy melodrama! I kept forgetting it was a blanket he was jonesin’ for and not, like, heroin.

But I’m talkin’ full-size blankets, too, which means Ugly Betty‘s poncho does count. My favorite is definitely the one from Roseanne (pictured), a permanent fixture of the Conners’ sofa even in the summer. I can’t remember anyone actually using it, which only adds to its understated awesomeness. That thing looked so cozy! I’m pretty sure even Darlene (Sara Gilbert, right, with Lecy Goranson) liked it, even though she’s doing her best to avoid it in that photo. Anyway, I don’t have time to catalog every blanket occurrence ever, so help me out here. And bundle up out there. And if you need a quick winter’s nap, watch this.

addCredit(“Roseanne: Everett Collection”)

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  • Sara

    Technically, it’s a QUILT on the Conner’s couch. Not as soft as a blanket, and usually hand made by a relative.


    Actually, Sara, I believe it’s an Afghan on the Conner’s couch.
    I’m partial to the Gilmore Girls blanket that Lorelai made out of Rory’s old baby clothes.

  • Mamalene

    It’s an old fashioned granny squares afghan, or an afagan as we say in the South.
    And we must count the red and white quilt in Monica’s apartment the first few seasons of Friends.

  • stefanie

    I wouldn’t call it an “important blanket in entertainment history” but one that stands out is the quilt that susan sarandon gives her daughter in “stepmom” with all of the photos on it.
    and of course, “blanket” jackson and his debut hanging over the balcony.

  • David

    Can somebody watch that YouTube video Annie linked to at the bottom of the post and feel uncomfortable with me at about 0:58? Thanks.

  • Tony

    Of course, Linus’ blanket is THE most important blanket in all of entertainment history. After all, it inspired the term “security blanket.” Plus, it’s so versatile. It can be a wielded as a weapon, worn as a shepherd’s headdress, even made into a kite or a sports coat. No wonder Snoopy was always snatching it away from Linus.

  • Mamalene

    Linus’ blanket has to be the official uber-blanket.

  • Sara (2)

    The famous blanket nearest to my heart has to be Blanky from the Brave Little Toaster. That little guy was just plain cute.

  • Kristin

    Whenever I hear the word “blanket” all I can think of is Michael Jackson.
    He did hold “blanket” over a hotel balcony. That’s gotta count for something!

  • Amy

    Whenever addicts come down off drugs on tv, they always wrap themselves in a blanket while sweating with the shakes. I think the ubiquitous jumkie blankie deserves a mention, though its appearances are too numerous to mention.

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  • Jonny

    This article was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks everyone! When I feel down, I like to wrap myself in the Turin Shroud because then I know that Jesus is keeping me warm.

  • Charles E.

    Holy moley- that’s the EXACT afghan that was used on episodes of “Dark Shadows” back in the 1960s. I’m not kidding: the series is on DVD, so you can check for yourself.

  • katie

    the roseanne blanket, hands down!!

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