Classic Letterman: 'They Took My Show Away' After-School Special

Here's a classic David Letterman clip from the original Late Night. It's an "after-school special" starring Letterman as a man who's afraid his son isn't watching enough television. The title of the bit is "They Took My Show Away." Touching, very touching. And pertinent to the recent news of Letterman's pending retirement.

"I don't think I'll ever watch TV again!" the red-haired boy, Jimmy, says, after his favorite show is canceled. Letterman replies: "Jimmy, don't ever say that. Not even as a joke."

This aired in 1983: