Favorite Christmas Episodes

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  1. Gary OS

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    I enjoy these as well. There were at least 5 Christmas episodes from The Jack Benny Show that I'm aware of, but I've only got a couple myself.
    Yikes, I don't have any idea what these are. Can you enlighten me, Leo?
    Gary "watched the silly, yet sentimental, Partridge Family Christmas episode with the kids last night" O.
     
  2. Eric Peterson

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    I'm always shocked that studios never put out compilations of just Christmas epsiodes. I would love to have such sets purely for convenience. It's hard trying to dig through complete season sets searching for the holiday episodes.

    Where's the love for "All in the Family"? There are several good Christmas episodes from that show.
     
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    Mill Creek has a Collection of Christmas Episodes called Holiday TV Classics, which containd 49 episodes from many older TV Shows. (I do not have it) If anyone else want's to put in their two cents worth go for it!
     
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    The King Family Show was a 1960s musical variety show that featured The King Sisters and their extended family (Including The King Cousins, which included the very attactive Tine Cole (Played Katie on My Three Sons) and her equally attractive sister, Cathy). Their 17 holiday specials during the 1960s and 1970s were especially popular, with their Christmas oriented ones being a staple of Christmas television programming for many families during their original airings and reruns for many years. Some of these holiday specials are available on DVD from Marilyn King (One of the King Sisters), while their first new special in many years, featuring many highlights of their past classics, is now available from their official site (And being aired in some markets).

    http://www.marilynking.com/VideoPage.html

    http://www.officialkingfamily.com/index_D0NP.html And even though this isn't from one of their holiday specials, but rather from the first regular run of this as a television show (Ran from 1965 to 1966, then returned in 1969), I can't resist posting this none the less. It's The King Cousins singing 'Today I'm in Love' in 1965, with Cathy doing the lead vocals. The King Family also has several other official clips up on YouTube as well, but this one is my favorite. Wish this would see a complete DVD release. But it's largely hasn't been syndicated for many years beyond occasional Christmas specials, and I haven't even seen one of those aired in quite a while now.
     
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    Thanks for that info on The King Family Show Christmas specials, Leo. I'll have to look into those a bit more for potential future purchases.
    Just got done watching both Christmas episodes from Have Gun, Will Travel. I've always thought both were very well done, incorporating religious themes quite heavily. The first season outing is a particular favorite of mine as it utilizes one of my all-time favorite cues from the CBS Music Library, "Religious Procession No. 1", during Paladin's impromptu sermon at the church. Great stuff all the way around.
    I also watched those two Arnie Christmas episodes, Point Blank (if you're reading). Very enjoyable!
    Gary "so many episodes left to view, so little time" O.
     
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    I had planned on resurrecting this thread the day after Thanksgiving, which is traditionally when I begin my marathon of TV Show Christmas episodes, but today my Medic dvd set arrived and I promptly loaded and watched "Red Christmas". Wow. It's not a feel-good Christmas episode, but it is pretty powerful, especially for a series from the 50's. Very sobering (and that's not meant as a play on words even though the episode content might make you think I'm joking). At least the first few minutes were somewhat upbeat and Christmassy.

    Anyone else want to join in and share some thoughts on Christmas episodes you like or have watched recently?


    Gary "guess I'm starting a few days early this year" O.
     
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    Gary, thanks for bumping this one. Before we know it, it'll be here [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I don't have the Christmas episode collection that you have but here's some of my favorites that I watch every year, in approx favorite order:
    HAPPY DAYS: SEASON 2 - Christmas with the Fonz - this one's probably my favorite, an annual viewing
    LOVE BOAT: SEASON 1 - Silent Night, same, annual tradition
    A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (1965), every year for this one
    BEWITCHED: SEASON 1 - Visions of Sugar Plums , most years
    DONNA REED SHOW: SEASON 1 - A Very Merry Christmas
    FATHER KNOWS BEST: SEASON 1 - Christmas Story
    FATHER KNOWS BEST: SEASON 3 – The Angel’s Sweater
    FURY: SEASON 3 – The Wayfarer
    ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW: SEASON 1 - Christmas Story
    I haven't seen the DR KILDARE episode but it's on the menu this year.
    Also this year: HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL S1 - The Cross
    and JOHNNY STACCATO - Three Unwise Men
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    Great list, Jeff! Some that you have mentioned are in my "must see yearly" lineup as well.


    Gary "love the Christmas village" O.
     
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    I have several Christmas themed dvds ready to go this week. Of course will watch Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol. That is a yearly tradition for me. Plus several versions of A Christmass Carol. Love the versions with George Scott and Patrick Steward.
     
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    I'm not the only one here with the King Family bookmarked on YouTube! Here's my favorite - Tina singing lead on "Happy Heart".
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPsx2FXji0k&list=PL9265F54197A0708F&index=5&feature=plpp_video
    I'll have to check out "Today I'm in Love".
    I haven't seen either the King Family or Andy Williams specials listed for the local PBS stations (I get 3 between home and work) but it's early.
     
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    Some of my favorites:
    Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: Busy Christmas, Lost Christmas Gift
    Dragnet: A .22 Rifle for Christmas
    The Honeymooners: 'Twas The Night Before Christmas
    Dragnet 1968: The Christmas Story
    JAG: All Ye Faithful
    Lois & Clark: 'Twas the Night Before Myxmas
    Night Gallery: The Messiah on Mott Street
    Roswell: A Roswell Christmas Carol
    Space: Above and Beyond: River of Stars
     
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    Some great choices there, Mark. I'm especially fond of "Busy Christmas" from the Ozzie & Harriet series. More than likely you are watching the repeated version (that's the one that makes the rounds on the dvd front) from 1964. I plugged that one in last night and I actually like it better than the original because of the personalized ending with Dave and Rick's wives and kids. Great stuff, imho. The b/w Dragnet episode is kind of a downer (.22 Rifle), but I love the iconic color episode from '68. The Honeymooners and Lois & Clark episode you mentioned are faves as well.


    Gary "Christmas is easily my favorite time of the year" O.
     
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    I've got to pull out that Magoo Christmas Carol again. It's been a while since I've watched that one.


    Gary "speaking of Christmas Carol versions, how about 'A Bionic Christmas Carol' from the 6MDM?" O.
     
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    Yes the re-air of 'Busy Christmas' with the real-life segment at the end is the one to watch. Totally agree!
     
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    No doubt about it. If watching the Nelson grandchildren, and listening to Rick sing "The Christmas Song", at the end of that episode doesn't get one in the mood for the holidays then they are truly a Scrooge.


    Gary "my Christmas viewing starts in earnest tonight" O.
     
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    A few more modern favourites of mine:
    The Simpsons - Marge Be Not Proud (S7)
    Frasier - Miracle on 3rd or 4th Street (S1)
    Hey Arnold - Arnold's Christmas (S1)
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - 'Twas The Night Before The Christening (S4)
    Community - Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas (S2)
    Home Improvement - 'Twas The Flight Before Christmas (S5)
    Futurama - Xmas Story (S2)
    King of the Hill - The Unbearable Blindness of Laying (S2)
    Malcolm in the Middle - Christmas (S3)
    The West Wing - In Excelsis Deo (S1)
    Moonlighting - 'Twas the Episode Before Christmas (S2)
     
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    Wesley, I've only seen a couple of the episodes you mentioned. I do like some of the earlier Home Improvement Christmas episodes (I think they did one each year they were on the air), but I also do remember really liking the one you are referencing!


    Gary "I generally prefer 50's/60's Christmas episodes, but there are some from the 70's - 90's that I also really enjoy" O.
     
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    Watched the 2nd Season episode from Family Ties last night. It's not going to win any awards, but for some reason my family and I always enjoy it. Meredith Baxter seems to get a kick out of playing her future self in the latter part of the episode. Then we watched the I Love Lucy Christmas episode. It's nice enough for repeated viewing every couple of years. I then plugged in the hour long version of "Miracle on 34th Street" from the 20th Century Fox Hour. Of course this episode can't hold a candle to the film, which is an iconic classic. In fact its not very good at all, but I'm still glad I have it in my collection just for completion sake.


    Gary "anyone else watching Christmas-themed episodes yet - or is it too early for most folks?" O.
     
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    I plan on starting earlier than I did last year. I let the time fly by last year and didn't see some of my annual favorites.
    Additions to the [​IMG] menu for this year:
    BEVERLY HILLBILLIES S1: 2-parter "Home for Christmas" & "No Place Like Home"
    BEVERLY HILLBILLIES S2: "Christmas at the Clampetts"
    EIGHT IS ENOUGH (2 parter)
    MATLOCK: SEASON 4 - The Scrooge
    SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: SEASON 4 : "A Bionic Christmas Carol"
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    There are standard Christmas movies we watch every year, but I've never gone through a list of Christmas TV episodes before. Maybe this year I will start a new trend. I will start with shows the kids have become familiar with the last few years. That will include the likes of Lassie, Fury, Dennis the Menace, Little House on the Prairie, and others I will need to check. Then I will need to go through other shows I'm familiar with that they aren't for after they go to bed (e.g., Andy Griffith Show, Father Knows Best, I Love Lucy).
     

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