TV Weekly Cover: What To Watch This Holiday Season
By Taylor Neumann
Whether you’re looking to share a classic Christmas film from your childhood with your kids, or just catch an episode of holiday cheer while wrapping presents, we have you covered all the way until New Year’s Day!
Classic Episodes From Classic TV Shows
MeTV is airing all of the retro Christmas TV you could want! There’s the episode of Laverne & Shirley when they put on a show for the local hospital (“Oh Hear the Angels’ Voices,” Dec. 23 at 5pm) and the episode of Matlock where a Santa Claus is accused of murdering his landlord (“Santa Claus,” Dec. 25 at 10am).
Two of M*A*S*H*’s best holiday episodes, “Dear Dad” and “Death Takes a Holiday,” air back-to-back beginning at 7pm on Dec. 23.
If you really feel like staying up, one of the more iconic episodes of The Twilight Zone — where a suicidal schoolteacher is reminded of the good in his life (“The Changing of the Guard”) — airs late night on Dec. 25 at 12:30am.
Christmas Eve Programming
Dec. 24 brings all manner of holiday cheer with oodles to watch as you wait for Santa to arrive. “The One With the Holiday Armadillo”? “The One With the Routine”? All of your favorite Friends Christmas moments are airing in a marathon on TBS starting at 8am.
Syfy does things a little differently; it’s airing every film in the Harry Potter series beginning at 8:30am and running through Christmas Day. For those expecting a lump of coal in their stocking, 'It’s a Wonderful Life' on NBC at 8pm is required viewing.
To add Christmas cheer for all to hear, sit down with a big bowl of cotton balls and give 'Elf' a watch on AMC at 8:30pm. And TNT is continuing its long tradition of dedicating 24 hours to 'A Christmas Story,' which begins at 9pm.
Then, at 11:35pm, CBS brings us the holiday special 'A Bold New Love: A Christmas Eve With Middle Collegiate Church' filmed at the 1,200-member multiracial congregation in Manhattan’s East Village. Emmy-nominated Tituss Burgess Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will conduct the Art & Soul Chorus singing two gospel songs he composed. The worship celebration concludes with a candlelight ceremony to the holiday classic “Silent Night.”
Still Plenty Of Rankin/ Bass To Watch
In between the shopping and cooking and planning, it can be nice to sit down with a classic Rankin/Bass film. Some of our favorite characters are on AMC this year, including Heat Miser and Snow Miser in 'The Year Without a Santa Claus,' the titular winter sprite in Jack Frost, a visit from the New Year’s baby in 'Rudolph’s Shiny New Year' and the politest snowman ever in 'Frosty’s Winter Wonderland' — featuring another appearance from Jack Frost! — all airing several times this week.
A Few Original Movies
If you feel like cozying up with a feel-good Hallmark special, there’s definitely something for you this week. On Dec. 23 at 8pm is 'Christmas Made to Order,' in which an architect recruits a holiday planner to help him host his family’s Christmas. Christmas Day brings 'When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing,' starring Lori Loughlin and Jack Wagner, at 8pm. And if you’re still looking for the magic after Christmas ends? 'A Midnight Kiss,' which sees two relative strangers planning a New Year’s Eve party.
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