Christmas TV specials I saw

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1. The Night Before Christmas (1941)

Passed | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Well, a mouse *is* stirring... And he's having fun playing with the toys, until he mistakes Tom for a stuffed toy and wakes him up.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Rudolf Ising | Stars: The Debutantes, Frank Graham, The King's Men

Votes: 1,586

2. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big .22 Rifle for Christmas (1952)

Not Rated | 26 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Friday and Smith search for a missing boy. The first sign that the case is serious is when blood is found. Further probing reveals the boy's parents had purchased him a .22-caliber rifle ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Herbert Ellis, William Johnstone, June Whitley Taylor

Votes: 56

3. Stingray (1964–1965)
Episode: A Christmas to Remember (1964)

26 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Troy visits Barry, an orphan of a former commander of Marineville. After telling Barry stories of his adventures on Stingray, Troy invites the boy to spend Christmas at Marineville, and the... See full summary »

Director: Alan Pattillo | Stars: Ray Barrett, Robert Easton, David Graham, Don Mason

Votes: 15

4. Thunderbirds (1965–1966)
Episode: Give or Take a Million (1966)

TV-G | 50 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

On Christmas Eve, two crooks break into the Second National Bank in New York. When the alarm is raised, they flee the crime scene and stow away inside a rocket which is delivering presents to a local children's hospital. One of those presents is an invitation to be a guest at Tracy Island for Christmas.

Director: Desmond Saunders | Stars: Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Peter Dyneley, Christine Finn

Votes: 69

5. Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973–1978)
Episode: Jessica's First Christmas (1974)

52 min | Comedy

Frank was looking forward to playing Joseph in the annual Nativity play, but the parish wisely casts another. Meanwhile his 'RAF record' got Frank a job with Mr. Hudson's firm, working ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Mills | Stars: Michael Crawford, Michele Dotrice, Emma Ware, Bryan Pringle

Votes: 52

6. Are You Being Served? (1972–1985)
Episode: Christmas Crackers (1975)

TV-G | 28 min | Comedy

With a disgusting Christmas canteen dinner, wacky novelty costumes and the fun of pulling holiday crackers, the Grace Brothers staff get into the spirit of the season.

Director: Ray Butt | Stars: Mollie Sugden, Trevor Bannister, Frank Thornton, John Inman

Votes: 124

Runner-ups: 2. Learning To Drive - Some Mother's Do 'Ave 'Em 3. No Way Out - Porridge

7. Starsky and Hutch (1975–1979)
Episode: Little Girl Lost (1976)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Molly "Pete" Edwards, a young girl living with her alcoholic, ex-con father, finds herself suddenly orphaned just before Christmas. Will Starsky and Hutch be there to help her when her father's partners in crime come looking for her?

Director: Earl Bellamy | Stars: David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas, Bernie Hamilton

Votes: 84

Runner-ups: 2. The Father Christmas Affair - Are You Being Served? 3. The Love Of Three Oranges - Dad's Army

8. Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973–1978)
Episode: Learning to Fly (1978)

46 min | Comedy

Courtesy of granddad Spencer, who visits from Australia, Frank gets the flying lesson he always craved. Alas, an airplane is a very dangerous place for his natural clumsiness - as his ... See full summary »

Director: Sydney Lotterby | Stars: Michael Crawford, Michele Dotrice, Frederick Jaeger, Dick Bentley

Votes: 48

9. The Dukes of Hazzard (1979–1985)
Episode: The Great Santa Claus Chase (1980)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Comedy

Boss hires a trio of criminals to hijack a load of Christmas trees bound for Hazzard, knowing that Bo and Luke were responsible for the deliveries and receipt of a $500 down payment. With ... See full summary »

Director: Denver Pyle | Stars: Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach, Denver Pyle

Votes: 105

10. The Goodies (1970–1982)
Episode: Special: Snow White 2 (1981)


Have you ever wondered what happened after the Happily Ever After? Well, The Goodies have too, and bring you Snow White 2.

Director: Bob Spiers | Stars: Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, David Rappaport

Votes: 17

Runner-ups: 2. A Chipmunk Christmas

11. Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)
Episode: Santaclaustrophobia (1982)

TV-14 | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

On Christmas Eve, Washington tries to make amends with the widow of a liquor store owner that he accidentally killed during a robbery three months ago. Hill's deadbeat father stops by the ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Bleckner | Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Conrad, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz

Votes: 46

Runner-ups: 2. I'll Be Home For Christmas - Cagney & Lacey 3. Diamonds Are For Heather - Only Fools & Horses

12. Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003)
Episode: Thicker Than Water (1983)

TV-14 | 28 min | Comedy

When Del and Rodney's estranged father shows up on Christmas Day after an eighteen-year absence, the Trotter family is suddenly thrown into turmoil. Worse still, he claims he has an ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Butt | Stars: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Lennard Pearce, Peter Woodthorpe

Votes: 292

13. Yes Minister (1980–1984)
Episode: Party Games (1984)

TV-Y | 61 min | Comedy

Sir Humphrey Appleby receives his just reward when he's told by Sir Arnold Robinson that he is to be his successor as Cabinet Secretary. Jim Hacker has mixed feelings about the whole thing ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Whitmore | Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, John Nettleton

Votes: 217

14. Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003)
Episode: To Hull and Back (1985)

TV-PG | 95 min | Comedy

Boycie and Abdul pitch a diamond scam to Del Boy, who immediately turns them down. That is until they offer him a £15,000 cut of the estimated £150,000 sale of the stone on the UK market. ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Butt | Stars: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Buster Merryfield, Jane Thompson

Votes: 502

15. EastEnders (1985– )
Episode: Episode #1.194 (1986)

TV-PG | 28 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Den hands Angie his divorce papers.

Stars: Leslie Grantham, Anita Dobson, Anna Wing, Wendy Richard

Votes: 12

16. Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003)
Episode: The Frog's Legacy (1987)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy

Trotters Independent Trading is causing mayhem with their faulty RAJAH computers. Rodders gets a new job at a funeral directors, while Albert and Del hit the health market with their ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Butt | Stars: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Buster Merryfield, Joan Sims

Votes: 311

Runner-ups: 2. EastEnders 1987

17. Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988 TV Movie)

43 min | Comedy, History

After a genial spirit shows the benevolent Ebenezer Blackadder visions of his unscrupulous ancestors, he resolves to mend his generous ways.

Director: Richard Boden | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry

Votes: 11,263

18. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire (1989)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

The family is forced to spend all of their savings to get Bart's new tattooo removed, and with no money for Christmas, Homer is forced to become a store Santa.

Director: David Silverman | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 5,065

Runner-ups: 2. Sailing - Birds Of A Feather 3. Heatwave Holiday - Garfield & Friends 4. The Jolly Boys' Outing - Only Fools & Horses 5. A Quiet Christmas - Bread

19. One Foot in the Grave (1990–2001)
Episode: Who's Listening (1990)

TV-PG | 59 min | Comedy, Drama

The Meldrews become acquainted with a reverend who thinks he has lost his faith, and Victor learns more about a video shop clerk with whom he had a conflict.

Director: Susan Belbin | Stars: Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Doreen Mantle, Catherine Shipton

Votes: 82

Runner-ups: 2. Rodney Come Home - Only Fools & Horses

20. One Foot in the Grave (1990–2001)
Episode: The Man in the Long Black Coat (1991)

TV-PG | 48 min | Comedy, Drama

Relations between Patrick and Victor reach a new low via an unending stream of post-it notes; during a visit from a council health inspector, Victor learns that the horse manure he bought for his allotment may be radioactive.

Director: Susan Belbin | Stars: Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Angus Deayton, Janine Duvitski

Votes: 61

Runner-ups: 2. The Father Christmas Suit - Keeping Up Appearances

21. Bottom (1991–1995)
Episode: Holy (1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

It's Christmas day and Richie is cooking the dinner to which Dave Hedgehog and Spudgun are invited. Dinner is not up to Michelin standard, but Richie's day improves when he finds out he is the son of God.

Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Charlie Biddle, Tina Foley

Votes: 232

Runner-ups: 2. Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean - Mr. Bean 3. Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas

22. Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995)
Episode: Sea Fever (1993)

TV-PG | 58 min | Comedy

Hyacinth prepares for her holiday cruise on the QE2 and after a bumpy journey to board the ship, she soon realizes she'll be staying in a most elegant ship. But then, to her horror, she ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Snoad | Stars: Patricia Routledge, Judy Cornwell, Geoffrey Hughes, Josephine Tewson

Votes: 186

Runner-ups: 2. One Foot In The Algarve - One Foot In The Grave 3. EastEnders 1993 4. A Flintstone Family Christmas

23. One Foot in the Grave (1990–2001)
Episode: The Man Who Blew Away (1994)

TV-PG | 40 min | Comedy, Drama

The Meldrews get a surprise visit from Mr. Foskett, whom they know only because they stayed in the same guest house 17 years ago.

Director: Susan Belbin | Stars: Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Janine Duvitski, Angus Deayton

Votes: 75

24. The Thin Blue Line (1995–1996)
Episode: Yuletide Spirit (1995)

TV-PG | 29 min | Comedy, Crime

Christmas comes to Gasforth and Goody intends to try again with Habib by giving her some sexy underwear for Christmas. He also buys Fowler a puncture repair kit. Unfortunately, he mixes up ... See full summary »

Director: John Birkin | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Kevin Allen, Mina Anwar, James Dreyfus

Votes: 115

Runner-ups: 2. The Pageant - Keeping Up Appearances 3. A Pinky & The Brain Christmas - Pinky & The Brain 4. Marge Be Not Proud - The Simpsons 5. The Wisdom Of The Witch - One Foot In The Grave

25. Earthworm Jim (1995–1996)
Episode: For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls (1996)

TV-Y | Animation, Short, Action

It's Christmas, so Queen Slug-for-a-Butt decides to kidnap Santa Clause and brainwash him to be evil and join her in her attempt to take over the world.

Stars: Charlie Adler, Jeff Bennett, Dan Castellaneta, Jim Cummings

Votes: 27

Runner-ups: 2. EastEnders 1996 3. Starbound - One Foot In The Grave 4. The Christmas Lunch Incident - The Vicar Of Dibley 5. Heroes & Villains - Only Fools & Horses 6. A Christmassy Ted - Father Ted 7. Time On Our Hands - Only Fools & Horses 8. Modern Men - Only Fools & Horses

26. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Miracle on Evergreen Terrace (1997)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

When Bart accidentally burns down the family's Christmas tree and gifts, he claims that a robber stole everything. As a result, the town gets them a new tree and pitches in to raise funds.

Director: Bob Anderson | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,510

Runner-ups: 2. Emily - The X-Files 3. Endgame - One Foot In The Grave 4. Christmas Carol - The X-Files 5. Jingle B**ls - Men Behaving Badly

27. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (1998)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

On Christmas Eve, Mulder and Scully find themselves trapped in a haunted house with two ghosts who are determined to prove just how lonely the holiday can be.

Director: Chris Carter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Lily Tomlin, Edward Asner

Votes: 2,904

Runner-ups: 2. Merry Christmas Charlie Manson! - South Park 3. EastEnders 1998 4. Holy Ground - Birds Of A Feather

28. EastEnders (1985– )
Episode: Christmas Day 1999: Part 1 (1999)

TV-PG | Crime, Drama, Romance

Add a Plot

Director: Nick Jones | Stars: Steve McFadden, Barbara Windsor, Mike Reid, Craig Fairbrass

Votes: 11

Runner-ups: 2. Winter - The Vicar Of Dibley 3. Xmas Story - Futurama 4. Queen's Speech - Angry Kid 5. Grift Of The Magi - The Simpsons

29. South Park (1997– )
Episode: A Very Crappy Christmas (2000)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

When everyone in South Park decides to forgo presents and celebrate a non-materialistic holiday season, the boys try to bring the spirit of commercialism back to Christmas by making an animated film.

Director: Adrien Beard | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes, Eliza Schneider

Votes: 1,477

Runner-ups: 2. The One With The Holiday Armadillo - Friends 3. Skinner's Sense Of Snow - The Simpsons 4. EastEnders 2000

30. Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
Episode: Christmas (2001)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Family

It's another Wilkerson family Christmas- Reese, Dewey and Malcolm misbehave a time too many, so Lois moves the tree and all the presents to the garage, which she called, "holding Christmas ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Melman | Stars: Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Masterson, Justin Berfield

Votes: 382

Runner-ups: 2. A Tale Of Two Santas - Futurama 3. She Of Little Faith - The Simpsons 4. A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas - Family Guy 5. EastEnders 2001 6. If The Could See Us Now - Only Fools & Horses

Runner-ups: 2. Ding Dong Merrily... - My Family 3. Strangers On The Shore...! - Only Fools & Horses

32. Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
Episode: Christmas Trees (2003)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Family

As Christmas approaches, a layoff at work prompts Hal to make money selling Christmas trees; Francis and Piama's peaceful holiday comes to a crashing end when Otto's German relatives show ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Love | Stars: Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Masterson, Justin Berfield

Votes: 333

Runner-ups: 2. Cold Turkey - Absolutely Fabulous 3. EastEnders 2003 4. Sleepless In Peckham - Only Fools & Horses 5. Six Feet Under - My Family

33. Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
Episode: Hal's Christmas Gift (2004)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Strapped for cash for the holidays, Hal and Lois decide that all Christmas gifts this year should be handmade. But when Hal sees the thoughtful, quality gifts the boys made, he feels bad about his shoddy attempt and panics.

Director: David Grossman | Stars: Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Masterson, Justin Berfield

Votes: 340

Runner-ups: 2. Glad Tidings We Bring - My Family 3. EastEnders 2004 4. Merry Christmas - The Vicar Of Dibley 5. White Box - Absolutely Fabulous

34. Creature Comforts (2003– )
Episode: Merry Christmas Everybody! (2005)

22 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

How do hamsters cope with indigestion? Why do dogs hate wearing Christmas hats? What happens when a partridge is chased out of its pear tree, and why do corgis find Christmas unbearably ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Starzak | Star: The Great British Public

Votes: 28

Runner-ups: 2. ...And I'll Cry If I Want To - My Family

35. Green Wing (2004–2007)
Episode: Christmas Special (2006)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

The staff are seen at a funeral, which would appear to be Mac's but is actually that of Angela, killed in a hunting accident with a moose. Rescued by Martin from falling over the cliff Alan... See full summary »

Directors: Dominic Brigstocke, Tristram Shapeero | Stars: Sally Bretton, Oliver Chris, Olivia Colman, Michelle Gomez

Votes: 135

Runner-ups: 2. The Worst Christmas Of My Life - The Worst Week Of My Life 3. EastEnders 2006 4. The Heart Of Christmas - My Family 5. The Handsome Stranger - The Vicar Of Dibley

38. Family Guy (1999– )
Episode: Road to the North Pole (2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Animation, Comedy

Disappointed with the Mall Santa, Stewie and Brian decide to go up to the North Pole to teach Santa a lesson, only to face a shocking revelation.

Directors: Greg Colton, James Purdum, Peter Shin, Steve Beers | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 1,564

Runner-ups: 2. The Futurama Christmas Spectacular - Futurama

39. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Holidays of Future Passed (2011)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Thirty years in the future the Simpsons get together for Christmas. Bart and Lisa are struggling as parents to connect with their children.

Directors: Rob Oliver, Mike B. Anderson | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,388

Runner-ups: 2. EastEnders 2011

40. Family Guy (1999– )
Episode: Jesus, Mary and Joseph! (2012)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The Griffins decorate their tree while Peter tells the story of Christmas.

Directors: Julius Wu, Dominic Bianchi, James Purdum | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 986

Runner-ups: 2. EastEnders 2012

41. Family Guy (1999– )
Episode: Christmas Guy (2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Peter fills Carter with the spirit of Christmas. Meanwhile, Stewie goes back in time to save Brian.

Directors: Greg Colton, Dominic Bianchi, James Purdum | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 1,354

Runner-ups: 2. EastEnders 2013 3. Still Open All Hours - Still Open All Hours

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