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1. Bad Santa (2003)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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70 Metascore

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, John Ritter

Votes: 127,449 | Gross: $60.06M

2. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

PG | 114 min | Family, Fantasy

6.5
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A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, J.T. Walsh

Votes: 28,554 | Gross: $17.19M

3. All I Want for Christmas (1991)

G | 92 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

6.0
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A brother and sister attempt to bring their divorced parents back together for Christmas.

Director: Robert Lieberman | Stars: Harley Jane Kozak, Jamey Sheridan, Ethan Embry, Kevin Nealon

Votes: 4,022 | Gross: $14.81M

4. Blast of Silence (1961)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats, each gets in his way.

Director: Allen Baron | Stars: Allen Baron, Molly McCarthy, Larry Tucker, Peter Clune

Votes: 3,414

5. Rent-a-Cop (1987)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

4.5
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When call-girl Della gets caught in the middle of a drug bust at a hotel where she was meeting a trick, she is held hostage by a robber that busted in on the drug agents and the drug ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry London | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Liza Minnelli, James Remar, Richard Masur

Votes: 1,515 | Gross: $0.30M

6. Christmas in the City (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Drama, Family, Romance

6.0
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With the threat of having to close her father's candy store, Wendy and her six-year-old daughter Grace travel to the big city in hopes of making extra holiday cash to save their family ... See full summary »

Director: Marita Grabiak | Stars: Ashley Williams, Ashanti, Jon Prescott, Shanola Hampton

Votes: 1,171

7. Miracle on 34th Street (1973 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

5.8
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A department store Santa tries to convince a little girl who doesn't believe in Santa Claus that he is Santa Claus, and winds up going on trial to prove who he is.

Director: Fielder Cook | Stars: Sebastian Cabot, Jane Alexander, David Hartman, Suzanne Davidson

Votes: 460

8. Christmas Night (1933)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short

5.6
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On Christmas Eve, the Little King sneaks two tramps into the castle. The next morning, the three men are thrilled by the presents Santa left behind.

Directors: Oscar E. Soglow, James Tyer

Votes: 134

9. The Cleveland Show (2009–2013)
Episode: 'Tis the Cleveland to Be Sorry (2012)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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Cleveland pretends to be homeless for the holidays to get free stuff from the local shelter, and Roberta helps Kendra achieve her wish to become a department store Santa.

Directors: Oreste Canestrelli, Albert Calleros, Anthony Lioi | Stars: Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson, Reagan Gomez-Preston

Votes: 131

10. The Doctor (1952–1953)
Episode: A Tale of Two Christmases (1952)

30 min | Drama

5.6
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The life of a dysfunctional family between Christmas 1951 and Christmas 1952 is told.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Richard McMurray, Janie Alexander, Margaret Hayes, Harry Bannister

Votes: 9

11. That '70s Show (1998–2006)
Episode: Christmas (2003)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

7.7
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Jackie invites the guys to her high school dance; Kelso ditches the dance to visit Brooke at the library; Kitty casts a reluctant Red as the local Santa.

Director: David Trainer | Stars: Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson

Votes: 464

12. The Flintstones (1960–1966)
Episode: Christmas Flintstone (1964)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.3
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Fred is such a natural as a department store's Santa that news of him reaches the North Pole, where Kris Kringle has him in mind for much more important work on Christmas Eve.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: Alan Reed, Jean Vander Pyl, Mel Blanc, Gerry Johnson

Votes: 139

13. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)
Episode: Christmas Shopping Show (1957)

Not Rated | 25 min | Comedy

8.6
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Jack is determined to finish his Christmas shopping in one visit and tortures a wallet salesman with constant changes to his order. Meanwhile, Dennis is having difficulty finding the right present for his mother.

Director: James V. Kern | Stars: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Dennis Day, Mel Blanc

Votes: 54

14. That Girl (1966–1971)
Episode: Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid (1966)

TV-G | 26 min | Comedy

6.9
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While on a break from her job at a department store as one of Santa's helpers, Ann tells Donald about a Christmas she spent with one of her students while she was a teacher at a boarding ... See full summary »

Director: John Erman | Stars: Marlo Thomas, Ted Bessell, Lew Parker, June Vincent

Votes: 40

15. Without a Trace (2002–2009)
Episode: Claus and Effect (2007)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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A missing department store Santa Claus turns out to be a brilliant mathematician who dropped out of college after having a crisis of conscience.

Director: Bobby Roth | Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Enrique Murciano

Votes: 57

16. The Danny Kaye Show (1963–1967)
Episode: Episode #2.12 (1964)

Comedy, Music

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Stars: Danny Kaye, Tony Bennett, The Clinger Sisters, Imogene Coca

17. Everybody Hates Chris (2005–2009)
Episode: Everybody Hates Kris (2006)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy

7.7
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Julius works at a department store dressed up as Santa Claus along with Chris dressed up as an elf, but Julius gets fired for freaking the kids out and Chris ends up in the hospital.

Director: Victor Nelli Jr. | Stars: Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond, Imani Hakim

Votes: 89

18. The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959–1963)
Episode: Have Reindeer, Will Travel (1961)

26 min | Comedy, Family

7.6
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Maynard befriends a poor Mexican shoeshine boy and generously gives him $55.78--all the money his classmates had saved to fund their Christmas dance. To earn back the money, Maynard takes a job as a department store Santa Claus.

Director: Rod Amateau | Stars: Dwayne Hickman, Frank Faylen, Florida Friebus, Bob Denver

Votes: 15

19. Gruen Guild Theater (1951–1953)
Episode: Joe Santa Claus (1951)

30 min | Drama

6.6
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Disgusted that he's been moved from the hardware department to duties as a department store Santa Claus and angry that his wife wants to go to work and earn money, young father Joe Peters ... See full summary »

Directors: Alex Gruenberg, Axel Gruenberg | Stars: Maria Palmer, Ray Montgomery, Houseley Stevenson, Peter Brocco

Votes: 32

20. Boston Legal (2004–2008)
Episode: Loose Lips (2004)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Alan takes over a case Denny rejected for personal reasons. He has to defend a man who was fired from being Santa because he is a transvestite. Brad and Alan bet on the outcome of the case.... See full summary »

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: James Spader, Monica Potter, Rhona Mitra, Lake Bell

Votes: 260

21. The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
Episode: Night of the Meek/But Can She Type?/The Star (1985)

TV-PG | Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery

7.3
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Henry Corwin, a department store Santa Claus, is fired from his job, but finds his toy sack is a magical deliverer of Christmas cheer. In "But Can She Type?," miserable secretary Karen ... See full summary »

Directors: Ryszard Bugajski, Martha Coolidge, Shelley Levinson, Gerd Oswald | Stars: Richard Mulligan, William Atherton, Bill Henderson, Teddy Wilson

Votes: 195

22. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
Episode: Santa Claus and the Tenth Avenue Kid (1955)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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While working as a department store 'Santa Claus', a paroled convict tries to help a troubled boy.

Director: Don Weis | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Barry Fitzgerald, Virginia Gregg, Arthur Space

Votes: 527

23. Becker (1998–2004)
Episode: Santa on Ice (1999)

TV-PG | Comedy

7.8
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A department store Santa drops by Dr. Becker's waiting room and drops off more than John expected. Also, Reggie's thinking of a Christmas party but will it be a thought that counts?

Director: Andy Ackerman | Stars: Ted Danson, Terry Farrell, Hattie Winston, Shawnee Smith

Votes: 47

24. Night Court (1984–1992)
Episode: Santa on the Lam (1991)

TV-14 | 24 min | Comedy

6.8
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Mr. Billachi, an elderly former department store Santa, is brought into court for attacking the robot that replaced him. Disheartened by the commercialism of Christmas, he announces his ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Ritter | Stars: Harry Anderson, Markie Post, John Larroquette, Charles Robinson

Votes: 39

25. Date with the Angels (1957–1958)
Episode: Santa's Helper (1957)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

7.7
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Vickie tries to find a suitable outlet for Mr. Finley, Sr.'s energy, so she enlists the help of her friend Dolly to get him a job in the local department store as one of Santa's helpers. ... See full summary »

Director: James V. Kern | Stars: Betty White, Bill Williams, Burt Mustin, Richard Deacon

Votes: 19

26. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Secret Santa (2012)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.4
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A man dressed as Santa falls from the sky while Castle and Beckett prepare for their first Christmas as a couple.

Director: Paul Holahan | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 829

27. Dear Phoebe (1954–1955)
Episode: The Christmas Show (1954)

Comedy

5.7
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Bill's romance with sportswriter Mickey Riley is hampered by a child who is AWOL from military school and Mr. Fosdick's refusal to host an office Christmas party.

Director: Don Weis | Stars: Peter Lawford, Marcia Henderson, Charles Lane, Joe Corey

Votes: 7

28. The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951–1953)
Episode: The Christmas Story (1952)

30 min | Comedy

8.8
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Andy, broke as usual, is desperate to earn money so he can give his god-daughter a talking doll for Christmas. He convinces a manager to hire him as a department store Santa Claus on ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Alvin Childress, Spencer Williams, Tim Moore, Nick Stewart

Votes: 14

29. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Gift (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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Businessman Carl Baxter is a good boss for 364 days a year, but his memories of his estrangement with his son causes his mood to change at Christmas.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Charles Boyer, Maureen O'Sullivan, Dan Tobin, Joan Camden

Votes: 29

30. The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955–1957)
Episode: The Miracle on 34th Street (1955)

PG | 46 min | Drama

5.9
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One Kris Kringle, a department-store Santa Claus, causes quite a commotion by suggesting customers go to a rival store for their purchases. But this is nothing to the stir he causes by ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Macdonald Carey, Teresa Wright, Thomas Mitchell, Sandy Descher

Votes: 176

31. Seinfeld (1989–1998)
Episode: The Race (1994)

PG | 24 min | Comedy

9.0
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A grade school acquaintance puts pressure on Jerry to finally settle an old score in the form of a race; Elaine is blacklisted from a Chinese restaurant.

Director: Andy Ackerman | Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander

Votes: 2,084

32. The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)
Episode: The Voice of Christmas (1969)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Family

7.7
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Carol has laryngitis and will not be able to sing at church on Christmas Day, but a department store Santa Claus promises Cindy that she will get her voice back in time.

Director: Oscar Rudolph | Stars: Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick

Votes: 142

33. Highway to Heaven (1984–1989)
Episode: With Love, the Claus (1987)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.3
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It's Christmas and Jonathan and Mark's latest assignment is to try and get a divorced couple who are still bickering with each other and use their son as a pawn to stop. They go to work for... See full summary »

Director: Michael Landon | Stars: Michael Landon, Victor French, Ivor Barry, Earl Billings

Votes: 39



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