Holiday Cheer

Poll: Pick Your Holiday Cheer

Thanks to everyone who voted in our holiday poll—we had a tremendous response! You spoke, and our elves have tabulated the votes. Here are the top 5 holiday television specials, as chosen by you:

Star Wars Holiday Special - 59%
A Charlie Brown Christmas - 34.6%
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - 31.3%
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - 28.4%
John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together - 16.3%

These holiday specials will be screened at the Paley Center in New York and Los Angeles between December 10 and 24, 2008:

New York
The Star Wars Holiday Special screens Tuesdays to Sundays at 12:15 pm, and again at 6:00 pm on Thursday evenings. The other four specials screen Tuesdays to Sundays beginning at 2:30 pm.

Los Angeles
Please consult the Daily Schedule.

Below, you can browse the full results of our poll. Happy Holidays!

Amahl and the Night Visitors (NBC operetta staged each year between 1951-1956; 7th staging: Dec. 25, 1963; also NBC, Dec. 24, 1978

Bing Crosby Christmas Specials: Various from 1962-77, including Merry Christmas Fred, from the Crosbys (CBS, December 3, 1975 with Fred Astaire) and Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas (NBC, November 30, 1977 with David Bowie)

A Charlie Brown Christmas (CBS, 1965; first animated Peanuts special, from the Charles Schulz comic strip)

A Christmas Memory (ABC, December 1966; episode of ABC Stage 67 adapted from Truman Capote story; with Geraldine Page and Donny Melvin)

The Christmas Toy (ABC, December 6, 1986; Jim Henson special, narrated by Kermit)

A Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987, CBS; stop-motion clay animation from Will Vinton; hosted by dinosaurs Rex and Herb)

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (CBS, 1966; animated; Boris Karloff narrates the Dr. Seuss story)

Edith Ann’s Christmas (ABC, December 14, 1996; animated; with voice of Lily Tomlin)

A Flintstone Christmas (NBC, December 7, 1977; animation from Hanna-Barbera)

The Frank Sinatra Show: Merry Christmas from Frank and Bing (ABC, 1957; Sinatra with guest Bing Crosby; directed by Frank Sinatra)

Frosty the Snowman (CBS, December 7, 1969; Jimmy Durante narrates and Jackie Vernon speaks the title role in this Rankin-Bass animated presentation)

A Garfield Christmas (Dec. 21, 1987; animated; voices of Lorenzo Music and Pat Carroll)

The Happy Elf (NBC, Dec. 2, 2005; animated; with songs and narration by Harry Connick, Jr.)

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (CBS; December 19, 1971; drama that served as the pilot for The Waltons; with Patricia Neal and Richard Thomas)

House without a Christmas Tree (CBS, December 3, 1972; drama with Jason Robards and Mildred Natwick)

John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together (ABC, December 5, 1979)

J.T. (CBS, December 13, 1969; Peabody-winning drama written by Jane Wagner; with Kevin Hooks and Theresa Merritt)

Lamb Chop’s Special Chanukah (PBS, Dec. 11, 1995; Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop)

The Littlest Angel (NBC, December 6, 1969; Johnny Whitaker has the title role in this Hallmark musical costarring Fred Gwynne, Cab Calloway, and Tony Randall)

The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (NBC, December 23, 1979; fantasy-comedy with Fred Astaire, Gary Burghoff)

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (December 18, 1962; animation based on the Magoo cartoons; with voices of Jim Backus and Jack Cassidy; with songs by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill)

A Muppet Family Christmas (ABC, December 16, 1987; gathering of characters from The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock)

Pee-wee Herman’s Christmas Special (CBS, December 21, 1988; Pee-wee Herman with Playhouse regulars and Dinah Shore, Whoopi Goldberg, Grace Jones, and more)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (NBC, December 6, 1964; stop-motion animation from Rankin-Bass; narrated by Burl Ives) 

A Rugrats Kwanzaa Special (Nickelodeon, December 11, 2001; animated Rugrats special)

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (ABC, December 14, 1970; stop-motion animation from Rankin-Bass; narrated by Fred Astaire; voices of Mickey Rooney and Keenan Wynn)

A South Park Christmas: Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo (Comedy Central, December 20, 1997; animated; with Poo)

Star Wars Holiday Special (CBS, November 17, 1978; Beatrice Arthur and Wookiees)

The Weinerville Chanukah Special (Nickelodeon, December 14, 1995; aliens and Chanukah) 

The Year without a Santa Claus (December 10, 1974; stop-motion animation from Rankin-Bass; with voices of Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn)

Write-in Votes:

Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas - 3 votes

Olive the Other Reindeer

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

The Little Rascals Christmas Special

The Fat Albert Christmas Special

The Daily Show Andy Williams Christmas Special

The Johnny Cash Christmas Special

The Bob Hope All Star Christmas Comedy Special

It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special

A Pinky & the Brain Christmas Special

The Smurfs Christmas Special

A Very Supernatural Christmas

Babes in Toyland

Julie Andrews: The Sound of Christmas

Christmas Eve on Sesame Street