Fondly Recalled Television Series Christmas Episodes

by misspaddylee | created - 06 Nov 2010 | updated - 03 Dec 2014 | Public

I am from the generation that grew up watching way too much television. Here are 24 classic series and 48 episodes of good cheer, and maybe a tear or two.

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1. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

The comic misadventures of the "skinflint" comedian and his friends.

Stars: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day

Votes: 982

Jack Does Christmas Shopping (originally aired Dec. 12, 1954)

2. Dragnet (1951–1959)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners methodically investigate crimes in Los Angeles.

Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Olan Soule, Vic Perrin

Votes: 1,447

The Big Llittle Jesus (originally aired Dec. 17, 1953)

3. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Ozzie and Harriet Nelson raise their two sons Ricky and David. As the sons age, they experience teenage dating problems, marriage and careers.

Stars: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson

Votes: 903

Late Christmas Gift (Dec. 26, 1952) Busy Christmas (Dec. 19, 1956) The Christmas Tree Lot (Dec. 18, 1957

4. The Honeymooners (1955–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Family

A bus driver and his sewer worker friend struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, Joyce Randolph

Votes: 3,975

T'was the Night Before Christmas (Dec. 24, 1955)

5. The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954–1959)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Western

Rusty was orphaned in an Indian raid. He and his dog Rin Tin Tin were adopted by the troops at Fort Apache in Arizona, and helped establish law and order in and around Mesa Grande.

Stars: Lee Aaker, James Brown, Rin Tin Tin II, Joe Sawyer

Votes: 521

Miracle of the Mission (Dec. 12, 1958)

6. The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)

30 min | Comedy, Family

The Stones consist of loving homemaker Donna, her pediatrician husband Alex, and their children Mary and Jeff. Many situations arise like when they found a baby on their doorstep or take in... See full summary »

Stars: Donna Reed, Paul Petersen, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares

Votes: 1,050

A Very Merry Christmas (Dec. 24, 1958)

7. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 54,669

The Night of the Meek (Dec. 23, 1960)

8. Car 54, Where Are You? (1961–1963)

30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of two of New York's finest in the 53rd precinct in the Bronx. Toody, the short, stocky and dim-witted one, either saves the day or messes things up, much to the chagrin ... See full summary »

Stars: Joe E. Ross, Fred Gwynne, Paul Reed, Al Lewis

Votes: 1,075

Christmas at the 53rd (Dec. 24, 1961)

9. Petticoat Junction (1963–1970)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of the family staff of The Shady Rest Hotel and their neighbors of Hooterville.

Stars: Edgar Buchanan, Linda Henning, Bea Benaderet, Frank Cady

Votes: 1,936

Cannonball Christmas (Dec. 24, 1965) The Santa Claus Special (Dec. 20, 1966)

10. Bonanza (1959–1973)

TV-PG | 49 min | Western

The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts

Votes: 6,480

All Ye His Saints (Dec. 19, 1965)

11. Bewitched (1964–1972)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A witch married to an ordinary man cannot resist using her magic powers to solve the problems her family faces.

Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 13,419

A Vision of Sugar Plums (Dec. 27, 1962)

12. Dragnet 1967 (1967–1970)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Police Detective Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners investigate crimes in Los Angeles.

Stars: Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross, Clark Howat

Votes: 1,759

The Christmas Story (Dec. 24, 1967)

  • remake of The Big Little Jesus

13. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home.

Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper

Votes: 5,514

Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid II (Dec. 19, 1970)

14. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City.

Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

Votes: 4,001

P.S. Murry Christmas (Dec. 27, 1971)

15. The Bob Newhart Show (1972–1978)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

The professional and personal misadventures of a psychologist and his family, patients, friends and colleagues.

Stars: Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily, Marcia Wallace

Votes: 3,873

His Busiest Season (Dec. 23, 1972) I'm Dreaming of a Slight Christmas (Dec. 22, 1973) Home is Where the Hurt Is (Dec. 21, 1974) Bob Has to Have His Tonsils Out, So He Spends Christmas Eve In (Dec. 20, 1975)

16. Barney Miller (1975–1982)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

The Captain of the NYPD 12th Precinct and his staff handle the various local troubles and characters that come into the squad room.

Stars: Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Max Gail, Steve Landesberg

Votes: 3,840

Christmas Story (Dec. 23, 1976) Toys (Dec. 14, 1978) Homeless (Dec. 17, 1981)

17. WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of the staff of a struggling Top 40 rock radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Stars: Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson, Howard Hesseman

Votes: 6,233

Jennifer's Home for Christmas (Dec. 17, 1979) Bah, Humbug (Dec. 20, 1980)

18. Simon & Simon (1981–1989)

60 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Two brothers of disparate tastes and manners run a private detective agency.

Stars: Jameson Parker, Gerald McRaney, Mary Carver, Tim Reid

Votes: 3,486

Yes, Virginia, There is a Liberace (Dec. 20, 1984)

19. Murphy Brown (1988–2018)

30 min | Comedy

A modern-day revival of the sitcom 'Murphy Brown', which chronicled the personal and professional life of a woman working as a TV journalist.

Stars: Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli, Faith Ford

Votes: 5,977

Jingle Hell, Jingle Hell, Jingle All the Way (Dec. 17, 1990) I'm Dreaming of a Brown Christmas (Dec. 14, 1992) Brown in Toyland (Dec. 12, 1994)

20. Father Dowling Mysteries (1989–1991)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An amiable, inquisitive Chicago priest moonlights as a detective and is assisted by a rather worldly, lock-picking nun.

Stars: Tom Bosley, Tracy Nelson, Mary Wickes, James Stephens

Votes: 1,293

The Christmas Mystery (Dec. 13, 1990)

21. Frasier (1993–2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle, where he lives with his father, and works as a radio psychiatrist.

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

Votes: 62,743

Miracle on Third or Fourth Street (Dec. 16, 1993) Frasier Grinch (Dec. 19, 1985) Perspectives on Christmas (Dec. 16, 1997) Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz (Dec. 17, 1998) The Fight Before Christmas (Dec. 16, 1999) Mary Christmas (Dec. 12, 2000) We Two Kings (Dec. 10, 2002)

22. The West Wing (1999–2006)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama

Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, John Spencer

Votes: 52,416

In Excelsis Deo (Dec. 15, 1999) Noel (Dec. 20, 2000) Holy Night (Dec. 11, 2002) Abu el Banat (Dec. 3, 2003)

23. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006–2007)

44 min | Comedy, Drama

A behind-the-scenes look at a fictional sketch-comedy television show.

Stars: Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford, Steven Weber

Votes: 21,559

The Christmas Show (Dec. 4, 2006)

24. Wagon Train (1957–1965)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

Stories of the journeys of a wagon train as it leaves post-Civil War Missouri on its way to California through the plains, deserts, and Rocky Mountains. The first treks were led by gruff, ... See full summary »

Stars: Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton, John McIntire

Votes: 1,938

The Mary Ellen Thomas Story (Dec. 24, 1968)