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The Christmas That Almost Wasn't 

The gang gets in the holiday spirit with the tale of a plucky lawyer who sets out to save Santa Claus from the clutches of a spoilsport zillionaire.


Joel Hodgson (creator), Harold Buchholz | 13 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Felicia Day ... Kinga Forrester
Patton Oswalt ... Max (TV's Son of TV's Frank)
Jonah Ray ... Jonah Heston
Baron Vaughn ... Tom Servo (voice)
Hampton Yount ... Crow T. Robot (voice)
Rebecca Hanson Rebecca Hanson ... Synthia / Gypsy (voice)
Joel Hodgson Joel Hodgson ... Ardy / Santa Claus
Elliott Kalan ... Mr. Whipple
Tim Ryder ... Bonehead #1
Zach Thompson Zach Thompson ... Bonehead #2
Har Mar Superstar ... Skeleton Crew Bandleader


The gang gets in the holiday spirit with the tale of a plucky lawyer who sets out to save Santa Claus from the clutches of a spoilsport zillionaire.

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14 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Tom says "Stop squeezing that tinsel!" when a Mr. Whipple is addressed in the movie. This is a joke about the Charmin toilet paper commercial where Mr. Whipple tells people not to squeeze the Charmin. See more »


References The Hunger Games (2012) See more »


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Main Title)
Composed by Ennio Morricone
Whistled by Baron Vaughn
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Ouch... an uncomfortable sleigh ride from both sides of the screen.
19 May 2017 | by khunkrumarkSee all my reviews

The online reviews for this movie sans the MST3K treatment have been almost all positive, but I found this to be extremely creepy and hard to watch. I suspect that these 'reviews' were based on skewed and rose- tinted memories rather than cinematic analysis!

Christmas looks like being canceled because the main man can't pay the rent for his little house and workshop in the north pole. So he pops into the big city and seeks the assistance of a rather creepy lawyer and the two engage the evil landlord and try to set him straight about Christmas and children and well, just being a better human being.

Maybe I just didn't 'get it' and missed something because unfortunately, the fine fellows crewing the Satellite Of Love didn't make this 'claus-trophobic' entry much more digestible. (See what I did there?) This is the 'miss' of the rebooted series. Lots of wordy riffs but not very many hit the mark.

The whole uncomfortable viewing of the movie itself just conspired to tune me out of the Mistie humor this time around. I don't know - but for whatever reason, I won't be firing up this one again.

Lots of great episodes in the new series - this isn't one of them.

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