A Christmas Carol: the Series

I just watched an episode of Cheers that was Christmas based. I remember when most TV shows had a holiday episode. For some reason I really enjoy it when sitcoms do a “Christmas Carol” riff… you know, when one of the characters is mean (“Scrooge”) and the other characters play the various ghosts and Crachits.

Here’s a list of just some of the TV shows that have done a version of “A Christmas Carol”:

  • Family Ties
  • Blackadder
  • The Real Ghostbusters
  • Jetsons
  • Odd Couple
  • Sanford & Son
  • WKRP in Cinncinati
  • The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Alice
  • Quantum Leap
  • Dr. Who

and that’s just the ones I found in 30 minutes! Surprisingly there are many more shows that pull the ole “oh-no-we’re-stranded-during-the-holidays!” bit. A list of the stranded:

  • The Facts of Life
  • Newhart
  • The Bob Newhart Show
  • Golden Girls
  • King of the Hill
  • Friends
  • Full House
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show

I’ve seen most of the Carol rips and I love them all. Do you know of any that I missed? I do have to give it up to “Bewitched” for doing something controversial (for the time) for the holidays. Tabitha (the kid) has a black friend. They’re such good friends that… ah, check out the second half of the episode below.. it’s weird.

Happy Christmas, everyone! Hope it’s a happy and safe one.

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