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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Christmas TV Party 2014: Dinsdale Kringle of Santas Working Overtime

The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972)

 Christmas TV Party 2014: Dinsdale Kringle of Santas Working Overtime 

1) What is the first Christmas special you remember watching?
A Charlie Brown Christmas

2) Name one Christmas program/movie you enjoy watching all year round.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus
I try to avoid watching holiday stuff in the off season but I'll make an exception for anything seasonal from the MST3K/Rifftrax/Cinematic Titanic crews.

3) Name one overlooked, or under-appreciated Christmas program.

Father Jack wearing a Santa hat on the 1996 Christmas episode of Father Ted.

4) Send us to 3 places on the internet.

5) What are your 3 favorite Christmas episodes of a TV sitcom or drama?
Three? Three hundred would be easier but if you hold a loaded cracker to my head I'll say...
The Odd Couple - Scrooge Gets an Oscar
The Jack Benny Program - Christmas Shopping
Father Ted - A Christmassy Ted


  1. Anytime is a good time for MST3K! Great kick-off to Christmas in July!

  2. My favorite quote from The Odd Couple's Christmas episode: “I’d like to get a giant candy cane and beat the wings off a Sugar Plum Fairy.” LOVE Jack Klugman.

    1. Didn't remember that "Odd Couple" line - that's classic!

  3. Thanks for sharing Dinsdale Kringle! Jack Benny Christmas Shopping is excellent! Why didn't I think of that? It is definitely a classic. And another just came to mind that I didn't think of when filling out my survey...darn!

  4. JACK: "Rochester, what did I give you for Christmas last year?"
    ROCHESTER: "A brand new dollar bill."
    JACK: "Oh yes."
    ROCHESTER: "And a lecture on the evils of wine, women, and song!"

  5. Thanks for sharing all this, Dinsdale Kringle. You definitely are wiring overtime! The House Without a Christmas Tree is one of my absolute favorites, a true American Christmas classic.