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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Christmas TV Party 2014: Jim Inman

Christmas TV Party 2014: Jim Inman

1) What is the first Christmas special you remember watching?
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It was an experience to catch it, and especially hear the CBS "Special Presentation" music (see #4)

2) Name one Christmas program/movie you enjoy watching all year round.
A Christmas Story. Ralphie Parker deserves that BB gun!

1962's Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

3) Name one overlooked, or under-appreciated Christmas program.
Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol. Without that special, we might not have had so many other entries in the world of holiday animation.

4) Send us to 3 places on the internet.
CBS Special Presentation

Rare Jean Shepherd clip before "A Christmas Story"

Carol Burnett - The Christmas Song

From the 1963 episode "The Alan Brady Show Presents" on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

5) What are your 3 favorite Christmas episodes of a TV sitcom or drama?
Big Bang Theory - Penny gives Leonard a napkin signed by his idol, Leonard Nimoy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlhHTdDqoBc

Dick Van Dyke Show - Everyone participates in a holiday TV sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnjmYAHNqA

The Waltons - A Homecoming -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-wx655bcXU


  1. Great post Jim! I really love that Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode as well. One of my favorite scenes is when they sing "I Am A Fine Musician"...so cute!

  2. Yes, terrific choices. I'm glad you picked that Van Dyke show as well (and the picture makes the point), because it sums it up so well - what Christmas TV looked like in the 60s.

  3. The Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode will be released this fall as a stand alone DVD (possibly paired with one other episode) as will the Twilight Zone's "Night of the Meek" (paired with "Five Characters in Search of an Exit"). Scheduled release date is October 7 and the SRP is $9.98.

  4. And "The Homecoming," the Christmas TV movie that launched The Waltons--LOVE it! When John-Boy opens his Christmas present and sees they are blank journals, a gift in support of him being a writer--my eyes are flooded with happy tears! Each time I watch that movie. Without fail. So many great moments in that movie--I should have put it on my list!

    1. I have the same reaction to John-Boy opening his gift, Joanna. One of the things I love about The Waltons (the series based on The Homecoming) is that it's hero is a WRITER!

  5. Fun stuff. Want to see that Dick Van Dyke episode again!

  6. Great Christmassy choices, Jim!