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Sunday, July 31, 2022

Christmas in July 2022: It's a Wonderful Summer Recap

Merry Christmas in July! This month went by quickly, didn't it? Did you check out all the daily posts during the month-long marathon? In case you were late to the party this summer, here's your chance to catch up. Below is a complete list of links to each of discussion on Christmas programs adapted from the 1946 holiday movie It's a Wonderful Life or programs that make significant references to IAWL. 

This month-long list of interesting references to It's a Wonderful Life is NOT an exhaustive list by far. From the dozens and dozens of adaptations of IAWL, I purposefully selected thirty that featured children's programming, drama series, sitcoms, parodies, and adaptations that were not even Christmas stories! A complete list of TV adaptations of IAWL can be found in the appendix of my upcoming book Tis the Season TV.

Thanks to everyone who followed along and to all who left comments. If you would still like to leave comments, please feel free to do so--the discussion doesn't have to end just because the marathon is over.  And, keep your eyes open--the expanded and updated encyclopedia Tis the Season TV is coming soon. Merry Christmas in July! 



It Happened One Christmas (1977)

Beverly Hills 90210 (1992) 

The Facts of Life (1987)

Merry Christmas George Bailey (1997)

Saturday Night Live sketch (1986)

Warehouse 13 (2011)

Mulaney (2014)



Rugrats (1994)

It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)

Clarence (1990)

The ABC Afterschool Special: Amy & the Angel (1982)

The Goldbergs (2019)

The Magic School Bus (1996)

Mork & Mindy (1979)



The O.C. (2006) 

Quantum Leap (1992)

A Dream of Christmas (2016)

Providence (1999)

Roseanne (1992)

Moonlighting (1986)

Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (1998)



Wacky Races (2017)

Even Stevens (2000)

Benson (1984)

Alf (1987)

The Emperor's New School (2006) 



Night Court (1991)

Psych (2010)

Married...With Children (1989)

Rolie Polie Olie (2001)

Joanna Wilson is a TV researcher and book author specializing in Christmas entertainment. More about the TV programs mentioned on this website can be found in her book "Tis the Season TV: the Encyclopedia of Christmas-themed Episodes, Specials, and Made-for-TV Movies." Her latest book "Triple Dog Dare: Watching--& Surviving--the 24-Hour Marathon of A Christmas Story" was released in 2016. She is currently updating and expanding the encyclopedia for an upcoming release. Her books can be found at the publisher's website: 1701 press.com

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