The 5 Best Christmas TV Specials

Yesterday I did a countdown of of the five best Christmas movies. To continue all the holiday cheer, I decided to rank the five best Christmas TV specials. Enjoy!


5. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)-

You can’t go wrong with any of the Peanuts holiday specials. The entire gang is just so charming and bring their unique attitude to Christmas brilliantly. The Christmas tree itself is one of the most iconic things from all holiday specials ever. You won’t be saying “good grief” to this wonderful holiday treat.




4. A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All (2008)-

Three years ago Stephen Colbert took Comedy Central viewers by surprise by doing a Christmas special outside of his normal, nightly routine. Colbert got a number of guest stars to appear on this hilarious special. The silly humor may annoy some, but fans of Colbert will agree that this is one of the funniest things the man ever did.



3. Frosty the Snowman (1969)-

You all know the song for this classic Christmas special. This half hour of Christmas cheer brings all the happiness of Christmas morning¬† to your living room. Also it features a hilarious cliche mustache-twirling villain. He causes good old Frosty to melt, right in front of the kids too! But then Santa comes along to save the day, giving Frosty one more “Happy Birthday!”.



2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)-

Forget whatever Jim Carrey did back in 2000, this is the holiday classic that inspired that lackluster film. Based on Dr. Seuss’ wonderful children’s book, this half hour cartoon is hilarious and has a whole lot of heart, even if it is three sizes too small.




1. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)-

This is undeniably the best Christmas TV special of all time. The characters are wonderful and the music will be stuck in your head way past December 25th. But the real achievement here is the animation style, which has become a classic way to depict many Christmas stories. It was used in the beginning of Elf back in 2oo3 and many since. This is one you have to watch every year to complete your pre-Christmas celebrations.



So did you agree with my list? Any that I missed? Post in the comments section!


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~ by mattsmoviethoughts on December 7, 2011.

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