One of the best things about growing up in the 60s and 70s was watching the holiday episodes of our favorite weekly TV shows. In the 1990s many of these episodes were replayed each year on “Nick at Night’s” annual “Merrython” which aired each December. I recorded a lot of those old shows onto VHS tapes which I still have and which I cherish despite the poor quality of the recordings. I have also spent years searching out and trying to buy my favorite Christmas shows. They are available but they are difficult to find and most of the best ones are not available in a collection and must be purchased as part of a season series. Nevertheless, here is a list of some of my favorites.
Merry Sitcom! Christmas Classics from TV’s Golden Age is a collection that includes Christmas episodes of
Father Knows Best: The Christmas Story
The Donna Reed Show: A Very Merry Christmas
McHales Navy: The Day They Captured Santa Claus
Bewitched: A Vision of Sugar Plums
That Girl: Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid
Window On Main Street: Christmas Memory
The Flying Nun: Wailing In A Winter Wonderland
There are a couple more companion DVD collections which can be purchased separately or as a two DVD set. Holiday Treats includes
I Love Lucy: The I Love Lucy Christmas Show
The Honeymooners: Twas the Night Before Christmas
Andy Griffith: Christmas Story
Brady Bunch: The Voice of Christmas
Taxi: A Full House For Christmas
Family Ties: A Keaton Christmas Carol
Frasier: Miracle on Third or Fourth Street
Wings: A Terminal Christmas
and Christmas Treats includes:
The Beverly Hillbillies – Christmas at the Clampetts
The Lucy Show – Together for Christmas
Petticoat Junction – Cannonball Christmas
Happy Days – Richie Branches Out
Laverne & Shirley – O Come All Ye Bums
Mork & Mindy – Mork’s First Christmas
The Odd Couple – Scrooge Gets an Oscar
Cheers – The Spy Who Came in for a Cold One
Love, American Style -Love and the Christmas Punch
I found and purchased Lassie’s Christmas Stories and Lassie’s Gift of Love which conveniently collects all of the Lassie Christmas episodes onto 2 DVDs.
TV Guide Spotlight: TV’s Merriest Holiday Episodes includes holiday episodes of Bewitched – The Flying Nun – The Partridge Family – Roseanne – The Cosby Show – Married With Children – 3rd Rock From The Sun – The Ellen Show – Just Shoot Me – The Nanny – NewsRadio – That ’70s Show.
Holiday TV Classics: 49 Classic TV Episodes includes older holiday episodes from Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen, the Beverly Hillbillies, and Ozzie and Harriet. There is a lot of other stuff on this DVD also which may or may not appeal to you.
I just recently found Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet – Christmas Collection which is said to contain eight episodes.
Now on DVD is an old favorite The Andy Griffith Show: Christmas Special. For as long as this series ran I am surprised that there is only one Christmas episode. That one episode however, is one of my favorites.
it’s also possible to purchase individual episodes of:
The I Love Lucy Christmas Special – Colorized For Kids of All Ages
Dick Van Dyke Show: Classic Christmas
The Bob Newhart Show Special Christmas Addition
Newhart Special Christmas Edition: No Room at the Inn / The Prodigal Darryl
The Carol Burnett Show: Christmas with Carol
And who could forget these favorite old variety specials?
Bing Crosby: The Television Specials – Volume 2: The Christmas Specials
Perry Como’s Christmas show
Andy Williams: The Best of Andy Williams’ Christmas
The Andy Williams Christmas Show (Live from Branson)