Sitcom Christmas: Dragnet

Sitcom: Dragnet Episode: The Christmas Story Year: 1967 Story line: The infant disappears from the church creche at Christmas. Details: Someone has godnapped the Baby Jesus from a church manager display, and Sgt. Friday and Officer Gannon have to track down the villain. This is a cool episode, complete with an unrelated stop to investigate […]

Sitcom Christmas: Pee-wee’s Playhouse

Sitcom: Pee-wee’s Playhouse (I know, it’s not technically a sitcom; but my obsessive blogging, my rules.) Episode: Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special Year: 1988 Story line: Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello join Pee-wee to celebrate Christmas. Details: This hour-long special has it all, including awesome cameos from Grace Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Magic Johnson, Joan Rivers, Cher, […]

Sitcom Christmas: Adam-12

Sitcom: Adam-12 Episode: Christmas Year: 1974 Story line: The Christmas spirit is sorely lacking on the partners’ tour of duty. Details: Officers Reed and Malloy spend Christmas Eve fighting crime and distributing presents to needy kids. They meet little Harvey’s mother in a parking lot to give her a yellow dump truck they bought him, […]

Sitcom Christmas: That Girl

Sitcom: That Girl Episode: Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid Year: 1966 Story line: Ann recalls when she spent Christmas with a lonely boy. Details: We start with Ann the ever-struggling actress playing a Christmas elf at a shopping mall. But this isn’t David Sedaris playing Crumpet the Christmas elf. This is Marlo Thomas, vaguely […]

Sitcom Christmas: The Monkees

Sitcom: The Monkees Episode: The Christmas Show Year: 1967 Story line: The boys teach a cynical lad the meaning of Christmas. Details: Straight up, this sucked. Totally sucked. Not even mildly amusing. Lots of not-very-good slapstick and an extended slow motion sequence toward the end where you get the feeling they were out of ideas, […]