The Most Wonderful Month Of The Year: 10 Must-See Christmas Programs On getTV
Christmas and television just seem to go together. Families gather during the holiday season, more so than at any other time of the year. We share our favorite films, shows, and specials. And we create memories and traditions that can last a lifetime.
If you do this — or would you like to — then getTV is the place to be. It's where America celebrates Christmas!
Our annual “Most Wonderful Month Of The Year” celebration kicks off November 23 with The Soul And Sprit Of Christmas, featuring some of the most inspiring voices in gospel, soul, and R&B. Plus, we’ve got Sunday afternoon binges of heartwarming holiday films featuring icons like Debbie Reynolds, Patrick Stewart, and Cicely Tyson. Do you miss the classic Christmas variety programs from entertainers like Perry Como, Johnny Cash, and Andy Williams? Our Sunday night line-up has you covered. And we’ve sprinkled holiday-themed episodes of classic TV shows like Married With Children with Ed O’Neill and All In The Family with Carroll O’Connor throughout our schedule like nutmeg on eggnog. Finally, we cap it all off with 60 straight hours of programming from December 23 through Christmas night. Even Santa doesn’t work those kinds of hours!
You can see all of our Christmas shows here and print out a complete schedule (perfect for highlighting and keeping near the TV). Plus, you can be part of our celebration by adding #getTVChristmas to your social media posts. We’ll collect these and share them on our website for your fellow getTV viewers to enjoy.
The holiday season may be the only time of the year you can get loved ones to power down for some good, old fashioned family viewing together. You provide the snacks, we’ll provide the shows! Here are ten highlights:
1. The Soul & Spirit Of Christmas (2018) is getTV’s second original special, an uplifting hour featuring gospel, soul, and R&B superstars CeCe Winans, BeBe Winans, Anthony Hamilton and the HamilTones, Take 6, Koryn Hawthorne, and Kyla Jade. With a dozen hymns, carols, and seasonal standards, this show is sure to put you in a holiday mood! Plus, the performers share Christmas memories and traditions. (Airs throughout the month.)
2. The Patti LaBelle Show (1985) is the Godmother of Soul’s first primetime special, largely unseen since its original broadcast on Thanksgiving night 1985. Labelle was enjoying a huge career resurgence at the time and she gave this special all she had with inventive arrangements and unforgettable duets. Guests include Cyndi Lauper, Amy Grant, and Luther Vandross. Plus, Patti’s outfits and hairstyles are epic! (November 23 at 9p, November 23 at 11p, November 23 at 1a, December 15 at 2a - all times ET)
3. The Christmas Wish (1998) stars Debbie Reynolds as a woman who uncovers a secret in her recently deceased husband’s diary. She dispatches her grandson (Neil Patrick Harris) to investigate, with some surprisingly touching results. Based on the best-selling novel by Richard Siddoway, this movie will give you a good Christmas cry. And seriously, it's Debbie Reynolds. What other reason do you need? (November 25 at 4p, December 16 at 8p, December 24 at 2a, December 25 at 10a - all times ET)
4. The Kid Who Loved Christmas (1990) and Ms. Scrooge (1997) both feature living legend Cicely Tyson, who was just awarded with an honorary Oscar at age 93. In The Kid, Tyson is an idealistic social worker struggling to reunite a father and son. Sammy Davis Jr. also stars (in his final film). Ms. Scrooge is an updated, Americanized, and gender-swapped retelling of A Christmas Carol, with Tyson as an uptight female banker named “Ebenita Scrooge.” Katherine Helmond (Soap, Who’s The Boss) is hilarious as “Maude Marley.” (The Kid Who Loved Christmas airs November 25 at 6p, December 15 at 8a, December 24 at 6p and Ms. Scrooge airs November 25 at 8p, December 10 at 2a, and December 23 at 2p - all times ET)
5. Father Knows Best: Home For Christmas (1977) reunites the cast of the 1950s situation comedy in a made-for-TV movie. Robert Young stars as patriarch Jim Anderson with Jane Wyatt as his wife Margaret, Billy Gray as son Bud, and Elinor Donahue and Lauren Chapin as daughters Betty and Kathy (a.k.a. “Princess” and “Kitten”). Seventeen years later, Betty is now the widowed mother of two daughters, Bud is married with a son, and Kathy is engaged, with Jim and Margaret struggling with Empty Nest Syndrome. Clips from holiday episodes of the classic series are woven through the film, making it a fun nostalgia trip. (December 2 at 12:30p, December 17 at 4a, December 22 at 6:30a, December 25 at 4p - all times ET)
6. Christmas episodes (1970s-2000s) of getTV’s regular series air throughout the month, including “It’s A Bundyful Life” on Married With Children, “Ebenezer Sanford” on Sanford And Son, and “The First Day Of The Last Decade Of The Entire Twentieth Century” on Designing Women — with Dolly Parton as an angel! Plus, we’ve got the powerful All In The Family episode Edith’s Christmas Story with Little House On The Prairie star Katherine MacGregor, who recently passed away. Other shows include Good Times, The Steve Harvey Show, Walker Texas Ranger, Til Death, The Bill Engvall Show, and The Jeff Foxworthy Show. (Airs throughout the month)
7. A Christmas Carol (1999) stars Patrick Stewart as Ebenezer Scrooge in an adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel. Richard E. Grant co-stars as Bob Cratchit. Stewart had recently completed a critically acclaimed one-man performance as Scrooge on Broadway and in London, and this adaptation is more faithful than most to the original text. Look for scenes you may never have seen before! (December 2 at 8p, December 23 at 4p, December 24 at 9p - all times ET)
8. A Nashville Christmas (2017) is getTV’s first-ever original special, a country cousin to The Soul & Spirit of Christmas. Wynonna, Emmylou Harris, Lorrie Morgan, and Pam Tillis headline this homage to classic variety shows recorded before a live audience in Music City, USA. It airs on December 9 as part of a full day of holiday movies starring country artists including Reba McEntire, Kris Kristofferson, Naomi Judd, and John Denver. A Nashville Christmas is also available on DVD. (December 9 at 1p and 11p, December 10 at 5p, December 17 at 12a, December 18 at 2a - all times ET)
9. The Johnny Cash Christmas Show (1977) features June Carter Cash, gospel quartet The Statler Brothers, and Cash’s label mates from legendary Sun Records: Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Johnny also welcomes the late, great Roy Clark for a tribute to Gene Autry that features duets of “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Frosty The Snowman,” and “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.” And the Man In Black and his family visit the Holy Land. (December 9 at 10p, December 20 at 2a, December 23 at 11p - all times ET)
10. The Perry Como Specials (1976–1982) are part travelogue, part variety program, and all delightful! The honey-voiced crooner hosts four shows from the 1970s and ‘80s, all rarely rerun: Christmas in Austria (1976) with Sid Caesar (December 25 at 4a); Early American Christmas (1978) with John Wayne (December 3 at 1a, December 17 at 1am, December 21 at 2a, December 25 at 3a); Christmas in the Holy Land with Richard Chamberlain (December 19 at 2a, December 25 at 2a); and Christmas in Paris with Angie Dickinson (December 24st at 1a, December 25 at 5a - all times ET).
“The Most Wonderful Month Of The Year” continues on getTV through December 25. For more, visit the getTV schedule.