Friday, December 16, 2011

Top 5 Best Kid's Christmas TV Specials

Remember when that swirly CBS "Special" logo appeared?  If it was in December, you knew an awesome Christmas special was seconds away.  Well, since 'tis the season and all that, here you go--the long-awaited, much anticipated, top 5 best Christmas t.v. specials for kids!

5: The Year Without A Santa Clause - This makes the list for 3 reasons: (1) claymation, (2) Messrs. Heat Miser and Snow Miser, and (3) the best fantasy world of any show in this list!  In this world, Santa taking "a day" off (because working 1 day a year can be rough) makes headlines around the world!  Also, there are more supernaturals than in Twlight and True Blood combined!  Heat Miser, Snow Miser, Santa, elves, gnomes, Mother Earth (Gaia), flying reindeer, and more.  It's pretty wild!

4: How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Sing along:
"You're an asshole, Mr. Grinch.
You really are a fuck!
I hate your stupid face, and you really fucking suck, Mr. Gri-inch!
You're a dickwad, and every who knows you is absolutely certain...
that you are a schmucuuuuck!"

3: Frosty the Snowman - I think it was Michael Goudeau who said of Frosty on the old Penn Jillette radio show, "There must have been some animatronics in that old silk hat they found."  Because there's no such thing as magic.  Still, the best take on frosty is from Family Guy (skip ahead to 0:51).

2: A Charlie Brown Christmas - We all know the story.  Snoopy wins an award for gaudiest shit-slepped-together-last-minute-decorations-for-a-dog-house, Charlie Brown picks a shitty tree, nobody can dance, and Linus reads us the Bible.  Honestly, this is my favorite Christmas special to watch now--there's something really charming about Peanuts.  Watching them feels like home.

1: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - This has it all--claymation, an island of misfit toys, a gay elf who thinks the other elves shun him because he wants to be a dentist and not because they're homophobes, a crazy man who can "taste" silver and gold on a pick-axe, the abominable snow man, a talking snow man, a bunch of songs, and all the usual Christmas stuff.  There are so many disparate but ultimately converging story lines that demand your full attention, you can't help but be engrossed.  Rudolph is the perfect kids Christmas special.

The hardest thing about this list was putting Rudolph over Snoopy, but I think the reindeer deserves it.  The Charlie Brown special is awesome and holds a special place in my heart, but there's too much going on in Rudolph for Charlie Brown to really compete.

Any glaring omissions?  What would be your number 1?  Let us know in the comments below, and as always, please share this on Facebook or Twitter!


  1. Completely agree with the top 3, in that order too. If the KT5 has a Christmas Movie list, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story are always on at my house around the holidays.

  2. Wow. #4. The specials are for kids but this list isn't!

  3. awesome collections.
    i like the Frosty the Snowman. But others are also cool.

  4. Thanks man, yeah those would both make an all-time top Christmas movie list--but that might have to wait for next Christmas--I'm running out of time for this year!