Holiday TV Viewing Guide (Dec. 8-14)


2:30 PM
The Year Without a Santa Claus
ABC Family

In case you’re like me and can never remember which Rankin & Bass special is the one with the Heat Miser and the Cold Miser, well, it’s this one.

6:00 PM
Doctor Who: “The Christmas Invasion”
BBC America

The newly regenerated Doctor and Rose fight off creepy Santas and killer Christmas trees. David Tennant’s premiere as the tenth Doctor is a little bit silly, a little bit thrilling, and a whole lot of fun, plus it plants the seeds for both Torchwood and Harold Saxon.


— SUNDAY, DEC. 9 —

12:00 AM
Desperate Housewives: “The Miracle Song”

The residents of Wisteria Lane plan the annual winter block party.

8:00 PM
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Cartoon Network

Santy Claus, why? Why are you taking our Christmas tree, why?

– MONDAY, DEC. 10 —

4:00 PM
Rugrats: “A Rugrats Chanukah”

The tots learn the true meaning of Hanukkah as Boris settles a long-standing feud.

8:00 PM
Everybody Hates Chris: “Everybody Hates Kwanzaa”

Chris must do a good deed over his holiday break for school; Julius decides to boycott Christmas in favor of Kwanzaa.

8:30 PM
Aliens in America: “Church”

Franny tries to impress Raja by prodding the family to attend church and perform in the Christmas play.

10 PM
Journeyman: “Home by Another Way”

When layoffs hit Dan’s office on Christmas Eve, he must travel back in time to the newspaper’s holiday party.

— TUESDAY, DEC. 11 —

8:00 PM
Bones: “The Man in the Fallout Shelter”

Nothing brings people together like a Christmas lung fungus. Or a quarantine. Or a quarantine because of a Christmas lung fungus.


9:00 PM
House: “Merry Little Christmas”

What has more Christmas cheer than a detoxing Dr. House? Just about anything.


12:00 AM
Family Guy: “A Very Special Family Guy Freakin’ Christmas”
Cartoon Network

Peter accidentally gives away all the Christmas presents.

2:00 AM
The X-Files: “Christmas Carol”
Sci Fi

Scully goes home for Christmas but is haunted by dreams about a murdered woman’s daughter.


8:00 PM
The Office: “A Benihana Christmas”

Michael nurses a broken heart while strife on the party-planning committee results in two competing Christmas parties in this hilarious hour-long episode from last season.


9:00 PM
30 Rock: “Episode 209”

Awesome stunt casting alert! Liz’s parents (Buck Henry, Anita Gillette) and brother (Andy Richter) come to visit in time for the staff’s annual Ludachristmas party.

9:00 PM
Supernatural: “A Very Supernatural Christmas”

Sam and Dean investigate a series of murders in which the victims were pulled up through chimneys.

9:00 PM
Seinfeld: “The Strike”

It’s the episode that brought us a Festivus for the rest of us! Not to mention the traditional Airing of Grievances, followed by the Feats of Strength.

9:30 PM
Seinfeld: “The Pick”

Elaine’s Christmas cards reveal a little too much of herself.

9:30 PM
Saturday Night Live Christmas

A compilation of holiday-themed sketches from the past 28 years, hosted by Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey.

10:00 PM
Without a Trace: “Claus and Effect”

A store Santa vanishes after getting a death threat and the team suspects that the young man, a former child prodigy, may have been involved in criminal activity.

— FRIDAY, DEC. 14 —

8:00 PM
Ghost Whisperer: “Holiday Spirit”

Melinda sacrifices her holiday traditions to help a ghost who believes he is Santa Claus to find the true meaning of Christmas.


One thought on “Holiday TV Viewing Guide (Dec. 8-14)

  1. I’d also argue that “The Christmas Invasion” is really important in setting up the emotional reasoning for some of the weird choices the Doctor and Rose make throughout the rest of the season. Also, Sycorax rock. 🙂

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