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Must-See Holiday TV DVDs: 2009

The clock is ticking down to Christmas, and the big snowstorm in the Northeast last weekend seriously cut into your holiday shopping time? Whether you’re looking for last-minute gifts (pair several of these together for a great DIY box set) or just some good stuff to watch while curling up on a warm couch, here’s a list of more than 30 awesome Christmas-themed TV series and specials on DVD …

The Original Christmas Classics (Classic Media)
Details: It’s a box set full of holiday fun, including three beloved TV specials: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town. Great songs, great characters and heartwarming storylines made these three perennial favorites and they’re collected here together with four more sweet specials: The Little Drummer Boy, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, Cricket on the Hearth and Frosty Returns.
Bonus Features: The box set includes a bonus CD with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Burl Ives, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Bobby Rydell, “Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives, “Let It Snow” by Chicago, “Winter Wonderland” by Jewel, “Merry Christmas, Baby” by Otis Redding, and, a tune that’s on my all-time top 10 Christmas songs list, “Silver & Gold” by Burl Ives, from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

A Charlie Brown Christmas on Blu-ray (Warner Home Video)
Details: Hands down, my most favorite holiday special of all time, and I know I’m not the only member of that club. And the only thing that could possibly have Charlie Brown Christmas better? A crisp Blu-ray DVD transfer.
Bonus Features: A making-of featurette, a digital copy of the special and a bonus ‘toon, It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Blu-ray (Warner Home Video)
Details: He’s still as cuddly as a cactus, as charming as an eel, a nasty, wasty skunk whose soul is full of gunk, but now he’s all those things on Blu-ray.
Bonus Features: Audio commentary by the special’s voice artists, the Dr. Seuss and the Grinch: From Whoville to Hollywood featurette, an interview with the special’s musical composers, a featurette on the special, hosted by the late Phil Hartman, and a Who’s Who in Whoville gallery.

The Year Without a Santa Claus (Warner)
Details: Santa may be the guy in the title, but when you think about this Christmas special, isn’t it really all about Heat and Snow, the Miser brothers?
Bonus Features: Featurettes on stop-motion animation and profiles of holiday classic filmmakers Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass.

A Miser Brothers Christmas (Warner)

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (Universal Home Entertainment)

Elmo’s Christmas Countdown (Sesame Street)

Elmo Saves Christmas (Sesame Street)

Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express (Lyons/Hit Entertainment)

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: It’s a Very Sunny Christmas (Fox)
Details: As The Gang celebrates, sorta, Christmas, flashbacks provide us with insight into how and why they became, uh, the way they are. Plus, Danny DeVito gets way naked.
Bonus Features: A Sunny sing-along, a making-of featurette and deleted scenes with Young Mac and Young Charlie.

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All (Comedy Central)
Details: Funny guy Stephen Colbert gives his own best review, calling the special “the greatest newsman-hosted holiday special since A Walter Cronkite Tet Offensive.
Bonus Features: Alternate endings, a books-roasting-on-an-open-fire Yule log and a live-action Colbert advent calendar.

Saturday Night Live – Christmas (Lionsgate)
Details: It lacks more recent classics like “Dick in a Box,” but the DVD does include Eddie Murphy‘s Mr. Robinson’s Christmas, Adam Sandler‘s original “Hanukkah Song” performance, Alec Baldwin‘s Schweddy Balls and Ana Gasteyer‘s Martha Stewart Topless Christmas Special.

Merry Sitcom! Christmas Classics from TV’s Golden Age (Shout! Factory)
Details: Holiday-themed eps from sitcoms like Father Knows Best, The Donna Reed Show, McHale’s Navy, Bewitched, That Girl and The Flying Nun.

TV Sets: Holiday Treats (Paramount)
Details: Christmas episodes of I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, The Brady Bunch, Taxi, Family Ties, Frazier, Wings and The Andy Griffith Show make up a DVD that any true TV sitcom fan will love.

Holiday TV Comedy Collection (Universal Home Entertainment)
Details: Awesome: Christmas episodes of The Office, 30 Rock, House, Monk and Psych.

Holiday TV Classics (Mill Creek Entertainment)

Johnny Carson Celebrates Christmas (Respond)

Christmas with SCTV (Shout! Factory)

A Christmas Story on Blu-ray (Warner Home Video)
Details: The leg lamp, Flick’s tongue on the flagpole, Ralphie’s Red Ryder … they’re all a part of this goofy, but charming family holiday tale that just gets better each time you watch it.
TV Screener Tidbit: It’s a must-own for your holiday DVD collection (especially on Blu-ray), but you can also catch A Christmas Story on its annual 24-marathon loop on TBS, beginning at 8PM ET on Dec. 24.

It’s a Wonderful Life on Blu-ray (Paramount Home Entertainment)
Details: OK, so it’s not technically a TV show or special, but, like The Wizard of Oz, It’s a Wonderful Life has become, for most of us, something we look forward to watching on TV every year at Christmastime. To finally be able to watch the movie on a great Blu-ray transfer is reason to watch it yet again, with a whole new appreciation for how a relatively simple story – the movie wasn’t a huge hit in its original release and won no Oscars – has had such a huge impact on movie fans for decades.
Bonus Features: A making-of featurette.

Little House on the Prairie – Christmas (Lionsgate)
Details: The DVD includes two Little House holiday episodes: Christmas at Plum Creek and A Christmas They Never Forgot. The first one is the Little House take on The Gift of the Magi, as Laura trades her beloved horse Bunny for a brand new stove for Ma (‘fess up – this one makes you cry!). In A Christmas They Never Forgot, the Ingalls fam is snowed in at Christmas, and they take the opportunity to share stories of Christmases past, including Caroline’s tearjerker about the year she finally accepted her stepfather into her family.

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (Paramount)
Details: It’s the 1971 TV movie that introduced us to the Walton family, including most of the cast that would go on to star in the series based on Earl Hamner‘s autobiographical writings about his fam. John Boy? Check. Grandma and Grandpa Walton? Check? Even the Baldwin sisters and Ike Godsey pop up in the story, as mom Olivia sends oldest son John Boy off to find his missing dad on Christmas Eve.

Chris Isaak Christmas (Koch Vision)
Details: No musician puts on a more fun show than Isaak and his band, and it’s truly a rockin’ show as Isaak and pals Michael Bublé, Brian McKnight and Stevie Nicks run through Christmas gems like “The Christmas Song,” “White Christmas,” “Blue Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Santa Bring My Baby Back,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the Isaak holiday original “Christmas on TV.”

The Judy Garland Holiday Special (Classic World)
Details: The 1963 Christmas episode of Garland’s TV show includes guest appearances by her daughters Liza Minnelli and Lorna Luft, as well as her pal Mel Torme, and Garland closes the episode with an amazing performance of “Over the Rainbow.”
TV Screener Tidbit: Among the holiday tunes performed during the episode: “Deck the Halls,” “Jingle Bells”, “Silent Night,” “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

My Christmas (Philips)
Details: Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, Mary J. Blige, Natalie Cole and Reba McEntire perform beautiful versions of Christmas classics like “What Child Is This,” “Blue Christmas” and “The Christmas Song” in this live PBS concert, taped at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles.

Ring Christmas Bells (Mormon Tabernacle Choir)
Details: Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell has the perfect voice to accompany the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in this annual concert event, and Gilmore Girls fans will be thrilled, and moved, by Edward Herrmann (a.k.a. Richard Gilmore) and his narration of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow‘s “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”

Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes (Time Life Entertainment)

Happy Holidays with Bing & Frank (Arts Alliance)

Brian Setzer – Christmas Extravaganza (Surfdog Records)

A Christmas Carol (Turner Home Entertainment)
Details: Patrick “Capt. Piccard” Stewart is one of, if not the, best Ebenezer Scrooges ever in this 1999 made-for-TV TNT adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.
TV Screener Tidbit: More great casting: The Wire‘s Dominic West as Scrooge’s nephew Fred.

Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas (Warner Home Video )
Details: Daffy Duck is the greedy manager of the Lucky Duck convenience store, and he’s denying his employees Christmas say vacation and discounts on toys for their kids. But when Bugs Bunny pops in for some last-minute shopping, he and the store’s employees – Porky Pig, Marvin the Martian, Yosemite Sam and Speedy Gonzales – plus the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future team up to convince him his money-minded ways are bad.
TV Screener Tidbit: The ghosts: Past (Tweety and Granny), Present (Yosemite Sam) and Future (Tazmanian Devil).

A Flintstones Christmas Carol (Warner Home Video)
Details: Guess which Bedrockian is the Scrooge in this version? Yep, it’s Fred, who’s taking his role as Scrooge in the local theater production of A Christmas Carol a bit too seriously. In fact, he’s become so bitten by the acting bug that he forgets to buy his fam gifts for Christmas!
Bonus Features: The DVD includes “Christmas Flintstone,” an episode from the fifth season of The Flintstones series, in which Fred gets a job as a Macyrocks Santa and has to take over for the real Santa when he gets too sick to work on Christmas Eve.

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure (Nickelodeon Home Entertainment)

Barbie in a Christmas Carol (Universal Home Entertainment)

Mickey’s Christmas Carol (Disney)

The Muppet Christmas Carol (Disney)

WIN THIS: It’s a Very Christmas 25-Day Giveaway, Day 21: ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Seasons 1-4 & the Christmas Special DVDs

HOORAY! We have our winner:

Rachel! Congrats, Rachel, and thanks for entering. Your awesome DVD package  will be on its way to your mailboxes shortly. Enjoy, and thanks again for checking us out at TV!

And everyone, keep entering in our Christmas giveaway section … we’ve got several more TV goodies to give away!

It should be no secret to regular readers: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is one of our favorite shows.

So, what better way to say thank you to our readers than to give one of you the chance to win the complete It’s Always Sunny DVD collection, seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4, plus the new It’s a Very Sunny Christmas special? If you’ve never seen the show, here’s your chance to catch up with what is, hands down, one of the funniest shows on TV. If you already love the show, these DVDs should be in your collection. And if you already own ’em all, here’s your chance to re-gift them and make a new Sunny fan.

And now, to enter for a chance to win this complete collection of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia DVDs, remember:
– Leave a comment on this post, with your name, your favorite It’s Always Sunny episode and an e-mail address where we can reach you
– Deadline to enter to win the It’s Always Sunny DVDs is December 14 at 8PM ET (according to recorded comment time)
– The winner will be chosen by random, using’s Random Number Generator
– The winner will be announced on the evening of December 14, as an update to this post

Good luck, Sunny fans, and stay tuned for the rest of our It’s a Very Christmas 25-Day Giveaway!

WIN THIS: It’s a Very Christmas 25-Day Giveaway, Day 1: ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: It’s a Very Sunny Christmas’ DVD

HOORAY! We have our winners:

lisa and TV Obsessed! Congrats, lisa and TV Obsessed, and thanks for entering. Your awesome It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Christmas special DVDs will be on their way to your mailbox shortly. Enjoy, and thanks again for checking us out at TV!

And everyone, keep checking our Christmas giveaway section … we’ve got lots more TV goodies coming your way!

Ho, ho, holy crap, a lot of great TV-related swag has landed in the mailbox this year. DVDs, books, video games, toys … honestly, it’s more than one girl, even a totally TV-lovin’ one, can hold. And that’s good news for you, because we’ve set aside some choice swag, added a few extra goodies to the mix, and have a list of 25 TV treats to fill your stockings.

Each day for the next 25 days (including weekends), will list a new TV-related treat for giveaway. Each giveaway will run for a week, giving us plenty of time to pop ’em the mail for winners to receive before December 25. By the way, it’s called a Christmas giveaway because that’s what we celebrate in the TVScreener household, but, of course, we hope all holiday celebrants – Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Chrismukkah, Festivus, etc. – will join in the fun. Free stuff is free stuff, people!

Among the goodies we’re giving away:

– A Sons of Anarchy Blu-ray DVD box set
– All four seasons of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on DVD
– Seinfeld
– Glee
soundtrack CDs
– Wii, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS TV tie-in games
– A Peanuts holiday specials DVD box set
– A Jack Bauer action figure
– Gift cards for TV-friendly treats like pizza and ice cream
– On Cyber Monday (Nov. 30), a giveaway so cool that it could totally make the Christmas morning of one Hannah Montana fan
– And lots, lots more!

All you’ll have to do to enter: Check back at every day, from today, November 17, through December 11, and leave a comment on the giveaway posts, with your name, your all-time favorite holiday TV special, and an e-mail address where we can reach you, and you may be a winner. Check the deadline to enter for each day’s giveaway, as, again, each giveaway will run for a week.

Now, the fun part. To kick off the It’s a Very Christmas 25-Day Giveaway, we’ve got a very appropriate DVD: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: It’s a Very Sunny Christmas. This direct-to-DVD release – it’s not airing on FX (and when you see it, you’ll know why) – finds The Gang celebrating the holidays as only they can, which means it involves a bloody Santa, a naked Frank, flashbacks to when Charlie, Mac, Dennis and Sweet Dee were kiddies and a surprisingly excited recipient of a Cabbage Patch Doll.

The hilarious story unfolds as Charlie and Mac try to plan a holiday celebration at Paddy’s, while Frank taunts Dee and Dennis with their dream gifts – which he buys for himself. We find out some interesting things about the Paddy’s crew’s past – suffice it to say we learn the origin of one of Charlie’s favorite recreational habits – and the whole thing wraps up with what, by Sunny measures, is actually kind of a sweet moment.

The DVD also includes deleted scenes with the young Charlie and Mac, a Sunny sing-a-long and a behind-the-scenes featurette. In short, though it’s all about Christmas, the Sunny special is more like a valentine to fans who love these crazy characters.

And to enter for a chance to win one of two copies of the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: It’s a Very Sunny Christmas DVD, remember:
– Leave a comment on this post, with your name, your all-time favorite holiday TV special and an e-mail address where we can reach you
– Deadline to enter to win a copy of the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: It’s a Very Sunny Christmas DVD is November 24 at 8PM ET (according to recorded comment time)
– The winner will be chosen by random, using’s Random Number Generator
– The winner will be announced on the evening of November 24, as an update to this post

Good luck, Sunny fans, and stay tuned for the rest of our It’s a Very Christmas 25-Day Giveaway!

Channel Surfing – November 14, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

Edward Norton and Elizabeth Banks guest star on Wednesday’s Modern Family episode, and Minnie Driver will pop up as the next big guest star, playing an old friend of Claire’s (Julie Bowen) in January.

– Just awesome: Craig Ferguson and his Late, Late Show has topped Jimmy Fallon‘s Late Night in the ratings for the first time. The ever-charming Ferguson is the one late-night show you should be DVR-ing if you’re not staying up to watch it every night.

– Will Lou Dobbs check in at Fox News now that he’s quit CNN? Perhaps we’ll find out when he gives his first post-resignation TV interview to Bill O’Reilly Monday night (8PM, Fox News).

– Heads up Twilight-ers: Taylor Lautner (squeal!) is guesting on The Jay Leno Show Monday (11/16, 10PM ET, NBC), and he’s bringing a never-before-seen clip of The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

The Gosselins are out at TLC, and Cake Boss is getting their timeslot. That’s a scenario where we’re all winners, no?

Arrested Development dad Jeffrey Tambor will star in Rex Is Not Your Lawyer with former Doctor Who David Tennant. Tambor will play the therapist to Tennant’s Rex, an attorney whose panic attacks force him to coach his clients to represent themselves.

Alyssa Milano has signed on to guest star as Castle’s (Nathan Fillion) ex-girlfriend on ABC’s Castle.

The Hollywood Reporter has scoop on how the entrepreneurs from Shark Tank are doing. Love that show.

– Here’s hoping ABC’s Charlie’s Angels remake will be more fun than The CW’s Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 90210 redos.

– If you’re in New York City, check out the Barneys holiday windows, which feature an homage to Saturday Night Live, with papier-mâché versions of Pat, Roseanne Roseannadanna, the Coneheads and Brian Fellows.

– The It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Christmas special, which hits DVD on Tuesday (11/17): Naked Danny DeVito. Seriously. And will be giving away copies of the DVD as part of our “It’s a Very Christmas: 25 Days of Giveaways” uh, giveaways, which launches Monday, so stay tuned.

– Forget dancing. Next Tuesday’s Dancing With the Stars episode (9PM, ABC) will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Leona Lewis and Gibb brothers Barry and Robin (though sadly, not the Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon versions of them).

– And this weekend in primetime: SATURDAY: John Mayer On the Record with Fuse (9PM ET) features an interview with the singer, whose new CD, Battle Studies, drops Tuesday, the same night his NYC concert airs live on Fuse; and Mad Men‘s January Jones hosts a new Saturday Night Live (11:30PM, NBC), with musical guest Black Eyed Peas. On SUNDAY: The Prisoner miniseries remake premieres on AMC (8PM); Tough Love season 2 premieres on VH1 at 9PM; the fantastic History Channel series WWII in HD debuts at 9PM; Seinfeld and Funkhouser become friends on the penultimate Curb Your Enthusiasm of the season (9PM, HBO); and there’s a new episode of My Fair Wedding with David Tutera on WE (10PM).

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