Mark your calendar: the best holiday TV shows |


Mark your calendar: the best holiday TV shows

We count down the must-see holiday TV shows, right up until Dick Clark drops the ball

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

(Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: © Classic Media)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Image credit: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: © Classic Media

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

(Wed., Dec. 1, 8-9 p.m., CBS)

STARRING Burl Ives (as singing narrator Sam the Snowman), plus lesser-known actors voicing Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snowmonster, and the Misfit Toys

WHAT MAKES IT A TREAT The first and best of the classic stop-motion animated holiday specials created by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass (the folks behind Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, The Year Without a Santa Claus, and The Little Drummer Boy), Rudolph celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, making it the longest-running special in TV history. And it all came about because Rankin lived next door to ”Rudolph” songwriter Johnny Marks. Just be happy he didn’t live next door to the composer of ”Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”