The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Specials

Christmas TV specials, limited series and movies are bigger than ever these days from now until the New Year, you’ll be able to find some festive yule-tide programming every night of the week. From the traditional viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, the different versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to baking shows and live music specials, we’ve got them all listed on the new Christmas TV Specials page. (Since not all of the networks list their specials early, this list will be updated throughout the coming weeks, so check back often for new additions!)


1. Thursday Night Football  / NBC / 21,727,000 viewers
2. Sunday Night Football / NBC / 20,442,000 viewers
3. Thursday Night Football Pre-Kick / NBC / 15,328,000 viewers
4. 60 Minutes / CBS / 12,957,000 viewers
5. NCIS / CBS / 11,951,000 viewers
6. Football Night in America / NBC / 10,709,000 viewers
7. Thursday Night Football Pre-Game / NBC / 9,597,000 viewers
8. FBI / CBS / 8,918,000 viewers
9. The Voice / NBC / 8,918,000 viewers
10. God Friended Me / CBS / 8,090,000

Lifesize 2: A Christmas Eve - Dec 2. - 9:00 p.m. Freeform
This is the sequel to Disney’s Life-Size that came out in 2000. Here, Grace Manning is the 20-something CEO of Marathon Toys, a huge toy company started by her mother that is most famous for manufacturing the iconic Eve doll. Grace is also in the middle of her quarter-life crisis, realizing she is in over her head as CEO. To make matters worse, her wild-child ways are causing the company’s stock to plummet. With the help of her young next-door neighbor, Grace’s old Eve doll (Tyra Banks) magically awakens to help get Grace back on track and give her the confidence to be the woman and leader Eve knows Grace can be.

The Great Christmas Light Fight - Dec. 3 - 8:00 p.m. - ABC
This year marks the 6th season of this Christmas light decorating competition show. Hosted and judged by Taniya Nayak and Carter Oosterhouse, this show features the best, odd and most original Christmas light displays all across the country.

Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas - Dec. 3 - 8:00 p.m. - Hallmark Channel
8:00 p.m. - Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas - Hallmark
A one-hour special starring Grant, husband Vince Gill, Kellie Pickler and Michael W. Smith. A one-hour special starring Grant, husband Vince Gill, Kellie Pickler and Michael W. Smith. Grant will be sharing family Christmas memories and beloved traditions alongside shining a light on the charities that are close to her heart. Among those featured will be Song for Veterans, Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation, Appalachian Relief Fund, World Relief and Barefoot Republic, Grant’s own camp for kids.

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The Kids Are Alright
If you didn’t grow up with a mother like Peggy Cleary, you definitely knew somebody whose mother was like Peggy Cleary. While ABC’s family comedy, The Kids Are Alright features an ensemble cast, Mary McCormack steals the show as the mother of eight boys who utters pearls of wisdom like “We can’t afford asthma. Go out and play” and “If you had any talent, I would have noticed it” while making dinner or hemming pants. Read More>>>

Magnum P.I.
Total disclosure: of the eight seasons that it was on, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a single episode of the original Magnum P.I. What I do know of the show is that it was filmed in Hawaii, the Red Ferrari, Higgins, Tom Selleck’s moustache and the iconic theme song. With the new version that airs tonight, all of the above are there – except for the stache. And Higgins is now a woman. And the theme song is now a ten second sound byte. Anyway…Read More >>>

New Amsterdam
NBC’s New Amsterdam is a medical drama inspired by the memoir of Dr. Eric Manheimer. Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital was written about Dr. Manheimer’s 15 years there. I’ve never read this book, but the doctor must be some kind of saint because NBC’s version of the man is nearly perfect or so it seems. Ryan Eggold, best known for playing Tom Keen is The Blacklist and the spinoff The Blacklist: Redemption, plays Dr. Max Goodwin, New Amsterdam’s newest medical director who most certainly walks on water. Read More >>>

A Million Little Things
While This is Us is a show about family, Million Things is about friendship. Supposedly. I say “supposedly” because some of the characters of this show don’t have a clue of what that means and I guess (or hope) that is the bigger picture for this show. From the constant commercial viewing, one would take away from it that life is too short for weak friendships and that Jon’s suicide is a reminder of such. But before the pilot episode is over, other facts are revealed about this small group’s friendships that will no doubt be tested as the series goes on. Read More >>>

Murphy Brown
The snarky, political loud mouth sitcom, Murphy Brown aired on CBS from 1988 to 1998. Now the show is back but instead of being “re-imagined” or “rebooted,” the new series is considered a revival featuring most of the original cast and creators. And the result? It’s as if they never left the small screen. Oh, a lot of things have changed since the show went off the air. The passing of Robert Pastorelli (Eldin Bernecky) and Pat Corley (Phil). Murphy’s son Avery is all grown up (the first Avery was played by Cyllan Christopher from 1994-1995 and the second was played by Haley Joel Osment from 1997-1998). Murphy herself is retired. Frank has been away from the camera too and “misses being famous.”  Read More >>>

I Feel Bad
I feel bad that NBC’s new sitcom from executive producer Amy Poehler isn’t better. I Feel Bad has a great premise, features a diverse cast and a super likable couple, but it only shines occasionally. Maybe it’s because the show seems like it wants to be a family comedy, a workplace comedy and an edgy comedy all at once. At least the first third is pretty good.The guilt ridden show centers on Emet Sweetzer(Sarayu Blue) who wants to be the perfect mom, boss, wife, friend and daughter but like the rest of us, she’s falling short on all accounts.  Read More >>>

God Friended Me
God Friended Me centers on a male character who doesn’t believe in God but is appointed to work for Him in His behalf anyway. In this story though, Miles Finer is the son of a preacher man who grew up in the church and used to have faith in God and then lost it somewhere down the road. Today, his father is celebrating 25 years of serving at Harlem’s Trinity Church and the Reverend Arthur Finer would very much like his son to attend the ceremony, but he and Miles haven’t spoken to each other for some time. Miles’ sister Ali wants the two to make up, but she doesn’t get very far. Read More >>>

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