It’s almost Christmas time, and that of course means a proliferation if Christmas themed TV episodes. Perhaps the most commonly produced Christmas episode is some kind of spoof or spin-off of Charles Dickens’ short story The Christmas Carol. You know, Scooge, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley, and the whole bit.
The Onion’s AV Club has a great rundown of 23 shows that have done a Christmas Carol episode, and it reveals some lost gems. I seem to vaguely remember that Mr. Magoo’s Christmas special (it must have been rerun in the 1980s; I’m not old enough to have watched it live) because I remember being incredibly frightened at the sight of the poor, half-blind old man crawling across his own gravestone accompanied by a hooded, skeletal reaper. Yikes.
Without this list, though, I never would have known that the Six Million Dollar Man (of this episode, The Onion says: “Mustachioed cyborg Steve Austin gets beset by two Scrooges in this extremely loose Dickens adaptation, in which Steve’s boss forces him to work during the holidays, investigating crotchety electronics manufacturer Horton Budge.” Sounds like a stretch to me…) or The Real Ghostbusters had adapted Dickensian stories of their own.
A list of 23 is too short, and offends preference for even numbers, so let’s see what else we can come up with to round this out. The Simpsons did an episode like this, as I’m about 50% sure that every show that was ever on TV did as well. So, what did The Onion miss? What, in your opinion, is the best, most ridiculous, silliest, dumbest, most beloved, or worst TV adaptation of the Christmas Carol? Let us hear in the comments.