Today, we share the master list of my picks for the all-time greatest Christmas TV episodes of the 1950s.
All through Christmas Eve, I counted down my 24 favorite episodes of 1950s TV shows. My criteria for the stories were A. No adaptations of Christmas films (there were SO many of those back in the day), B. only actual story episodes (so no Christmas specials, as they are way too hard to compare against each other), C. no TV movie anthology series, like The Alcoa Hour or Robert Montgomery Presents (not enough of them are available to watch today, so I want to be able to fairly compare them, and since I can’t, then I’ll just eliminate them all. Short anthology series like Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Loretta Young Show that were syndicated and are still readily available still count) and D. Christmas spirit counts extra, so a great episode that is dark as heck will be ranked not as high as a less great episode that is festive (but, still, if an episode is great, I’ll still rank it as, well, come on, we’re still looking for quality TV here). The episodes all originally aired in the 1950s.
The awesome 1950s TV Christmas image was made by Nick Perks!
Click on any entry for my write-up on that episode.