The Ten Least Successful Holiday Specials of All Time

The Ten Least Successful Holiday Specials of All Time December 18, 2014

A Canadian Christmas with David Cronenberg (1986)
A Muppet Christmas with Zbigniew Brzezinski (1978)
An Algonquin Round Table Christmas (1927)
Ayn Rand’s A Selfish Christmas (1951)
Bob & Carol & Ted & Santa (1973)
Christmas with the Nuge (2002)
Noam Chomsky: Deconstructing Christmas (1998)
The Lost Star Trek Christmas Episode: “A Most Illogical Holiday” (1968)
The Mercury Theater of the Air Presents the Assassination of Saint Nicholas (1939)
The Village People in Can’t Stop the Christmas Music — On Ice! (1980)

HT: John Scalzi, who goes into hilarious detail here.

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  • Marthe Lépine

    Good thing I almost never watch TV: Those would have been a huge waste of time! But fun to read about after the fact.

  • bear

    And yet, even these imaginary specials could not compete with the Star Wars Holiday Special.

    • MarylandBill

      This list simply proves that the real world is capable of far exceeding the imagination of man. If none of these imagined “Christmas Specials” could exceed the badness of the Star Wars Holiday Special then it proves that man should not rely on his imagination to place limits on the world.

  • JohnE_o

    Even so, there’s a couple of those listed that I’d like to watch…

    On edit – ohmigosh – Scalzi perfectly captured the essentials of ST:TOS!

  • Rob B.

    Is the Ayn Rand Christmas for real, or just Mr. Scalzi’s quirky sense of humor? Either way, the very notion is both disturbing and hilarious!

  • Heather

    John Scalzi wins the internet. I keep trying to comment on my favourite, and then changing my mind on which one is my favourite because they are all hysterically funny.

  • Gabriel Blanchard

    I think I’d actually watch the Ayn Rand and Village People ones, if only because the descriptions almost made me crack a rib laughing.