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Christmas TV schedule of festive films and TV marathons

Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parke in this scene

Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parke in this scene from the 1983 family classic film "A Christmas Story." Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

It’s no surprise that TV goes noel-nuts this holiday weekend. Christmas movies fill the usual lineups — Hallmark, HMM, Lifetime, AMC, Freeform, UP — and seasonal series outings proliferate. Here’s our rundown of the biggest festive films and episode marathons.


“A Christmas Story” (Christmas Eve at 8 p.m., TBS/TNT) — Jean Shepherd tale restarts every two hours for 24 hours.

“A Christmas Carol” (Christmas Eve at 7 p.m., FXM) — Alastair Sim’s 1951 Scrooge repeats continually through Monday 3 a.m.

Plus: “White Christmas” (Friday night at 2:30 a.m., AMC); “Holiday Affair” (Saturday at 2:15 p.m., TCM); “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Christmas Eve at 8 p.m., NBC/4; Christmas morning at 6, USA); “Christmas in Connecticut” (1945; Christmas Eve at 8 p.m., TCM); “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (Christmas Eve at 9:45 p.m., Christmas night at 7:45, Freeform); “Scrooged” (Christmas Eve at 11:55 p.m., Christmas night at 9:55 p.m., Freeform).



Dr. Seuss half-hour “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” (8 p.m., NBC/4) gets its final 2016 run.

Among Friday’s Christmas episode marathons (check online listings for more titles):

TBS (6 a.m.-11 p.m.) — “Married With Children,” “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” “Big Bang Theory.”

Decades (8 a.m.-1 p.m., tonight 2-7 a.m.) — “Loretta Young,” “Love Boat,” “Twilight Zone.”

FX (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) — “Two and a Half Men,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Mike & Molly.”

TV One (8 p.m.-2 a.m.) — “Good Times,” “Jeffersons,” “Sanford & Son.”

Plus: Kevin James in “King of Queens” (9:30-11 a.m., TBS; 6-7 p.m., WLNY; 11 p.m.-1 a.m., TV Land), “Bewitched” (10:30 a.m., Logo), “Diagnosis Murder” (11 a.m., MeTV), “Roseanne” (11 a.m.-1 p.m., CMT), “Julia” (noon, Aspire), “Twilight Zone” (noon, plus tomorrow 6 a.m., Decades), “Family Ties” (4-5 p.m., Antenna TV/11.2), “Bones” (5-8 p.m., TNT), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (5-8 p.m., Cloo), “Andy Griffith” (5:30 p.m., TV Land), “Last Man Standing” (6-8 p.m., CMT), “M*A*S*H” (7-8 p.m., MeTV), “The Simpsons” (8-11 p.m., FXX), “Doctor Who” (9 p.m., BBC America), “Murder, She Wrote” (9 p.m., Cozi/4.2), “Barney Miller” (10-11 p.m., Antenna), Festivus on “Seinfeld” (11 p.m., WPIX/11), “Wings” (midnight-1 a.m., Antenna), “Green Acres” (1 a.m., Logo), “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” (4 a.m., H&I/9.4).



Among Christmas episode marathons:

TBS — 4:30-8:30 a.m. includes “New Girl,” plus “Seinfeld” (Festivus at 8); 3-8 p.m. includes “Friends,” “Big Bang Theory.”

Cozi (6 a.m.-10 p.m.) — “Baywatch,” “Knight Rider,” “Little House,” “Hart to Hart,” “Frasier.”

FX (7 a.m.-1 p.m.) — “Two and a Half Men,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Mike & Molly.”

MeTV (9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) — “Have Gun, Will Travel,” “Wagon Train,” “Rawhide.”

Decades (1 p.m.-through Monday) — Tomorrow flashes back to ‘50s (“77 Sunset Strip”), ‘60s (“Patty Duke”), ‘70s (“Police Woman”), ‘80s (“Square Pegs”), ‘90s (“The Pretender”), 2000s (“JAG”).

Antenna (1 p.m.-2 a.m.) — “All in the Family,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “Doogie Howser M.D.,” “Addams Family,” “My Mother the Car,” “Bewitched,” “Green Acres,” “Flying Nun.”

Laff (6 p.m.-2:30 a.m.) — “Drew Carey,” “Spin City,” “Night Court,” “Roseanne.”

TV Land (9 p.m.-3:30 a.m.) — “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “King of Queens,” “New Adventures of Old Christine.”

Heroes & Icons (9 p.m.-5 a.m.) — “Hill Street Blues,” “NYPD Blue,” “21 Jump Street.”


Among Christmas episode marathons:

Decades (continuing through Monday 7 a.m.) — Sunday’s TV runs from ‘50s (“Wagon Train”) to ‘70s (“White Shadow”) to ‘90s (“Dr. Quinn,” “Early Edition,” “Touched by an Angel”).

Cozi — (6-10 a.m.) “Dick Van Dyke,” “Real McCoys,” “Lone Ranger”; (1-11 p.m., except 5-6 p.m.) “Starsky & Hutch,” “Six Million Dollar Man,” “Quantum Leap.”

Antenna (7 a.m.-4 a.m.) — “Rin Tin Tin,” “Dennis the Menace,” “Three’s Company,” “One Day at a Time,” “Alfred Hitchcock.”

TeenNick (7 a.m.-Monday 6 a.m.) — “Drake & Josh,” “iCarly,” “Kenan & Kel,” “Rugrats,” “Ren & Stimpy.”

MeTV (2-7:30 p.m.) — “Gilligan’s Island,” “Family,” “Andy Griffith.”

Fox/5 (7-10 p.m.) — “Bob’s Burgers,” “Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” “Last Man on Earth.”

TV Land (8 p.m.-1 a.m.) — “Reba,” “Raymond,” “King of Queens.”

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