On TV this Christmas Eve: Law & Order: SVU decks its tree with a string of cases, a James Bond marathon will leave you shaken and stirred, Doctor Who is visited by the Ghost of Christmas (Specials) Past and Ralphie wants that Red Ryder badly. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
What to Watch Tonight
Christmas Story and Who-athons, Merry Dunphys and More
A 007 Christmas
Through Friday 6:20 am | Cuddle up under the tree with a bunch of Bonds, from Sean Connery (Never Say Never Again) to Daniel Craig (Skyfall). (See full line-up.)
Law & Order: SVU Marathon
Through 11 pm | Or, as USA Network usually calls it, “Wednesday.”
Through 5 pm | Kapow! Biff! Watch a marathon of the original Adam West-fronted TV show. Z-z-zwap! Thunk!
Too Cute! Marathon
Through Midnight | Warning: Adorable though they may be, baby goats are not a great last-minute Christmas gift.
Christmas Family Film Marathon
Through Thursday 2 am | While the cookies are baking, tune in for flicks like Puss in Boots, How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek Forever After and Christmas With the Kranks. (Continues Thursday 7 am-Friday 3 am.)
A Christmas Story Marathon
“You’ll shoot your eye out,” “Fragile!” and that terrible tongue scene… x 12.
It's a Wonderful Life
But really: Who’d trust Uncle Billy with all of that cash? Use your head, George!
I Love Lucy
If you missed the recent rebroadcast of two classic, colorized Lucy episodes — the Christmas installment and the Lucy-and-Ethel-work-the-chocolate-conveyor-belt fiasco — here’s another chance.
Repeats to Revisit: On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Dunphys and Pritchetts Express Christmas™-ing! (Season 1’s “Undeck the Halls” follows.)