On TV this Christmas Eve: TBS serves up a dozen triple-dog dares, Starz sets its sights on a Black Sails binge, Jimmy Stewart (again) learns he has A Wonderful Life and Mr. Magoo is the ultimate Scrooge. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar:
What to Watch Today
Christmas Story Marathon, A Wonderful Life and More
Dawn of the Croods
Series premiere (all episodes): A continuation of the Dreamworks film finds Eep, Grug, Thunk, Ugga, Sandy and Gran discovering a number of firsts, from slumber parties to elections.
Black Sails Marathon
Through 10 pm | Captain Flint and John Silver’s seafaring adventures continue in all 10 Season 2 episodes. (Find return date.)
Back to the Future Marathon
Through 1:30 am | Nothing says “Christmas” quite like Libyan terrorists, time travel and countless commercial interruptions!
A Christmas Story
Through Friday at 8 pm | Ralphie may or may not grow up to be an advocate for gun control after nearly shooting his eye out. Watch him do it — 12 times in a row!
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Marathon
Through Friday at 8 pm | There must be someone out there who wants 13 consecutive airings of Jim Carrey’s live-action Grinch adaptation… right?
There will be no “yippee ki yay, Mister Falcons” during the premium cabler’s broadcast of this quintessential Christmas movie. (Die Hard 2 follows at 10:15 pm.)
It's a Wonderful Life
Settle in with your loved ones and re-re-re-relive the 1946 classic, which stars Jimmy Stewart as a banker who learns what life would have been like without him.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A broadcast of the 1965 ‘toon is followed by an encore of the Kristen Bell-hosted retrospective with performances by Kristen Chenoweth, Matthew Morrison, Sarah McLachlan and Boyz II Men.
Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol
TV’s first-ever animated holiday special is really just a Magoo’d take on the classic Charles Dickens tale. Basically, it’s A Christmas Carol if Ebenezer Scrooge was nearsighted.
May Peace Prevail on Earth: An Interfaith Christmas Special
Scripture readings, music and carols fill the hour-long interfaith service from St. Gregory’s of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco.