On TV this Black Friday: CBS and NBC revisit holiday classics, the Guardians of the Galaxy get in the yuletide spirit and Jimmy Stewart comes to realize he has a Wonderful Life. Here are 16 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern. (Also check out our weekly TVLine-Up of premieres and finales, plus our monthly streaming guide.)
What to Watch Today
Grinch, Guardians and Frosty, It's a Wonderful Life and More
The Croods: Family Tree
Season 5 premiere (all six episodes): After the Croods find a man frozen in a block of ice, they thaw him and discover he was an old flame of Gran’s!
Movie premiere: A teenager (played by black-ish‘s Marsai Martin) discovers she can control her pro football player dad (Power’s Omari Hardwick) on the field through [a name-brand video game]; Kelly Rowland and Rome Flynn (HTGAWM) co-star.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
The Guardians, on a mission to make Christmas unforgettable for Quill, send Mantis and Drax to Earth in search of the perfect gift. (Read preview.)
In the penultimate Season 1 episode, Flynne, Burton and Conner meet with Lowbeer and are put to the test.
It's a Wonderful Life Marathon
Through 3 am | Settle in with your loved ones for six consecutive airings of this 1946 classic, which stars Jimmy Stewart as a banker who learns what life would have been like without him.
TV-movie premiere: Nashville‘s Clare Bowen plays a woman posing as a family influencer in hopes of winning a brand’s design contest.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
RUN DMC’s Rev Run presents a hip-hop reimagining of the iconic ballet; the special features marrieds Allison Holker and Stephen “tWitch” Boss.
Christmas at the Drive-In
TV-movie premiere: A property lawyer (The Wonder Years‘ Danica McKellar) is determined to keep her town’s drive-in theater opened.
Frosty the Snowman
In this 1969 cartoon, comedian Jackie Vernon voices the titular snowman, who sets off for the North Pole to keep from melting. (Frosty Returns follows at 8:30.)
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Based on the goofy holiday song, this animated special follows young Jake Spankenheimer’s adventure to find his missing g’ma and prove that Santa is real. (Scooby-Doo, Where Are You Now! follows at 8:30 pm.)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The classic cartoon follows the title character (voiced by Boris Karloff) on his mission to steal Christmas customs from the people of Whoville. (Trolls Holiday in Harmony follows at 8:30 pm.)
Jeff Dunham: Me the People
Dunham and his merry band of puppets return for his 11th stand-up comedy special.
A Royal Corgi Christmas
TV-movie premiere: A prince hoping to win back his mother’s love with an adorable (but unruly) corgi falls for a dog trainer (played by Y&R‘s Hunter King).
Steppin' Into the Holiday
TV-movie premiere: Former Broadway star
BillieBilly Holiday (Saved by the Bell‘s Mario Lopez) returns to his hometown and helps revive the annual Christmas Eve dance recital; Jana Kramer (One Tree Hill) co-stars.
Josh Groban's Great Big Radio City Show
The beloved baritone is joined at Radio City Music Hall by Cyndi Lauper, Denée Benton, Breland, ballet dancer Tiler Peck and artist David Garibaldi.
Season 3 premiere: Bob, Eureka and Shangela head to Granbury, Texas.