THE FLINTSTONES: "Christmas Flintstone" (The original from 1964) is one of the two constants, and begins the process every year! This is the “Fred Saves Christmas” tale that was such a wonder to “single-digit-age-me”, well before everyone and his or her brother began “Saving Christmas”. Indeed, I figure if I hang around long enough, even *I* will get a shot at “Saving Christmas”. You can start thanking me now, as a token of your advance appreciation.
|Oh, Mama! I'm part of a TRILOGY... whatever that is!|
BEWITCHED: “A Vision of Sugar Plums" Samantha instills the Christmas spirit in a very cynical little boy (played by future LOST IN SPACE star Billy Mumy) by having him meet Santa. Wonderful stuff, with Santa nicely portrayed by actor Cecil Kellaway.
In minor roles, we also see Gerry Johnson (the “new” voice for Betty Rubble, who also appears in "Christmas Flintstone") and future co-star of BEWITCHED’s “competing series” I DREAM OF JEANNIE Bill Daly.
|Then again, might that "toy" in the upper right be more than meets the eye? Naaah! ...Or, maybe so?|
Character actor Walter Burke is perfect as the eccentric, yet charmingly paranoid and distrustful (if you can ACTUALLY BE “charmingly paranoid and distrustful”) titular Toymaker “Mr. O.M”.
This is the second entry in LIS’s “Celestial Department Store Trilogy” and, thus, also features the wonderful character actor Fritz Feld, as the officious, German-accented alien functionary “Zumdish”. Great fun, and sci-fi the way they’ll never do it again!
|That's MISTER Zumdish, to you! >POP!<|
"The Toymaker" is part of Lost In Space Season Two, Volume Two.
As a near-lifelong DC Comics fan, this has become a Neo-Christmas-Classic for me! The Flash and Martian Manhunter stories have actually caused me to choke up! A must see, certainly for any comic book fan!
Finally, there was I LOVE LUCY: “Drafted”, a typical series comedic misunderstanding plot, where Lucy and Ethel think Ricky and Fred are going into the Army, while Ricky and Fred think that Lucy and Ethel are pregnant - Ethel, pregnant?! But, there was one special moment at the end of the episode where they do a Christmas bit that was excised from syndicated broadcasts and restored to the DVD.
|Here's the FOUR of us!|
|WAIT! Who's THAT in the middle?|
|NAW! It COULDN'T be HIM!|
|...Or, COULD it?|