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A Festivus Weekend With Seinfeld, Brady Bunch, Grinch, Rudolph, Frosty, Mary Poppins

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It's a Festivus for the rest of us this weekend, with classic holiday episodes of "Seinfeld," "The Brady Bunch," "A Very Brady Christmas" and Perry Como's variety show.

"Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,"  "Frosty the Snowman," "Frosty Returns" and "The Elf on a Shelf" also repeat.

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Julie Andrews as "Mary Poppins."

And you can watch Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews in "Mary Poppins" Saturday, and Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore Sunday in "The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now in Living Color!" CBS special from the classic 1960s sitcom.

Below are the classic TV and movie highlights this weekend. For a complete list of Christmas specials, print my 2016 Holiday Program Guide here. (To see shows on GET TV, you'll need an antenna as I explained in my Nov. 22 blog.)


Seinfeld (7 p.m., TBS): Elaine is embarrassed by her Christmas photo taken by Kramer.

Seinfeld (7:30 p.m., TBS): A festivus for the rest of us.

The Kid Who Loved Christmas (8 p.m., Channel  64.4 GET TV): An orphan wants to spend Christmas with his adopted father. With Cicely Tyson, Sammy Davis Jr.

Ms. Scrooge (10 p.m., Channel  64.4 GET TV): Cicely Tyson as a modern Scrooge in 1997.


Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (7:30 p.m., TBS): Boris Karloff narrates the classic 1966 cartoon.

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Rudolph, Hermie and Yukon Cornelius in "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (8 p.m., Channel 12 CBS): The 1964 animated classic narrated by Burl Ives.

Mary Poppins (8 p.m., Channel 9, ABC): The 1964 Julie Andrews-Dick Van Dyke Disney film set in London.

An Elf’s Story: The Elf on a Shelf (8 p.m., TBS): Animated. An elf helps a boy believe in Christmas.

Fred Claus (8:30 p.m., TBS): Santa (Paul Giamatti) bails out his brother (Vince Vaughn).

Frosty the Snowman (9 p.m., Channel 12 CBS):  Jimmy Durante narrates the 1969 musical cartoon.

Frosty Returns (9:30 p.m., Channel 12 CBS): Jonathan Winters tells how a new snow removal spray threatens Frosty.


The Brady Bunch (2:30 p.m., Channel 5.2 MeTV): Carol (Florence Henderson) loses her voice before the Christmas concert.

A Very Brady Christmas (3 p.m., Channel 5.2 MeTV): The 1988 Christmas reunionmovie.

A Christmas Carol (7:45 p.m., Channel 64.4 GET TV): Patrick Stewart gives Scrooge the Dickens in 1999.

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Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke and Larry Mathews starred in "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now in Living Color! (8 p.m., Channel 12, CBS): CBS airs two colorized 1960s episodes --about Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) convinced they've brought the wrong baby home from the hospital, and Laura Petrie (Mary Tyler Moore) tricked by a game show host into revealing that TV star Alan Brady (Reiner) is bald. See my story, "Enjoy 'Dick Van Dyke Show' Sunday, Which P&G Almost Killed."

Frozen (8 p.m., Channel 9 ABC): ABC TV premiere for hit 2013 Disney animated feature.

Perry Como's Christmas In Austria (10 p.m., Channel 64.4 GET TV):  Songs from the "Sound of Music."

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.