TV Holiday Classics helps to keep a broke Retroist occupied

A few weeks back my wife came home from black friday shopping with a peace offering for me. She had bought me the DVD set featured above, “Holiday TV Classics” and also the “Holiday Family Classics” set. She said, “they were only $5 each. Why dont you go sit down and check them out and I will unload this stuff?”

49 classic holiday TV shows

Great DVD set from Millcreek Entertainment has 49 holiday episodes

I knew that this meant that she had spent every dime I had to my name and that I could not afford to leave the house, so thank goodness I had 42 hours worth of new retro entertainment in my hands. I am almost through the TV classics set and enjoying it a lot. A lot of the shows even have the original commercials intact.

Some of the highlights of this set are three episodes of the Jack Benny show, five Ozzie and Harriet shows, along with a few Dragnets, Red Skeltons, and lots of more obscure titles. Video quality varies throughout the set, but some shows are old enough that kinescopes are the only way they have survived.

As with many “holiday compilations”, some of these are New Years themed episodes and a few are Thanksgiving related. The set is avilable at Amazon for just over $5.

The other set, Holiday Family Classics, has 12 mostly public-domain movies and 27 Christmas cartoons. Notable among the movies are “The Littlest Angel”, “Miracle on 34th Street” (the 1955 TV version), and “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”. The rest I am not familiar with, but will comment here after viewing.

Needless to say I was more excited for the TV compilation, which I can highly recommend!


I am a junior-grade retroist working out of the NW office, close to my Retro cave in Woodland, WA. I enjoy old video games, toys, books, movies, band-aid tins full of old Cracker Jack prizes and long walks on the beach.

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4 thoughts on “TV Holiday Classics helps to keep a broke Retroist occupied

  1. mwentworth says:

    Update: I have watched some of the Holiday Family Classics set with the movies and cartoons and it is quite meh. Most of the same old public domain Christmas cartoons, including Max Fleischer’s version of Rudolph, and so far, some very mediocre movies. However, my wife was holding something back; This morning I ripped open a package including the third part of the trilogy from Millcreek, “1001 Classic Commercials”. 16 hours of classic commercials on three discs for $5? Whatta Bargain! I will report back again on this one.

  2. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Awesome compilation, M.
    The perfect equivalent of a yuletide log on the telly, instead of the typical commercial-laden holiday programming.

    But speaking of commericals, that second set you got sounds even more awesomer, if a bit crazyfying to watch all at once.
    (That’s a dare)

  3. mwentworth says:

    Ha! I guess I forgot to mention; a bonus feature on the TV Classics was a “virtual fireplace”! I didn’t really need it, already having two fake fireplaces in my living room….

  4. Awesome! But the OCD in me has to say, they couldn’t get just ONE more episode to bring it up to 50? What a missed marketing opportunity! LOL

    Sounds like something great, though, congrats & Happy Holidays!

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