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TV’s very special Christmas specials

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‘A PERFECT DAY’
Rob Lowe stars in a film that pits fame versus family. (Art Streiber / TNT)
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‘Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer’
With an antique charm, the Rankin-Bass holiday special is fetishistically adored in some quarters. (Classic Media)
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‘Davey and Goliath: Snowboard Christmas’
The animated title characters made a comeback in 2004 after a 30-year absence in a new one-hour special on the Hallmark Channel. I don’t know, Davey... (Associated Press)
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‘The PJs Christmas Special’
Eddie Murphy’s short-lived animated series aired a Christmas episode in 1999. (Jim Lomasson / Fox)
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‘Walker, Texas Ranger’
Nearly ten years before his improbable return to pop cultural prominence, Chuck Norris starred in a curious retelling of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in his CBS series. (CBS)
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‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’
Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown. The holiday institution has aired every year since 1965. (© 1965 United Features Syndicate Inc)
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‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas’
The Chuck Jones-animated special featuring the voice of Boris Karloff has been a holiday favorite since 1966, only to be remade into a less-successful live-action movie in 2000. (Warner Bros.)
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‘The Christmas Shoes’
Rob Lowe starred in 2002’s decidedly less merry TV movie “The Christmas Shoes,” the story of a man who helps find a special present for a boy’s dying mother. (CBS)
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‘The Christmas Blessing’
Neil Patrick Harris and Rebecca Gayheart starred in 2005’s equally sentimental sequel to Lowe’s highly rated “The Christmas Shoes.” (CBS)
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Boston Legal
William Shatner flexed his considerable vocal chops in a 2004 Christmas episode of “Boston Legal.” (ABC)
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‘A Christmas Story’
Though released theatrically in 1983, Ralphie, Flick, and the whole cast have become a holiday fixture, courtesy of an annual 24-hour marathon on TBS. (TBS)
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