There might be an endless amount of holiday content to stream this Christmas, but there's nothing quite like the classics to really get you in the holiday spirit. And what could be more classic than a trip to Whoville for Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas?
The 1966 CBS animated special adapted Dr. Seuss' classic Christmas tale of a thieving miser who tries to sabotage the Christmas-loving Whos' holiday celebration by stealing everything from the ornaments on their trees to the roast beast to, yes, even the ice cubes. But this children's tale ultimately reveals the important lesson that Christmas is not about the presents or the decorations or even the food. It's about being with the ones you love most! Realizing that the holiday is about more than his stolen goods, the Grinch returns the contraband to Whoville and joins in on the merriment. Solid holiday fun for everyone!
The mini-movie was produced by Chuck Jones, narrated by Boris Karloff, and features the musical talents of Thurl Ravenscroft. Despite more than half a century passing since its original airing — and two feature film adaptations to follow — it still remains the seminal screen version.
So, if you want to gather all your little Whos around to watch the Grinch's heart grow three sizes in spite of himself, NBC will air How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Dec. 25 at 8/7c. The film is also available for to rent on YouTube and Amazon Prime.
(Note: If you do happen to want to watch Jim Carrey strutting around as the furry green guy in Ron Howard's live action version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, that film is currently available to stream on Netflix. Or, if you're in the mood for the 2018 animated adaptation, The Grinch is also available on Netflix.)