Merry Christmas Eve and welcome to a new Wildcard Wednesday! While we celebrated last year by highlighting several of my favorite sitcom Christmas episodes, this year we’re getting more esoteric and looking at three individual episodes — from three seldom seen multi-camera live audience sitcoms of the 1950’s: Make Room For Daddy (1953-1957, ABC; 1957-1964, CBS; retitled The Danny Thomas Show in 1956), December Bride (1954-1959, CBS), and Date With The Angels (1957-1958, ABC). These are three funny episodes that are certain to spice up your holidays — and give you some much needed sitcom Christmas variety!
Make Room For Daddy
Season 1, Episode 13: “Christmas” (Aired: 12/22/53)
Danny is displeased to learn that not only is his boss forcing him to perform on Christmas, but that Rusty has given up believing in Santa. (Danny sings!)
Season 1, Episode 12: “The Christmas Show” (Aired: 12/20/54)
Lily decides to surprise Matt with a real white christmas by ordering a truckload of snow, much to the chagrin of a cantankerous neighbor. (Feel good episode!)
Date With The Angels
Season 2, Episode 14: “Santa’s Helper” [a.k.a. “The Christmas Show”] (Aired: 12/13/57)
Vicki gets her neighbor a job as a department store Santa, but he begins acting more like his character than the store manager would like. (Great guests — Mustin, Deacon, Kulp!)
Have a Merry Christmas! Come back next week for a new Wildcard Wednesday! And tune in tomorrow for more Xena!
It’s neat seeing & hearing Tom Kennedy in the Plymouth ads of Date with the Angels, as well as the rest of these shows. I wonder who won $500/monthly for life and if that person is still alive now.
Hi, Jon! Thanks for reading and commenting!
Yes, it’s always fun to see vintage commercials, particularly when the cast participates. Stay tuned for a Wildcard post in January on my favorite episodes of DATE WITH THE ANGELS!
Hope you have a Merry Christmas!