"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Dec 032015




When you think of the holidays, a few things come to mind. Family, togetherness and TV. Lots of TV. But instead of watching a 24-hour yule log or another football game, celebrate the season by streaming some true television chestnuts, courtesy of Shout Factory TV.

 Unwrap our collection of holiday episodes from your favorite classic shows like Father Knows Best, Dennis the Menace and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Even “Weird Al” gets in the spirit with his Obligatory Holiday Episode. Trust us, it beats avoiding the mistletoe at the office holiday party any day.

 Then gather the family around your favorite streaming device for An American Christmas Carol, starring Henry Winkler. It’s the cherished story of redemption, mercy, and three ghosts who have nothing better to do than harass an old miser on Christmas Eve. After the movie’s over, stick around as our original series, Backlot, explores the making of this timeless film.

Can’t stand family drama during the holidays? Escape into the fictional teenage drama of Swans Crossing, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. The series deals with hard-hitting issues that affect every teen — like phony birth certificates, espionage, and what to do when your dad just won’t leave his submarine. Watch the complete series and wonder how you ever lived without it.

 And there’s even more streaming for free this month. Pour yourself some eggnog and enjoy fresh, classic MST3K episodes Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders and The Day the Earth Froze. Plus tackle Dick Cavett: Sports Icons for interviews with legends like George Foreman and Joe Namath.



  • Dennis the Menace – The Christmas Story/Dennis & Christmas
  • Dennis the Menace – The Christmas Horse/Another Christmas Story
  • Dennis the Menace –The Fifteen-Foot Christmas Tree
  • Father Knows Best – The Christmas Story
  • Father Knows Best – The Angel’s Sweater
  • Father Knows Best – The Christmas Story
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis – Deck the Halls
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis – Jangle Bells
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis – Have Reindeer, Will Travel
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis – Will the Real Santa Claus Please Come Down the Chimney?
  • The Weird Al Show – The Obligatory Holiday Episode



In this unique retelling of Charles Dickens’ beloved “A Christmas Carol,” Henry Winkler is Benedict Slade, a heartless finance company president in Depression era New England.  He shatters the Christmas hopes of his debtors by mercilessly repossessing their most prized goods—and then fires his faithful assistant, Thatcher, on Christmas Eve.

Alone in his apartment, the selfish Slade is visited by three ghosts—Christmas Past, Present and Future—who take him on a late-night journey and reveal the bitter truths of his life to teach him the true meaning of Christmas.

This wonderful tale of a 20th-Century Scrooge is a moving and heartfelt adaptation that brings new life to a treasured holiday classic.

Backlot – An American Christmas Carol

Go behind the scenes of this Christmas classic, focusing on Henry Winkler’s five hour makeup transformation, why he initially refused to play Benedict Slade and more!



(All 65 episodes)

Sarah Michelle Gellar takes on her first leading role in this syndicated American teen drama that originally aired in the summer of 1992. The series chronicled the lives of a group of wealthy teens who stir up scandal and excitement in their small, seaside town called Swans Crossing.



Shout! Factory TV keeps up the monthly themed The Dick Cavett Show releases, curated for fans of rock icons, comic legends, and many more groupings of entertainment’s finest subjects. This December, Shout! Factory TV is streaming a collection of nine never-before-released episodes featuring sports legends from Muhammad Ali to Mickey Mantle.

 The Dick Cavett Show Sports Icons: Joe Namath (1969)

Dick Cavett interviews legendary former Jets player, Joe Namath, also known as “Broadway Joe”. Namath is known for victory in Super Bowl III as the Jets quarterback.

 The Dick Cavett Show Sports Icons: Mickey Mantle (1970)

Mickey Mantle appears as a guest on the Dick Cavett show. Mickey Mantle was a team member of the New York Yankees, where he became a 7 time World Champion.

 The Dick Cavett Show Sports Icons: Muhammad Ali (1978)

Dick Cavett interviews Muhammad Ali, a former professional boxer generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the history of boxing.

 The Dick Cavett Show Sports Icons: Tommy Lasorda (1992)

Dick Cavett interviews Tommy Lasorda, a former MLB player and sports manager. Associated with the Brooklyn Dodgers and LA Dodgers.

 The Dick Cavett Show Sports Icons: Evander Holyfield (1992)

Dick Cavett interviews Evander Holyfield, a former professional boxer nicknamed, “The Real Deal”, for his world champion titles in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions.

 The Dick Cavett Show Sports Icons: George Foreman (1993)

Dick Cavett interviews former professional boxer, George Foreman. Foreman’s accolades include being a two-time heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist.

 The Dick Cavett Show Sports Icons: Rick Pitino (1992)

Rick Pitino, an American basketball coach, is interviewed by Dick Cavett.

 The Dick Cavett Show Sports Icons: Bob Costas (1993)

Dick Cavett interviews Bob Costas, an American sportscaster for NBC Sports.

 The Dick Cavett Show Sports Icons: Howard Cosell (1991)

Howard Cosell, a former American Sports Journalist, is Dick Cavett’s guest for this episode.



This December, Shout! Factory TV presents two classic MST3K episodes available exclusively month-long!

Multiple Emmy®-nominated and Peabody Award-winning Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) is a true cult classic. Its high-camp rendition of B-movies from every genre to the small screen makes it one of the most memorable pop culture shows of our time. Brimming with laugh-out-loud commentaries from caustically hilarious space travelers Joel Robinson, Mike Nelson and their robot pals Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, MST3K was a genuine phenomenon. Its popularity spawned an MST3K fan following that numbers over hundreds of thousands of fans world-wide.

MST3K: Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders

A grandfather tells his grandson several horrifying stories involving the wizard Merlin and a stolen monkey doll in Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders.

MST3K: The Day the Earth Froze  

Joel and the Bots learn the ins and outs of the circus in the short Here Comes the Circus (1946) and then try to make sense of the Nordic fairy tale film The Day the Earth Froze (1959).



Shout! Factory TV proudly presents its monthly series, Backlot. Each episode grants an inside look at cult favorite series and films, covering everything from the Power Rangers to Roger Corman. Hosted by Shout! Factory’s Brian Ward, Backlot showcases interviews, behind the scenes footage, featurettes and much more from the pop culture classics you never outgrew.

 Backlot – Fridays Writers’ Circle

Head writer of Fridays, Steve Adams, sits down with the show’s writing staff 34 years later to reflect.

 Backlot – Godzilla Marathon

August Ragone, Kaiju expert, presents his introductions to nine Godzilla movies, full of monster facts and interesting behind the scenes insight.

 Backlot – Power Rangers: Good to Be Bad

A behind the scenes look at the villains of Power Rangers. Learn why it’s more fun to be the bad guy (or girl) and what it takes to get there!


Discover, experience and binge-watch thousands of hours of culture-defining entertainment for free on Shout! Factory TV by visiting ShoutFactoryTV.com on your desktop or through a mobile browser. Download the SHOUT! FACTORY TV app on Roku and select Samsung smart TVs to watch through your television set.

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