When is How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) on TV

It’s that time of year again – pour yourself a glass of eggnog, light your pine-scented candles, slip into something warm and pick up the remote! Christmas is here! And while we love all things Christmas, let’s face it — the best part is escaping away into Christmas classics while the family bickers and your drunk uncle decides to share his very insightful take on today’s politics.

Each year brings its slew of classics back to the screen, and no Christmas is complete without Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He may be mean and green, but he’s a holiday essential, and the holiday season wouldn’t be the same without him.

If you’re like us and need your Grinch fix this holiday season — and we know you do — then feast your eyes on our list below of every time Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be hitting you’re your television screen below. And if you’ve cut the cord, do not worry – we’ve got your How the Grinch Stole Christmas streaming options covered too!

When is Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas on TV?

If you take a look at our ultimate list of Christmas movies on TV, you’ll notice that none of the Grinch movies are scheduled yet — but that’s because we don’t have December’s TV schedule just yet. There are typically quite a few airings of How the Grinch Stole Christmas every December, so definitely bookmark that list and check back soon.

Is Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Netflix?

Unfortunately, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is not available to stream on Netflix.

How to Stream Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

It’s 2019 and we understand that many people are just too busy to have their Grinch time scheduled. You think cable is for the birds? That’s okay with us. Deck the halls with Rokus and Firesticks, and Merry Christmas to you – we’ve got your How the Grinch Stole Christmas streaming options below!

1 Amazon Prime Video

You can stream Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Amazon for $3.99 or you can own it digitally for $14.99.

2 Google Play

You can rent Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas online via Google Play for $3.99 or you can buy the digital download for $14.99.

3 iTunes

You can also stream Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas on iTunes for $9.99.

4 Vudu

Vudu gives you the option to rent Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas for $3.99 or own it for $14.99.

5 YouTube

You can stream Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas from YouTube for $3.99.

What is Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas About, Exactly?

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The Grinch is an evil green being from upon Mt. Crumpit who abhors Christmas and everything about it – the music, the singing, the entire season. With a heart “two sizes too small” and a head, perhaps, screwed on wrong, he devises a plan to steal Christmas away from the whos of Whoville. On Christmas Eve, he decks his dog out in a Christmas reindeer outfit and disguises himself in a Santa coat and hat. He hits the town in his Christmas Sled, ready to pluck away every piece of evidence that Christmas could have ever existed in Whoville, to begin with. Will he have a change of heart (size)? Will the whos have Christmas? If you don’t know the rest, we won’t spoil it for you!

What do Tony the Tiger and Frankenstein Have to do With The Grinch?

Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice of Tony The Tiger (Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes’), for more than 50 years, is the deep baritone voice heard singing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Not that we thurl ravenscroft the grinchcould ever picture Tony the Tiger belting out, “You’re as charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch, you’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel,” but it’s fun to imagine. He was unfortunately left un-credited at the time of the special’s release, and Dr. Seuss felt horrible about the mishap. He apparently sent letters to columnists throughout the US letting them know Ravenscroft was the singer.

Horror legend Borris Karloff who played Frankenstein’s creation in three different Frankenstein movies is the narrator of the story and the voice of The Grinch. What voice could be scarier for a Christmas robbing villain?

More About Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas aired for the first time on December 18th, 1966 on CBS. It was based on the children’s book of the same name and had a $315,000 budget – ten times the average budget for a half-hour special at the time. It was sponsored by the Foundation for Full Service Banks, and had plugs before the opening and closing credits – these would be subsequently pulled (probably related to the special’s anti-consumerist message) for later airings.

There was a sequel released 11 years later called Halloween Is Grinch Night that brought the Grinch back to Whoville for Halloween. It never caught on quite like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but it did manage to win an Emmy.

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