Terry Morrow: Forty years later, 'Frosty' leads the holiday TV charge

Frosty the Snowman has been leading the holiday charge for more than 40 years.

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Frosty the Snowman has been leading the holiday charge for more than 40 years.

This time of year is when television goes traditional.

Sure. Trends and seasons come and go, but the holiday season would not be the same without the comfort of time-worn favorites. Starting tonight, the networks roll out some of the best.

Here's a look at the highlights (and not so high):

FROSTY

When: 8 p.m. today

Where: WVLT, Channel 8.

Score: 4 stars (out of five)

Long before global warming became a catchphrase, "Frosty" was all about climate change. More than 40 years later, the animated classic featuring the late Jimmy Durante as the narrator remains firm and true.

What it says about loyalty, truthfulness and commitment are values that are mudded these days in primetime. The bright colors and playfulness are also attractive for younger kids even today.

HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN

When: 8 p.m. today

Where: WTNZ, Channel 43.

Score: 3 stars

Avid fans of the Peanuts gang may find comfort and joy in this made-for-winter special, but its universal appeal is missing.

Linus's friends try to convince him to give up his beloved blanket — and that's not going to be an easy task. The boy loves his blanket.

It's a charming boy-meets-blanket, boy-falls-in-love-with-blanket and boy-loses-blanket story without much whimsy or holiday magic.

IT'S A SPONGEBOB CHRISTMAS

When: 9:30 p.m. today

Where: WVLT.

Score: 3 stars

A laced fruitcake makes everyone crazy in Spongebob Squarepants' world. The whole affair makes for a nice "Spongebob" episode but not much of a holiday special.

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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