Entertainment Weekly compiled a list of every original holiday movie that is set to come out this year on streaming and TV networks and the number is mindboggling: 146. And that is likely a low number.
The appetite for feel-good romantic films where two people inevitably find some way to kiss by the end has apparently become even more insatiable.
There are, of course, the usual suspects of Hallmark and Lifetime and no shortage of familiar faces who know a regular paycheck when they see one, e.g. Danica McKellar, Lacey Chabert, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jennie Garth, Kelly Rowland, Candace Cameron Bure and Melissa Joan Hart. VH1 and even Discovery+ have jumped into this crazy snowball fight as well, joining Netflix, BET+, ION, GAC Family, UPtv and many more.
Many of the films debuted as early as October and most of them have already come out. But the networks will repeat them often and if they are on a streaming service, they are available on demand.
Here are a dozen notable original films on different networks and streaming services:
“8-Bit Christmas,” HBO Max
Notable names: Neil Patrick Harris, David Cross, Steve Zahn.
Plotline: In 1980s Chicago, a 10-year-old embarks on a quest to get the newest Nintendo system for Christmas. Harris narrates the story as an adult.
Available: on demand for subscribers