Seuss’ Television Debut: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Step aside, Scrooge. There’s a new Christmas villain in town, and he is a fuzzy, green, cave-lurking hermit known as the Grinch. He is one of the many creations of Ted Geisel–or as we know him, Dr. Seuss.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Okay, so maybe calling the Grinch a “new” villain is a bit of a stretch today. But 49 years ago to the day, that dastardly Christmas-hating creature made his first T.V. appearance in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The book by the same name had been published by Dr. Seuss in 1957, but was adapted for television as a 26-minute-long Christmas special that has since become a classic.

Dr. Seuss

With script and song lyrics by Dr. Seuss himself, and narration and the voice of the Grinch provided by Boris Karloff, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! fell neatly into place among the other Christmas classics that emerged during the mid-60s surge of seasonal specials (such as A Charlie Brown Christmaswhich aired the previous year.)

It was the first of Dr. Seuss’ imaginative stories to be adapted for television or film, and it has been aired regularly during the Christmas season ever since.

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