"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

Laugh and call him names all you want, but there’s no denying that the furry misfit at the heart of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” has outshone his naysayers to become the most famous holiday TV star of all.

The seasonal perennial was the brainchild of producers Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass, who in 1964 took Johnny Marks’ novelty song and turned it into an instant television classic. When “Rudolph” first aired during a Sunday afternoon on NBC, it drew a 50 share of the audience, which was sensational even in a three-channel universe. Five decades later, fans are still shouting out with glee.

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