It's been three and a half decades since A Christmas Story first came out, but this charming little tale is still absolutely essential for holiday viewing.
Adapted from Jean Shepherd's short stories, the 1983 vignette-style film journeys back to the Christmas when then-nine-year-old Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) wanted nothing more than a grand new Red Ryder BB gun to show up under the tree, despite some alarming protests from certain adults in his life. "You'll shoot your eye out!"
Ralphie's tunnel vision about the toy remains a relatable concept of childhood — who hasn't had at least one thing that they simply had to have from Santa? — which is why it still holds up all these years later. Though maybe not in live musical format...
For the 2018 season, A Christmas Story's TV domination trend will continue when TBS and TNT launch the annual "24 Hours of A Christmas Story" marathon, starting on Christmas Eve at 8/7c and running throughout Christmas Day.
If you can't wait until then to watch the Old Man win his fishnet stocking lamp and for Flick to freeze his tongue on the flagpole, you're in luck! A Christmas Story is also be available for streaming on TBS and TNT's digital sites as well as through DirecTV, with rental and purchase options offered at Amazon Prime and Vudu.