Favorite TV specials

by MyMovieTVRomance | created - 24 Feb 2012 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

These are my favorite one-off TV programs, i.e. not episodic shows, but one-time specials. Thus, they needed their own list apart from the ones I made for favorite TV series' and mini-series'.

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1. Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now (2003 TV Special)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Documentary

Ellen DeGeneres performs her comedy-concert live on stage and taped for HBO.

Director: Joel Gallen | Star: Ellen DeGeneres

Votes: 1,368

2. French & Saunders Still Alive (2008 Video)


This is the final show played by female comedy duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. It was performed on stage in front of a live audience. It contains re-enactments of some of their more ... See full summary »

Stars: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 51

3. Comic Relief: Uptown Downstairs Abbey (2011 TV Movie)

Comedy, History

A parody of the hit television show, Downton Abbey, following the lives of the upper class and their servants.

Director: Adrian Edmondson | Stars: Patrick Barlow, Bruce Byron, Simon Callow, Kim Cattrall

Votes: 146

4. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970 TV Movie)

TV-G | 48 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

Votes: 10,654

5. Ann-Margret: From Hollywood with Love (1969 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy, Music

Ann-Margret starts her journey to Hollywood from the countryside, traversing the Freeway until she gets to Hollywood. The first segment is titled "The Game Called Hollywood" which follows a... See full summary »

Director: David Winters | Stars: Ann-Margret, Benny Baker, Lucille Ball, Lonney Lewis

Votes: 15

6. Carol + 2 (1966 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy, Musical

A fabulous collection of sketches and songs. Zero Mostel performs If I Were a Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof. The program was written by Nat Hiken (Sgt. Bilko, Car 54 Where Are You)

Director: Marc Breaux | Stars: Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Zero Mostel, John Harlan

Votes: 15

7. 71st Golden Globe Awards (2014 TV Special)


The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 71 annual event honoring excellence in film and television.

Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jennifer Lawrence, Jacqueline Bisset

Votes: 860

9. The Oscars (2014 TV Special)

TV-14 | 175 min | Comedy, Music

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrates the year's achievements in film.

Director: Hamish Hamilton | Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Anne Hathaway, Barkhad Abdi, Bradley Cooper

Votes: 3,789

10. Eunice (1982 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

Based on characters from "The Carol Burnett Show," this was the film which led to the series "Mama's Family."

Stars: Carol Burnett, Ken Berry, Harvey Korman, Betty White

Votes: 158

11. Peter Pan (2000 TV Special)

Not Rated | 105 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

The fabled children's story show from Broadway produced for television.

Directors: Glenn Casale, Gary Halvorson | Stars: Barbara McCulloh, Sam Zeller, Elisa Sagardia, Barry Cavanagh

Votes: 503

12. Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse (1988 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 49 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Pee-wee Herman and pals are celebrating Christmas in the Playhouse in their own creative ways: Pee-wee makes a list for Santa Claus 1 1/2 miles long, teaches Little Richard how to ice skate... See full summary »

Directors: Wayne Orr, Paul Reubens | Stars: Kevin Carlson, Laurence Fishburne, Aaron Fletcher, Ric Heitzman

Votes: 1,075

13. Victoria Wood: Sold Out (1991 TV Special)

64 min | Comedy

Victoria Wood's live stage show, recorded in 1991 in Southampton.

Director: Marcus Mortimer | Stars: Victoria Wood, Geoffrey Durham

Votes: 11

14. Victor/Victoria (1995 TV Movie)

146 min | Comedy, Musical

A woman pretending to be a man impersonating a woman.

Directors: Matthew Diamond, Blake Edwards, Goro Kobayashi | Stars: Julie Andrews, Tony Roberts, Michael Nouri, Rachel York

Votes: 1,641

15. Victoria Wood's All Day Breakfast (1992 TV Special)

49 min | Comedy

A spoof of ITV's magazine show This Morning, presented by Sally Cumbernauld (Wood) and Martin Crossthwaite (Preston), with sketches, adverts, an exercise ritual with Polly (Blake, an ... See full summary »

Director: Geoff Posner | Stars: Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Susie Blake

Votes: 44

17. Victoria Wood: Live in Your Own Home (1994 TV Special)

80 min | Comedy

Victoria Wood presents a seasonal special featuring stand up comedy, monologues and sketches in her own inimitable style. In this one-off 50 minute programme, this well loved comedian ... See full summary »

Director: Geoff Posner | Stars: Victoria Wood, Roger Brierley, Duncan Preston, Grant Roffey

Votes: 33

18. An Audience with Victoria Wood (1988 TV Special)

52 min | Comedy

Victoria Wood giving her observations on life and songs that reflect what it's like to be a in a relationship.

Director: David G. Hillier | Stars: Victoria Wood, Tony Adams, Dave Allen, Joan Bakewell

Votes: 158

19. Victoria Wood: Live (1997 Video)

97 min | Comedy

Regarded as one of Victoria Wood's best ever concerts, this was recorded during her 1997 UK tour, where she played to over half a million people and appeared at The Royal Albert Hall for an unprecedented fifteen nights.

Director: Geoff Posner | Stars: Victoria Wood, Geoffrey Durham

Votes: 30

20. Victoria Wood: Victoria at the Albert (2001 Video)

108 min | Comedy

Victoria Wood seen performing live at her sold-out show in the Albert Hall using her usual anecdotal humour and amusing songs to cheer the huge audience.

Director: John Birkin | Stars: Victoria Wood, Geoffrey Durham

Votes: 32

21. Victoria Wood's Big Fat Documentary (2004– )


Comedienne Victoria Wood explores the pressures put on many to lose weight, dieting techniques and meets several celebrities who have faced scrutiny in the media for their size, including ... See full summary »

Stars: Victoria Wood, Richard Simmons, Carnie Wilson, Nina Myskow

Votes: 5

22. How to Be Absolutely Fabulous (1995 TV Short)

TV-14 | 28 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

Jennifer Saunders hosts a party of Ab-Fab out-takes and behind-the-scenes footage.

Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks

Votes: 150

23. Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking (2010 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 77 min | Documentary, Comedy

Hollywood icon Carrie Fisher tells her raw and intoxicating true story in this documentary based on her hit stage production. Touching on stardom, mental illness, addiction and more, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: Carrie Fisher, Eddie Fisher, Harry Karl, Debbie Reynolds

Votes: 1,589

24. Peter Pan Live! (2014 TV Movie)

131 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A live telecast of the beloved J. M. Barrie story.

Directors: Rob Ashford, Glenn Weiss | Stars: Allison Williams, Christian Borle, Kelli O'Hara, Taylor Louderman

Votes: 1,899

Favorite fairy-tale, favorite musical! Mary Martin's version is most special to me, but this one is great in its own right! And their's more apparent romance in this version between Peter and Wendy. It's BEAUTIFUL!

I love the fact that in these musicals, Peter is played by a girl too---fav lesbian relationship = Peter Pan and Wendy, hehe! <3

25. Peter Pan (1960 TV Movie)

100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

In this magical tale about the boy who refuses to grow up, Peter Pan and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of Wendy, Michael, and John Darling.

Director: Vincent J. Donehue | Stars: Mary Martin, Cyril Ritchard, Lynn Fontanne, Maureen Bailey

Votes: 1,838

26. The Dinah Shore Special: Like Hep (1969 TV Special)

60 min | Music

This Dinah Shore special is actually more like "Laugh-In" with guests Lucille Ball and Diana Ross. Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, and Gary Owens are also on hand. Sketches include "The Story of ... See full summary »

Director: George Schlatter | Stars: Dinah Shore, Lucille Ball, Diana Ross, Dick Martin

Votes: 7

27. Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable (2018 TV Special)

68 min | Comedy

Comedian Ellen Degeneres performs a live stand-up comedy set in Seattle.

Directors: Joel Gallen, Tig Notaro | Stars: Laura Dern, Ellen DeGeneres, Eddie Vedder, Jill Vedder

Votes: 3,700

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