Picks and Pans Review: A Very Retail Christmas

updated 12/24/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/24/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Mon., Dec. 24, 8:30 P.M. ET)

B+

In this puppet-live-action comedy special from ALE creator Paul Fusco, Santa's elves are swept by rumors that there are about to be significant layoffs at the workshop. It's a plot by Ed O'Neill, a toy manufacturer so evil that, looking at the prototype of a muscle car, he barks, "Make those edges sharper. I want to be able to shave with this."

Chuck McCann plays old Saint Nick, and Christopher Hewett is the Ghost of Christmas Past in a Santa satire so sarcastic it should have a PG-13 rating.

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