What’s On Tonight: It’s a wonderful time to watch It’s A Wonderful Life

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Thursday, December 24. All times are Eastern.

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It’s A Wonderful Life (NBC, 8 p.m.): NBC continues its annual tradition of airing It’s A Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve. Though first-time viewers may marvel at how little of this Christmas classic actually takes place on the holiday, it is hard to think of something more seasonally appropriate than George Bailey wishing a Merry Christmas to that old Building and Loan. As Todd VanDerWerff explained back in 2012:

One of the things that makes Wonderful Life endure is just how cracked it is. Yes, we get the little angel framing story that lets us know we’re not just watching a slight and unlikely morality tale, but for the most part, the film is a relentlessly small-scale tragedy of errors. George makes a decision for anyone …

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