A pair of holiday movies dominates tonight's lineup: One's the charming (and hilarious) tale of a kid who only wants one thing for Christmas and a dad who just wants to sit in a chair and stare at his lamp made out of a mannequin's leg. The other has become NBC's annual Christmas gift to the nation.
"The Sound of Music" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Sure, it's sappy, sometimes overwhelmingly so, but the scenery is beautiful, the music lovely, the kids charming and Julie Andrews, at the peak of her hottest-actress-on-the-planet period, practically glows -- she's much better in this than in "Mary Poppins," even if co-star Christopher Plummer once cracked that working with her was like being hit over the head with a greeting card every day. Let down that cranky facade and enjoy. NBC.
"Sliders" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The sliders slide into one of the most horrifying places on Earth a mall on Christmas Eve! Fox.
"Everybody Loves Raymond" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Talk about your shattering holiday revelations. Ray discovers the autographed Mickey Mantle baseball his father once gave him is a fake! Fed up with lies, Raymond decides it's time to tell his daughter the truth about Santa Claus. Bad idea. CBS.
"The World's Most Dangerous Animals II" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- No, the list doesn't include politicians, former NFL running backs or 12-year-old Yankee fans, but all sorts of other nasty critters get lots of screen time. CBS.
"Nash Bridges" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In this repeat from September, Valerie Perrine guest stars as Joe's (Cheech Marin) business partner, who offers to buy his interest in the bar. CBS.
"Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., A&E;) -- Before you see Madonna's take on Eva Peron, learn a little about the real thing in this look at the woman who rose from peasant girl to hero in the eyes of working-class Argentines.
"A Christmas Story" (8: 05 p.m.-10: 15 p.m., TBS) -- Don't miss one of the great Christmas movies, this one based on a story by Jean Shepherd. Poor Ralphie: All he wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun. And all he keeps hearing from everyone -- his mom, his dad, Santa -- is that he'd just shoot his eye out with the thing. Will Ralphie's persistence pay off?
Pub Date: 12/20/96