Watching TV this week is very much like comfort food, say, your grandma’s apple pie — familiar, warm, perfect for the occasion.
That means bumbling angel Clarence driving George Bailey nuts on NBC Christmas Eve, Ralphie almost shooting his eye out again and again on TBS for 24 hours starting at 8 that same night and Kevin McAllister foiling two bumbling thieves while going it solo on FX Christmas Day.
Sure, there are a few new episodes of shows, mostly leftovers and discards such as the final episodes of “Raising the Bar” on TBS and the likely farewell to “Brothers” on Fox Sunday.
So eat, drink and be merry, even if it means escaping to the basement to watch Billy Bob Thornton curse his way through “Bad Santa” on Spike Friday.
“The Sing-Off” 8 p.m. NBC (first season series finale) — Keep those guitars and drums at home! I predict cool Latino singing group Nota will take home the crown. The Beelzebubs remind me of a group that Andy on “The Office” would have embraced from his days at Cornell.
“The Closer” 9 p.m. TNT — A female police officer denies being a victim of spousal abuse prior to her hubby being shot by a cop.
“Little Chocolatiers” 9 p.m. TLC — TLC likes little people. How about little people who own a chocolate shop? It’s Willy Wonka heaven!
“Intervention” 9 p.m. A&E — Rob was a successful rocker but fell into meth and alcohol. If he’d only stayed in accounting…
“Hoarders” 10 p.m. A&E — Dick’s riches are gone, but he has an impressive collection of 50,000 beer cans.
“Men of a Certain Age” 10 p.m. TNT — Terry plays an interested buyer to help a colleague sell a home and gets into his role as a husband and dad a bit too much.
“Table for 12” 8 p.m. TLC — Getting 10 kids back to school means a lot of clothes shopping — and pencils.
“Dirty Jobs” 9 p.m. Discovery — Mike Rowe learns the fine art of worm grunting for bait. Tim the Toolman might have been good at this.
“Scrubs” 9 p.m. ABC — The bromance between Turk and J.D. continues as his teaching duties nears an end.
“Better Off Ted” 9:30 p.m. ABC — Lem flips out when his mom starts an affair with Dr. Bhamba.
“The Bad Girls Club” 10 p.m. Oxygen — Portia snaps when Natalie goes too far.
“Paranormal State” 10 p.m. A&E — Paula claims to have seen a bed levitate and a “shadow demon” in their North Carolina home.
“A Home For the Holidays” 8 p.m. CBS — This 11th annual special about adoption features Faith Hill, Mary J. Blige, Reba McEntire, Shakira and Carrie Underwood.
“Dog the Bounty Hunter” 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Discovery — To prove to his son that Santa exists, Dog goes on the hunt for Kris Kringle.
“Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura” 10 p.m. TruTV — The FBI is spying on private citizens and Ventura suspects it’s even worse than you might think.
“Launch My Line” 10 p.m. Bravo — The designers go to an art gallery to learn about asymmetrical evening wear.
“Steven Seagal: Lawman” 10 p.m. A&E — Two men are shot and Seagal tries to keep them alive.
“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” 10 p.m. TBS — Are the Paynes actually married?
“Prep and Landing” 8 p.m. ABC — This charming new special gets a second airing although whether it has the lasting power of “Frosty” or “The Grinch” remains to be seen.
“Raising the Bar” 8 p.m., 9 p.m. 10 p.m. TNT (series finale) — The drama’s been cancelled so TNT is burning off three remaining episodes on Christmas Eve.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” 8 p.m. NBC — Merry Christmas, you wonderful Building and Loan!
“A Christmas Story” 8 p.m. TBS (24-hour marathon) — This film wasn’t a hit when it came out 26 years ago but has become a true holiday classic.
“Jersey Shore” 9 p.m. MTV — Missed out on all the silliness? Catch up tonight. It’s entertaining idiocy with hot tubs, hormones, six packs and Jersey accents.
“Bad Santa” 7 p.m. Spike — Billy Bob Thornton: the most hideously funny Santa ever!
“Til Death” 8-10 p.m. Fox — This amusing sitcom has always been on the wrong network. Fox decides to reward fans by airing four new episodes — on Christmas night.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” 8 p.m. ABC — Johnny Depp’s boozy take on Jack Sparrow never grows old in this 2006 sequel.
“Home Alone” 8 p.m. FX — When’s the last time Macaulay Culkin has been in the news?
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” 8 p.m. AMC — How not to light up your home during Christmas.
“Field of Dreams” 8 p.m. Vs. — Because when you think Christmas, you think baseball!
“Shrek 2” 8 p.m. Saturday ABC — The Starbucks joke is still funny after all these years.
“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Taylor Swift got good marks for spoofing the VMA/Kanye West mess, “Twilight,” and Kate Gosselin in this Nov. 7 repeat.
“Brothers” 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Sunday Fox (season finale) — Ratings were dismal for this sitcom, which is probably over. A magazine writer comes to do a feature on Michael.
“The Sound of Music” 7 p.m. Sunday ABC — The hills are alive again.
“The Wizard of Oz” 8 p.m. Sunday TNT — You’d have to have no heart not to enjoy this 70-year-old gem.
“Dumb and Dumber” 8 p.m. Sunday TBS — Where “one in a million” is a realistic chance.
“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” 10 p.m. Sunday E! — Khloe gets excited when she thinks she’s pregnant.
I’m on vacation this week. Hope all of you have a great holiday season! I’ll be back December 28.