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18th Jun '17 9:36:04 PM CASCHero
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* ''Webcomic/{{Newman}}'' did one for it second season Christmas strip. It focuses on Gwen's mother, Lilian, who isn't a big fan of Christmas and is always in a dowry mood when it comes around. [[spoiler: Unlike most examples though, she has a good reason. She had a friend that loved the holidays and tried to spread cheer. But when she tried to help a hobo, he responded by stabbing her with a knife and she died in Lilian's arms. After going through the usual motions of the present and future parts of the story. She's still not convinced...until she gets a letter from beyond from her dear friend imploring her to let the past go and enjoy her time with her family.]]
9th Jun '17 6:32:23 AM Luppercus
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* The cast of ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' made a play of ''A Christmas Carol'' for their school with Screech as Scrooge.

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* In-Universe example: The cast of ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' made a play of ''A Christmas Carol'' for their school with Screech as Scrooge.
31st May '17 9:22:58 AM mariofan1000
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-->-- ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''

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-->-- ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''
''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' [[note]]They didn't.[[/note]]
27th May '17 11:57:57 AM MagnusForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'' did this for their ChristmasEpisode "Hero's Holiday" with AP[=/=]Captain Atomic's bitterness about being turned into a sock puppet reaching a breaking point for him and earning him a visit from the mysterious "Hero of Holidays Past, Present, and Future".
-->'''AP:''' Iíve heard this story before. Go find a Scrooge and give me some rest.
27th May '17 6:16:06 AM DaibhidC
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' episode "Jingle Bell Rock", when the Guardians claim a bounty on a Bob Cratchett-like figure set by a miserly despot named Neeza on a winter planet (and don't even get the bounty), they decide to stage a ghostly visitation to make him mend his ways. However, it rapidly goes OffTheRails when he turns out to possess anti-ghost weaponry, and by the end of it [[spoiler: he hasn't learned anything, but he ''has'' been sucked into an extradimensional vortex, leaving Altru and his family in peace]].
28th Mar '17 6:57:51 PM AthenaBlue
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--->''][[CallBack three years later]], in the Creator/AgathaChristie [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E7TheUnicornAndTheWasp episode]]]''\\

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--->''][[CallBack --->''[[[CallBack three years later]], in the Creator/AgathaChristie [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E7TheUnicornAndTheWasp episode]]]''\\
28th Mar '17 6:57:07 PM AthenaBlue
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* A rare non-Holiday example. Over the course of a three part episode of ''Series/DoctorDoctor'' Mike is wrongly sued for malpractice and is convinced by all his partners to settle instead of fight. Guilt, - and mention of "A Christmas Carol" - cause him to revisit his past, present, and future in a dream.

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* ''Series/BadGirls'' had this format for it's final ever episode, which was set over Christmas. The ghost of the recently deceased Natalie Buxton returned to Larkhall to teach Sylvia Hollamby the error of her ways by taking her through her past, present and not-so-pleasant future. By the end of the episode (and therefore, the series), Sylvia had finally turned over a new leaf, after 8 whole series of being a ruthless bitch.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' presented a Christmas special based on Dickens' original story -- the twist being that the main character, Ebeneezer Blackadder, started out as the nicest man in England and, following an inadvertent tour through his ancestral history and future, was inspired by the exploits of his namesakes (as well as a not very pleasant vision of what his descendants will become if he remains nice) to become a ruthless bastard instead. However this leads to PyrrhicVillainy.
* The ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' episode "A Very Topanga Christmas" features a dream sequence involving just the Christmas Future part of the story. In it, Mr. Feeny as the Ghost of Christmas Future shows Cory what life will be like if he doesn't reconcile with Topanga.
* [[Series/TheCatherineTateShow Catherine Tate's]] Christmas 2009 special was "Nan's Christmas Carol", where the foul-mouthed and cantankerous Nan is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve after turfing her annoying relatives the Cratchits out onto the street.
* ''Series/CelebrityJuice'' does this for their 2012 Christmas special, with Keith Lemon serving as the Scrooge, with the 'past' element also comes a ClipShow.
* ''Series/ADifferentWorld'' does this with (big surprise) Whitley. Freddie is unable to go home to Arizona for Christmas, and all of her other friends have plans, so she asks Whitley if she could spend the holiday break with her. Whitley is very nasty towards Freddie and tells her no. Cue the ghosts. Marley is [[spoiler: her mother]]. Christmas Past (Mr. Gaines) shows Whitley that she was a child who was given everything except her parents' attention. Christmas Present (Walter) shows her how mean she really is to everyone. Christmas Future (Jaleesa) shows her that she is dead and that everyone is in attendance for her funeral. Most notably, Dwayne and Freddie are happily married with 6 kids. The ghost explains to Whitley that when she refused to let Freddie go home with her, Dwayne took her home with him and they fell in love soon after. Dwayne gives the eulogy and explains that he cared about Whitley, but she died alone because she pushed everyone away with her horrible attitude. In the end, it appears that she's learned her lesson and tells Freddie that she's welcome at her house, but it's really because she does not want Freddie around Dwayne.
* A rare non-Holiday non-holiday example. Over the course of a three part episode of ''Series/DoctorDoctor'' Mike is wrongly sued for malpractice and is convinced by all his partners to settle instead of fight. Guilt, - and mention of "A Christmas Carol" - cause him to revisit his past, present, and future in a dream.dream.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The 2005 episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E3TheUnquietDead "The Unquiet Dead"]] does a mild version of this with Dickens himself, with the Ninth Doctor and Rose as the visitors from the future who cause him to reconsider his GrumpyOldMan attitude; it's not a WholePlotReference, but there are several {{Shout Out}}s.
--->''][[CallBack three years later]], in the Creator/AgathaChristie [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E7TheUnicornAndTheWasp episode]]]''\\
'''Donna:''' Agatha Christie didn't walk around surrounded by murders, not really! I mean, that's like meeting Charles Dickens and he's surrounded by ghosts. At ''Christmas''.\\
'''The Doctor:''' Well...
** Invoked in the 2010 Christmas Special (unsurprisingly called [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol "A Christmas Carol"]]), with the Doctor deliberately engineering one for a Scrooge figure called Kazran (played by Michael Gambon). The Doctor is the ghost of Christmas past, [[spoiler:Amy, via hologram,]] is the ghost of Christmas present, and the ghost of Christmas future is... [[spoiler:[[FutureMeScaresMe Kazran himself]], to his younger self]]. Also, there is a crashing starship. And a flying shark. [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]. Super lampshaded. It's heavily implied that as Dickens' biggest fan, the Doctor jumped at the opportunity when he saw it.
--->'''The Doctor:''' It's impossible! I've got to get a very bad man to suddenly decide to just turn nice in time for Christmas day.\\
'''Amy:''' Doctor, I can't hear you. What is that? Is it singing?\\
'''The Doctor:''' It's a Christmas carol.\\
'''Amy:''' A what?\\
'''The Doctor:''' [[OverlyLongGag A Christmas carol.]]\\
'''Amy:''' What?\\
'''The Doctor:''' ''[realizing]'' It's ''[[EurekaMoment A Christmas Carol!]]''
* An episode of ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'' had the titular character shunning the holiday, but not because she's being Scrooge-like. Instead, she's lonely spending her first Christmas away from her family and depressed over the recent death of a patient, named Marley. A character who died early in the series comes to serve as all three Ghosts. In contrast to other adaptations, the vision of the future is quite happy, showing her married with children and grandchildren, though she is left in the dark about who her husband will be. She recovers in time to celebrate the holiday and assist a young woman in giving birth--in a stable, of course.
* Perhaps surprisingly, the 2008 Christmas Eve episode of UK soap ''Series/{{Eastenders}}'' had a slightly subtle Christmas Carol. Ian Beale played the part of Scrooge, with various other cast playing the roles of past, present, and future. While the episode played out with the usual 'realism' of the soap, the various 'spirits' made pretty rapid stage exits the moment Ian's back was turned at the end of the scene to clue in any viewers who may have been a bit slow on the uptake.
* ''Series/{{Fame}}'': Ken Swofford's final appearance as Vice Principal Morloch found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKgmLdNlPxw&feature=channel_video_title the VP being haunted by the three ghosts]].
* This trope is used in the Christmas episode of the second season of ''Series/FamilyTies'', when Alex P. Keaton views the holiday season as "a silly sentimental farce" - and only has money on his mind. After he goes to bed, The Ghost of Christmas Past appears as his youngest sister, Jennifer. She takes Alex back in time by ten years, and shows him how much he used to love Christmas. Then The Ghost of Christmas Future appears to him as his older younger sister, Mallory. She takes Alex forward in time by thirty years, and shows him how the Keaton family have fallen on hard times - and became extremely poor. Alex did end up becoming rich, but is also fat and balding. While Alex is horrified by his balding head, he is also stunned and horrified by how callous his older self became. When he wakes up, he goes out to buy presents for his family - but he couldn't buy very many presents. It's interesting to note that this episode has some parallels to ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', which Michael J. Fox would star in a year and a half later - in particular, ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', which was filmed after the conclusion of the ''Series/FamilyTies'' series. In that movie, Marty [=McFly=]'s girlfriend witnesses Marty's life - also thirty years in the future, and Marty has also aged badly and turned into a crotchety old man.
* On ''Series/HighwayToHeaven'', Jonathan and Mark reform a crooked used-car dealer in an episode called "Another Song for Christmas".
* Done in ''Series/HolbyCity'''s 2008 Christmas episode, with Maria being visited by the three spirits.
* The British series ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' had a non-mystical version, focusing on their mark receiving AmnesiacDissonance, and reforming as a result, making the protagonists uncomfortable with conning him. This was a ChristmasEpisode, and like Dickens' original story, evoked sympathy for the hard-hearted businessman character by explaining how he had become this way.
* ''Series/MikeAndAngelo'' had an episode where they go back in time and do this to a boy's father who doesn't treat him nicely.
* In the ''Series/NorthernExposure'' episode "Shofar, So Good", Dr. Fleischman was visited by the Ghost of Yom Kippur Past, Present, and Future (only one ghost, his childhood rabbi, but different costumes for each). Lots of LampshadeHanging, including Fleischman sarcastically asking who's playing Tiny Tim.
* The original ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' TV series included an episode called "Scrooge Gets an Oscar" in which Felix and the rest of the gang try to persuade Oscar to play Scrooge in their charity performance of the story, because he'd be perfect for the role.
* Perhaps one of the earliest televised versions comes from an episode of ''Series/ThePaulWinchellShow'' from the early 1950s, where Paul and his dummy Jerry Mahoney experience trips to both Christmas Past & Christmas Future. The Future glimpse is a vintage example of early science-fiction visions, with metallic space suits and the like.



* Sam and Al staged a ''Christmas Carol''-themed intervention for an obnoxious millionaire in the ''Series/QuantumLeap'' episode "A Little Miracle", aided by the fact that the target's brain structure was coincidentally close enough to Sam's that he could see and hear Al's projected image, allowing him to pass himself off as a "ghost" of Christmas Future.
* ''Series/RadioActive'' had an episode in which the students plan to use this to convince Ms. Atoll not to give them homework over the holidays. She survives their rather pathetic versions of the ghosts' visits - including a past in which she was black - only to wake and realize it was all a dream. When the students show up to start their plot she immediately takes back the assignments so she doesn't have to go through it again.



* Sam and Al staged a ''Christmas Carol''-themed intervention for an obnoxious millionaire in the ''Series/QuantumLeap'' episode "A Little Miracle," aided by the fact that the target's brain structure was coincidentally close enough to Sam's that he could see and hear Al's projected image, allowing him to pass himself off as a "ghost" of Christmas Future.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' presented a Christmas special based on Dickens' original story - the twist being that the main character, Ebeneezer Blackadder, started out as the nicest man in England and, following an inadvertent tour through his ancestral history and future, was inspired by the exploits of his namesakes (as well as a not very pleasant vision of what his descendants will become if he remains nice) to become a ruthless bastard instead. However this leads to PyrrhicVillainy.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' put a [[YouMeanXMas pre-Christian Spin]] on the story with "A Solstice Carol."
* The original ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' TV series included an episode called "Scrooge Gets an Oscar" in which Felix and the rest of the gang try to persuade Oscar to play Scrooge in their charity performance of the story, because he'd be perfect for the role.

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* Sam and Al staged a ''Christmas Carol''-themed intervention for an obnoxious millionaire The Nickelodeon sketch comedy ''{{Series/Roundhouse}}'' spoofed this in its ChristmasEpisode with the ''Series/QuantumLeap'' episode "A Little Miracle," aided by the fact that the target's brain structure was coincidentally close enough to Sam's that he could see and hear Al's projected image, allowing him to pass himself off as a "ghost" Ghosts of Christmas Future.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' presented
Specials, who had to quickly lead the dad through the usual setup due to a Christmas special based on Dickens' original story scheduled ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' appearance later. The ghosts in question were NoCelebritiesWereHarmed versions of Creator/BillCosby, Creator/PatrickSwayze and Music/VanillaIce ("His career's dead. You could be washed up like him in the future") - the twist joke being that none of them were dead at the main character, Ebeneezer Blackadder, started out as time the nicest man in England and, following an inadvertent tour through his ancestral history and future, was inspired by the exploits of his namesakes (as well as a not very pleasant vision of what his descendants will become if he remains nice) to become a ruthless bastard instead. However this leads to PyrrhicVillainy.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' put a [[YouMeanXMas pre-Christian Spin]] on the story with "A Solstice Carol."
* The original ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' TV series included an
episode called "Scrooge Gets an Oscar" in which Felix and the rest of the gang try to persuade Oscar to play Scrooge in their charity performance of the story, because he'd be perfect for the role.was made.



* On ''Series/HighwayToHeaven'', Jonathan and Mark reform a crooked used-car dealer in an episode called "Another Song for Christmas."
* In the ''Series/NorthernExposure'' episode "Shofar, So Good," Dr. Fleischman was visited by the Ghost of Yom Kippur Past, Present, and Future (only one ghost, his childhood rabbi, but different costumes for each). Lots of LampshadeHanging, including Fleischman sarcastically asking who's playing Tiny Tim.
* The British series ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' had a non-mystical version, focusing on their mark receiving AmnesiacDissonance, and reforming as a result, making the protagonists uncomfortable with conning him. This was a Christmas Episode, and like Dickens' original story, evoked sympathy for the hard-hearted businessman character by explaining how he had become this way.

to:

* On ''Series/HighwayToHeaven'', Jonathan and Mark reform a crooked used-car dealer in an ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' episode called "Another Song for Christmas."
* In the ''Series/NorthernExposure'' episode "Shofar, So Good," Dr. Fleischman was visited by the Ghost of Yom Kippur Past, Present, and Future (only one ghost, his childhood rabbi, but different costumes for each). Lots of LampshadeHanging, including Fleischman sarcastically asking who's playing Tiny Tim.
* The British series ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' had a non-mystical version, focusing on their mark receiving AmnesiacDissonance, and reforming as a result, making the protagonists uncomfortable with conning him. This was a
"A Bionic Christmas Episode, and like Dickens' original story, evoked sympathy for the hard-hearted businessman character by explaining how he had become this way.Carol".



* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' had London as Scrooge in a Christmas special called, "A London Christmas Carol." It featured London's talking mirror as not only the Marley but the one to show her the Past, Present, and Future. She learns less to stop hating Christmas and more to stop being so selfish about it (she's probably wealthy enough to buy a small country, but refused to spend a cent even on her closest friends).
* The Creator/{{ITV}} charity show ''Text Santa'' did ''A Series/CoronationStreet Christmas Carol'' in 2012.
* ''Series/TheThundermans'': The plot of "Winter Thunderland" where the three Christmas spirits show what would happen if he tried to ruin Christmas for his younger sister Nora.



* This trope is used in the Christmas episode of the second season of ''Series/FamilyTies'', when Alex P. Keaton views the holiday season as "a silly sentimental farce" - and only has money on his mind. After he goes to bed, The Ghost of Christmas Past appears as his youngest sister, Jennifer. She takes Alex back in time by ten years, and shows him how much he used to love Christmas. Then The Ghost of Christmas Future appears to him as his older younger sister, Mallory. She takes Alex forward in time by thirty years, and shows him how the Keaton family have fallen on hard times - and became extremely poor. Alex did end up becoming rich, but is also fat and balding. While Alex is horrified by his balding head, he is also stunned and horrified by how callous his older self became. When he wakes up, he goes out to buy presents for his family - but he couldn't buy very many presents. It's interesting to note that this episode has some parallels to ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', which Michael J. Fox would star in a year and a half later - in particular, ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', which was filmed after the conclusion of the ''Series/FamilyTies'' series. In that movie, Marty [=McFly=]'s girlfriend witnesses Marty's life - also thirty years in the future, and Marty has also aged badly and turned into a crotchety old man.
* ''Series/{{Fame}}'': Ken Swofford's final appearance as Vice Principal Morloch found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKgmLdNlPxw&feature=channel_video_title the VP being haunted by the three ghosts]].
* ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' episode "A Bionic Christmas Carol."
* The Nickelodeon sketch comedy ''{{Series/Roundhouse}}'' spoofed this in its ChristmasEpisode with the Ghosts of Christmas Specials, who had to quickly lead the dad through the usual setup due to a scheduled ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' appearance later. The ghosts in question were NoCelebritiesWereHarmed versions of Creator/BillCosby, Creator/PatrickSwayze and Music/VanillaIce ("His career's dead. You could be washed up like him in the future") - the joke being that none of them were dead at the time the episode was made.
* Perhaps surprisingly, The 2008 Christmas Eve episode of UK soap ''Series/{{Eastenders}}'' had a slightly subtle Christmas Carol. Ian Beale played the part of Scrooge, with various other cast playing the roles of past, present, and future. While the episode played out with the usual 'realism' of the soap, the various 'spirits' made pretty rapid stage exits the moment Ian's back was turned at the end of the scene to clue in any viewers who may have been a bit slow on the uptake.
* Done in ''Series/HolbyCity'''s 2008 Christmas episode, with Maria being visited by the three spirits.
* ''Series/RadioActive'' had an episode in which the students plan to use this to convince Ms. Atoll not to give them homework over the holidays. She survives their rather pathetic versions of the ghosts' visits - including a past in which she was black - only to wake and realize it was all a dream. When the students show up to start their plot she immediately takes back the assignments so she doesn't have to go through it again.
* [[Series/TheCatherineTateShow Catherine Tate's]] Christmas 2009 special was "Nan's Christmas Carol," where the foul-mouthed and cantankerous Nan is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve after turfing her annoying relatives the Cratchits out onto the street.
* ''Series/ADifferentWorld'' does this with (big surprise) Whitley. Freddie is unable to go home to Arizona for Christmas, and all of her other friends have plans, so she asks Whitley if she could spend the holiday break with her. Whitley is very nasty towards Freddie and tells her no. Cue the ghosts. Marley is [[spoiler: her mother]]. Christmas Past (Mr. Gaines) shows Whitley that she was a child who was given everything except her parents' attention. Christmas Present (Walter) shows her how mean she really is to everyone. Christmas Future (Jaleesa) shows her that she is dead and that everyone is in attendance for her funeral. Most notably, Dwayne and Freddie are happily married with 6 kids. The ghost explains to Whitley that when she refused to let Freddie go home with her, Dwayne took her home with him and they fell in love soon after. Dwayne gives the eulogy and explains that he cared about Whitley, but she died alone because she pushed everyone away with her horrible attitude. In the end, it appears that she's learned her lesson and tells Freddie that she's welcome at her house, but it's really because she does not want Freddie around Dwayne.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Invoked in the 2010 Christmas Special (unsurprisingly called "A Christmas Carol"), with the Doctor deliberately engineering one for a Scrooge figure called Kazran (played by Michael Gambon). The Doctor is the ghost of Christmas past, [[spoiler:Amy, via hologram,]] is the ghost of Christmas present, and the ghost of Christmas future is... [[spoiler:[[FutureMeScaresMe Kazran himself]], to his younger self]]. Also, there is a crashing starship. And a flying shark. [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]. Super lampshaded. It's heavily implied that as Dickens' biggest fan, the Doctor jumped at the opportunity when he saw it.
--->'''Doctor:''' It's impossible! I've got to get a very bad man to suddenly decide to just turn nice in time for Christmas day.\\
'''Amy:''' Doctor, I can't hear you. What is that? Is it singing?\\
'''Doctor:''' It's a Christmas carol.\\
'''Amy:''' A what?\\
'''Doctor:''' [[OverlyLongGag A Christmas carol.]]\\
'''Amy:''' What?\\
'''Doctor:''' (''realizing'') [[EurekaMoment It's A Christmas Carol!]]
** The 2005 episode "The Unquiet Dead" does a mild version of this with Dickens himself, with the Ninth Doctor and Rose as the visitors from the future who cause him to reconsider his GrumpyOldMan attitude; it's not a WholePlotReference, but there are several {{Shout Out}}s.
--->(''[[CallBack three years later]] in the Creator/AgathaChristie episode'')\\
'''Donna:''' Agatha Christie didn't walk around surrounded by murders, not really! I mean, that's like meeting Charles Dickens and he's surrounded by ghosts. At ''Christmas''.\\
'''The Doctor:''' Well...
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' had London as Scrooge in a Christmas special called, "A London Christmas Carol." It featured London's talking mirror as not only the Marley but the one to show her the Past, Present, and Future. She learns less to stop hating Christmas and more to stop being so selfish about it (she's probably wealthy enough to buy a small country, but refused to spend a cent even on her closest friends).
* An episode of ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'', had the titular character shunning the holiday, but not because she's being Scrooge-like. Instead, she's lonely spending her first Christmas away from her family and depressed over the recent death of a patient, named Marley. A character who died early in the series comes to serve as all three Ghosts. In contrast to other adaptations, the vision of the future is quite happy, showing her married with children and grandchildren, though she is left in the dark about who her husband will be. She recovers in time to celebrate the holiday and assist a young woman in giving birth--in a stable, of course.
* The ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' episode "A Very Topanga Christmas" features a dream sequence involving just the Christmas Future part of the story. In it, Mr. Feeny as the Ghost of Christmas Future shows Cory what life will be like if he doesn't reconcile with Topanga.
* ''Series/BadGirls'' had this format for it's final ever episode, which was set over Christmas. The ghost of the recently deceased Natalie Buxton returned to Larkhall to teach Sylvia Hollamby the error of her ways by taking her through her past, present and not-so-pleasant future. By the end of the episode (and therefore, the series), Sylvia had finally turned over a new leaf, after 8 whole series of being a ruthless bitch.
* Perhaps one of the earliest televised versions comes from an episode of ''ThePaulWinchellShow'' from the early 1950s, where Paul and his dummy Jerry Mahoney experience trips to both Christmas Past & Christmas Future. The Future glimpse is a vintage example of early science-fiction visions, with metallic space suits and the like.
* ''Series/MikeAndAngelo'' had an episode where they go back in time and do this to a boy's father who doesn't treat him nicely.
* ''Series/CelebrityJuice'' does this for their 2012 Christmas special, with Keith Lemon serving as the Scrooge, with the 'past' element also comes a ClipShow.
* The Creator/{{ITV}} charity show ''Text Santa'' did ''A Series/CoronationStreet Christmas Carol'' in 2012.
* ''Series/TheThundermans'': The plot of "Winter Thunderland" where the three Christmas spirits show what would happen if he tried to ruin Christmas for his younger sister Nora.

to:

* This trope is used in ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' put a [[YouMeanXMas pre-Christian Spin]] on the Christmas episode of the second season of ''Series/FamilyTies'', when Alex P. Keaton views the holiday season as "a silly sentimental farce" - and only has money on his mind. After he goes to bed, The Ghost of Christmas Past appears as his youngest sister, Jennifer. She takes Alex back in time by ten years, and shows him how much he used to love Christmas. Then The Ghost of Christmas Future appears to him as his older younger sister, Mallory. She takes Alex forward in time by thirty years, and shows him how the Keaton family have fallen on hard times - and became extremely poor. Alex did end up becoming rich, but is also fat and balding. While Alex is horrified by his balding head, he is also stunned and horrified by how callous his older self became. When he wakes up, he goes out to buy presents for his family - but he couldn't buy very many presents. It's interesting to note that this episode has some parallels to ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', which Michael J. Fox would star in a year and a half later - in particular, ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', which was filmed after the conclusion of the ''Series/FamilyTies'' series. In that movie, Marty [=McFly=]'s girlfriend witnesses Marty's life - also thirty years in the future, and Marty has also aged badly and turned into a crotchety old man.
* ''Series/{{Fame}}'': Ken Swofford's final appearance as Vice Principal Morloch found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKgmLdNlPxw&feature=channel_video_title the VP being haunted by the three ghosts]].
* ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' episode
story with "A Bionic Christmas Carol."
* The Nickelodeon sketch comedy ''{{Series/Roundhouse}}'' spoofed this in its ChristmasEpisode with the Ghosts of Christmas Specials, who had to quickly lead the dad through the usual setup due to a scheduled ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' appearance later. The ghosts in question were NoCelebritiesWereHarmed versions of Creator/BillCosby, Creator/PatrickSwayze and Music/VanillaIce ("His career's dead. You could be washed up like him in the future") - the joke being that none of them were dead at the time the episode was made.
* Perhaps surprisingly, The 2008 Christmas Eve episode of UK soap ''Series/{{Eastenders}}'' had a slightly subtle Christmas Carol. Ian Beale played the part of Scrooge, with various other cast playing the roles of past, present, and future. While the episode played out with the usual 'realism' of the soap, the various 'spirits' made pretty rapid stage exits the moment Ian's back was turned at the end of the scene to clue in any viewers who may have been a bit slow on the uptake.
* Done in ''Series/HolbyCity'''s 2008 Christmas episode, with Maria being visited by the three spirits.
* ''Series/RadioActive'' had an episode in which the students plan to use this to convince Ms. Atoll not to give them homework over the holidays. She survives their rather pathetic versions of the ghosts' visits - including a past in which she was black - only to wake and realize it was all a dream. When the students show up to start their plot she immediately takes back the assignments so she doesn't have to go through it again.
* [[Series/TheCatherineTateShow Catherine Tate's]] Christmas 2009 special was "Nan's Christmas Carol," where the foul-mouthed and cantankerous Nan is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve after turfing her annoying relatives the Cratchits out onto the street.
* ''Series/ADifferentWorld'' does this with (big surprise) Whitley. Freddie is unable to go home to Arizona for Christmas, and all of her other friends have plans, so she asks Whitley if she could spend the holiday break with her. Whitley is very nasty towards Freddie and tells her no. Cue the ghosts. Marley is [[spoiler: her mother]]. Christmas Past (Mr. Gaines) shows Whitley that she was a child who was given everything except her parents' attention. Christmas Present (Walter) shows her how mean she really is to everyone. Christmas Future (Jaleesa) shows her that she is dead and that everyone is in attendance for her funeral. Most notably, Dwayne and Freddie are happily married with 6 kids. The ghost explains to Whitley that when she refused to let Freddie go home with her, Dwayne took her home with him and they fell in love soon after. Dwayne gives the eulogy and explains that he cared about Whitley, but she died alone because she pushed everyone away with her horrible attitude. In the end, it appears that she's learned her lesson and tells Freddie that she's welcome at her house, but it's really because she does not want Freddie around Dwayne.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Invoked in the 2010 Christmas Special (unsurprisingly called "A Christmas Carol"), with the Doctor deliberately engineering one for a Scrooge figure called Kazran (played by Michael Gambon). The Doctor is the ghost of Christmas past, [[spoiler:Amy, via hologram,]] is the ghost of Christmas present, and the ghost of Christmas future is... [[spoiler:[[FutureMeScaresMe Kazran himself]], to his younger self]]. Also, there is a crashing starship. And a flying shark. [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]. Super lampshaded. It's heavily implied that as Dickens' biggest fan, the Doctor jumped at the opportunity when he saw it.
--->'''Doctor:''' It's impossible! I've got to get a very bad man to suddenly decide to just turn nice in time for Christmas day.\\
'''Amy:''' Doctor, I can't hear you. What is that? Is it singing?\\
'''Doctor:''' It's a Christmas carol.\\
'''Amy:''' A what?\\
'''Doctor:''' [[OverlyLongGag A Christmas carol.]]\\
'''Amy:''' What?\\
'''Doctor:''' (''realizing'') [[EurekaMoment It's A Christmas Carol!]]
** The 2005 episode "The Unquiet Dead" does a mild version of this with Dickens himself, with the Ninth Doctor and Rose as the visitors from the future who cause him to reconsider his GrumpyOldMan attitude; it's not a WholePlotReference, but there are several {{Shout Out}}s.
--->(''[[CallBack three years later]] in the Creator/AgathaChristie episode'')\\
'''Donna:''' Agatha Christie didn't walk around surrounded by murders, not really! I mean, that's like meeting Charles Dickens and he's surrounded by ghosts. At ''Christmas''.\\
'''The Doctor:''' Well...
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' had London as Scrooge in a Christmas special called, "A London Christmas Carol." It featured London's talking mirror as not only the Marley but the one to show her the Past, Present, and Future. She learns less to stop hating Christmas and more to stop being so selfish about it (she's probably wealthy enough to buy a small country, but refused to spend a cent even on her closest friends).
* An episode of ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'', had the titular character shunning the holiday, but not because she's being Scrooge-like. Instead, she's lonely spending her first Christmas away from her family and depressed over the recent death of a patient, named Marley. A character who died early in the series comes to serve as all three Ghosts. In contrast to other adaptations, the vision of the future is quite happy, showing her married with children and grandchildren, though she is left in the dark about who her husband will be. She recovers in time to celebrate the holiday and assist a young woman in giving birth--in a stable, of course.
* The ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' episode "A Very Topanga Christmas" features a dream sequence involving just the Christmas Future part of the story. In it, Mr. Feeny as the Ghost of Christmas Future shows Cory what life will be like if he doesn't reconcile with Topanga.
* ''Series/BadGirls'' had this format for it's final ever episode, which was set over Christmas. The ghost of the recently deceased Natalie Buxton returned to Larkhall to teach Sylvia Hollamby the error of her ways by taking her through her past, present and not-so-pleasant future. By the end of the episode (and therefore, the series), Sylvia had finally turned over a new leaf, after 8 whole series of being a ruthless bitch.
* Perhaps one of the earliest televised versions comes from an episode of ''ThePaulWinchellShow'' from the early 1950s, where Paul and his dummy Jerry Mahoney experience trips to both Christmas Past & Christmas Future. The Future glimpse is a vintage example of early science-fiction visions, with metallic space suits and the like.
* ''Series/MikeAndAngelo'' had an episode where they go back in time and do this to a boy's father who doesn't treat him nicely.
* ''Series/CelebrityJuice'' does this for their 2012 Christmas special, with Keith Lemon serving as the Scrooge, with the 'past' element also comes a ClipShow.
* The Creator/{{ITV}} charity show ''Text Santa'' did ''A Series/CoronationStreet Christmas Carol'' in 2012.
* ''Series/TheThundermans'': The plot of "Winter Thunderland" where the three Christmas spirits show what would happen if he tried to ruin Christmas for his younger sister Nora.
Solstice Carol".
27th Mar '17 12:30:21 AM CaptainTedium
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' ChristmasSpecial, there's a five minute scene in which Bloo tries to run a Christmas Carol scam on Mr. Herriman, so that he'll get more than "just one gift." He has a distorted recollection of the story; notably, he plays Herriman's old partner as Bob Marley (instead of Jacob), complete with Jamaican accent and dreadlocks; as well as playing the Ghost of ''a'' Christmas Present. Mr. Herriman, despite knowing the story better than Bloo, actually manages to get the "ghost's" message wrong and cancels Christmas instead. Hilariously, during the closing credits after Christmas has been saved, Herriman prays to the ghosts to spare him, and that he will try to cancel Christmas next year. To be fair, it wasn't entirely Herriman's fault; the way Bloo worded his message could have been taken either way. He said "not one present," which could be mistaken as meaning "not even one present." Let's not forget that Bloo's Ghost of Christmas Future is a robot. Mac lampshades the ridiculousness of this when he hears the story.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' ChristmasSpecial, there's a five minute scene in which Bloo tries to run a Christmas Carol scam on Mr. Herriman, so that he'll get more than "just one gift." He has a distorted recollection of the story; notably, he plays Herriman's old partner as Bob Marley Music/BobMarley (instead of Jacob), complete with Jamaican accent and dreadlocks; as well as playing the Ghost of ''a'' Christmas Present. Mr. Herriman, despite knowing the story better than Bloo, actually manages to get the "ghost's" message wrong and cancels Christmas instead. Hilariously, during the closing credits after Christmas has been saved, Herriman prays to the ghosts to spare him, and that he will try to cancel Christmas next year. To be fair, it wasn't entirely Herriman's fault; the way Bloo worded his message could have been taken either way. He said "not one present," which could be mistaken as meaning "not even one present." Let's not forget that Bloo's Ghost of Christmas Future is a robot. Mac lampshades the ridiculousness of this when he hears the story.
21st Mar '17 2:25:57 PM Aruu
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* A TV movie in 2000 set the story in [[SettingUpdate modern day inner Britain]], and featured Ross Kemp as 'Eddie Scrooge'. One of the most noticeable additions to the story it gave was the GroundhogDayLoop Scrooge goes through after each spectral visitation.

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* A [[Film/AChristmasCarol2000 TV movie in 2000 2000]] set the story in [[SettingUpdate modern day inner Britain]], and featured Ross Kemp as 'Eddie Scrooge'. One of the most noticeable additions to the story it gave was the GroundhogDayLoop Scrooge goes through after each spectral visitation.
24th Feb '17 9:02:11 PM Luppercus
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* Episode "Ghost for a Day" of ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' has the eponymous elephant king visited by the ghost of the Old King (his predecessor from before the elephants get civilized) teaching him to have fun and relax in a particularly busy week that make him neglect his family.
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