Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas television special produced in stop motion animation by Rankin/Bass. It first aired on Sunday, December 6, 1964, on the NBC television network in the United States. Since 1972, the special has aired on CBS affiliate television stations, with the network unveiling a high-definition, digitally remastered version of the program in 2005.
It has been telecast every year since 1964, making it the longest running Christmas TV special in history, and one of only four 1960s Christmas specials still being telecast; the others being A Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Frosty the Snowman.
Watch the Christmas classic this week, Tuesday night December 4th, on CBS at 8pm ET.