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The Plugged In Show, Episode 211: Why Scrooge Still Haunts Christmases Past, Present and Future. Plus, Disney’s Grasp on Hulu.


Think back to 1843, if you would: If you lived back then, you might live in a state where slavery was still legal. You might’ve heard of something called a “railroad,” but for you, a horse-and-buggy is as swift of transportation as you’re likely used to. Running water? Forget it. Electricity? Edison won’t get to the light bulb for another 37 years.

Nope, our lives today have very little in common with the lives of those who lived in 1843. But here’s one seasonal exception: We might’ve all shared an affection for A Christmas Carol.

For nearly two centuries, Charles Dickens’ holiday classic has been a part of our own holidays, and Ebenezer Scrooge is almost as famous as Santa. Why has this story, of all the stories we’ve told over the last 180 years, stayed so strong? So resonant? Why have we translated and sometimes twisted this story more than 100 times on movie screens and TV sets? We’ll bat that around in this episode of The Plugged In Show.

And then after we’re done talking about A Christmas Carol’s past, we’ll look into the future. Our normal Plugged In Show host subs as a guest this time to talk about the impending merge between Disney+ and Hulu.

The show sounds about as much fun as a dance at Fezziwig’s, doesn’t it? And once we’re done talking, we’d like to open the floor to you. Why do you think A Christmas Carol has been so enduring? What’s your favorite version? Is a conjoined Disney+/Hulu streaming service more likely to make you want to sign up—or walk away? Talk to us on Instagram or Facebook. Email us at [email protected]. Or leave us an old-timey voicemail at

I promise, we won’t say bah, humbug to anything you have to say.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.