*The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas premiered Monday, December 17, 1973, on the National Broadcasting Company network. We did find evidence of reruns throughout the 1980s. Check out the YouTube playlist for a commercial break segment that aired during one of them.
*GetTV has in fact been showing many rarities for the season, including specials from The King Family, Sonny and Cher, and Bing Crosby, but no cartoons as far as we can tell.
*Proof that Mike was not suffering some bad egg nog when he loaded this special on Amazon Prime:
*Author John Barrett not only created Ted E. Bear, but he apparently wrote...a history of the Wimbledon tennis championships?
*DePatie-Freleng started in 1963 and was bought by Marvel in 1981. The studio also animated Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales (1979, CBS) and The Pink Panther In: A Pink Christmas (1978, ABC)
*Tommy Smothers and brother Dick did not actually destroy television in general, nor the CBS network in particular, but The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour did a lot of rabble-rousing!
*If you'd like to learn more about why cartoon animals don't wear pants, TV Tropes is a good starting point.
*No offense intended by the BOTNS cast to the fine people at Big Lots.
*The Great Bear Scare is the Halloween-themed sequel of sorts from 1983. Tommy Smothers returns as Ted E. Bear, but Hans Conreid steps in for Arte Johnson.
*The SFM Holiday Network was an operation that syndicated movies to stations around the country from 1978 to 1991. SFM also syndicates Make Room for Daddy, Rin-Tin-TIn, and even The Smothers Brothers Show.