The leaves may still be falling and the pumpkin spice may still be calling your name, but it’s no longer just autumn. We are in that sweet spot on the calendar where we are fully fall and fully holiday movie season, and it is glorious.

To help us prepare ourselves for the coming avalanche of holiday movies, Dara Alston of the Dear Hallmark podcast is here with me to preview this year’s new holiday movies from UPtv and Lifetime. Dara is a writer and podcaster and, just like all the best people are, a self-proclaimed cornball and devoted fan of made for TV movies. So that means yes, though we met for the first time in this episode, we did have a whole lot to talk about.

And of course, because this is The Couch, where side notes and rabbit trails are always welcome, we also talked about cozy mysteries, the restorative powers of cheese dip from a jar, a possible Frasier reboot, and so much more.

You are going to love this episode. But before we jump in, I wanted to make sure you’ve gotten your 2022 Hooked on Holiday Movies Bundle. This bundle, this package, this veritable cornucopia of holiday movie resources is available on, and you don’t want to start this season without it! It includes a printable schedule of all the new holiday movies airing this year, BINGO cards and word search games and trivia questions to make your viewing even more fun, tips for hosting your own movie watching party (although of course I hope you’ll come to mine on November 19), festive recipes, an exclusive holiday playlist, and guides to the best holiday movies in fun categories like baking! music! road trips! And more. Get your bundle today at

Okay, let’s get started!



  • The Picture of Christmas (UP)
  • Christmas Lucky Charm (UP)
  • Sappy Holiday (UP)
  • Christmas Masquerade (UP)
  • Santa’s Got Style (UP)
  • Reindeer Games Homecoming (Lifetime)
  • Steppin’ Into the Holiday (Lifetime)
  • A Christmas Spark (Lifetime)
  • The 12 Days of Christmas Eve (Lifetime)
  • A New Orleans Noel (Lifetime)
  • Well Suited for Christmas (Lifetime)
  • Six Degrees of Santa (Lifetime)
  • Santa Bootcamp (Lifetime)


  • Elementary (Hulu)
  • Tostitos cheese dip


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