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"A Bionic Christmas Carol" is the Christmas episode of the ABC series The Six Million Dollar Man, based on the novel "Cyborg" by Martin Caidin, produced and aired as the tenth episode of its fourth season. As the title suggests, it is a loose adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel A Christmas Carol.


Special bionic Agent Steve Austin ends up involved in the lessons of a modern Scrooge. Horton Budge (Ray Walston) has little Christmas spirit, and none for his nephew, Bob Crandall (Dick Sargent), and his family. Bob at one time embezzled money from Budge and must now work it off piecemeal, a virtual gofer/slave to him. Since Budge's attitude is also causing some problems for the vital services he provides the government, Steve dresses as a silent Santa Claus and uses bionic trickery to make him think he might be seeing the real thing. Among the things he shows him is that Bob had good reason to embezzle the money. It turns out he had asked Budge for a loan to pay the medical bills to save the life of his desperately ill wife, but had been turned down. To the surprise of no one, Budge learns his lesson and begins to spend Christmas with his estranged family.


The episode was made available on The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 4 DVD set, released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment on October 8, 2013.


  • This adaptation of A Christmas Carol is notable for bypassing the three spirits and for combining the characters of Scrooge's nephew, Fred, and Bob Cratchit. Adam Rich, best known for his later role as Nicholas Bradford on Eight Is Enough, played Bob Crandall's son, who is not the ill one in this version.
  • Lee Majors later parodied his Steve Austin character in a fictitious TV Christmas special shown at the beginning of Scrooged, where he is shown joining Santa Claus in defending the North Pole when it is under siege by terrorists.
  • When Steve enters a small toy store while doing some shopping, an action figure of The Six Million Dollar Man can be plainly seen behind the sales clerk he speaks to. It is not part of the plot, nor is it ever commented on. At the time the episode was broadcast, the toy line based on the show was a brisk seller.

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Movies Silent Night, Lonely Night1941Merry Christmas, Mr. LawrenceThe Munsters' Scary Little ChristmasHow the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)Love ActuallyThe HolidayThe Best Man HolidayKrampusAlmost ChristmasThe Grinch (2018)Last ChristmasBlack Christmas (2019)
Direct-to-video films The Life and Adventures of Santa ClausBarbie in a Christmas CarolCurious George: A Very Monkey ChristmasBarbie: A Perfect ChristmasBeethoven's Christmas AdventureAll I Want for Christmas is YouMy Adventures with Santa
Live-action television episodes "The Day They Captured Santa Claus" • "'Twas the Fight Before Christmas…" • "Christmas Presence" • "Home for the Holidays" • "Yule Laff" • "Christmas Brains" • "Seoul Mates" • "A Christmas Secret" • "Christmas Party" • "Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa" • "A Benihana Christmas" • "Mr. Monk Meets His Dad" • "Moroccan Christmas" • "Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa Claus" • "Ludachristmas" • "Christmas Special" • "Secret Santa (30 Rock) • "Christmas Attack Zone" • "Secret Santa" (The Office) • "Classy Christmas" • "Christmas Wishes" • "Josh and Mindy's Christmas Party" • "Mr. Monk and the Miracle"
Animated specials and episodes "Dickens of a Christmas" • A Wish For Wings That Work • "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls" • "A Christmas Peril" • "Ms. Banshee's Holiday Hits" • "Fright Before Christmas" • "A Very Woody Christmas" • "It's a Chilly Christmas After All" • "Yule Get Yours" • "The Twelve Lies of Christmas" • How Murray Saved Christmas • "ChristMess Eve" • 5 More Sleeps ‘til Christmas