"Santa Claus is Dead" is the Christmas episode of the ABC medical drama St. Elsewhere, produced and aired as the eleventh episode of its fourth season.


Mrs. Katherine Auschlander heads a program where a group of children visit Santa Claus at St. Eligius. St. Nick has a heart attack, but not until the Auschlanders' grandson Max calls him a fraud. The doctors all swap Christmas gifts and cheer except for Dr. Ehrlich; Dr. Fiscus claims he is incapable of being a friend and therefore cannot have friends. Dr. and Mrs. Craig host a Wassail party. The Westphalls celebrate at home. The time of year causes a lot of grief and emotion to fester and brew. As Max watches and Dr. Axelrod labors, Santa Claus dies. Will poor Elliot Axelrod be forever known as the man who killed Santa?


Ed FlandersDr. Donald Westphall
Norman LloydDr. Daniel Auschlander
Ed Begley Jr.Dr. Victor Ehrlich
Stephen FurstDr. Elliot Axelrod
Mark Harmon (credit)Dr. Robert Caldwell
Eric LaneuvilleLuther Hawkins
Howie MandelDr. Wayne Fiscus
David MorseDr. Jack Morrison
Christina Pickles (credit)Nurse Helen Rosenthal
Denzel WashingtonDr. Philip Chandler
William DanielsDr. Mark Craig
Bonnie BartlettEllen Craig
Jane WyattKatherine Auschlander
Sagan LewisDr. Jacqueline Wade
Kavi RazDr. Vijay Kochar
Aaron FletcherSanta Claus
Judyann ElderElodie Haber
Byron StewartWarren Coolidge
Dana ShortElizabeth Westphall
Chad AllenTommy Westphall
Casey SiemaszkoRick Messina
Bernard KubyRichard Lesniak
Ian FriedJeff Rosenthal
Danny McMurphyMax Auschlander
Alison SweeneyChrissy
Harold AyerMinister

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Television episodes and specials
Live-action shows
"Dear Dad" • "Dear Sis" • "Death Takes a Holiday" • "All About Christmas Eve" • "Christmas Story" • "Santa Baby" • "Kay's Gift" • "Merry Catnip" • "Christmas Carol" • "Emily" • "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" • "Amends" • "Cookies for Santa" • "The Man in the Fallout Shelter" • "The Santa in the Slush" • "The Goop on the Girl" • "A Very Glee Christmas" • "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" • "The 23rd" • "Glee, Actually" • "Santa" • "Previously Unaired Christmas" • "LAXmas"
Animated shows and specials
The Simpsons "Simpson Christmas" • "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" • "Marge Be Not Proud" • "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" • "Grift of the Magi" • "Skinner's Sense of Snow" • "She of Little Faith" • "'Tis the Fifteenth Season" • "Simpson Christmas Stories" • "Kill Gil, Volumes I & II" • "The Fight Before Christmas" • "Holidays of Future Passed" • "White Christmas Blues" • "I Won't Be Home for Christmas • "The Nightmare After Krustmas" • "'Tis the 30th Season" • "Bobby, It's Cold Outside"
King of the Hill "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying" • "Pretty, Pretty Dresses" • "Hillennium" • "'Twas the Nut Before Christmas" • "The Father, the Son, and J.C." • "Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane" • "Ms. Wakefield"
Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" • "The Best Christmas Story Never" • "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" • "Rapture's Delight" • "A Cleveland Brown Christmas" • "Road to the North Pole" • "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls" • "Murray Christmas" • "Season's Beatings" • "Die Semi-Hard" • "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" • "'Tis the Cleveland To Be Sorry" • "Minstrel Krampus" • "Christmas Guy" • "Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas" • "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin" • "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" • "Ninety North, Zero West" • "Don't Be a Dickens At Christmas" • "Santa, Schmanta" • "Christmas is Coming"
Futurama "Xmas Story" • "A Tale of Two Santas" • "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular"
Bob's Burgers "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins" • "Christmas in the Car" • "Father of the Bob" • "Nice-Capades" • "The Last Gingerbread House on the Left" • "The Bleakening" • "Better Off Sled"
Other cartoons "Hook's Christmas" • "A Christmas Surprise for Mrs. Stillman" • Olive, the Other ReindeerIce Age: A Mammoth Christmas • "Miracle on Culpepper Slims Boulevard"
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