How many ‘A Christmas Story’ sequels are there?

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“A Christmas Story” has held a beloved place in the hearts of audiences since its release in 1983, becoming a perennial holiday classic. The film, based on Jean Shepherd’s tales from his childhood, follows young Ralphie Parker during a chaotic Christmas season in the late 1930s and early 1940s, recounting various comedic and heartwarming moments.

Despite its success, several attempts at sequels and follow-ups were made, shaping a somewhat tangled history around the “A Christmas Story” universe. While the original film remains a holiday staple, the subsequent films failed to gain similar acclaim or attention.

The series of adaptations began with made-for-TV movies based on Shepherd’s Parker Family stories, including “The Phantom of the Open Hearth” (1976) and “The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters” (1982). Even after the release of the 1983 film, the series continued with movies like “The Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski” (1985) and “Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss” (1988), which explored different facets of the Parker family’s experiences.

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In 1994, “It Runs in the Family” hit theaters as a theatrical sequel, focusing on the Parkers during the summer following the events of “A Christmas Story.” However, this film, renamed “My Summer Story” for television, didn’t capture the audience’s attention despite positive reviews.

The confusion compounded in 2012 with “A Christmas Story 2,” marketed as a direct sequel to the original film, disregarding previous adaptations. Set six years after the original, it followed a teenage Ralphie’s attempt to fix his car but was critically panned and quickly faded into obscurity.

For those intrigued by the latest sequel, “A Christmas Story Christmas,” knowledge of the previous sequels isn’t essential. This new installment holds its own storyline, allowing viewers to enjoy it without necessarily delving into the other films. While familiarity with the original “A Christmas Story” might enhance the experience, it’s not mandatory for understanding or appreciating the events of the latest addition to the franchise.