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'Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' airs Tuesday on WTHR

The 26-minute classic airs Tuesday, December 3 at 8 p.m.
This image released by NBC shows a scene from the 1966 holiday classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," airing Dec. 3 and Dec. 25 on NBC. (NBC via AP)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — 53 years and still going strong!

"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" first aired on television in 1966 and became an instant classic across multiple networks.

The Grinch, who lives atop Mt. Crumpit, despises Christmas and decides to prevent Christmas from coming to Whoville with the help of his dog, Max.

The 26-minute special introduced the popular Christmas song, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."

NBC stations will air "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. and again on Christmas at 8 p.m., followed by the 2000 live-action version starring Jim Carrey.