|Season 1 and 2, Episode 15|
|Air date|| December 24, 1964 |
December 23, 1965 (repeat)
|Written by||Herman Groves|
|Directed by||Alan Rafkin|
"Samantha Meets the Folks" Season 2
Seven year old Tommy, who lives in an orphanage, is happy to spend Christmas with Gladys and Abner Kravitz. Six year old Michael, also an orphan, derides Tommy's belief in Santa Claus. When Samantha and Darrin bring him home for the holidays, their efforts to get Michael to share in the festivities of the season fail. After Michael admits that he would believe in Santa Claus if he really existed, Samantha takes Michael and Darrin on her broom-stick to the North Pole, where Michael meets Santa Claus. Later, back at home, Darrin and Michael awake. Although both feel they have dreamed the trip, Michael now believes in Santa Claus. Gladys overhears Michael tell Tommy he has met Santa Claus. When she tries to pin Tommy down, he denies that Michael has ever mentioned it. Mrs. Grange, the director of the orphanage, comes to the Stephens home with Mr. and Mrs. Johnson. At the Kravitz home, both Gladys and Abner, who are about to return Tommy to the orphanage, express their wish to have someone like Tommy permanently. When Michael leaves with Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, Samantha and Darrin know Michael has found two loving parents.
The episode was originally broadcast on Christmas Eve in 1964 and then again on December 23rd a year later. The repeat included a new introduction, where Samantha and Darrin receive a Christmas card from Michael, a boy they took in for Christmas the year before. An episode-long flashback of the previous year then runs for the remainder of the episode.
- This episode was filmed on November 12, 1964.
- Bill Daily, would go on to play Captain (later Major) Roger Healey on another magic-themed sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie. Bill played Mr. Johnson in this episode.
- Darrin and Michael are some of the few mortals to meet Santa Claus. Mr. Mortimer meets him in "Humbug Not to Be Spoken Here" and Darrin meets Santa again in "Santa Comes and Stays and Stays".
- Agnes Moorehead (as Endora) does not appear in this episode.
- Gerry Johnson, Elizabeth Montgomery, and Dick York worked together again on The Flintstones episode "Samantha".