Once again, Christmas is upon us! A time of giving, joy, family and lots of food! It's also that time of the year when our favorite TV shows go on hiatus and we are stuck for about a month without new TV material! How cruel and un-christmass-y of them!
Thankfully, our beloved TV characters never leave us without a Christmas special! Something to keep us going until January...
Following this long tradition, almost all of our beloved TV shows have given us at least one decent christmas special!
"The one with the holiday Armadillo"
Friends have given us plenty of holiday memories, but I have to admit that nothing beats that time when Ross desperately was trying to teach his son about his Jewish heritage, with the help of Santa, the holiday Armadillo and of course Superman!
Another memorable holiday Friends moment, is of course Phoebe's chrismas song...
“The Best Christmukkah Ever”
Christmas or Hanukkah? Why choose when you can have it all? It was 2003, the year that Christmukkah swept the nation (according to Seth Cohen at least). Yes. I know, it's so fangirly of me, I admit it: I was an O.C. fan. Before you go all judgy, let me tell you that it was a cool show back then! And it gave us a new holiday - with twice the resistance of a normal holiday!
On a different vipe, a show that knows its way around Christmas episodes, keeping the narrative of the story, is Downton Abbey.
"Christmas at Downton Abbey" was the episode that marked the beginning of Downton Abbey christmas specials and of course the moment that all fans were waiting for: Mary and Matthew finally having a happy ending (at least for the time) with him proposing in the snow at the final minutes of the episode. Hooray!
Same country, completely different show. What would Christmas be without Mr Bean’s turkey trouble?
Well, the story is simple: Mr. Bean wakes up on Christmas day, gives a couple of gifts to his "friends" and then tries to cook christmas dinner. With disastrous results... And it just occured to me that Friends totally ripped off the turkey scene for one of their Thanksgiving specials!
Same country, same actor, different show: Blackadder's Christmas Carol, was the TV special that aired in 1988, featuring the Blackadder characters in their own -a bit twisted- version of Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol"...
Back to the States, Community, had plenty of holiday episodes, from “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas,” to "Comparative Religion" , but nothing beats "Regional Holiday Music" - an hilarious Glee parody!
To quote Pierce "What the hell are Regionals??"
We all know that Sheldon hates Christmas, so in the Big Bang Theory holiday episode of season 6, Leonard thought of using Dungeons & Dragons to make Sheldon love Christmas! Not so succesfuly...
Christmas on SNL means loooots of memorable holiday sketches, from Stefon's christmas suggestions to NPR's Delicious Dish Schweddy Balls!
And remember: even if you were a naughty child this year, don't worry! Sump'n Claus will pay you a visit!
Merry TV Christmas everybody!!
Ever since I first set foot on a cinema theatre, I knew that something magical was happening there....