Holiday Viewing Binges for every taste
For many of us, 2020 is the Christmas that we will be isolated from our family and friends. Here is a list of Holiday Inspired Playlists for you to stream to get you in the Christmas Spirit.
Comedies that embody the Christmas Spirit
Comedies that uplift with just a little bit of absurdity
“My Best Moment” — Scrubs (Season 4 Episode 12)
A Scrubs’s Episode where everyone is alive at the end is an excellent place to start our Christmas Journey.
“The One Where Rachel Quits” — Friends (Season 3 Episode 10)
Ross’s guilt forces a comical interaction, Monica spirals, Rachel is a bad waitress, and Joey has a part-time job. Like every other Friends Episode, but this one has Phoebe heartbroken about Christmas Trees dying.
“Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” — Community (Season 2 Episode 11)
- Claymation … Check.
- A story about alternative families during the holidays … Check
- Christmas Themed Music … Check.
- Christmas Teryadactle … Double-Check
“Most Adequate Christmas Ever” — American Dad (Season 3 Episode 8)
Stan does something incredibly selfish for 20 minutes, but it’s Christmas time Plus, Cute Cherubin Lawyers.
December has other holidays
“The Strike” — Seinfeld (Season 9 Episode 10)
The original alternative winter holiday: Festivus. Kramer’s lack of employment is actually solidarity with the working man.
The One with the Holiday Armadillo — Friends (Season 7 Episode 10)
Multi — Holidays Mascots and Superman. Add in a touch of Chandler’s guilt, and you have a Friends Episode!
Comparative Religion — Community (Season 1 Episode 12)
Sometimes Christmases pushes around other holidays. Sometimes you need to smack a bully in the face. Sometimes you need an episode of Community.
“The Futurama Holiday Spectacular” — Futurama (Season 7 Episode 13)
Three unrelated stories with Robots, Mutants, and Space Bees. Christmas Adjacent.
Schweddy Balls — SNL
It’s Alex Baldwin talking about sweets. Or is it? It is. Get your mind out of the gutter.
“Ludachristmas” — 30 Rock (Season 2 Episode 9)
Christmas in the workplace can be tough, but no tougher than realizing that Christmas is tough on all families.
Andy Richter plays an amnesiac who is “stuck” in the 80s, Flashdance and everything.
“Christmas Special” — 30 Rock (Season 3 Episode 6)
Liz Lemon is trying to do the right thing for selfish reasons while Jack waits eight minutes after running over his mother to call 9–1–1. But at least Jenna is singing in a live Christmas Special born out of guilt.
This is a religious holiday. When has religion ever caused any trouble?
“Glengarry Glen Christmas: Elf Motivation” — SNL
Always Be Cobbling
Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?
“Die Hard is not a Christmas movie. It’s a ^&*()&) Bruce Willis movie!”
— Bruce Willis (2018 Comedy Central Roast)
Regardless, here are some episodes.
“Yippie Kayak” — Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 3 Episode 10)
Jake’s Die Hard infatuation plays out as Boyle plays John McClain almost to a T … well almost:
“yippie kayak, other buckets”
— Charles Boyle
D&*( in a Box — SNL
Granted, this is a detour, but it is the quintessential SNL skit of Sandberg’s tenure.
Intro to Knots — Community (Season 4 Episode 10)
Abed continues bringing up Die Hard as he stays meta. One of the better episodes featuring Malcolm McDowell (Professor Noel Cornwallis) and the end-tag helps set up the darkest timeline subplot.
The Christmas Carols
Dicken’s Christmas Carol is a trope that has been done to death. Here are some of the genre to watch.
“The Best Christmas Story Never Told” — American Dad (Season 2 Episode 9)
Begins out as a Christmas Carol and then turns into a linear time-travel episode. Bonus points for explaining Disco as inevitable as opposed to an art form.
Regional Holiday Music — Community (Season 3 Episode 10)
Is it based on Dickens? No. Does it have some great “carols”? Yes.
The Muppet Christmas Carol.
Michael Cane isn’t Patrick Stewart … but he is accompanied by Kermit and The Great Gonzo., so it’s got that going for it.
What is Santa doing when he is not delivering packages?
Santa’s My Boyfriend — SNL
What would Santa be like as a boyfriend?
Road to the North Pole — Family Guy(Season 9 Episode 7)
Santa has been working too hard because commercialization has ruined Christmas and thus is dying. However, Brian is the primary messenger so it becomes a mixed bag …
Sump’n Claus — SNL
Kenan Thompson has been on SNL for 17 years and is the first cast member born after the series premiere and all he has to say is “Everybody is getting sump’n”
“He sees you while you’re sleeping … that’s weird”
— Sump’n Claus
A Tale of Two Santas — Futurama (Season 3 Episode 3)
Santa’s Descendent — Robot Santa is replaced by Bender who is then put on trial for crimes against humanity. After Bender is rescued by Robot Santa they go on a rampage together, bringing the Futurama crew together just in time for Christmas. It’s an X-Mas Miracle!
There you have it, six different themed lists for wherever the Christmas Spirit drags you. Or you could always hop on another Zoom Call …