Announcing Yuletide TV: 2013 Edition

I am happy to announce that for the the second year in a row I will be embarking on a 25 day quest to recap some of the greatest christmas episodes of all time. From Dec. 1–Dec. 25 I will be traversing every genre imaginable to examine how Christmas is brought to life, celebrated, and in some cases, reviled.

I will be following roughly the same format as last year. There will be no Rudolph or Charlie Brown present in my list. Instead, I will be focusing on those episodes that could stand on their own alongside those Christmas specials as perennial holiday classics.

Throughout the year I have been meticulously making notes for possible series and episodes to include in this year’s countdown. I knew finding another 25 Christmas episodes wouldn’t be an issue, but could I come up with 25 completely different series? Happily, the answer is yes. There will be double-down’s this year, so even though I loved visiting Point Place and Greendale Community College last year, this year leads to new adventures.

However, as a way to get ready for the new year, I have collected all of last year’s posts below in order of when they were posted. Pick and choose at your leisure and get ready for tomorrow!

Yuletide TV: 2012 Edition

1. Saved by the Bell, “Home for Christmas (Parts 1 & 2)

2. Clone High, “Snowflake Day: A Very Special Holiday Episode

3. That 70’s Show, “An Eric Foreman Christmas

4. The Inbetweeners, “Xmas Party

5. Dorm Life, “Finals

6. Recess, “Yes Mikey, Santa Does Shave

7. Batman: The Animated Series, “Christmas with the Joker

8. X-Men, “Have Yourself a Morlock Little X-mas

9. Futurama, “X-mas Story

10. South Park, “It’s Christmas in Canada

11. American Dad!, “Rapture’s Delight

12. Band of Brothers/The Pacific, “Bastogne/Battle of Guadalcanal/Leckie

13. M*A*S*H, “Death Takes a Holiday

14. Cheers, “Christmas Cheers

15. Home Improvement, ” ‘Twas the Flight Before Christmas

16. Spin City, “Miracle Near 34th Street

17. Scrubs, “My Own Personal Jesus

18. Saturday Night Live, “Steve Martin/Alec Baldwin/Justin Timberlake

19. Top Gear, “Vietnam Special

20. Smallville, “Lexmas

21. Misfits, “Christmas Special (Episode Seven)

22. How I Met Your Mother, “Symphony of Illumination

23. Mad Men, “Christmas Comes but Once a Year

24. Community, “Comparative Religion

25. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: “Deck the Halls

Tomorrow: The real fun gets underway!


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