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December 23, 2011 3:49 PM   Subscribe

Fat Albert.
posted by timsteil at 3:59 PM on December 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

If these are the top 20, I nominate the Flinstone Christmas for 21.

Here is part of it from YouTube
posted by JohnnyGunn at 4:03 PM on December 23, 2011

"runs down" is right. Christ, did he ever "not get" that whole Studio 60 christmas episode. I know the series had problems (even though I loved it for what it was trying to do), but damn... "give it to someone you hate"? Fuck off.
posted by hippybear at 4:24 PM on December 23, 2011 [3 favorites]

I'll be pulling out the Bob Newhart DVD's to check that one out.

I can't believe American Dad isn't on here, they go to town on Christmas specials.
posted by bongo_x at 6:06 PM on December 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

Wish he'd done the X-Files Christmas episode with Lily Tomlin and Ed Asner...
posted by sparkletone at 6:16 PM on December 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

A Charlie Brown Christmas is just about the best thing to appear on television in the '60s, and yes, I'm including Star Trek.

The cynicism, the despair, the mockery and the all-pervading funk of failure. The joy, the wonder, hope, faith and the glory of redemption. Jazz, real, relevant jazz, just when it looked like everything had to cede to rock and roll. A determined creator unafraid to butt heads with the network to see his vision through.

It's hard to remember anything on the air this relevant and entertaining, something that so embodied American spiritual and cultural values, American insecurities and faults.

Also, Snoopy.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:05 PM on December 23, 2011 [4 favorites]

"Moonlighting" "It's A Wonderful Job."
posted by NorthernLite at 7:59 PM on December 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

I liked this Dick Van Dyke Show Christmas ep better: "Uhny uftz . . ."

Uhny uftz. . .

Uhny uftz. . .

(found it on Hulu (second link, no Youtube)
posted by Herodios at 8:06 PM on December 23, 2011

"Moonlighting" "It's A Wonderful Job."

Wow, I haven't even thought about that since it was originally broadcast. Really great. I'm so glad you linked this!
posted by hippybear at 8:10 PM on December 23, 2011

Moral Orel was genius. Also dark, with a side of dark. ;) I love that they asked him to make the show darker, then instantly regretted it. Actually, i don't because they cancelled it after that. :P

Futurama is great because it breaks from the expected xmas stuff, especially the last one that was an anthology show that also went pretty dark.

"give it to someone you hate"?

I have a friend who kept saying how great that show was, and kept telling us all to watch it, but i have to agree, it's something you give to someone you hate. It was dreadful.
posted by usagizero at 1:46 AM on December 24, 2011

They missed the spectacular Always Sunny in Philadelphia christmas special. Charlie learns a secret about his past, and deals with the emotional turmoil that results.
posted by FatherDagon at 10:02 AM on December 24, 2011

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