Long time, no type!
San Francisco was amazing and we had a fantastic time sight-seeing and eating and relaxing. Unfortunately, since we got back from the vacation, it has been a nonstop workfest for both me and Boy so many things have fallen by the wayside, including my blog. Most days, by the time I get home, I just want to sit and veg in front of the TV . . . which is kind of how Boy and I came up with the Park Holiday Fest. We rounded up all the Christmas themed movies or TV show episodes we have in our house and so, for the past several days, we’ve been ploughing through about an hour and a half of holiday themed programming a night.
Anyway, when I posted about it on my Twitter, someone asked me to post what we’ve watched here on the blog, so without further ado, our holiday episodes:
Scrooged: Remember when Bill Murray made movies in which he was funny and didn’t take himself too seriously? It was a mighty long time ago I know, but this was one of my favourites growing up. I particularly liked Carol Kane and her wackiness, even though she sent Bill Murray to the hospital after ripping his lip open. Ouch.
In Living Colour – “Episode 12 (Christmas Album/ Homey Claus)”: I actually didn’t really watch In Living Colour growing up since we didn’t have cable, but Boy did so I bought him the first couple of seasons on DVD during our second Christmas together. It is a weird ’90s time capsule of neon clothing, hiphop dancing and Jim Carrey, who was the lone white boy on the urban comedy show.
The Office S2 – “Christmas Party”: This episode was the first episode of The Office I ever saw and it made me fall in love with Jim and Pam. How badly did I want them to get together and how sad was it when he slid the card back into his pocket? Foiled for another season!
The Office S3 – “A Benihana Christmas”: Season 3 of the show was a hard one because, in spite of everyone wanting Jim and Pam to get together, you could see how Karen was actually a good dating option. She and Jim exchanging the same bad movie was definitely something I could see Boy and I doing.
Invader Zim – The Most Horrible Christmas Ever: Invader Zim is a little more of an obscure show but it’s still pretty funny. It’s about a little green alien with a moronic robot sidekick who is sent to Earth to take over the planet . . . except he really isn’t any good at his job. The song sung by the little green aliens minions stayed stuck in my head for days. “Bow down! Bow down! To the power of Santa! Or be crushed! Be crushed! By . . . his jolly boots of doom!”
The Big Bang Theory S2 – The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis: There are two groups of people in the world – people who get this show and people who don’t. We do and this episode in particular cracks us up. “Do you know what this means?! With a healthy ovum, I could grow my own Leonard Nimoy!!”
Family Guy S3 – A Very Special Family Guy Freakin’ Christmas: Original run Family Guy at its finest. Lois gets tranqed! The Griffins learn the meaning of Christmas! Stewie gets plutonium!
Degrassi Junior High – Season’s Greetings: This is kind of amazing in that it features the worst jump cut I have ever seen when the character of Yick enters the cafeteria twice in a period of thirty seconds. Aside from that, it is kind of a lame duck of an episode since it is mostly a clip laden retrospective that is meant to make Arthur and Yick’s friendship look meaninful, but instead makes it look kind of creepy. What kind of teenage boys have friendships that revolve around stealing, lying, and watching porn together?
Futurama S2 – XMas Story: This is the first Futurama Christmas episode. I love it because it introduces us to the Killer Robot Santa Claus and Tinny Tim and re-enforces Zoidberg’s lameness (while the malfunctioning Santa deems everyone naughty, apparently Zoidberg is okay and worthy of a pogo stick.)
Futurama S3 – A Tale of Two Santas: The second Futurama Christmas episode. I particularly love the “I Am Sparticus” inspired “I Am Santa Claus” scene where everyone shows up to Bender’s execution dressed as Santa, except for Zoidberg who comes as Jesus. Oh Zoidberg . . .
Clone High – Snowflake Day: This Clone High episode is so amazing, Boy and I threw a party themed around it last year. Lamb tacos and Snowflake Day care satchels for everyone!
Frasier S1 – A Miracle on Third or Fourth Street: Fraiser hosts a radio show and takes some of the most depressing calls ever, but is then taught the meaning of Christmas by some random homeless dudes in a diner. Would anyone learn lessons at Christmas time without the homeless? I think not.
Frasier S3 – Frasier Grinch: Fraiser discovers the mail order presents he got for his son were misdelivered and has to go to the mall to buy new ones. Oh the mall – the indignity! (To be fair, I have worked in a mall during the holidays and it is awful. Boy and I often joke that, like being forced to join the army in Israel, every person should have to work retail for at least one Christmas so they can know how horrible it is and then perhaps be nicer to salesclerks.)
Scrubs S1 – My Own Personal Jesus: I really love the early seasons of this show before they let it go on way too long and before Zach Braff creeped me out with his skeeziness. In this episode, he still manages to be fresh faced and endearing as he bangs a patient out of a coma Fonzie style.
Square Pegs – A Child’s Christmas in Weemawee (Parts 1 & 2): Square Pegs was an awful show Sarah Jessica Parker starred in in the 1980s. It revolved around her and her best friend starting high school, trying desperately to make the cool kids like them and failing miserable. We think it was supposed to be a comedy but it feels more like some sort of weird televised sociological experiment in that the jokes are not funny, the canned laughter seems wildly unsure of itself and the audio appears to be operated by a drunk and/or narcoleptic. Apparently a random shot of a window equals uproarious laughter. Anyway, to get through it next year, we’ve decided that we will take a shot every time they wear awful ’80s outfits or say the phrase “frozen eel chunks,” since we are pretty sure that we will be stinking drunk about five minutes in which should make the remaining 55 a lot more bearable.
The OC S1 – Chrismukkah: The Cohens celebrate their mega holiday with Ryan for the first time. I know the rest of the seasons of this show were kind of a mess, but this first year still brings joy to my heart. It’s a Christmukkah miracle!
Veronica Mars S1 – An Echolls Family Christmas: Yet another show that had an amazing first year. Some might say it’s not particularly Christmasy in that it features gambling and stalking and ends with a stabbing, but I say it features dudes wearing holiday boxers and snappy dialogue so it’s awesome.
Veronica Mars S2 – One Angry Veronica: Veronica does jury duty in this rip off of 12 Angry Men. There is only a minor holiday scene in this one where they eat Cornish Game Hen instead of turkey, so it’s getting cut next year.
My So-Called Life – So-Called Angels: Angela Chase learns the true meaning of Christmas from Juliana Hatfield who plays a homeless girl who is really an angel. The ending was a tiny bit lame but every time Angela’s mom finds poor beaten up Ricky in the church, I cry. (On a side note, never play a drinking game where you take a shot every time you see someone on MSCL wearing plaid. You will be dead within the first 10 minutes.)
The House of Eliott – Part 5: This show about 1920s sisters doing it for themselves and opening a fashion house is cute, but this episode was only Christmasy for maybe 5 minutes and instead focused mostly on soap opera like drama. Off the list for next year.
Grey’s Anatomy S2 – Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer: I used to love Grey’s Anatomy before all of the ridiculous ghost sex. “Because IT’S WHAT JESUS WOULD FREAKING DO!”
Gilmore Girls S1 – Forgiveness and Stuff: I miss watching Gilmore Girls on Wednesday nights. I know it was ridiculously twee, but it was sort of a homey little show. I miss you, first season Rory and Lorelai!
Gilmore Girls S7 Merry Fisticuffs: Watching this episode, we came to see the only really Christmas-y thing about it was when Luke and Stupid Christopher (yes that is what I call him) get in a fight in the middle of Stars Hollow’s Christmas diorama. While I enjoy this, it doesn’t really work with the other episodes, so it’s cut for next year.
Gilmore Girls S7 Santa’s Secret Stuff: Lorelai agrees to write a character reference for Luke who is fighting for custody of his daughter and spends practically the entire episode keeping this information from (Insecure and) Stupid Christopher. This relationship annoyed me so much, it is really hard for me to watch the last season episodes, save for the finale with the big tent and the Mighty Lemon Drops song.
Extras – The Extras Special Series Finale: When Ricky Gervais is good, he is really good. This finale is an example of his awesomeness, not only for the Clive Owen stuff (NSFW), but for Andy finally sucking it up and admitting how important Maggie is to him. Makes me happy every time.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas – This is my favourite Christmas special of all time. I have watched it every year since I was a kid and I never stop being entertained by it. So fantastic!
The Muppet Christmas Carol – This is Boy’s favourite Christmas special and it has grown on me considerable. It was the last one we watched before we opened our presents to each other last night. Paul Williams might be a weird trollish looking man, but if you manage to get through this entire song without smiling, you are dead inside.
There is one other Christmas thing we watched, but it was so awful, it deserves it’s own post which will be going up later this afternoon.
What about you, kind readers? Is there anything you watch to get in the Christmas spirit? Let me know and maybe we can add it to our schedule for next year!