December 5, 2006

"With the Christmas specials upon us, what's your favorite "special holiday episode" TV convention?"

Asks Television Without Pity:
  • The A Christmas Carol rip-off
  • The It's a Wonderful Life rip-off
  • The Miracle on 34th Street rip-off
  • The "Jesus is the reason for the season" lesson
  • The "It's better to give than to receive" lesson
  • The "There's no place like home for the holidays" lesson
  • The "Guitar-playing teen angel helps you and your mom care about the homeless, and rescue your embattled gay friend" episode
It's a poll, so go vote. If you know the basic TWOP rule of polls, you already know which one is going to win.

13 comments:

chickenlittle said...

Ah yes but second place goes to "It's A Wonderful Life" Who can dispute such a masterpiece?

Anonymous said...

let's go with "It's a Wonderful Life" just for HAHAs

price said...

Oh, that "My So-Called Life" reference just made my day!

Anonymous said...

They forgot one of the more common ones, the O. Henry "Gift of the Magi" rip off episode.

(though that could be lumped in with the 'better to give than receive' category)

Anonymous said...

TWOP pretty reliably will throw in a "My So-Called Life" reference just where it's most needed. And for all the insufferable pretension of that show, I really did like that episode, which is possibly the only one in which Angela's mom appeared human.

Of course my whole perspective on the show is skewed, because I never watched it as a kid/teen. I caught it for the first time a few years ago when it was in heavy rotation on The N. (My guiltiest tv pleasure)

Dave said...

There are two times I don't watch TV: XMAS and political season.

Why?

I hate XMAS and I hate politicians. Far, far, far better things to do with my time than watch ads for either. Like drill a hole in my head with a dull butter knife. Not that I'm a misanthrope or anything.

johnstodderinexile said...

How about the "mistletoe forces two people who should be together but aren't to finally realize they love each other" theme.

Just last night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

price said...

I just want to talk about My So-Called Life for a second. The Christmas episode displays heavy-handedness on par with "Crash." But it's so great and moving and Julianna Hatfield plays a hobo!

It was on when I was in eighth grade, so obviously there's nostalgia there, but sometimes I think pretension is okay, especially when it involves monologues from "Our Town" that perfectly parallel one characters' sense of remorse over stealing a boyfriend. Or the inspiring poetry teacher who throws terrible poems out the window, gets fired, and then the students organize to come to his defense. These things just aren't done anymore without a sense of irony. I miss 1994.

knoxgirl said...

The "Guitar-playing teen angel helps you and your mom care about the homeless, and rescue your embattled gay friend" episode


This one was absurd, but pretty moving. I loved that show, even though I was too old to be justifiably interested.

CB said...

I've always been partial to the tried-and-true cliche of the talking poop that helps everyne put aside their differences and be nice to each other on Christmas.

Argan Argar said...

My favorite "It's a Wonderful Life" rip-off was in season 3 of Buffy--Cordelia wishes that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale. We get Evil Vampire Willow! (Who is the hottest.)

And it wasn't even a Christmas episode...

Tibore said...

"... season 3 of Buffy--Cordelia wishes that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale. We get Evil Vampire Willow! (Who is the hottest.)"

Heh... alt.Willow... so many online fantasies sprung up after that episode. Willow in tight leather... hehe...

I'm so evil and skanky. And I think I'm kinda gay.
--Willow Rosenburg, talking about Vampire-Willow

knoxgirl said...

Buffy, another great one!