A review of your favorite series' holiday specials
It's December. It's cold. There's really very little to do but pretend to study and pace around the house in fuzzy slippers. But thankfully, ‘tis the season for primetime TV to deliver some of its best material with a holiday twist. This SCO entertainment pundit set her alarms to catch the holiday episodes of the hottest shows this year and is now breaking them down just for you.
Glee - "A Very Glee Christmas”
Jimmy's constant clashing with his parents is continuous throughout the series, but watching them join forces in this episode was certainly entertaining. One could also say that Jimmy and Burt portraying the two Wise Men in the manger scene was purely laughable irony. And as always, Hope's great-great grandmother Maw-Maw's maniacal antics throughout the episode keep things lively.
The best part of this episode was that underneath all the light-hearted absurdity, there was a loving dynamic in the Chance family that stayed true to the spirit holiday season.
The Office - "Classy Christmas”
Despite weaker episodes this season, this hour-long special lacked a single dull moment. The entire office takes the unusual route of siding with Michael in his romantic troubles, and their overprotective nature led to countless hilarious lines from every character. Even though the episode was Christmas-themed, the season's overarching storylines were still continued and left open for further development; not only with the Michael/Holly relationship, but also with the news that Angela's new boyfriend might be gay.
And of course, no "Office” episode is complete without a heated battle between Jim and Dwight, which in this case took the form of a stealthy snowball fight. This writer's favorite line of the episode was Dwight's closing words of wisdom, "The greatest snowball isn't a snowball itself, it's fear. Merry Christmas.”
Community - "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas”
Still, the show's uniquely developed characters were able to bring humor and spark to the episode. Even in clay form, Jeff is still his surly, sarcastic self, Annie still a prissy goody-two shoes and Troy still Abed's loving best friend. Professor Chang the snowman and "Teddy-Piers” were perhaps the most amusing bits.
The hype for this episode of "Community” set the bar slightly too high, but though it fell in plot strength the animation of the most quirky characters on TV provided for an overall fun experience.
30 Rock - "Christmas Attack Zone”
The funniest part of the episode is when Liz (or rather, "The MentaLiz”) finds herself tied up in Jack's twisted family reunion. Every return of Jack's mother Colleen provides for a hysterical mother-son battle, and this time it was even greater with the addition of his estranged hippie father. On the other side of the city, Jenna stresses about going to a party with ex-boyfriend Paul. After the two characters' recent breakup, his return felt almost too soon as well as awkward, but in the end their hysterical coordinated party costumes and singing duet made up for it. This episode was not necessarily unique to the holiday season, but it was full of character craziness and classic "30 Rock” jokes that made it very successful.
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