And All Through The House
How do you like your Christmas? A little dark? A little Morbid? How about twistedly humorous? Maybe with some delightful Christmas music? If all of the above, then this is the one for you. This one here is a combo; both Christmas and horror. And its actually the best piece of fiction that combines the 2.The plot is that a woman murders her husband on Christmas eve, and at the same time a psychopath escapes from a mental asylum, dressed as Santa and begins killing women, so the wife can't call the cops to help her and has to deal with the murderer by herself. It has all the staples of a typical slasher film, but everything is presented in a fun manner. Its a blast! The killer (played by Larry Drake) is terrifying and hilarious at the same time. Its always nice to see Santa going crazy.
This next one is kind of a cheat, because its not technically a Christmas episode, but it was originally aired in December. Fuck you, it has snow, so that makes it count
This one is a no brainer, and is easily one of the best episodes in the entire Simpson catalog. Homer buys a plow to start a plow business to pay for the plow. Classic Homer. But Homer gains quick success and competition comes in the form of his best friend Barney, who becomes even more beloved than Homer. It has appropriately used celebrity guests, unlike later seasons which just had celebrities shoe horned in for the sake of filling out the run time. This episode has some of the best lines in the series, and almost every scene has a memorable quote. And like all early episodes of the Simpsons, Homer learns a valuable lesson in the end. It makes me feel warm every time I watch it. Mostly because I can't stop laughing. Probably the most accessible Christmas episode on this list, so pop this in whenever you get the chance.
As much as I didn't want to include 2 episodes from one show on the same list, I can consider these 2 different shows because of the change in tone and art direction.
3) Batman: The Animated Series
Christmas With The Joker
This show combines some of everybody's favorite things. Batman, The Joker, and murder. All of this in a nice little Christmas package. Joker escapes from Arkham and has a plan to kill a lot of people, like always, but Batman doesn't know what he is planning and is certain doom is on the rise. Robin is trying to get Batman to watch It's a Wonderful Life with him, but Batman is skeptical to watch a movie with a happy ending. But of course, Batman saves the day, kicks Joker's ass and ends up watching and liking It's a Wonderful Life (a film that brilliantly mirrors Batman's own life). And that wasn't a spoiler, it's fucking batman. How can he lose? This episode features some of the best writing in an animated program, and its almost too mature for the children it was aimed at. But I would put this baby on over most movies.
2) The New Adventures Of Batman
|Montoya and Bullock|
And now for my favorite Christmas special of all time. But before that I will give some honorable mentions.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (only because it isn't actually a tv show), Xmas story from Futurama and Have yourself a Morlock Little Christmas from Xmen. I just didn't have room for these because I wanted to keep the list relatively short
1) The X-Files
|Maurice and Lyda|
This is just the best Christmas special ever. It has everything, without feeling too crammed, but its also a nice little ghost story that never feels like its trying to scare you. The plot is that Mulder brings Scully to a supposedly haunted house on Christmas eve. Its very whimsical and features 2 very lighthearted performance from Ed Asner and Lily Tomlin as the ghosts that haunt the house. The direction (show creator Chris Carter) is very quirky and almost feels like something Wes Anderson would concoct. The point of the whole episode is to show how lonely Mulder is to drag Scully out to a haunted house (something Scully doesn't believe in) on Christmas eve, and just how lonely Scully is for agreeing to meet him there. The two get trapped in the house while the ghost's mess with them and just play around making the agents feel like they are in danger, and all the while nobody knows quite what is real. Its one of the few episodes that doesn't take itself seriously, yet offers some pretty strong character development. The episode ends with the ghosts holding hands and reminiscing about how they almost got them, and with Mulder and Scully exchanging gifts, even though the 2 agreed not to. It shows how far they have both come with each other and how strong their friendship has become. This is the only episode on this list that I wish was a feature film. I could have watched this for days. I wanted to dedicate this whole review to just this episode, but I figured that you didn't want to read an orgasm in text form.
So that's my list. So Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Whatever emotion you feel for Ramadan, and fuck you, because you don't celebrate Kwanzaa