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And finally, the 11th and 12th days of Sitcoms

On the 11th day of Sitcoms, my TV gave to me…

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia – A Very Sunny Christmas

WARNING: This is a surprisingly violent Christmas episode.  Not really surprising if you are used to watching It’s Always Sunny, but if this is your first time… don’t watch this episode.  Very violent, very full of language.  However, really, really funny.  If you can get past all the negative aspects, this is a brilliant episode.

On the 12th day of Sitcoms, my TV gave to me…

Community – Regional Holiday Music

Raise your hand if you knew the final episode would be a Community episode.  Community always has incredible Christmas episodes, but this one is my favorite.  They completely nail the whole Glee theme and Taran Killam does an incredible job.

BONUS: Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas

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On the 8th, 9th, and 10th days of Sitcoms

  On the 8th day of Sitcoms, my TV gave to me…

30 Rock: Ludachristmas

All the 30 Rock Christmas episodes are on the same level, so you really can’t lose no matter which one you pick.  Ludachristmas is the first, and the most talked about.  It’s a fun jump back to 1985.  Merry Jewish.

On the 9th day of Sitcoms, my TV gave to me…

Parks and Recreation: Ron and Diane
Parks and Recreation - Season 5

Whenever Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally get to act together, it’s so fun to watch, especially on Parks and Rec.  Amy Poehler’s enthusiasm for Christmas, Ron’s enthusiasm for woodcraft and April’s enthusiasm for being mean to Jerry make this episode solid.

BONUS: the gingerbread office from Citizen Knope

On the 10th day of Sitcoms, my TV gave to me…

Bob’s Burgers: Father of the Bob
Every Bob’s Burger’s Christmas episode is fantastic.  I can say that, because I just watched all of them.  I can’t pinpoint what it is about Father of the Bob that stands out more than the other episodes.  I guess maybe Gene’s bean bath.

BONUS: God Rest Ye Merry Mannequins
So quality.  So confusing.  So creepy.  So Christmas.

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On the 5th, 6th and 7th days of Sitcoms

Some days get busy.  Other days I just get forgetful.  I will not say which of these occurred the past couple days, but I will absolutely lump all three of these days into one catch-up-blog-post!

On the 5th day of Sitcoms, my TV gave to me….

The Office – Christmas Wishes/Dwight Christmas

Christmas Wishes is a fantastic Erin (aka Kelly, for those of you who remember that) episode.  Erin is one of the best characters, in my opinion, especially as the seasons went on.  She goes in a new direction in this episode, which is really fun to watch.  Dwight Christmas is also a great Erin episode, for all of the Erin/Pete fans out there.  The way they brought everything full circle from Jim/Pam to Pete/Erin is so cool to watch, too.  This episode is also a great one to watch because of the chemistry between Dwight and Jim.

On the 6th day of Sitcoms, my TV gave to me….

New Girl – The 23rd

First of the New Girl holiday episodes, the 23rd captures all the awkwardness of the holidays with one of my favorite lines from the show (“What are you doing in [the bathroom]?” “Eating cookies and avoiding confrontation.”).  If you’re a fan of the show, it’s a nice refresher to go back and watch this episode.  It’s got all of the fun of New Girl without the corniness that has grown over the seasons.


I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this episode.  Billy Eichner is always a great bonus.
Bonus bonus: “THIS IS MY NIGHTMARE.”

On the 7th day of Sitcoms, my TV gave to me…

The Mindy Project – Christmas Party Sex Trap

When I reread the plot, I didn’t remember this episode being anything special.  When I rewatched it, I thought it was completely hilarious.  Mindy Kaling is brilliant with one-liners and timing.  I adore her writing and acting; I think she’s phenomenal.  A plot summary or my nice words don’t really do this episode justice.

BONUS: Christmas

2014’s holiday episode was also really good, but I didn’t like how little it focused on Mindy as an actual person.  Still great though.

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On the 4th day of Sitcoms

On the 4th day of Sitcoms, the TV gave to meeee…

Friends – The One With The Holiday Armadillo

Friends Television Stills

Out of all the Friends holiday episodes, this one is my favorite hands down, and I think it’s primarily because of the open.  So much funny in such a short time.  Ross dresses up as a holiday armadillo in a poor attempt to not disappoint his son, Ben, who is staying with him for the holidays.  Phoebe thinks Rachel won’t want to live with her after all the fun she’s had living with Joey, so she tries to torture her out of the apartment.  This episode is just fun and silly – perfect holiday episode.

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On the 3rd day of Sitcoms

On the 3rd day of Sitcoms, the TV gave to me…

Modern Family – The Old Man & The Tree
Modern Family 5x10 – The Old Man & The Tree - haley alex claire

Modern Family holiday episodes are always fun and humorous, but if I have to pick one, I’d go with this one.  There are so many great elements in this episode, and I don’t want to spoil any of them.  Jay and Manny try to cut down the perfect tree; Cam and Lily attend a benefit – or so they think; Claire gets slippers.  It’s great.

BONUS: Undeck The Halls

In an attempt to stick with their parenting threats, Claire and Phil take Christmas away from their kids.  Hilarity ensues.  Let’s all go to Italy.

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On the 2nd day of Sitcoms

I forgot to mention yesterday that these are a list of what I feel are some of the best sitcom holiday episodes, not just any random holiday episodes.  They aren’t really in any specific order, although my favorite will be on the last day.

On the 2nd day of sitcoms, my TV gave to me…

Happy Endings – No-Ho-Ho

In this episode, the group finds out that Jane lied about her birthday being in the summer, and it’s actually on Christmas day.  To be supportive, they decide to postpone Christmas and have Janemas instead.  Sadly, although it is mentioned several times, we never see the full gingerbread Love Actually display.

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On the 1st day of Sitcoms…

After doing some research (aka using Google), I learned that the “twelve days of Christmas” actually begins on Christmas.  For some reason, I always thought the twelve days of Christmas were the twelve days leading up to Christmas – in my opinion, this makes way more sense.  Why would you want twelve days of Christmas AFTER Christmas? Whatever.  Clearly, this has already been decided.  Either way, welcome to the first day of the 12 Days of Sitcom Holiday Specials.

On the first day of sitcoms, the TV gave to me…

Boy Meets World – Santa’s Little Helpers


If there’s one thing the Boy Meets World holiday specials are known for, it’s feels.  So many feels.  Santa’s Little Helpers is no exception; the story follows Eric Matthews playing Santa Claus as he tries to make Christmas happier for a group of orphans.  Eric meets a little boy,  Tommy, who asks him for parents for Christmas (I told you.  Feels.).  Although BMW has a few holiday specials, this one is definitely my favorite.  If Eric isn’t your favorite character on BMW, I don’t understand you.

BONUS: Girl Meets World – Girl Meets Home for the Holidays


Alright, I’m one of the first people to hop aboard the “THIS ISN’T RIGHT THIS ISN’T RIGHT EVERYTHING IS WRONG” train when it comes to Girl Meets World.  HOWEVER, I will say, this episode was not as bad as I thought it would be.  Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong) comes back into the picture, and his interactions with Cory pulled the episode together for me (although I was super disappointed that there was no Feeny or Eric).  To be honest, the only person on the show who doesn’t act very well is the main character (Riley Matthews) which is really unfortunate.  Better casting and they may have had quite a following from people like me who are still suckers for the Boy Meets World marathons on MTV.

Just a side note – somehow Rider Strong managed to get even more attractive.  I genuinely wish there really was a Cory and Shawn show because I would watch that.  I would watch it always.
Tribeca Film Festival 2011 Portrait Studio - Day 6

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Shows that were unjustly canned in 2014

Community (NBC)

Anyone who knows me knows that Community is very important to me.  It is my all-time favorite television show.  If you haven’t seen the show, you should.  It doesn’t talk down to its audience; it is written intelligently and hilariously; the cast is absolutely flawless; the plots are pure genius and the tributes to classics are plentiful (Pulp Fiction; Star Wars; GI Joe; Law & Order – to name a few).  The show follows Jeff Winger as he begins to attend community college and ends up creating a study group with a diverse and unique group of individuals.  Each season is different, keeping with the shows evolution throughout the years (please ignore the gas leak year).  Thankfully, Yahoo! picked up Community, and production has begun on the sixth season.

Surviving Jack (FOX)

My favorite new show of 2014, Surviving Jack featured a powerhouse cast (Christopher Meloni; Rachael Harris), and unique writing set in the 1990’s.  The show featured a unique and comical look at 90s middle-class family life with an attitude similar to The Wonder Years.  Despite having the makings of a quality show, it was cancelled before its brief season ended, leaving one episode that never aired in the U.S.

Rake (FOX)

GREG KINNEAR.  That being said, this show was alright.  It wasn’t the best, but it was compelling enough that I watched it week after week.  Rake was a remake of an Australian show of the same name, featuring a lawyer with a gambling problem, Keegan Deane, as he tries to fix his life by cutting corners, while also being an attorney.  Kinnear was flawless, as per usual.  The supporting cast was fine, the writing was fine, and the plots were interesting.  Overall, I liked it, but it didn’t wow me; I’m assuming that’s why it eventually got cancelled.

Manhattan Love Story (ABC)

Manhattan Love Story featured Jake McDorman, known to many as Evan Chambers from Greek, in one of the main roles, opposite Analeigh Tipton (Crazy Stupid Love).  Another cute love story thrown into the fall lineup (Marry Me; A-Z), this show followed Dana and Peter as they awkwardly got to know each other in – you guessed it, Manhattan.  The show was really cute overall, and I just love Jake McDorman, so I was hooked.  They probably should have made it into a movie instead – much more likely to succeed.  Unfortunately, this show was cancelled after only four episodes.


Anybody outraged by How I Met Your Mother’s catastrophe of a series finale could find some comfort in the idea that Cristin Milioti (who played The Mother on HIMYM) would be featured in her own love story – where she actually mattered – on A-Z.  Unfortunately, NBC did not feel the same way and barely gave Milioti, or her co-stars Ben Feldman, Henry Zebrowski, and Lenora Crichlow (from one of my all time faves Being Human UK), a shot at success.  The comedy was quirky and heartfelt; after a slow launch from basic cute romance into more comedic episodes, the series was discontinued but will still air the remaining episodes.

Selfie (ABC)

While possibly the worst out of all six of these shows (in my opinion), Selfie actually showed a lot of potential in its last episodes.  A modern take on classic Pygmalion/My Fair Lady, the show followed the friendship of Eliza Dooley and Henry Higgs as they tried to better themselves with the help of each other.  Characters developed quickly (possibly too quickly, but I get that they were trying to prove that they could have great plots and chemistry in an attempt to not get cancelled) and the plots were adequately humorous.   Although Karen Gillan was essentially the star of the show, I think John Cho pulled the show together and made it actually funny.  Fortunately, the rest of the series was (or will be) aired on Hulu, as with Manhattan Love Story.

(technically) Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Although Parks and Rec will finish out their final season starting in January of 2015, NBC made the decision for this to be the last season this year, while also pushing it to midseason.  Considering NBC is not doing a very good job of keeping or creating new, quality shows (especially comedies), this was clearly a really bad decision.  Since it was not technically cancelled in 2014, that’s all I will say about it, but I thought this was important to note.