A Festivus for the Restivus

Sunday December 24, 2017 Written by Chris

There are only two certainties about Christmas: 1) Lunch will be ruined by an uncle who insists on talking about multiculturalism again, and 2) Television programming will be crap because the networks hate us. Thankfully the internet is a giant repository of stuff needed to get through the day/season.

Here's a bunch of the best TV Christmas has given us so far, which will hopefully go some way to erasing those memories of another Ray Martin special.

Everyone's favourite sad dad/karaoke gatecrasher Bill Murray surprised us a few years back when he announced he was making his own TV Christmas special. Would the famously mercurial actor really submit himself to such cheesy variety-hour shenanigans? Yes and no, it turns out. Directed by Sophia Coppola, A Very Murray Christmas is part earnest holiday song-and-dance routine, part Lost in Translation-esque slow burn.

The Festivus episode of Seinfeld probably captures better than any other show the true meaning of Christmas: feats of strength, airing of grievances and unadorned aluminium poles. 

30 Rock has all of the Christmas episodes. Go to there.

This duet between Bing Crosby and David Bowie is a reminder that TV programming could actually be worse than it currently is. Thankfully the passing of time has rendered it hilariously watchable, as is this almost verbatim re-enactment by Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.

Moving deeper still into so-bad-it's-good is the Star Wars Holiday Special, which is perhaps the most infamous piece of broadcasting in history. Rumor has it that George Lucas had every copy of it burned after it aired, but thankfully this clip of Bea Arthur Star Wars Holiday Special survives.

And for those who never got to celebrate Christmas but did get to celebrate Chanukah, here's a song Adam Sandler performed on SNL.