TMP Television Edition: Holiday

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
It is the last TMP of the month so we focus on TV shows instead of movies. And since it’s still December, this will be holiday-themed. Let’s talk about some of my favorite holiday-themed episodes!

#1 My So Called Life – So Called Angels (S1E15)

I will never forgive them for canceling this show. Honestly, it was the only series about teenagers that ever felt authentic and relatable to me. The Christmas episode was so profound and touching, a real tearjerker without being cheesy or just copy-pasting what you already saw seven million times.

#2 Doctor Who – Twice Upon a Time (13th Christmas Special)

Doctor Who is somewhat famous for its amazing Christmas specials. There are many great ones but I think my favorite is Twice Upon a time. That episode really got me.

#3 Supernatural – A Very Supernatural Christmas (S3E8)

Supernatural isn’t exactly a show known for fluffy moments to warm your heart. This episode was unexpectedly touching and I just want to give both Sam and Dean a big hug. They deserve the world.

What’s your favorite holiday-themed TV episode? Let me know in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “TMP Television Edition: Holiday

  1. Interesting picks.

    I LOVED My So-Called Life! I share your disappointment that it was only one season long. I was past my teen years when it was on but still found it relatable, perhaps because I was older I could really sympathize with Angela’s parents Graham and Patty as well as her.

    I’ve seen a random Dr. Who here and there but never enough to be familiar with the plotlines. The same holds true for Supernatural.

    I decided to go with holiday TV movies, one each from the decades between the 70′ to the 90’s.

    Unlikely Angel (1996)-Dolly Parton plays selfish honkytonk singer Ruby Diamond who dies when she swerves to miss a deer in the road. Getting to the heavenly gates Saint Peter (Roddy McDowell) noting her final act of compassion gives her one shot at total redemption or it’s hellfire for her. She gets to return to earth and has less than two weeks, until Christmas natch, to bring a widower (Brian Kerwin) and his estranged children (one of whom is played by Allison Mack, currently doing time in stir because of her involvement in the notorious NXIVM cult) back together. It all goes as expected but Dolly’s force of personality makes it worth watching…. once.

    The Night They Saved Christmas (1984)-There’s trouble abrewin’ at the North Pole when the evil oil companies decide to dynamite in the Arctic. Santa (Art Carney) and his elves set their sights on one corporate executive-Michael Baldwin (Paul Le Mat), his climate change fearing wife, Claudia (Jaclyn Smith) and their youngsters to try and turn the tide. Just when things look their bleakest a trip to Santa’s workshop just might save the day!

    The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972)-Young Addie’s (Lisa Lucas) most fervent wish is for once in her life to have a tree in her home for Christmas. Her father James (Jason Robards) however, having lost Addie’s mother at the holidays when she was just an infant, is dead set against it. Despite his mother’s (Mildred Natwick) attempts to persuade him James will not be swayed. But then Addie wins her class tree in a contest setting in motion a chain of events that leads to a healing for them all. A Hallmark Hall of Fame production from the time when that name stood for the finest television had to offer, not the sad pablum producer it’s devolved into now.

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  3. I never saw My So-Called Life but maybe I will see it if ever on TV again as repeats. I never could get into Dr. Who but I know about this WW1 event which was so beautiful and so sad. I never watched your 3rd one either.

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