The Best TV Christmas Episode

The best TV Christmas Episode ever!

After recalling memories of past TV Christmas Episodes from prime time series, which include Happy Days, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Brady Bunch and more modern shows like Glee and The Office, one episode really sticks out in my mind form a television show that did not get its share of respect. The show: “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”

The show was written by Aaron Sorkin, one of my favorite screenwriters most noteably know for “A Few Good Men” and “The West Wing”.

“Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” was a brilliant show. Smart writing and a great cast. And I think that’s what killed it – people wanted ‘on the nose’ shows that didn’t work their brains. And this show was much more than that.

The show aired for less than a year – one season. From September 18, 2006  – June 28, 2007.

The show offered a great Christmas episode, a year after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and affected the world and the nation. The episode showed current show musicians calling in sick from work so out of work New Orleans Musicians displaced by the storm could get work – with hopes of fulfilling work requirements and getting into the union.

This was the heart of the show – and, along with the dramatics of the show, the situation of the musicians, and the song they played during the episode, made for a memorable, and for me, cherish-able moment in television Christmas history.

Watch it on Netflix!

I encourage you to watch the show, even if you don’t know anything about the series, characters, or story line. Watch it with the intent to understand the time frame, the affect we were all feeling from Katrina and the homeless, and the wonderful Christmas song that is played at the end of the episode.

This, to me, is the best TV Christmas Episode of all time.

This was going to be my ‘Best Christmas Song‘ post… which it could be – but i put it into the best Christmas show category. PLEASE, take time to watch it – its incredible.

Other notable Christmas Shows:
Happy Days: Guess who’s coming to Christmas – pt 1

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