Bender and Robot Santa in the Futurama episode 'A Tale of Two Santas.'

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Every yr beginning in mid or late November is correct across the time that TV networks put out vacation specials or festive episodes. Much of them are new, and a few of them are so previous you may most likely reenact them with out a lot effort. But as a rule, they’re memorable in some kind or vogue.

As a child through the early 2000s, there have been a ton of vacation episodes I beloved from my favourite cartoons: the Powerpuff Girls racing to get to Santa and the North Pole earlier than Santa, Billy and Mandy Save Christmas, and Bender changing into Santa for an evening on Futurama. They had simply the sufficient sweetness that comes with the vacation season whereas nonetheless feeling like common episodes within the reveals they belong to. This is very true of the Billy & Mandy episode, which options Mr. Skarr as a mall Santa getting the crap kicked out of him. It’s a scene that’s simply completely etched into my mind.

Another favourite of mine, not less than on the animation entrance, was American Dad’s Christmas-themed episodes. I haven’t watched the present in years, however I at all times beloved how they felt the necessity to high themselves in sheer ridiculousness, as much as and together with the Rapture (and subsequent post-apocalypse) and the Smith household making an enemy out of Santa once they by accident homicide him. The present’s at all times been extremely absurd, however these episodes run even additional with that.

American Dad – The warfare between santa and stan’s household p1

So yeah, for this weekend’s Open Channel, we wanna know a few of your favourite vacation specials or episodes. Maybe you watch ‘em as tradition, maybe you just remember them really well even though you haven’t seen them in ceaselessly—tell us down within the feedback under.

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