Join hosts Chris, Brian and Jon as they try and find the best Christmas Tv episodes ever made. They'll tackle everything from 90’s sitcoms to Saturday morning cartoons to high brow medical dramas and everything in between. Then they'll help you separate the Christmas classics from the lumps of coal to find the perfect episodes for your holiday viewing.
S3 Ep. 4 - Hey Arnold!: Arnold‘s Christmas
40:46Kid's Show week kicks off with a Nickelodeon classic. The boys review "Arnold's Christmas" from the first season of Hey Arnold! (available on Hulu). Will this prove to the best first true Christmas Classic of the season, or will the these of this episode be a little too heavy to qualify as holiday cheer? Other topics discussed in this episode include: the best potato, ordering gifts early, neckties, bowties, which character this episode is about, Christmas lessons, and shopping on Christmas Eve. IMDB entry for this episode: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0600738/.
S3 Ep. 3 - The Office: Christmas Party
41:33Pandering Week comes to a close with a look at a TV show whose Christmas episodes have become as stories as the show itself these days. The boys review "Christmas Party" from the second season of The Office (available on Peacock). Do they adore the show as much as the rest of world? Listen in to find out! Other topics discussed in this episode include: sending links, I Think You Should Leave, SNL casts, naming Brian's baby, rewatching The Office, Brian Baumgartner's Cameo earnings, will they/won't they relationships, and ideal work environments. IMDB entry for this episode: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0664513/. Hire Brian Baumgartner on Cameo: https://www.cameo.com/brianbaumgartner.
S3 Ep. 2 - Seinfeld: The Strike
45:18Pandering week continues as the hosts take on Festivus in "The Strike" from the ninth season of Seinfeld (available on Netflix). Does this mythical holiday hold any Christmas Cheer, or do the boys have a number of grievances they are looking to air against this episode? Listen in to find out! Other topics discussed in this episode include: Twitter avatars, consequences, creating jokes, NYC, Leslie Nielsen talk show appearances, Jerry Stiller, fake phone numbers, pickup lines, comparing Festivus to True American, cloning and Black Friday Tips. Wikipedia entry for this episode: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Strike_(Seinfeld). Buy your own Festivus pole here: https://shop.wagnercompanies.com/festivus-poles.
S3 Ep. 1 - Friends: The One Where Rachel Quits
48:31Welcome to Season 3 of the Yuletide TV podcast! The boys kick off their third year reviewing Christmas TV episodes with Pandering Week, reviewing some classic Christmas eps for popular TV shows. They begin their journey with "The One Where Rachel Quits" from the third season of Friends (available to stream on HBOMAX). Will they start off their new season with a classic or a lump of coal? get your holiday season started by listening in to find out! Other topics discussed in this episode include: hockey references, Sister Christian by Night Ranger, Power Rangers, Santa Claus being Uncle Sam, comedians that won't play college campuses, cash grab books, Jim Gaffigan impressions, understand Rachel, needing the fear, women in STEM, Girl Scout cookies, easter egg videos, and asking listeners to send pictures of themselves at airport Chili's. IMDB entry for this episode: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0583474/.
Season 3 Lineup Reveal and Kickoff!
39:46The baddest boys in Christmas podcast are ready to kickoff their 3rd season, once again reviewing 15 Christmas-centric episodes from 15 unique television series over the course of five weeks. Listen in to hear their picks and the new theme weeks they have in store for season 3! In between drafting their picks for the new season, the boys discuss: revising the podcast mission statement, their lack of qualifications for doing this podcast, learning jiu jitsu, Peacock streaming recommendations, weird things Jon Hamm has done, and Brian confusing network and cable TV. Come back on Monday, Nov. 21 when the third season begins in earnest!
Bonus Ep. 21 - Santa‘s Slay (Halloween Special)
58:40The final bonus episode before season 3 is here, and that means the boys take another look at the intersection of Halloween Spooks and Christmas cheer. This year they watch and review the 2005 film Santa's Slay starring professional wrestler Bill Goldberg. Does this slasher deserve a spot in your holiday viewing? Listen to find out! Other topics discussed in this episode include: finding true love, the differences between buffalo and reindeer, wrestling humor, calling in favors, how bad movies get made, magical Christmas curling discs, Brett Ratner, Ted Turner, blood budgets and bouncing. Season 3 starts Nov. 1 with our episode draft. Don't miss it! Wikipedia entry for this movie: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa%27s_Slay.
Bonus Ep. 20 - Over Christmas (Oktoberfest Special)
49:44As their run of bonus episodes wind down, the boys take a look at a series from a country where they have the most listeners who don't speak English: Germany. Over Christmas (or ÜberWeihnachten) is a German limited series that is available on Netflix. The boys watch all three episodes and find themselves in perhaps the toughest spot yet for determining an accurate rating. Stick around until the end to find out what if they think this series is worth your time. Other topics discussed in this episode include: Feed the Arts, outing people, instruments, fantasy sequences, German culture, friendships, small town living, satisfying endings, grandmas, good soundtracks, and Jon declaring this holiday season "Tight Boy Christmas." IMDB for this series: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11951234/.
Bonus Ep. 19 - A Long Way to Christmas Special: Herbie: Fully Loaded
42:22The boys test out a new tradition by claiming August to be "A Long Way to Christmas". Much like last year where they watched "Accepted" starring Justin Long for their August bonus episode, this year they are selecting another film from this actor's illustrious career, "Herbie: Fully Loaded". Have they stumbled upon a genius idea or are they embarking on a tradition that will only make that lengthy Christmas wait even longer? Other topics discussed in this episode include: Jonah Hill, Steve Zahn, performance analysis, ways to make this movie better, bad cover music, dated product placements, and Brian's new photography hobby. Wikipedia entry this movie: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbie:_Fully_Loaded.
Bonus Ep. 18 - Dash & Lily (Christmas in July Special, Part 2)
1:02:11In the conclusion of their two-part Christmas in July special, the boys wrap up their journey with Dash & Lily (streaming on Netflix). Did their enthusiasm from part one carry through to call this a Christmas Classic? Listen to find out! Non-Christmas topics in this episode include: the Ambiguously Gay Duo, the heat, Jon's ski routine ideas, a very messy summary, Armie Hammer, coats, reasons to move to Fiji, bad flags, stakes as steaks, notebook logistics, running to the airport, and Dash & Lily sequels. Wikipedia entry for Dash & Lily: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dash_%26_Lily.
Bonus Ep. 17 - Dash & Lily (Christmas in July Special, Part 1)
46:44The boys are back to tackle their first assignment that's too big to be contained within one episode. To celebrate Christmas in July, they're watching all of Dash & Lily, covering episode 1-4 in June and then the second half of the series in July. This 2020 Netflix streamer catches them by surprise but does the first half of the series have enough holiday spirit to carry them through until July? The only way to find out is to listen in! Non-Christmas topics discussed in this episode include: Mare of Easttown, Jupiter's Legacy's budget, the heat, New York City being a character again, Joni Mitchell, great side characters, YA stuff, backtracking, Law & Order: SVU, and web privacy. Wikipedia entry for Dash & Lily: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dash_%26_Lily.