Holiday TV Viewing Guide (Dec. 15-21)


10:00 AM
Top Chef Holiday Special

Fan favorites from seasons one through three prepare holiday meals to be judged for a $20,000 top prize.

11:00 PM
MAD TV: “Holiday Show ’06”

Jeff Probst mocks himself for your viewing pleasure.

— SUNDAY, DEC. 16 —

8:00 PM
The Simpsons: “Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind”

Homer wakes up in the snow after drinking Moe’s “Forget-Me-Shot.” With both his memories and his family gone, he worries that he may have done something awful to drive them away, and enlists the help of Professor Frink to piece together the events from the night before.

9:00 PM
Extras: “The Christmas Special”

In this surprisingly emotional series finale, Andy quits his silly sitcom in the hope of finding more meaningful projects. Instead, he finds himself fading further into obscurity as he’s forced to humiliate himself on Doctor Who and Celebrity Big Brother. Celebrity cameos include George Michael, Gordon Ramsay, Clive Owen and TV Bacon fave David Tennant!

Watch a preview of the episode below:

9:30 PM
American Dad: “Most Adequate Christmas Ever”

Stan demands a grander Christmas and sets out to find a bigger tree in the forest, where he meets an untimely end.

— MONDAY, DEC. 17 —

7:00 PM
Alice: “Mel’s Christmas Carol”

It’s just not Christmas without a cheesy sit-com A Christmas Carol spoof.

9:00 PM
Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends: “A Lost Claus”
Cartoon Network

Mac and Bloo must regain their faith in Santa Claus to prevent a horrible holiday.

— TUESDAY, DEC. 18 —

6:00 PM
Friends: “The One With Phoebe’s Dad”

“Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh. Ugly Naked Guy is decorating his tree. Oh my God, you should see the size of his Christmas Balls.”

10:00 PM
Boston Legal: “Green Christmas”

Carl and Katie defend the firm against a client who claims Denny misled them about the environmental friendliness of the firm’s offices; Alan takes on a bank that threatens to foreclose on Clarence’s home.

10:00 PM
Nip/Tuck: “Duke Collins”

Sean discovers the secret between Christian and Julia. Not sure what that has to do with Christmas, but I’ve heard there will be porn elves and scantily clad Santa’s helpers. Ho ho ho.


9:00 PM
Gossip Girl: “Roman Holiday”

Blair’s father brings an unexpected guest when he comes home for the holidays; Jenny and Vanessa help Serena plan a Christmas surprise for Dan.

9:00 PM
South Park
Cartoon Network

Enjoy a mini-marathon of the show’s Christmas episodes, including “Red Sleigh Down,” “Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics,” “Christmas in Canada,” and “Woodland Critter Christmas.”


2:30 AM
The Venture Brothers: “A Very Venture Brothers Christmas”

Evil genius Chris McCulloch irreverently skewers beloved holiday television traditions in this so-wrong-it’s-right Christmas episode.


4:00 PM
MythBusters: “Christmas Special”
Discovery Channel
Jamie and Adam take on favorite holiday myths.

9:00 PM
Iron Chef America: “All Star Holiday Dessert Battle”
Food Network
Paula Deen and Cat Cora compete against Tyler Florence and Robert Irvine. Allez! Cuisine! 

— FRIDAY, DEC. 21 —

5:00 AM
The Tick: “The Tick Loves Santa”
Toon Disney
“Here’s a clue…if he jumps up and kicks you in the stomach, it’s probably not Santa.” Multiple Santa terrorizes The City, but The Tick is powerless to fight back against his beloved Christmas icon.

5:00 PM
Gilmore Girls: “Forgiveness and Stuff”
ABC Family
Travel back to season one, when Luke gives a car-less Lorelai a ride to the hospital after her father collapses at the family Christmas party.


3 thoughts on “Holiday TV Viewing Guide (Dec. 15-21)

  1. My TiVo inexplicably decided that next weekend would be soon enough to record the Extras special for me, despite very specific Season Pass instructions to the contrary. After a stern talking-to it has contritely agreed to record it on Wednesday night, which is not ideal but will have to suffice.

  2. You know…you could wait. And take it in small chunks. It’s not that it isn’t good…it’s just…rough. Maybe your TiVo was trying to protect you.

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