The most wonderful time of the year is once again upon us. The Christmas season is here and with that comes Christmas TV episodes!
For the 25 days leading up til Christmas Day this month, we’ll be spotlighting some of the best Christmas-themed episodes from some of Geek culture’s greatest shows. Each day we’ll cover different shows and episodes and encourage you to watch along with us. So come one, come all, to the 25 Days of Geek TV Christmas!
Saturday, December 4th, 2010 – Day 4: The Office
Season 3, Episode 10: “A Benihana Christmas”
Directed by: Harold Ramis
Written by: Jennifer Celotta
Starring: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Nancy Walls, Ed Helms, Jenna Fischer, Rashida Jones and B.J. Novak
Original Air Date: December 14, 2006
If you’re a Hulu Plus subscriber, you can steam the episode here. You can also purchase a copy of the episode at Amazon or iTunes.
“A Benihana Christmas” is a hour-long trip of madness and insanity that strongly focuses on the sadness that can sometimes come from the holidays. The situation inside of Dunder Mifflin with the two rival Christmas parties offers tons of hilarity and really gives a lot of material to Jenna Fischer, Rashida Jones, and Angela Kinsey and the three women execute on this in an incredibly entertaining fashion. Add in the hilarious ending and the fact that Harold Ramis directed it and you’ve got a Christmas classic.
In a special one-hour holiday episode directed by Harold Ramis, strife on the party planning committee results in two competing Christmas parties, while Michael is dumped for the holidays. Michael (Golden Globe Winner Steve Carell) sends out an inappropriate photoshopped Christmas card and gets his heart broken for the holidays by girlfriend Carol (guest star Nancy Walls). Andy (guest star Ed Helms) takes Michael out drinking, with Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Jim (John Krasinski), while tensions on the party planning committee between Angela (Angela Kinsey), Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Karen (guest star Rashida Jones) cause rival parties to form. B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar NuÃ±ez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star.
Join us tomorrow for a classic holiday episode of Batman: The Animated Series and let us know what you thought of “A Benihana Christmas.”