Stream Police: The Hulu for the Holidays Edition

Posted in The Screening Room by - December 14, 2015

It’s the most wonderful time of the year here at Kulture Shocked, but since the main part of the site is bringing you movies that are “so bad, they’re bad”, we haven’t had much coverage for holiday movies. So, let’s change that and dedicate this week’s edition of the Stream Police to spreading some holiday cheer, as we look at some of the best holiday specials on Hulu.


A Garfield Christmas

I’m not sure exactly how memorable this one is to the world at large, but Garfield’s Christmas outing was always a staple in my parent’s house when I was a kid. Jon takes Odie and Garfield back to his parents farm for Christmas. With a set of memorable songs and the typical Garfield wit that fans of the feline have come to expect, this is one that your family will certainly enjoy this holiday season.


The Muppets

“Single All the Way”

A very recent special, having just aired this last week, and easily the best episode of the season so far, Single All the Way focuses around the crew preparing for a live Christmas special on “Up Late wth Ms. Piggy” and Fozzie is unable to perform due to being dumped by his girlfriend. When Kermit tries to give him advice, he turns it down because Kermit wasn’t dumped, so instead he goes to Piggy for help.  In typical Muppets fashion, hilarity ensues. 


Rugrats

“Hanukkah”

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Christmas isn’t the only holiday celebrated this time of year, and even with many businesses labeling everything as “holidays” instead of “Christmas” it’s still obvious that Christmas is the more important holiday to a majority of people in the United States. So, it’s understandable that most holiday specials that air on television tend to be aimed at Christmas as well, but in the case of the Rugrats they covered all of the bases. After their successful Passover episode, it seemed like a great idea to bring an episode about Hannukah to the show, especially since Tommy is of Hebrew decent. This episode is very well done and explains the meaning of the holiday quite well, and while I may not be of the Jewish faith myself, I can appreciate the care that went into producing this special and say that I actually learned something from watching it.


Family Guy

“Road to the North Pole”

A surprisingly good Christmas special from Family Guy, Stewie decides to kill Santa after he is ignored by a mall Santa and insits that Brian takes him to the North Pole. The two make the trek and discover that Santa is not only real, but he has been worked nearly to death by the gift demands that people have been making for Christmas. Feating solid writing, and some catchy songs, this is easily the best holiday special to come out of any of Seth McFarlane’s television shows.


Hey Arnold!

“Arnold’s Christmas”

While I’m not a fan of the show, I really enjoyed this special when I was younger. Arnold ends up with Mr. Hyunh for the boarding house’s secret Santa, and after learning that Mr. Hyunh was separated from his daughter while escaping from Vietnam, Arnold tries to reunite the two just in time for Christmas. The special has a great message and really shows that at this time of year, it’s far more important to have family at your side than to receive material gifts.


Well, I hope you are able to enjoy these specials as much as I have and perhaps you’ve even found yourself something new to watch. From all of us here at Kulture Shocked, I want to wish you a happy holiday season, and thank you to all of our readers from your continued support. Thanks again and I’ll see you in 2016.

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He is a senior editor at Kulture Shocked. A seasoned gamer, Zach has been playing video games since the early 90s and have owned everything from the NES to the Xbox One. Aside from video games, Zach is a nerd of all trades and dabbles in everything from collectible card games to Gunpla.

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