Advent Calendar House - TV Holiday & Christmas Specials

Advent Calendar House - TV Holiday & Christmas Specials

A salute to all TV holiday specials, but mostly the Christmas ones. Revisit 12 holiday classics and not-so-classics each December and July.

Episodes

December 24, 2021 98 min

🎅 It’s the 100th episode of the Advent Calendar House! Join us as we put one foot in front of the other back to 1970 to revisit a Rankin/Bass Christmas classic that dares to answer children’s questions about Santa Claus while illegally opening his mail.  

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🎙 Guests:  

Michael DiGiovanni (Classic Film Jerks, Pop Culture Retrofit,@theatomicgeeks).  

Erin Evans (@mserinevans).  

Michael May (MichaelMay.online,...

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🎄 It’s 1996, and we’re holding our football-shaped heads high on a quest to find our neighbor’s long-lost daughter… but first, a pair of highly sought after Nancy Spumoni snow boots! Join us for a very special Christmas episode that solidified Hey Arnold! as an unforgettable Nicktoon.  

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🎙 Guests:  

Anthony Caruso (Tis the Podcast, @ACaruso929).  

Matt Eurich (TGI Podcast, @MattEurich).  

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🎄 It’s 1984, and the most 1984 pair I can think of, Mr. T and Emmanuel Lewis, are taking us on the most romantic date through New York City on the way to a Christmas party at Radio City Music Hall. Along the way, we spoil David Copperfield’s magic tricks, leave our emergency contact information with Willie Tyler and Lester, share our favorite Christmas songs with Maureen McGovern, and fall asleep while watching the Rockette...

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December 18, 2021 68 min

🎄 It’s 1986, and we’re hiding out in a cabin in the mountains with modern-day Snow White and real-life Christmas angel Dolly Parton. Join us as we try to wrap our heads around this Henry Winkler-directed TV movie that gets really weird really quickly.  

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🎙 Guest:  

April Ryley (@Where2NextApril, 📸 @motherchristmascosplay).  

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💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. Dolly Parton Meets the Kids.  

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🎄 It’s 1995, and I call upon the raging wind and the retired hosts of The Hourchive to send us flying into the Marvel Animated Universe where the X-Men spend an uncanny Christmas in the sewer trying to save a sick Morlock. Join us as we size up the X-Mansion Christmas tree, praise Storm’s fashion sense, and berate her leadership skills.  

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🎙 Guests:  

Drew Crowley (Pizzanaut.com, @pizzanautgo, 📸 @...

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🎄 It’s 1978, and we’re glued to the TV… whether we like it or not. Join us as we catch the next reindeer flight to save Santa’s workshop from being taken over by a palette swapped Wile E. Coyote.  

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🎙 Guests:  

Molly Patton (MollyPatton.com, @molly_patton, @MoMakesStuffUp).  

Adam Pope (RetroDaze, Wizards: The Podcast Guide to Comics, @hojukoolander).  

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💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. Raggedy...

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December 12, 2021 86 min

🎄 It’s 1978, and celebrities pretending to be ghosts are gaslighting Oscar the Grouch into participating in Christmas. Also, Michael Jackson shows up. This Scrooge Sunday, witness the other Sesame Street Christmas special from 1978, featuring 3 whole, entire Muppets.  

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🎙 Guests:  

Alan Johnson (@AlanJ) from Two Bad Neighbors in the 31st Century, now a Futurama Podcast.  

Donnie Storms (@boxcar45, Bronwen’...

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December 10, 2021 71 min

🎄 It’s 1980, and we’re having a hiccuping fit that can literally move mountains. Join us on a trip back to the World of Filmation for a barely Christmassy Snow White sequel featuring Seven Friendly Giants, each with their own involuntary reflexes.  

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🎙 Guests:  

Kristi (@BadPrincessMov) and Bri (@wallabri) from Bad Princess Movies.  

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💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. Bad Princess Movies on Happily...

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December 8, 2021 85 min

🎄 It’s 1988, and we’re staring intensely at the totally nuts series finale of The Care Bears Family, the Care Bears’ last TV appearance for 16 years.  

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🎙 Guests:  

Lindy Kempe (@ieatvideogames).  

Karen Flieger (@karenflieger8, The Retro Network).  

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💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. The World’s Smallest Tenderheart Bear.  

2. Karen’s awesome Nutcracker socks.  

3. Abby Hagyard on Twitter (Ms. Walker...

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December 6, 2021 60 min

🕎 It’s 1988, and we’re getting lit at Bubbe’s Boarding House for Hanukkah. Take a spin with us as we meet a bunch of puppets you’ll never hear from again.  

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🎙 Guest:  

April Ryley (@Where2NextApril, 📸 @motherchristmascosplay).  

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💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. A Simpsons animator designed the puppets for this weird, wonderful ’80s Hanukkah special (Splinter).  

2. Caps for Sale.  

3. Anto...

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🎄 It’s 1963, and we’re watching a show about a show within a show putting on a show for Christmas. Don’t ask us to make sense of it. We can’t stop tripping over our own home furniture.  

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🎙 Guest:  

Tim Babb (Can’t Wait for Christmas Podcast, @TimBabbComedian, @ChristmasPod).  

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💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. Dick Van Dyke as Tubby the Tuba.  

2. 8 great little details you never noticed in The Di...

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December 2, 2021 76 min

☃️ It’s 1982, and we’re walking in the air. The Advent Calendar House takes flight for its 7th season as we melt over a British Christmas classic and a personal favorite I wish was more beloved stateside.  

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🎙 Guest:  

Adam Parker Sibun from the Merry Britsmas Podcast (@MerryBritsmas).  

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💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. New theme song! Thanks, Bronwen’s Ghost!  

2. Merry Britsmas episode on Raymond Briggs.  

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July 23, 2021 81 min

🎄 We close out another countdown to Christmas in July with a sleigh ride back to the Stone-Age Year of Our Lord 1977 to watch Santa fall off the roof and a guy who acts like a caveman take over his job.  

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🎙 Guests:  

Gerry Davila (Totally Rad Christmas, @RadChristmas).  

Sean Sotka (The Christmas Podcasts Podcast, @xander0527).  

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💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. Our episode on the Fruity Pebbles ...

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July 21, 2021 74 min

🦃 We’re talking turkey as we dig up and dig in to a 1983 Thanksgiving special from puppeteer Paul Fusco, the creator of ALF.  

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🎙 Guests:  

Chad “Ecto” Young (The Horror Movie BBQ, TPIF: Thank Pod It’s Funny, @horrormoviebbq).  

Tom Coombs (@ClassicTomedy, TPIF).  

Jayme Kilsby (@brainexploderrr).  

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💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. Imagicom Productions’ Holiday Specials Collection.  

2. A Thanks...

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July 19, 2021 70 min

🦖 Get your frying pan ready and join us on a journey to what feels like 60 million years ago back to 1991 to observe the most wonderful time of the year for the Jim Henson Company’s Dinosaurs, which by some Fridge Day miracle is the Advent Calendar House’s first TGIF episode.  

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🎙 Guest:  

Lindy Kempe (@ieatvideogames).  

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💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. The Dinosaurs parody on The Simpsons.  

2. We g...

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July 17, 2021 79 min

🎄 I know what we’re going to podcast about today, so get ready for a toboggan ride without even getting out of bed back to 2009 to watch Phineas and Ferb save their very nice town’s Christmas Vacation.  

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🎙 Guests:  

Brandon Medley (@brandmed, @blessedarethegeek).  

James Riley (@yourbuddyspooky).  

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💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Ferb) in Love Actually  and Star Wars:...

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🎄 It’s Garbage Day! Join us as we look happily deranged back to 1996 to follow Pete and Pete’s brother, Pete, on their mission to keep the Christmas spirit alive for as long as possible, and keep their Christmas tree safe from the evil Garbageman.  

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🎙 Guests:  

Tom Coombs (@ClassicTomedy, TPIF: Thank Pod It’s Funny).  

Chad “Ecto” Young (The Horror Movie BBQ, TPIF, @horrormoviebbq).  

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July 13, 2021 81 min

🎃 It’s spooky time as we wheel our paraphernalia wagon back to 1977 for a Grinch Night we’ll never forget.  

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🎙 Guests:  

James Riley (@yourbuddyspooky).  

Ethan (The Hungry Reader, A Special Presentation or ALF Will Not Be Seen Tonight, @TeeAitchAre).  

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💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. Halloween is Grinch Night on the Dr. Seuss Wiki.  

2. The worst, non-candy Halloween treats.  

3. Carlton, Your Do...

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🎄 Happy Back to the Future Day! Set your time circuits to 1845 by way of 1991 for a special Christmas in July episode of the Back to the Future Saturday morning cartoon, featuring hologram clothes, the hoverboard equivalent to texting while driving, and Bill Nye the Science Guy.  

The actually animated segments of the animated series feature Dan Castelleneta as Doc, plus the return of Thomas F. Wilson (Batman: The Animated S...

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July 9, 2021 83 min

🎄 Take a sleigh ride back to 2014 as the fate of Christmas is in the hands of Murray Weiner (rhymes with diner), from the hidden hometown of every holiday mascot… but mostly the American ones.  

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🎙 Guests:  

Michael DiGiovanni (Classic Film Jerks, Pop Culture Retrofit, @theatomicgeeks).  

Donnie Storms (Bronwen’s Ghost, @boxcar45).  

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💬 Topics & Tangents: 

1. Former Simpsons showrunner Mike ...

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