Christmas specials are an annual staple for sitcoms and animated comedy series, the majority of them using the season to tell a story that reinforces the characters’ love for each other. american father, on the other hand, takes a different approach and instead spins the traditional themes of a Christmas special and plays with audience expectations by telling stories filled with fantastic circumstances and irreverent humor. the series, which was created by and stars family guy‘s Seth Mac Farlane, gained quite a reputation for their Christmas-themed episodes, which typically veer in unexpected directions that could involve anything from time travel to rapture.
The series follows the Smith family and their patriarch Stan (MacFarlane), a conservative CIA agent who is always on the lookout for terrorist threats and often belligerent towards the people around him. The rest of the family includes Stan’s party-loving wife, Francine (Wendy schaal); his hippie daughter, Hayley (Rachael MacFarlane); his sensitive son, Steve (Scott grimes); and a runaway alien named Roger (also MacFarlane) who wears disguises to become different people and lives in their attic. There is also Klaus (Dee Bradley Baker), a former East German ski jumper who was kidnapped by the CIA and put in the body of a goldfish.
So if you’re in the mood for a non-traditional Christmas special, which features plenty of cartoon violence and parodies the holiday season, american father has you covered. Here’s our ranking of every Christmas special they’ve made so far.
10. “Santa Schmanta” (Season 13, Episode 1)
After learning that Chanukah lasts eight days, Roger converts to Judaism and does everything he can to make the holiday more popular than Christmas, even becoming a Jewish Santa Claus known as Schmanta after taking on the real Santa Claus. (Matt McKenna) coat. This episode doesn’t have as much fancy as a lot of other Christmas specials, but it does include the characters singing their version of some classic holiday songs.
9. “Minstrel Krampus” (Season 9, Episode 8)
Steve acts like a kid as the holidays approach. Stan’s father, Jack (Daran Norris) tells Steve the story of Krampus (Danny glover) in order to scare him. Jack’s story turns out to be true and Steve is taken by Krampus. This episode is a musical that features original songs and many songs by Steve, which are still longtime fan favorites.
8. “Season’s Beats” (Season 7, Episode 7)
Stan is furious with Roger for playing the part of Jesus in the church holiday spectacle and making fun of his religion. A video of Stan beating Roger – while disguised as Santa Claus and Jesus – goes viral and Stan is banned from all religions of the world. However, it turns out that Haley’s newly adopted son may be the Antichrist, and Stan is convinced that killing him will get him back into the church.
7. “Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas” (Season 10, Episode 9)
Stan wishes he could have a fun bachelor lifestyle like the savage Principal Lewis (Kevin michael richardson). But when Stan’s dream comes true, and he and Lewis swap places, he realizes that single life isn’t all he hoped for and does what he can to get his family back. The episode is a loose parody of the Christmas movie classic It’s a wonderful life, just like in this movie, a guardian angel steps in to help Stan realize the error of his ways.
6. “Ninety North, Zero West” (Season 12, Episode 7)
Steve is upset when the family decides to skip Christmas in order to avoid Santa’s wrath. He runs away to the local Christmas train, but is quickly kidnapped by Santa Claus to work in his coal mines. american father has a lot of fun playing with Santa Claus because in this show he is one of the meanest people in the world.
5. “The Most Adequate Christmas Ever” (Season 3, Episode 8)
Stan wants to have the perfect Christmas, which means getting the perfect Christmas tree. His search leads him to the forest where he cuts down a tree which eventually falls on him. Stan wakes up in limbo and is told he will have to stand trial to stand trial if he goes to Heaven or Hell. The episode contains some funny gags, as we see a video of Stan’s worst acts on Earth and with everyone in Heaven getting ready to party for Jesus’ birthday. But it also features a classic feel-good Christmas ending, as Stan’s version of Heaven is revealed to be his coming home with his family.
4. “The Best Christmas Story Ever Told” (Season 2, Episode 9)
Stan becomes frustrated that everyone in town insists on saying “Happy Holidays”. He has a temper tantrum when declaring that Noel is dead and accuses Jane Fonda’s protest against the Vietnam War of inspiring the chain of events that led to it. After destroying the family Christmas tree, Stan receives a visit from the new Ghost of Christmas Past (Lisa kudrow) and taken to his childhood in 1970, where he fled to kill Jane Fonda. This episode is fun with time travel snaps, Stan destroying the present by inadvertently causing the United States to surrender to the Soviet Union – all because he was successful in stopping Martin Scorsese from drugs. .
3. “. Tide. Repeat. ”(Season 15, Episode 22)
When a tragic accident at a tree-lighting ceremony kills his family, Stan has the opportunity to save them in a time loop caused by a magic cookie. A fun parody of time loop movies like The edge of tomorrow and groundhog dayStan goes through all the emotional stages of this predicament and even gets a case of “time loop blues”. The episode is full of jokes, as every one of Stan’s attempts is foiled in the most ridiculous way, ranging from an untimely coffee order to a loose polar bear – until he finally succeeds in some way. equally bizarre and unexpected.
2. “For whom the bell of the sleigh rings” (season 6, episode 8)
In what some fans may claim to be the best party outing for the Smiths, Steve accidentally shoots what he thinks is a Santa Mall with a gun Stan gave him for Christmas. But it turns out to be the real Santa Claus, who is brought back to life by his army of elves and becomes determined to take revenge on the Smith family.
The tone of the episode is drastically different from what you would expect from an animated Christmas special, as, just to start, it features an angry, vengeful Santa Claus who carries a lot of guns. The climactic battle between family and elves is one for the ages – a fun riff on cinematic battle footage from movies like The Lord of the Rings and Save Private Ryan. This episode is also notable for being the first to feature Santa Claus, who has become a recurring character on Christmas specials.
1. “Rapture’s Delight” (Season 5, Episode 9)
In this fan favorite episode; the kidnapping takes place, and Stan and Francine are left on Earth to survive amid the warring angels and demons. The story takes place years after the initial event, with the world reduced to a Mad Max-like a hellish landscape. Stan becomes a one-armed wanderer, while Francine, who is now with a demon slayer Jesus, has been kidnapped by the Antichrist. The episode is a wild ride and is possibly the most original of all the episodes in the series, as it feels like it comes from a different show but maintains american fatherirreverent sense of humor, like Antichrist being the polar opposite of Jesus in every way you can imagine.
It’s Christmas, okay!
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