Thursday, December 16, 2010

30 Days of Christmas: 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip'...

If you blinked, you might have missed Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip while it was on-air, but if you're going to try out an episode now, you have to check out "The Christmas Show"! It is not only an extremely strong piece of story-telling, but it is also a great look at a sentimental holiday.

Matt is determined to bring some holiday cheer to the show full of bitter, jaded staffers who are determined to debunk the magic of Christmas and instead criticize the material elements that have taken over. Sure there are some Scrooge-like sardonic jokes thrown in for the equally bitter and jaded audience, most notably a Santa statue giving the Hitler salute. But when the union musicians decide to call in sick to help get some out of work victims of Hurricane Katrina day gigs, even the Grinchiest of grinches' hearts grow three sizes.

The medley of holiday classics played will make you smile and cry at the same time. That scene proves this show can handle any topic, even those that are usually simple spectacles, with grace and precision.

1 comment:

Mike and Ashley C. said...

Love this show and this episode....I think it's time for me to relive all the episodes again :) Thanks for recognizing it!