The 2016 Paper Team Holiday Special (PT25)

The 2016 Paper Team Holiday Special (PT25)

Alex and Nick celebrate the holiday season and the end of 2016 by taking a look at their favorite TV holiday episodes, the best media of the past year, and some stats about the first six months of Paper Team.

What makes a TV Christmas special? What are some of the best holiday specials? What was the best thing of 2016? What gifts did Nick and Alex give each other?

The Paper Team settles down in front of the fire and grabs a cup of eggnog…



1 – What makes a TV Christmas special? (00:30)
2 – The best holiday TV episodes (11:12)
3 – Best of 2016 (27:10)
4 – A look back at Paper Team’s first year (47:45)
Gift Exchange and Outro (52:45)


Jingle All the Way
It’s a Wonderful Life
Christmas Episode (TV Tropes)
List of U.S. Christmas television episodes
Downton Abbey
Doctor Who Christmas specials
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (TV special)
Home Alone
Die Hard
“Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” (1×01 – The Simpsons)
“Marge Be Not Proud” (7×11 – The Simpsons)
“Xmas Story” (2×08 – Futurama)
“Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo” (1×09 – South Park)
“Amends” (3×10 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
A Christmas Carol
“Merry Mayhem” (6×10 – Dawson’s Creek)
“The Best Chrismukkah Ever” (1×13 – The O.C.)
The OC Insider Shop
“The Strike” (9×10 – Seinfeld)
The Get Down
The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story
The Good Place
“Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” (1×06 – American Crime Story)
“San Junipero” (3×04 – Black Mirror)
“Fish Out Of Water” (3×04 – Bojack Horseman)
“Category 55 Doomsday Crisis” (1×05 – The Good Place)
We Bare Bears
The Hamilton Mixtape
Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)
“Conscious” – BROODS
“Sprained Ankle” – Julien Baker
Eric Heisserer
Lights Out
La La Land
“Bitch Planet” – Kelly Sue DeConnick
“Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days” – Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky & Braden Kowitz
The Influence of TV: Scratching the Surface (PT11)
Diversity in TV and the Writers’ Room ft. Francesca Butler & Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT14)
The Writers Guild Foundation Podcast
Time Timer
Pomodoro Technique
Aaron Sorkin’s Trump Letter
Home Alone: The Authorized Coloring Book
Die Hard: The Authorized Coloring and Activity Book
Aqua Notes Water-Proof Notepad

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