Never has the absurdity surrounding us during the holiday season been so accurately and amusingly described. It is, at the same time, discouraging and comforting, like a holiday dinner with the extended family!
This is the episode that caught my attention (and instantly made a fan of me) one December while "station-surfing" the radio on a road-trip so many years ago. It is the perfect introduction to the brilliance of "This American Life", and the standard to which all other TAL episodes strive to meet.
This belongs with the usual Christmas classics- It's a Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Carol, The Grinch, etc. It's just that good.