In the spirit of the holiday season, this week I recommend checking out the Netflix original Christmas special, A Very Murray Christmas. Featuring a slew of stars including George Clooney, Chris Rock, and Amy Poehler, the Bill Murray-fronted, Sofia Coppola-directed special isn’t just a wonderfully entertaining seasonal treat but also yet another sign that Netflix isn’t trying to be like television, it is television. In my mind, if producing outstanding shows like Master of None and House of Cards gets you in the conversation for being considered “television” then an excellent Christmas special like A Very Murray Christmas seals the deal.
The show begins on Christmas Eve and the gist of the story is as such: Murray has signed on to do a live Christmas special but a blizzard has virtually shut NYC down meaning that he’ll have to go it alone rather than share it with his special guests (most notably missing is Pope Francis). This gives Murray good reason to play the lovable Scrooge as he laments the circumstances surrounding the special and turns to drinking to cope. The result is a Christmas special for adults rather than the whole family but you likely expected that from a Bill Murray Christmas special anyway. While the comedy is on point, I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention that it features some stellar musical numbers under the direction of Paul Shaffer. Specifically, Maya Rudolph‘s rendition of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is incredible. Watch and enjoy with confidence.
This week’s recommendation in hand, let’s get to the Top 5: