9 thoughts on “What Was the Best Instance of ‘Maybe Santa Claus DOES Exist’ on a TV Show?

  1. I remember seeing “Night of the Meek” of the ’80s Twilight Zone as a kid, and I thought it dealt really well with the idea that Santa is real because Santa may or may not have been real at the beginning of the episode, but he was by the end.

  2. Slightly off-topic but I remember a My So-Called Life episode where Juliana Hatfield played a ghost revealed in the end as a Christmas Angel. The only time the series made me say “Ugh.”

  3. There’s a Night Court episode where Harry’s dealing with a guy who claims to be Santa and the judge proves to be the most skeptical member of the cast (showing, as he put it in the first episode, that while he might have been bottom of the potential judge list, he deserved to be on it). It worked for me.

  4. Night Court was such a goofy show in general that broke reality on a regular basis, that I don’t have much trouble believing that Santa Claus exists in the world of that show.

  5. I remember that Night Court episode. As I recall, Michael J. Fox played a teen who was trying to elope with his girlfriend, and he refused to believe the Santa was real.

  6. That was “Santa Goes Downtown,” the second episode of NIGHT COURT that aired in January 1984, after the pilot episode. It was the first time Paula Kelly appeared as public defender Liz Williams, a role she kept until the second season. The show’s cast was all over the place and wasn’t really “finalized” until seasons 3-4. John Larroquette and the late Richard Moll and Harry Anderson were the real “veterans” of the cast, there for all 9 seasons including the pilot.

  7. “I Love Lucy” was always two pratfalls away from becoming a live action cartoon, but I have a particular fondness for their Christmas episode where all four of the main cast were dressing up as Santa Claus to surprise Little Ricky, only for a mysterious FIFTH Santa to show up during all the chaos.

  8. https://mercurie.blogspot.com/2014/12/santa-claus-on-film.html

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    In a setting where a literal Santa Claus proceeds per the expected routine, the delivered gifts *which the adults would not recall having wrapped let alone purchased* would seem to resolve any ambiguity as to a literal Santa Claus *delivering gifts*.

    If only the children residing with certain adults, said adults still accepting a literal Santa Claus, receive gifts, the situation seems perhaps resolved to an extent. Presumably, those adults who still accept a literal Santa Claus do not purchase gifts for the particular children residing with them, which in turn raises the inquiry as to the effect of Santa Claus’ delivered presents on toy sales. The impression seems, as noted, though of many, perhaps most adults, in the setting rejecting Santa Claus as a literal entity. The setting seems to resemble then extant socio-political conditions/levels of general consumer technology.

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