Special episodes are always random. Sometimes they’re the best thing on Earth, at least for about 30 minutes to an hour. Remember when Archer got a job at Bob’s Burgers? Yeah, that’s the kind of stuff I have a TV for. Other times, though, special episodes get very special, and even though they’re only 9 years old, viewers are tempted to throw their TVs out the window just to get rid of all that holier-than-thou rhetoric. But there’s one kind of special episode that never fails to entertain: the animated special. Even when the story isn’t great, it’s always great to see your favorite TV characters reimagined in cartoon form or stop-motion animation. That doesn’t even have to be all: just look at characters like Fringeby Walter Bishop (John Noble) and vast cityis Abbi (Abbi Jacobson) and Ilana (Ilana Glazer) taking a break from the live action for a few minutes of lively drug travel is often enough to put a smile on viewers’ faces. From psychedelic trips to Christmas specials to unexpected crossovers, let’s take a look at 10 great examples of live shows that took the animated route for a few minutes and made our TV experience so much better. than she already was.
that of Abed (Danny Pudi) the relationship with the media has always been a central element of Community. The show’s true heart, there were few Abed loved more than movies and TV, but his passion for the holiday season was certainly up there. Or, more precisely, his passion for Christmas. Therefore, nothing more fitting than to treat our dear Abed Nadir to his own Christmas special in the style of classic Rankin Bass films, such as Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. With a plot loosely based on Robert Zemeckis‘ The Polar Express‘Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas’ turned the study group into toys for a fun and heartwarming clay adventure that’s not only one of the greatest Community episodes of all time, but also a holiday staple.
Unlike Abed, Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy-Chase) was never really a beloved member of the Community crew. On screen, his blatant racism and sexism was often the butt of the joke. Behind the scenes, Chase’s frequent fights with his cast made him persona non grata in a show in which he had a lead role. But none of that means a Pierce-centric episode can’t be fun, especially an animated one. In “Digital Estate Planning,” the eldest member of the study group faces the wrath of his late father when he and his friends are forced to play a video game that has the ultimate prize of presiding over the Hawthorne Companies. many prejudices, which manages to be even more old-fashioned and aggressive than those of his son, the game was created in response to Pierce’s request to invest the company’s money in video games in the 1980s. In a stylized 8-bit animation, “Digital Estate Planning” is an extremely fun episode that also says a lot about the members of the study group.
8/10 “Jacuzzi” (PEN15season 2, episode 8)
No TV series captures the horrors of being a college kid quite like Anna Konkle‘s, Maya Erskine‘the sand Sam Zviblemanit is PEN15. The Hulu comedy Cringe paints a painfully funny and realistic portrait of what life was like for a 12-year-old in the early 2000s, from the terrors that accompany a first crush to the very time-sensitive woes of waiting for your brother gets off AOL, so you can chat with your best friend on the phone. Arguably the episode that best encapsulates the show’s overall vibe is its Season 2 animated special, “Jacuzzi.” In it, Maya (Erskine) and Anna (Konkle) take a trip to Florida with Anna’s father. beach, they walk around near the hotel and spend all their money on a cartoonist. The traditional over-the-top features of the caricature art form do a real act on the girls’ heads, and through hand-drawn animation we learn to see the real world through the eyes of no self-esteem. of Anna and Maya. PEN15“Jacuzzi” is both entertaining and heartbreaking, with just the appearance of a happy ending to keep things a little lighter.
7/10 Walter’s LSD trip (FringeSeason 5, Episode 9, “Black Blotter”)
Walter Bishop’s experiments with psychedelic drugs served as the excuse for more than one animated sequence in Fringe. His most memorable LSD trip is probably the one depicted in the 19th episode of Season 3 titled “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide,” which looks like a rotoscope. However, being well memorized is not the same as being the best. “Walter takes a particularly heavy form of LSD in an attempt to remember a plan so secret he hid it deep in his brain. His lysergic search for the plan takes the form of the 1960s Terry Gilliam/Monty Python-inspired animated sequence that couldn’t be more appropriate for a budding hippie mad scientist from the days of MKUltra. The image of Walter being picked up by a human hand and taken on a literal journey around the world before being dropped onto the back of a cow is truly one that will follow you through your own experiences with drugs – for better or for better. for the worst.
6/10 Abbi and Ilana’s Mushroom Trip (vast citySeason 4, Episode 4, “Mushrooms”)
Speaking of drug-fueled trips and drug-inspired animations…While Walter Bishop’s poison of choice was LSD, vast city‘s Abbi and Ilana had no problem experimenting with different substances. In Season 4 Episode 4, for example, the girls pick up mushrooms and are immediately transported to an animated version of New York City full of goofy animals, colorful walls, and spooky tunnels. Created by Mike Perrywho was also the man behind the series’ animated intros, the classic hand-drawn animation of “Mushrooms” blends the Cal-Arts style of cartoons like Steven Universe and Gravity Falls with the trippy vibrations of The Beatles‘ yellow submarine. Walter Bishop would feel right at home in Abbi and Ilana’s fungal ride, and, honestly, so would viewers.
5/10 “Dream of a Thousand Cats” (The sand manSeason 1, Episode 11, “Dream of a Thousand Cats/Calliope”)
Based on the work of Neil Gaiman, The sand man is a show full of equally wonderful and terrifying things. The two stories featured in the series’ bonus episode give us a good look at both sides of the series. While ‘Calliope’ tells the story of a muse held captive and repeatedly raped for her gifts, ‘Dream of a Thousand Cats’ brings together dozens of felines to hear the words of an elder who promises them a world in which they will be free from the cruelty of humans. They just have to dream it, all at the same time. The animation mixes oil paintings and 3D to create a world very similar, but not quite like ours. The result is an episode that seems caught between reality and the Dream.
4/10 The story of Glenoxi (Sex educationseason 3, episode 7)
Few love stories in this universe are more seductive and deliciously steamy than that of Glenoxi and Starlanza. Written by fan-favorite crackpot Lily Iglehart (Tanya Reynolds) over three seasons of Sex education, the story of Glenoxi depicts a strange young girl in search of someone who accepts her for who she is and is willing to participate in her alien-filled sexual fantasies. Lily finds her soul mate in the form of Ola (Patricia Allison), which is quickly added to the world of Glenoxi in the form of the Starlanza. The first encounter between the two extraterrestrial entities is depicted in the very first scene of Sex education Season 3, Episode 7, and even though Lily’s fantasies had appeared in different forms throughout the series, fans never saw her vision like this. It’s a beautifully animated sequence, reminiscent of classic 70s and 80s anime, and anime-based works, such as Interstellar 555.
3/10 “Yabba Dabba do me” (Luciferseason 6, episode 3)
Since Lucifer first released in 2016, fans were thrilled with the series’ new take on the devil as a charming nightclub owner. But no take was fresher than the cartoon version of Lord of Hell (Tom Ellis) featured in Season 6’s “Yabba Dabba Do Me”. The story has Lucifer and Chloe (lauren german) trapped in a loop in a cartoon world with modern looks and vibes looney tunes – minus the animals, of course. Full of jokes about cartoon logic and our perception of the devil, as well as jokes that only fans of the show can truly appreciate, the “Yabba Dabba Do Me” was one hell of a – pun intended – a gift. farewell from the showrunners, like, seven episodes later, Lucifer would come to an end.
2/10 “Scoobynatural” (Supernaturalseason 13 episode 16)
Return when Supernatural was one of the greatest TV shows – if not the biggest, period — the Winchesters have teamed up with everyone’s favorite faux paranormal investigation team for a completely unexpected crossover. In “Scoobynatural”, the Sam brothers (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) are sucked into their TV and thrown straight into the cartoon world. There they meet the Mystery Machine team, and it’s in Velma (Kate Micucci), Daphne (gray griffin), Fred (Frank Welker), Shaggy (Matthew Lillard), and Scooby (also Welker) to help the brothers figure out what’s going on. Honestly, it’s a crossover that’s not allowed to perform as well as it does. Even if you were never quite in Supernaturalas long as scooby-doo has a place in your heart, “Scoobynatural” is definitely worth a look.
1/10 “The Missing Christmas Mustache” (Ted LassoChristmas Special 2021)
Since we started this list with a Christmas episode, there’s nothing more fitting than to wrap it up with another delightful holiday special. Released in 2020, Ted Lasso was one of those shows that helped people stay sane during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. His brand of wholesome humor and serious approach to life’s difficulties captivated many television fans for whom the world was beginning to seem a little too dark. Thus, there are few shows more in tune with the Christmas spirit than Ted Lasso. In this four-minute 2021 special, soccer coach-turned-soccer coach Ted (Jason Sudeikis) loses his trademark mustache and must rely on his friends to get it back. Like “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas,” “The Missing Christmas Mustache” is shot in the classic Rankin Bass clay style. It’s a fun and charming adventure for old-timers and newcomers alike. In case you want to check it out, the whole thing is available on YouTube.