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Christmas Special 

Liz has to spend Christmas without her family for the first time in her life. As compensation she participates in a 'Letters to Santa' charity program and buys presents for poor children. ... See full summary »


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Tina Fey (created by), Kay Cannon | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tina Fey ... Liz Lemon
Tracy Morgan ... Tracy Jordan
Jane Krakowski ... Jenna Maroney
Jack McBrayer ... Kenneth Parcell
Scott Adsit ... Pete Hornberger
Judah Friedlander ... Frank Rossitano
Alec Baldwin ... Jack Donaghy
Katrina Bowden ... Cerie (credit only)
Keith Powell ... Toofer
Kevin Brown ... Dot Com
Grizz Chapman ... Grizz
Elaine Stritch ... Colleen Donaghy
John Lutz ... J.D. Lutz
Teddy Coluca ... Stage Manager
Eshaya Draper ... Deshante Glover


Liz has to spend Christmas without her family for the first time in her life. As compensation she participates in a 'Letters to Santa' charity program and buys presents for poor children. Jack accidentally hits his mother with his car just before leaving to Rio. Now stuck with her in New York, he decides to force the cast of TGS into putting on a live Christmas Eve special so at least he won't have to go home. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Release Date:

11 December 2008 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jack hits Colleen with his car, the shot of her legs sticking out from behind his car clearly mirror the shot of the legs of the Wicked Witch of the West after Dorothy's house lands on her. See more »


When Liz Lemon visits the neighborhood for the second time and offers tickets for the Live Christmas, in one shot her lips and audio are not synchronized. See more »


Jack: Christmas in the Donaghy house was awful. Haven't I told you about my mom's "yuletide" boyfriend, good ol' Frederick August Otto Schwarz III?
Liz Lemon: F.A.O. Schwarz? Like the toy store?
Jack: His family owned some toy stores, yes. So what?
Liz Lemon: Jack, I think your mother put out on Christmas to get you kids presents. She did it for you.
Jack: Not possible. She didn't do anything for us.
Liz Lemon: I know you guys were pretty poor - did you have a lot of presents?
Jack: [overcome with emotion] You couldn't even see the tree!
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References Holiday Inn (1942) See more »


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A Good Holiday Episode!
19 November 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This is the sixth episode of the third season of 30 Rock and while it doesn't reach the height of previous episodes, it manages to be a fun watch. Plus I love holiday-themed episodes, so naturally I would like this. However, the jokes are not as strong but the plot itself is in good shape. Also, we get ourselves another guest appearance by Elaine Stritch.

In this episode, "Christmas Special," Jack accidentally runs over his mom in Florida, so now she is spending the holidays with Jack who forces his crew to put on a Christmas Special because he does not want to be home. Maenwhile, Liz is not celebrating Christmas with her family for the first time ever. So she decides to do a "Gifts from Santa" charity which she eventually thinks may be fraud.

Overall, this is a good episode. The jokes seem weak at times and even mean-spirited, but I enjoyed the overall tone. I had some good laughs, but not as much as usual. I had a good time though. I rate this episode 8/10.

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