News and culture through the lens of Southern California.
Hosted by A Martínez
Airs Weekdays 2 to 3 pm
Arts & Entertainment

Offbeat Christmas specials to binge on this season

Still from the Bojack Horseman Christmas Special
Still from the Bojack Horseman Christmas Special

Listen to story

Download this story 15MB

The holidays are a great time to relax, connect with family and reflect on all the positive things that have happened in the past year ... but once you're done with that, what's next?

How about watching some offbeat holiday fare?

Every month we take a look at all of the options you have to stream, from Hulu and Netflix to Amazon Prime, HBO Now and Showtime Anytime. Our very own Mark Jordan Legan has some great Christmas-themed picks.

1. Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special (Netflix) 

In 19988, Pee Wee's Christmas Special was released. It was based on the Saturday-morning children's program Pee-wee's Playhouse.

 The hilarious show featured everyone from Cher to Whoopi Goldberg and even Lawrence Fishburn, yes that Lawrence Fishburn in his role as Cowboy Curtis.

2. Bojack Horseman Christmas Special (Netflix) 

For those who might be a bit more cynical and Scrooge-like about this time of year, well there's the animated series Bojack Horseman. The show is about a washed up sitcom star, voiced by Will Arnett, who also is a horse.  

3. Black Mirror - White Christmas (Netflix) 

In 2015 the recent British Twilight Zone type series Black Mirror did an excellent Christmas episode. White Christmas features Jon Hamm and Rafe Spall being stuck in the frozen tundra working at a remote outpostIn a mysterious and remote snowy outpost. They  share an interesting Christmas meal together, swapping creepy tales of their earlier lives in the outside world.

4. Doctor Who - Last Christmas (Amazon Prime)

Sci Fi fans are rejoicing because almost all the Dr. Who Christmas Specials are currently streaming. So whether you prefer Matt Smith or David Tennant or even the latest Doctor – Peter Capaldi – they are all available like wrapped presents under the tree.  

In the special, Last Christmas, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is reunited with his companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) as they must save a North Pole science base from creatures called dream crabs. Who helps out? None other than Santa Claus himself!  

Mark Jordan Legan is a writer living in Los Angeles ... if you want to catch up on past installments of The Binge, click here.