25 Days of Christmas Episodes: The Most Adequate Christmas Ever (American Dad!)


We’re counting down the days until Christmas by looking back at Christmas episodes from a variety of TV shows. Tonight we’re talking about “The Most Adequate Christmas Ever” from American Dad! What Christmas episode tropes did this episode use? Let’s take a look.

Basic Info

Directed by: John Aoshima

Written by: Jim Bernstein

Episode Number: Season 3, Episode 8

Where to Watch It: Netflix

Christmas Angel

When Stan disapproves of the decorations his family got for Christmas, he insists on going out into the woods late at night to find the perfect tree. His arrogance and pettiness ends up getting him killed. While in limbo, he says that he wants another chance. So, he’s assigned an angel lawyer named Michelle (voiced by the fantastic guest star Paget Brewster) who doesn’t have her wings yet.

They lose the case, but Stan goes rogue and heads to Jesus Christ’s birthday party so he can seeks out God and directly ask him for a second chance. He not only gets to come back to life, but also requests that Michelle be given her wings.

Christmas Sweaters

At the beginning of the episode, we get to see the whole Smith family in adorable Christmas sweaters. Rogers’ sweater has a snow man with a red nose that lights up.

When Haley compliments Roger on his sweater, he says, “Thanks, I totally sniped it from a guy on eBay. I not only stole the sweater, I stole his holiday spirit and that made my holiday spirit grow stronger. Because, that’s how it works, right? Like Highlander? There can be only one?”

Christmas Songs

Roger sings a re-mix of “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentleman” to himself. Stan sings “O Christmas Tree” to himself and changes the lyrics to “O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, nobody knows as much as me.”


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Pop Culture Spin Managing Editor Lenny Burnham is a writer/comedian in New York City. He hosts the podcast The Filmographers.

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