A Very Special Episode: A Julia Christmas episode shows what made the sitcom beloved, not just important

A single television episode can exemplify the spirit of its time. A Very Special Episode presents The A.V. Club‘s survey of TV at its most distinctive.

The revolution will not be televised

The revolution will not be brought to you by the Schaefer Award Theatre

And will not star Natalie Woods and Steve McQueen

Or Bullwinkle and Julia

The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal

The revolution will not get rid of the nubs

The revolution will not make you look five pounds thinner

Because the revolution will not be televised, brother

—Gil Scott-Heron

It’s all but impossible to write a comprehensive overview of television’s cultural impact without mentioning Julia. One of the first TV shows to feature a black female lead, Julia made history on multiple fronts. Star Diahann Carroll became the first African-American woman to score a major Emmy acting nomination, rather …

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