Cliche No. 2: Death

Death is the Christmas Cliche of TV dramas. It doesn't matter that most of the death-themed episodes are well-done and powerful. Whether it's Hawkeye Pierce dressed as <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEFCC000018" title="Santa Claus (fictional character)" href="/topic/arts-culture/holidays/santa-claus-%28fictional-character%29-PEFCC000018.topic">Santa Claus</a> on the front lines (<b>"M*A*S*H"</b>) or Toby organizing a funeral for a Korean war vet (<b><a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENTTV0000620" title="The West Wing (tv program)" href="/topic/entertainment/television/the-west-wing-%28tv-program%29-ENTTV0000620.topic">"The West Wing"</a></b>) or a plane dismantling a street celebration (<b><a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENTTV00000014" title="Desperate Housewives (tv program)" href="/topic/entertainment/television/desperate-housewives-%28tv-program%29-ENTTV00000014.topic">"Desperate Housewives"</a></b>), death is a popular device to trot out during the holiday season to put our tear ducts into overdrive. Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-sniffle.<br>
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<b>Other offenders:</b> "ER," <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENTTV00000023" title="House (tv program)" href="/topic/entertainment/television/house-%28tv-program%29-ENTTV00000023.topic">"House,"</a> "Pushing Daisies," "Six Feet Under," <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENTTV0000619" title="The Twilight Zone (tv program)" href="/topic/entertainment/television/the-twilight-zone-%28tv-program%29-ENTTV0000619.topic">"The Twilight Zone"</a>

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Death is the Christmas Cliche of TV dramas. It doesn't matter that most of the death-themed episodes are well-done and powerful. Whether it's Hawkeye Pierce dressed as Santa Claus on the front lines ("M*A*S*H") or Toby organizing a funeral for a Korean war vet ("The West Wing") or a plane dismantling a street celebration ("Desperate Housewives"), death is a popular device to trot out during the holiday season to put our tear ducts into overdrive. Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-sniffle.

Other offenders: "ER," "House," "Pushing Daisies," "Six Feet Under," "The Twilight Zone"

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