I just wish single-camera sitcoms like that would go back to the way they were back in the 60s and not be afraid to be fun, as opposed to still going for this whole "sophisticated" and "intellectual" approach with no laughter, minimal music, and the constantly-moving camera shots like it's all hand-held or something.
Hey Vern It’s Ernest and The Weird Al Show were both inspired by Pee-see’s Playhouse (I think Weird Al Yankovic said on the commentary that he did not want people to see his show as similar, but CBS promoted the show as being like it), and all three shows had an episode focusing on all of the holidays (likely to have a Christmas-like episode that could be repeated throughout the year as opposed to waiting until next year).
Pee-wee had Playhouse Day, so it’s really a made ho holiday, but it includes elements of all the holidays.
Ernest had Hey Vern, It’s Holidays!, where he tries to set a world record for celebrating all the holidays in one day.
The Weird Al Show had The Obligatory Holiday Episode, where he throws a holiday party celebrating every holiday, due to him and his friends all being in disagreement over what holiday to celebrate (so it couldn’t be the nearest holiday? Must have taken place in August or September, or maybe June).
And yet both Weird Al and Ernest’s shows were only one season each, while Pee-we’d holiday episode came in the fourth or fifth season (and after the show had done a Christmas special).
I should listen to the commentary again (I think it would be in the first episodes commentary). Or maybe he did want the shows to be similar but did not want the comparisons to be made (I remember nearly every article I saw about the show back in 1997 referring to the show being like Pee-wee’s Playhouse… and then I saw it and thought it was NOT like that show, mainly because there weren’t any major puppets, but it had been a long time since I had last seen the show, I didn’t even watch often during the last season).
EDIT TO ADD: Yes, CBS wanted it to be educational. But that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t promote the comparisons.
It seems like the word "cathartic" has become really popular to use in recent years, almost to the point that it feels like one of those words that kids learn for the first time, then start using it in almost every sentence they can.