(Segway...I think this is what 'does' it for me in regards to TV shows and movies: characters. Sure, the story is important, and I always look out for cinematography but it's the way the characters are written and played that makes it or breaks it for me. I was speechless when I first saw The Best Intentions because of how highly developed the characters were. Ditto with Six Feet Under. Even Seinfeld is in the same boat because despite the jokes, the characters are so real and complex.)
Last night I finished watching The Office Christmas Special. It was perfection. You always sit on edge when something so beloved goes for a bit extra but this was faultless. The characters continued in the same vain, it was beautifully cringe-worthy and the ending - sublime.
I mean, I cried when Dawn came back for Tim. This is a fucking comedy, and I cried. I loved the characters of Dawn and Tim so much and thought it was perfect the way the initial series ended, with them not getting together. I justified it to all the friends who couldn't understand it. But it happened, she cried and came back for him...