Santa Is A Real, Magical Being ... And No One Finds That Amazing
An absurd number of otherwise-straightforward sitcoms have Christmas episodes wherein Santa Claus reveals himself to be unambiguously real. And yet instead of rewriting everything these characters know about reality, they seem to accept it as an everyday part of life. They are perfectly comfortable living in a world where no one laughs at jokes, romantic tension between friends lasts for years, and magic is absolutely a thing.
In The Nanny, Mr. Sheffield injures his butt on Christmas Eve, and while the Nanny and Co. are in the hospital, a crazy old man in a Santa suit gets thrown in the bed beside his. The nurses, naturally, refuse to believe the man is the real Santa, but when the clock strikes midnight, he's mysteriously flown out the window, and the characters all look up at him as he chants "HO HO HO!" Those people should be screaming, "No! NO! NO ONE WILL BELIEVE US!" as their entire understanding of all things is shattered. Instead they're warmed by the Christmas spirit that lives inside each of us as a flying man laughs at them from the sky.
Sony Pictures Television"Yes, I am real. Which means I know of your dark deeds, little girl. All of them."
In the SECOND EPISODE EVER of Night Court, a crazy ol' drunk claiming to be Santa Claus gets taken downtown, but it's gradually revealed that he knows everything about everyone's childhoods, down to the last intimate detail. Then he offers Harry Anderson the opportunity to succeed him as Santa. Again, this is the second episode, and they have already established that this courtroom exists in a world where Kris Kringle wants the judge to take over as the actual, real Santa Claus. And the next 191 episodes take place with all the characters in the show knowing that.
Warner Bros. Television"Yes, I'm the real Santa. Live with that. And live with this: One of you is an impostor. You have one week to find it before it becomes you. Merry Christmas!"
In Home Improvement (in the very first season!), Mark starts questioning Santa's existence after Brad and Randy tell him that Santa died before he was born. "Wilson" then shows up dressed as Santa and gives everyone early presents, thus restoring Mark's faith. As Saint Nick leaves, Tim remarks that it's really nice of his neighbor to do something, only for Jill to point out that Wilson is over behind the fence, as always. So holy shit, who was Santa??? Mark stares up at the sky in wonder ...
ABC Studios"One day your father will kill me in a feature film, young man! And anything that kills Santa becomes Santa! Why, 17 years ago, I was diabetes!"