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The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of December 8, 2014

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed—or at least be able to fake it—with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.   The Great Christmas Light Fight (Season Premiere) Monday at 8:00pm on ABC Why: Because... well, let's be honest, this is a bit of a freak show kind of thing, and we LOVE that (just look at this season of  American Horror Story  and everything on TLC)! Families create bonkers Christmas light displays for the chance to win $50,000—an amount that will probably barely cover their electric bill for the season. Prepare to talk about: How ugly some of these displays are (less can be more!); how you'd hate to be these peoples' neighbors; how you prefer the old-style incandescent Christmas lights to the new LEDs (I can't be the only one who feels that way, right?).     Pretty Little Liars Tuesday at 8:00pm on ABC Family Why: Because it's PLL , DUH! And there's a Christmas party! Also, Alison is still being a total "A"-hole, that undead nutcase. Prepare to talk about: How Alison goes the full "Christmas Carol" with a "ghostly presence" showing her her past, present, and future; how Dickens is probably in his grave like, "Oh, god, what is even going on up there, sigh"; what kind of budget Rosewood has for its Christmas parties because they look pretty blinged-out.         Marco Polo (Series Premiere) Friday at 3:00am on Netflix Why: Because it's Netflix's attempt at its own  Game of Thrones , but like, historical. Also, who knows, maybe you didn't know that Marco Polo was a person before he was a pool game. Watch and learn! Like you did with  Wishbone  back in the day (but with more nudity, probably). Prepare to talk about: How this cost $10,000,000 (yes, that's MILLION); how long you watched it before switching back to binge-watching  Gilmore Girls ; how it must have sucked to have to travel that far by horse.     Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of SideReel.com. You can follow her musings on  Twitter .