Along with my favourite Christmas songs and movies, I’ve got quite a few favourite holiday TV episodes! I considered combining Christmas specials with this post rather than the Christmas films earlier this Blogmas, but they ultimately fit better as movies.
After each episode, I’ll link to where you can watch them when I can. If I haven’t found a spot and you know of one (a legal one, of course!), let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to add it!
Friends, “The One Where Ross Gets High”
In researching this post, I learnt that 90% of internet people pick “The One with the Holiday Armadillo” as their favourite. Really, I wouldn’t call them wrong, per se–that’s also a fantastic episode. But Rachel’s trifle ultimately takes the cake.
The Office (US), “Dwight Christmas”
This was another show that had mixed opinions across the board and in my mind. The Office (US) has several Christmas episodes which all have their merits. For example, I love the teapot storyline from “Christmas Party” (2 x 10), but Michael’s treatment of the others during Yankee swap just makes me sad.
Ultimately, “Dwight Christmas” is probably my favourite of these. Jim & Pam’s relationship has its struggles by this point (and it infuriates me to no end), but her pushing for a “Dwight Christmas” as the theme for the office Christmas party for his benefit is adorable.
Supernatural, “A Very Supernatural Christmas”
From the insight this gives to the boys’ childhood to their “fudging” curse words, this is probably one of my favourite Supernatural episodes in general as well as a favourite Christmas episode.
M*A*S*H, “Dear Dad”
In the very first season of this classic series, Hawkeye writes home to his father about life at the 4077 come Christmastime. If you haven’t seen my earlier mentions here on the blog, I absolutely adore Alan Alda. So, this episode is a must!
Bob’s Burgers, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins”
Bob’s Burgers is another show that has quite a few stellar holiday episodes, but I think “God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins” is my favourite at the end of the day. Chet’s story is just bizarre enough to leave the Belchers (and the audience) guessing and the strangeness, yet festivity of his window displays (excepting, perhaps, his penultimate) is fantastic.
The Office (UK), “Christmas Special, Part 2”
This episode (which is also the show’s finale) solidified the original The Office‘s place as my technical favourite of the two (an unpopular opinion, I know–I’ve actually seen the US version several times through more, though!). Dawn and Tim’s reunion makes for some of my all-time favourite television.
Modern Family, “Express Christmas”
Modern Family also has quite a few Christmas episodes, but “Express Christmas” is my personal favourite.
Adventure Time, “Holly Jolly Secrets”
This two-part episode concludes with our heroes starting a new holiday tradition–complete with Christmas sweaters!
How I Met Your Mother, “Symphony of Illumination”
HIMYM is significantly more well-known for its Thanksgiving (well, Slapsgiving) episodes than other holidays (Halloween might have a shot, too, with the Slutty Pumpkin storyline), but it’s Christmas episodes are equally solid.
Psych, “The Polarizing Express”
For as upbeat of a show as Psych tended to be, its Christmas episodes are remarkably limited (only three!). Of those three, I think this one’s my personal favourite.
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