I’m a big fan of Christmas, and I’m a big fan of TV. So when TV shows do Christmas episodes I get excited and there are a few which I have playing in the background on a loop when this time of year comes around and I’m getting in the spirit while I bake/ decorate/ wrap/ etc. So I thought I’d put together a list of the best/ my personal favourites for you to hunt down on the internet and watch for yourself if you’re in need of a little holiday cheer, sometimes we all need that extra pick-me-up, am I right?
Community – Season 1, Episode 12. “Comparative Religion.”
Community do the best stand-alone Christmas specials. I challenge you not to end up singing; “Oh Christmas Troy, Oh Christmas Troy.” After watching this episode. It gets stuck in there for days! And “It’s December 10th!” today so all the more reason!
Season 2, Episode 11. “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas.”
Possibly my favourite Christmas TV episode ever made. this is a beautiful tale of searching for the meaning of Christmas, which is something we all struggle with after a certain age.
“Abed, how many fingers am I holding up, and more importantly, are they still made of clay?”
“Three, and I told you, it’s not clay. We’re silicone bodies with ball-and-socket armatures.”
And lastly; Season 3, Episode 10. “Regional Holiday Music.”
Community’s version of Glee.
Except not rubbish. And in true Community fashion, it gives you all new Christmas music to sing along to. I personally go around rapping things like; “You mean like a spy, investigating, making it seem like I’m celebrating when actually I’m infiltrating Santa’s operation? YOIP!” –because of it.
Greys Anatomy- Season 2, Episode 7. “Grandma got run over by a Reindeer.”
As a Greys Anatomy fan (Only up to about season 7, they lost me at that god awful musical episode and I’m still bitter about the way it went) you can’t go wrong with this vintage episode.
It opens with this stellar quote; “It’s an urban myth that suicide rates spike at the holidays, turns out they actually go down. Experts think it’s because people are less inclined to off themselves when surrounded by family- Ironically that same family togetherness is the same reason that depression rates actually do spike at the holidays.”
Supernatural – Season 3, Episode 8. “A Very Supernatural Christmas.”
Another show that didn’t age well in my opinion, and definitely not an episode to watch with the kids but if you want a few laughs, attractive men, a little bit of horror (the producer wanted to make
“Alright, so if dad went up the chimney-?”
“We need to find out what dragged him up there.”
How I Met Your Mother – Season 2, Episode 11. “How Lily stole Christmas.”
When I started this list- this really didn’t pop into my mind but after a little research and a re-watch I found myself wanting to decorate the heck out of my place, something about the Nutcracker music, Lily’s Winter Wonderland and Marshals excitement. This is one to put on the TV while you do the tree in my opinion. “But I didn’t say Grinch. I said a bad word.”
Season 3, Episode 11. “Little Minnesota.”
Barney’s songs about Ted’s sister, that is all. This is worth a watch just for them. “You’re like Weird Al Yankovic if he only wrote songs about banging my sister.” Other then that it’s not hugely Christmassy.
Don’t bother with any other than these though, How I Met Your Mother doesn’t do Christmas well.
I also really like the Fraiser ones (as you can tell from my Christmas Wish List), Friends, and The Big Bang Theory.