I know it’s still early, but I’ve been disappointed in the Christmas show and movie selection so far this season. I’m equally disappointed in the lack of free quality movies streaming on my favorite services. I bit the bullet and bought Home Alone on Amazon, but I’ve got my money’s worth! We’ve watched it several times so far this year, and it’s a good thing to turn on when we have nothing else to watch.
On Thanksgiving night, our family started a new tradition of watching Christmas episodes of some of our favorite shows. We didn’t get through many but the ones we saw were priceless. Here are some of the best:
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – A Very Sunny Christmas (Season 6, Episode 13): OMG. Not for the faint of heart, but the hardest I’ve laughed in forever. A peek into the gangs’ childhoods helps explain their adult personalities and actions. I’d somehow never seen this episode before, but it’s a classic (if you’re into depravity). Available on Netflix.
Cheers – Christmas Cheers (Season 6, Episode 12): We love Cheers in our house, and I’ve already watched this Christmas episode a few times this season! Frasier is a Scrooge, and Sam tries to impress Rebecca with a gift. Check out her perfect ’80s outfit! Available on Netflix.
The Office – Christmas Party (season 2, episode 10): When I was in college, my roommates called me Angela. It’s accurate. This is peak Michael viciousness, and showcases why Secret Santa exchanges at the office are maybe not the best idea. Available on Netflix.
Mad Men – Christmas Waltz (Season 5, Episode 10): Not the most Christmas-y show, but worth mentioning. Mad Men is always cloaked in sadness, but I love the genuine moment between Don and Joan in this particular episode. I just need an excuse to look at Jon Hamm, okay? Available on Netflix.
30 Rock – Ludachristmas (season 2, episode 9): For those not in the Christmas spirit. Available on Hulu.
The Andy Griffith Show – Christmas Story (Season 1, Episode 11): This was my dad’s suggestion during our viewing, and it was heartfelt and timely. We need a little more saccharine sweetness during these dark times. Available on Netflix.
Friends – The One with the Holiday Armadillo (Season 7, Episode 10): Ross wants to teach Ben about Hanukkah. It does not go well. See also The One with the Routine (Season 6, Episode 10). Friends had the best holiday episodes! Available on Netflix.
Parks and Rec – Citizen Knope (Season 4, Episode 10) : It’s nice to see Leslie’s friends come to her rescue for a change! Available on Netflix.
Gilmore Girls – Women of Questionable Morals (Season 5, Episode 11): I admit that I haven’t watched Gilmore Girls since the awful revival, but this remains one of my favorite episodes. Watching Luke help Lorelei love snow again is magical. Available on Netflix.
Seinfeld – The Strike (Season 9, Episode 10): Is it really Christmas if you haven’t celebrated Festivus? I have a lot of grievances to air this year! Available on Hulu.
Have you seen all of these shows? What’s your favorite Christmas episode?