I’ve been getting into the holiday spirit by watching doing what I’ll be doing on Christmas day… sitting on my bum and watching Christmas episodes of my favorite TV shows! Netflix has some great classic shows right now that I’ve been watching as well as some new ones I’ve been able to sink my teeth into like a gingerbread cookie. Here’s a list of 10 must watch Christmas TV specials!
30 ROCK – “SECRET SANTA”
Season 4 Ep. 8
When the studio page Kenneth tries to set up a secret Santa for the office but everyone makes up a religion to get out of it. All the while Jack reconnects with his old high school crush while she’s in town. It’s a fairly feel-good episode that only has to do with Christmas to get to the good jokes, but they’re all pretty worth it. Watching Kenneth try to explain the rules of a gift exchange is one of the funniest moments in television… Everyone puts their heads down and switches numbers UNLESS YOU’RE THE MURDERER — Oh wait, that’s not right.
See Also: “The Christmas Special” (Season 3 Ep. 6)
TWILIGHT ZONE – “NIGHT OF THE MEEK”
Season 2 Ep. 11
It isn’t Christmas for me without this episode of the Twilight Zone. A drunk down-on-his-luck mall Santa is gifted a bag that is full of never ending gifts, the best part is none of the gifts are socks! It’s funny to me, every Santa in TV specials always gives gifts that aren’t wrapped. I suppose that the surprise of free stuff from a magic man should be enough for me, but I’m so used to unwrapping for fun… it’s habit (try to save the paper so we can reuse it). This is one of the episodes that was shot in a telecast so it looks a lot like The Hobbit does on the TV screens at Best Buy. This episode shows that even on a dark show that focuses on the bad in people can reward the good guy every once and a while.
FAMILY GUY – “A VERY SPECIAL FAMILY GUY FREAKIN’ CHRISTMAS”
Season 3 Ep. 16
Kiss Saves Santa… Enough said. Peter accidentally donates all the families gifts to charity and so the family goes to the mall to re-purchase their gifts on Christmas eve. All the while leaving Brian the dog home alone to tend to the turkey. Shit gets real and not even the positive power of the Christmas spirit can save the evening…. or can it? This was back when Family Guy was on the top of it’s game and every joke was a guaranteed side splitter. I genuinely want to start a kickstarter so I could hire the Family Guy team to write and produce a full length Kiss Saves Santa tape and only release it on VHS.
THE OFFICE (U.S.) – “A BENIHANA CHRISTMAS”
Season 3 Ep. 10
Out of the many Christmas episodes of The Office, this is the GOTTA see one. After Michael gets dumped, Andy takes him to the hottest place in town to cheer him up… the Benihana. After getting a couple of the waitresses to come back to the office (titular situation) Michael gets confused which one is the one he’s been hitting on. Even though they look completely different he deems in necessary to mark one of their hands so he can tell the difference. All the while two Christmas parties rival for the offices attention.
See Also: “Christmas Party” (Season 2 Ep. 10)
IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA – “A VERY SUNNY CHRISTMAS”
Season 6 Ep. 13
AN EPISODE THAT DIDN’T AIR ON TELEVISION! This episode was put out as a special extended and unrated episode especially for the holiday season and they literally pull all the punches. People are popping out of sofas, biting necks of Santa’s and playing with robot toys from the 80s! Mac and Charlie try to share their meaning of Christmas which involves throwing rocks at trains and decorating on Christmas eve; with Dee and Denis, who’s Christmas tradition is watching their dad, Frank, buy everything they want for Christmas and rub it in their faces when he misuses them. Even though these assholes deserve everything terrible that happens to them, it’s the holidays… be merry.
CHEERS – “CHRISTMAS CHEERS”
Season 6 Ep. 12
Frasier is in a anti-Christmas bah-humbug mood, Norm has a part-time job as a mall Santa and Cliff is collecting food for the needy all in an effort to win a trip to Disney World. Everyone is being forced to work Christmas Eve and when Sam learns that everyone seems to have a present for Rebecca, in a panic, Sam rushes out trying to find somewhere – anywhere – that is still open so he can get a gift for her. The second problem may be to find something appropriate, which strikes that perfect balance of being not too expensive but still saying “I want to sleep with you”.
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT – “AFTERNOON DELIGHT”
Season 2 Ep. 6
In typical Christmas fashion, the entire Bluth family is looking out for themselves. While Buster looks for ways to get out of serving in Iraq, Lindsay’s trying to get laid at the company Christmas party.. unfortunately GOB has told the entire company that the only Bluth getting f****d tonight will be the one in the $6,000 suit. C’MON!Michael and Maeby get in trouble singing Afternoon Delight, but are quickly overshadowed by Oscar and Lucille’s afternoon delight.
See Also: “In God We Trust” (Season 1 Ep. 7)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – “JIMMY FALLON/MICHAEL BUBLÉ“
Season 37 Ep. 10
This is an unfortunate episode of “comedy” but within all the confused actors trying not to look like they’re reading off of cue cards… there is one sketch that make the episode worth it. Andy Samberg plays the infamous Nic Cage on an ongoing segment “get in the Cage”. It’s not super Christmas related, but it will put a smile on your face.
PSYCH – “CHRISTMAS JOY”
Season 3 Ep. 9
Guest starring Keith David! A little girl asks Shawn and Gus to help get Santa out of jail. They get Santa out, then realize Santa & the girl are con men planning a big heist. Gus’s sister Joy is in town, and she wants to see Shawn romantically again. Just enough corny cheese to get you through the holiday.
THE X-FILES – “HOW THE GHOST STOLE CHRISTMAS”
Season 6 Ep. 6
It’s not Christmas without Scully and Mulder. On Christmas Eve, Mulder and Scully stakeout a house that is supposedly haunted by the ghosts of two lovers who killed each other in a lovers’ pact 81 years before. Inside, the agents find two apparitions who are more than willing to give insight into the relationship and personalities of Mulder and Scully.