1. “Glee: Extraordinary Merry Christmas”
Nothing says Christmastime like carols, and “Glee” delivered a special episode filled with holiday cheer. The glee club is given the chance to star in a Christmas special but must choose between that and volunteering for the needy. This episode features a cover of Mariah Carey’s classic holiday song and other iconic numbers.
2. “Schitt’s Creek: Merry Christmas, Johnny Rose”
In this beloved show’s Christmas episode, Johnny Rose reminisces about the extravagant parties he and his wife, Moira, used to host. Despite their current circumstances, the family and the town come together to throw a last-minute Christmas Eve party.
3. “New Girl: Christmas Eve Eve”
Jessica Day decides to spice up Christmas with her roommates by organizing a secret Santa gift exchange. When she chooses her ex-boyfriend’s current girlfriend as her giftee, hilarity ensues. This episode also features a special appearance from a music industry staple known for her Christmas tunes.
4. “Friends: The One with the Holiday Armadillo”
“Friends” brings us memorable holiday moments, and this episode stands out. Ross Gellar teaches his son about their Jewish heritage by creating the comical “Holiday Armadillo” character. The gang’s mishaps and celebrations make this episode a nostalgic treat.
5. “30 Rock: Ludachristmas”
“Ludachristmas” explores the tensions and stress that can arise during the holidays. Liz Lemon’s family visits, and chaos ensues when her mother clashes with her seemingly perfect family. Meanwhile, the crew awaits their annual holiday celebration called “Ludachristmas.”
6. “Modern Family: Undeck the Halls”
The Dunphy family celebrates Christmas in their unique way. When a cigarette burn appears on their couch, Phil and Claire threaten to cancel Christmas until one of their kids confesses. Mitchell and Cam get a mall Santa fired, and Jay feels tense about blending traditions with his wife and stepson.
7. “The Jeffersons: 984 W. 124th St., Apt 5C”
“The Jeffersons” showcases a historic Black family and delivers heartwarming holiday episodes. In this episode, George’s mysterious package raises his wife’s suspicions, leading her to discover his acts of kindness towards a family in need.
8. “Home Improvement: ‘Twas The Flight Before Christmas”
DIY television host Tim Taylor gets stuck at an airport with his co-host due to snow, while his sons try to decorate for the neighborhood Christmas lights contest. Al faces tension with his wife, but in the end, everyone comes together for a happy holiday.
9. “The Office: Christmas Party”
“The Office” always captures the holiday spirit in its chaotic office party episodes. From Dwight’s bizarre Belsnickel antics to Jim and Pam’s heartfelt gift exchanges, the show perfectly combines laughter and sentimentality.
10. “The West Wing: In Excelsis Deo”
“The West Wing” takes a dramatic turn with a Christmas episode involving death, a hate crime, and collusion. President Bartlet balances his public image and a hate crime investigation while his employees handle a potential public relations problem. This episode explores morality and the power of unexpected moments.
In revisiting these episodes year after year, it’s more than just the humor that draws us in. These shows remind us of the importance of camaraderie, the bonds between coworkers and friends, and the enduring spirit of togetherness that embodies the magic of the holidays. From iconic songs to heartwarming moments, these Christmas episodes have become timeless classics that fill our screens with laughter, love, and joy.