The 5 Best Christmas TV Episodes to Watch This Holiday Season

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Psych: Christmas Joy. Pushing Daisies: Corpsicle. How I Met Your Mother: How Lily Stole Christmas. Parks and Recreation: Christmas Scandal. Drake & Josh: Merry Christmas Drake and Josh. Chuck: Chuck versus Santa Claus

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The Mindy Project: Christmas Party Sex Trap

If you ask me, this is one of the best, if not the best episode The Mindy Project has ever produced. It’s got the heart and rom com storyline that the show is known for, but it also plays up the crazy, hilarious background characters the shows has developed through its run.  The episode features 2 sexy renditions of Santa Baby, a gingerbread recreation of a famous American Monument (“Justin Timberlake’s Childhood Home in Tennessee” was Mindy’s guess.), a bra that can hold wine, the best Morgan one-liner of Season Two (“Woah, weird energy in here, Is the Ghost back?”) the return of the midwives played by the incredible Mark Duplass (The League, Safety Not Guaranteed) and his brother Jay Duplass (Cyrus), and this wonderful moment:

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Watch the full video Here: (http://video.vulture.com/video/Danny-Dances)

Even though the episode just aired a few weeks ago, I already can tell that this is going to be one I’ll re-watch for years to come.

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30 Rock: Ludachristmas

30 Rock was one of those shows that did an episode for every holiday it could. They went from the usual holidays like Christmas and Halloween, to full episodes dedicated to St. Patrick’s Day, and Leap Day (The extra day we get during a leap year). But it all started with Season 2’s Ludachristmas. The episode’s main plot follows Jack as he meets Liz’s parents and becomes jealous of Liz’s family. That storyline is pretty funny, but the real highlights come form the episodes B-story which follows the writers trying to get out of Kenneth’s convoluted Secret Santa.

Ludachristmas is downright hilarious, and represents how great 30 Rock was in its prime. The writing is sharp and clever, the performances are all hilarious, and the plot moves forward quickly and with purpose. Tina Fey’s critically acclaimed sitcom may be off the air now, but I will be watching Ludachristmas this year anyway.

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The Office: Christmas Party

No show did Christmas like The Office. Dunder Mifflin’s annual Christmas party was always a highlight from each season. Christmas party is the first Christmas party the show ever did, and boy was it great. The episode produced some of the show’s best moments, such as this Michael Scott moment:

Michael’s anger over not getting the right gift for Secret Santa provides most of the comedy for the episode, but the episodes shining moment comes from another storyline. Jim bought Pam a teapot full of memories and inside jokes, complete with a letter where he finally tells Pam how he feels. But when Michael switches the game from Secret Santa to Yankee Swap, Jim must try to re-aquire the teapot for Pam. It all leads to the scene between Jim and Pam. Pam opens up her teapot and is delighted to see whats inside, and as she enjoys the Teapot and all the jokes stored inside, Jim takes the letter away and sticks it into his back pocket. The scene is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, a balance that is understandably hard to get right.

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Arrested Development: Afternoon Delight

Arrested Development has made some pretty fantastic episodes, like some of the best episodes ever to be broadcasted on TV. Afternoon Delight might be the best one they ever did. Just think of some of the jokes featured in the episodes. It was the start of G.O.B’s “COME ON!” joke.

The episode also featured a rare storyline between Maebe and Michael.  George Michael spends Christmas with his girlfriend Yam; wait no, Ann, so Michael is replacing him with Maebe. Their storyline ends with the incredible moment of them singing Afternoon Delight while realizing the meaning behinds the lyrics. I don’t even want to spoil the rest of the jokes from the episode, just watch it. It’s probably the best 22 minutes you could spend on Netflix today.

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Community: Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas

Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas is a Christmas episode with the heart, humor and overall holiday goodness normally reserved for TV specials like Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer and A Year Without A Santa Claus.  The episode follows Abed, who after discovering that his whole world is now stop motion seeks to discover the true meaning of Christmas. The episode features numerous Musical numbers, including this one:

Community is probably the only show that could ever pull something like this off. Dan Harmon’s genius keeps an initially corny sounding premise original, fun, and heartwarming. The episode is a modern TV classic. I’ve watched it every year at Christmas since it aired, and enjoy it more every time. I really don’t know what else to say, I just really love this episode.

What do you guys think? Do you agree with my list? What’s your favorite Christmas TV episode?

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