TV’s Top Christmas Episodes, part 2


This is a continuation of a previous post, part 1. This side tends more toward drama, but it’s really in no particular order. Enjoy!

14. “Afternoon Delight” from Arrested Development

The Bluth family is the epitome of a Christmas nightmare. They bring out all of their emotional dysfunctions at any time of year, let alone at Christmas. It’s filled with awkward moments, from a poorly timed lecture at the Christmas party to a poor song choice between Michael and his niece at that same party. Still, it ends with some nice reconciliations–at least as far as the Bluths can reconcile–for the holidays. It’s one of the funnier episodes of Arrested Development.

15. “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” from The Simpsons

The Simpson family is another one of those families that is so dysfunctional at the best of times, but Christmas brings out the best in them. This the first episode of the long-running show showcases everything to come: from Homer’s neglect to Bart’s hijinks. However, everything works out in the end, and a new member of the Simpson family is welcomed.

16. “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” from Grey’s Anatomy

The interns at Seattle Grace Hospital make sacrifices throughout this episode. Risky surgeries are undertaken, and the young surgeons band together to help a black sheep in need who doesn’t deserve it.

17. “Death Takes a Holiday” from M*A*S*H

This is one of the best Christmas episodes around. In the middle of a war zone, the members of the 4077th M*A*S*H try to make the best of their situation as everyone pitches in for their Christmas party. Then, when a wounded man arrives, they must try to ensure that no one dies on Christmas.

18. “How Lily Stole Christmas” from How I Met Your Mother

Lily and Ted get into a fight about something he called her while she was broken up with Marshall, and she wants to put Christmas on hold until he apologizes. They need to sort out their priorities and figure out what is more important during the Christmas season: a grudge or a friendship?

19. “Merry Gentlemen” from All Creatures Great and Small

The entire village gets into the Christmas spirit as surprises are arranged, lessons are both taught and learned, and each member of the practice has a different Christmas than he expected at first.

20. “The Miracle on Evergreen Terrace” from The Simpsons

When Bart’s greed and impatience leads to a fire that consumes the Christmas presents, the town bands together in what seems like a typical heartwarming showing of Christmas joy. However, it all falls apart when Bart’s actions become known, and the Simpsons once again learn that presents are not at the heart of Christmas.

21. “How the Ghosts Stole Christmas” from The X-Files

Muldur and Scully look inside themselves as they confront the ghosts of two lovers. Those ghosts reveal some deep issues between the partners, heightening the inherent tension in their relationship. It’s Christmas X-Files style.

22. “A Very Supernatural Christmas” from Supernatural

This episode gives background about the Winchester brothers growing up on the road, while also letting them hunt the creatures who are out to ruin Christmas by yanking people up chimneys and making off with them. It’s an insightful and delightfully off-beat episode.

23. “In Excelsis Deo” from The West Wing

Each of the West Wing staff members find themselves compelled by an issue that effects them deeply, and the President sneaks out to do some Christmas shopping. Larger issues are set aside for personal convictions, and the staff tries to feel like the things they do actually make a difference. This episode won multiple Emmys.

24. “Noël” from The West Wing

Josh must deal with some deeply personal issues following his involvement in a shooting, while the rest of the members of staff try to accomplish meaningful things during the Christmas season. This features some great moments between the staffers, as they’ll do anything for one another. Bradley Whitford won an Emmy for his performance.

25. “Holy Night” from The West Wing

Christmas at the White House always leads to some emotional and political problems. Toby’s estranged father returns, Bartlet is examined for psychological problems, and he and Leo must decide whether or not to inform people about a politically dangerous decision.

Well, that’s about it! I hope you enjoyed it. Are there any I missed? Leave your comments below!

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