Tis the season to give and receive... and Netflix and chill. If you don't have anyone to chill with, you can always stream solo if you're stuck at home alone like me. The holidays can be stressful — there's a lot of time spent with family... like, a lot. Too much? Either way, I'm here to save Christmas day with a list of hilarious and heart-warming episodes that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside (and not cold, like Scrooge). This list of 15 great Christmas TV episodes to watch are sure to remind you that while it is cold and gross outside, your TV or laptop will always be a never ending gift.
After you run through the list below, you can also watch Christmas classic films like A Christmas Story, A Year Without A Santa Claus, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Home Alone and How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Elf is a little too new to be categorized as a classic, but, let's be honest, it's getting there.
Now, fire up the hot chocolate, and the sugar cookies! And spend a night by the (electronic) fire getting into the Christmas spirit with the episodes below.
1. How I Met Your Mother, "How Lily Stole Christmas"
Watch Ted call Lily "a grinch," and her become one shortly after by stripping away everything that is Christmas from the apartment on Season 2, Episode 11.
2. Friends, "The One With The Holiday Armadillo"
This episode is pure awesome, watch it to find out why on Season 7, Episode 10. And make sure to keep an eye out for Joey!
3. The Office, "Classy Christmas (Part 2)"
This is arguably one of the best episodes of The Office, EVER. The other Christmas Office episodes are good, but this one is amazing. Watch Jim and Dwight have a snowball fight that gets way out of hand way too quickly on Season 7, Episode 12.
4. Drunk History Christmas
Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes act out the drunken story of Santa Claus.
5. New Girl, "The 23rd"
Schmidt is in a stripper-like Santa costume in Season 1, Episode 9. The newer episode, Christmas Eve Eve, is also just as good on Season 6, Episode 10.
6. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, "I, Ooh, Baby, Baby"
Watch Carlton do his dance festively on Season 6, Episode 11. To watch a full Christmas episode, check out Fresh Prince's "Deck the Halls."
7. South Park, "Woodland Critter Christmas"
This episode is like a Christmas edition of Happy Tree Friends. Even though the critters look cute and cuddly, these subtly satanic creatures are definitely not one for the kids. However, for us adults, Season 8, Episode 14 is one for the books.
8. The Big Bang Theory, "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis"
Watching Sheldon give Penny a hug for the first time ever on Season 2, Episode 11 is unforgettable, and super sweet!
9. Seinfeld, "The Strike"
Who needs a Christmas tree when you have an aluminum pole? Find out what "Festivus" is Season 9, Episode 10.
10. Keeping Up With The Kardashians, "A Very Merry Christmas"
Kim and the rest of the Kardashian clan exchange gifts during the episode, playing a friendly version of Yankee Swap. A lot of them jokingly want that neck exerciser Khloé is using above. You know, for exercise...
11. Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special
With Pee-Wee it's a given that this episode delivers a wacky take on the holiday.
12. 30 Rock, "Ludachristmas"
This is one of the realest Christmas episodes out there, reminding us that all families are screwed up on Season 2, Episode 9.
13. Peppa Pig, "Christmas"
OK, I know this is technically a show for kids, but this episode is freaking hilarious. Mommy Pig had a serious "Bye Felicia" moment in Season 2. Watch Mommy Pig not give AF when Daddy Pig insists on walking home carrying a giant Christmas tree.
15. Scrubs, "My Own Personal Jesus"
I have to warn you that this one gets a little deep, it's not all laughs. However, if you're looking for a good mix of serious and silly, this episode is a great fit, in Season 1, Episode 11.
15. That '70s Show, "An Eric Forman Christmas"
Eric and his gang get forced into putting on a Christmas show, and it's just as dysfunctional as you would expect it to be. Also, for those of you who still love to watch old-school claymation movies like Rudolph, this episode provides some comical validation. "Dip into the frankincense" Season 4, Episode 12.