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Buzz In: What Are the Most Memorable Holiday TV Episodes?

From Privileged (remember the tree?!) to The Office to Chuck, I have been loving the holiday TV episodes this year. They do way more toward getting me in the holiday spirit than carols over the speakers at Old Navy ever could. Sometimes a holiday episode can even lead to certain phrases infiltrating our pop culture vocabulary, like "Happy Festivus!" (Seinfeld).

Some of my favorites include the Friends episode "The One With the Holiday Armadillo" and the Arrested Development one in which Maeby and Michael sing to one another about "Afternoon Delight" at the company party. Ha! Then there are some older ones, like the Saved by the Bell episode in which the gang befriends a homeless man and brings him and his family to Zach's house. And, of course, "Chrismukkah" from The O.C. is a cherished holiday episode.

What are some of your favorite holiday episodes?


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SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
1. OC - Chrismukkah 2. Friends - The One With the Holiday Armadillo
billyart101 billyart101 8 years
The greatest Christmas episode of any show ever is "Amends" from season 3 of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Absolutely moving and totally fun, with a lot of surprise appearances and a huge foreshadowing of major plot elements later on in the series. The'll cry!
bleached bleached 8 years
South Park Critter Christmas!!!!!!!
nikkih86 nikkih86 8 years
Chrismukkah! By far my favorite holiday! I was converted with "Oy Humbug!"
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I can't really think of any except The OC's Chrismukkah episode (in season 1 i think) and "The One with the Holiday Armadillo" on Friends.
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
The AD one was certainly one of the best. "You sticking stuff on GOB's suit?" AND Woodland Critter Christmas. Flawless. Random thought... but what if 24 did a Christmas special, like day, I guess. Jack Bauer could be like kicking elf ass or something... be great. (Sorry, I'm really doped up on decongestants right now.)
amers230 amers230 8 years
I was actually thinking about this erlier today! IMO, the absolute best is the Christmas episode in the first season of The West Wing. The ending, with Toby at the 21 gun salute juxtaposed with the White House carolers still gives me the chills. And Mrs. Landingham talking about her sons :( The West Wing Christmas's were the best
oohsexypenguin oohsexypenguin 8 years
For me it's "Yankee Swap" from season 2 of The Office. Jim's present for Pam was so cute. And how hilarious is it that Michael tried to buy Ryan's love with an ipod? Classic.
Phil Phil 8 years
I love Arrested Development's "christmas" episodes specifically because they aren't actually very christmassy. First show that came to my mind, though, was Cupid and the "Hung Jury" episode where Trevor and Claire are surprised with jury duty for the holidays and are charged with fate of a person who defrauded rich philanthropists. And, this is a huge strech, but the Lost episode "The Constant" is a christmas episode since it kind of mentioned Christmas. But that's about as far as it goes. So there--a christmas episode that promclaims "There is no God!", a christmas episode that is centered around a pagan god, and a christmas episode that mentions christmas once and is done with it. Happy solstice everyone!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Woodland Critter Christmas, and the Christmas episode from season 2 of Grey's, mostly because, like Izzie, I also like to stare at the Christmas tree lights from underneath.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
My God. When he marked her arm with the Sharpie. :rotfl:
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Benihana Christmas was hard to beat.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Whiplash, yes! The Benihana episode of The Office is one of my fav episodes of the show of all time. Nevermind one of my fav holiday episodes in general. I love watching Michael try to mark his date with a Sharpie so he can tell her apart from the other waitress. I'm also with Buzz; I love all the Christmakuh episodes. And can anyone forget the BH 90210 episode when Steve when to New Mexico to track down his birth mom? Classic. Wow, this is making me really thankful for SoapNet this holiday season!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
* Woodland Critters Christmas episode on Southpark. * THE Little House on the Prairie Christmas special *"Amends" episode 10 of season 3 of Buffy
LynnG04 LynnG04 8 years
When you referenced the Saved by the Bell episode, I first thought he had it confused with 90210's similar homeless man Christmas episode. But after clicking on the link you provided, I realized that it's yet another 90210 storlyline done by Saved by the Bell first. That, and the whole making up California University so that all the cast members can attend the same college. I'm sure there are more too.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
1. The Office Benihana Christmas episode 2. My So-Called Life with Juliana Hatfield as the homeless girl 3. Buffy when Angel is tormented by his past and tries to kill himself in the sunlight but he can't because of a miracle snowstorm 4. The Simpsons when Bart steals the video game from Try'N'Save 5. Friends where Phoebe takes Chandler and Joey in her cab to visit her dad but chickens out. 6. The South Park Mr. Hankey episode
krae85 krae85 8 years
I like the holiday saved by the bell, hehe. I haven't seen any of the new ones mentioned.
JCP0240 JCP0240 8 years
LOVE that arrested development episode! "Yeah, the guy wearing the $4,000 suit is holding the elevator for the guy who doesn't make that in four months. COME ON!"
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