The holiday season is in full swing, which means people are tuning in to shows, movies and music to get in the mood.
Without fail, each year brings new Christmas-themed content to everyone’s homes, whether for the ears or the eyes, but that does not mean that the past years should be ignored.
As the weather cools, a day on the couch under a cozy blanket can look attractive, so here’s a look at the best Christmas-themed television episodes.
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“Glee:” Extraordinary Merry Christmas
Nothing says the Christmas season like Christmas carols, which were the specialty of the “Glee” cast.
In “Extraordinary Merry Christmas”, the titular Glee Club has the opportunity of a lifetime to star in a Christmas special on television, but they refuse the opportunity to volunteer for those in need – until they are filled with the spirit and find a way to follow both paths.
Better yet, the episode features a cover of Mariah Carey’s classic Christmas song “All I Want for Christmas is You”, as well as a series of other iconic numbers.
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“Schitt’s Creek:” Merry Christmas, Johnny Rose
The admiration for “Schitt’s Creek” has skyrocketed in recent years, despite the television debut in 2015. As the show’s popularity grew, it seemed fitting that a Christmas episode should be inserted.
In the special episode entitled “Merry Christmas, Johnny Rose”, the once wealthy Johnny Rose recalls the extravagant Christmas parties he and his wife, Moira, once organized before they were homeless and penniless.
In typical “Schitt’s Creek” style, Johnny’s family – and the city – get together to have a last minute party on Christmas Eve, despite various obstacles.
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“New Girl:” Christmas Eve
After several years together, Jessica Day decides to decorate Christmas with her roommates, organizing a secret exchange of gifts from Santa Claus.
When Jessica chooses her ex-boyfriend Nick, she has to put on her big girl shoes and pay to fly with her current girlfriend, played by Megan Fox, for the holiday.
In addition to giving gifts, however, the end of the episode brings special treatment with the participation of Darlene Love, a music industry star known for her Christmas songs. She even sings her Christmas hit, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”.
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“Friends:” The one with the vacation armadillo
Not every program revolves around characters who celebrate Christmas, which was partly the case with the hit sitcom “Friends”.
Ross Gellar learns that he will host his son for the holidays and decides to teach him about his Jewish heritage. Frustrated by the lack of Hanukkah-themed icons to entertain his son, he chooses to make one for himself.
Ross hilariously debuts the Holiday Armadillo to teach little Ben about the Jewish celebration. Ross’s friends help celebrate a multicultural holiday and appear dressed as Santa Claus and Superman too.
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“30 Rock:” Ludachristmas
For some, holidays are known as a point of tension and stress, which “Ludachistmas” addresses when families of various characters come to visit.
Liz Lemon’s loving family pays a visit to her, but the crew is quickly disbanded when Jack Donaghy’s mother from Alec Baldwin sinks her teeth into the seemingly perfect family.
The family feud occurs as Lemon’s employees are forced to spend the day learning about Christmas, while awaiting the celebration of the annual holiday called “Ludachristmas”.
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“Modern Family:” Undeck the Halls
In the first holiday episode of the long series, the Dunphy clan celebrates Christmas differently than most families.
When Phil and Claire discover a cigarette burn on their sofa, they threaten to cancel Christmas until one of their children confesses to the offense, while Mitchell and Cam do a shopping mall that Santa Claus fires and Jay is tense about celebrating the holiday with his wife. and stepson with his Colombian traditions.
As is usually the case with “Modern Family”, each story comes to an end when the great team learns that during the holidays, family and kindness are important above all.
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“The Jeffersons:” 984 W. 124th St., Apt 5C
“The Jeffersons” was a historic television show because it was one of the first to feature a black suburban family, so it stands to reason that its holiday-themed episodes would be noteworthy and moving.
In “984 W. 124th St., Apt 5C”, George asks Leroy to deliver a package to an address in Harlem that George’s wife, Louise, has never heard of. Leroy forgets to pick up the package and George insists on picking it up himself.
Louise’s suspicions are raised by the mysterious package, and her concern intensifies when she learns that George is sending money to the address as well. When she follows her husband to Harlem’s address, she realizes that it was her childhood home and that he is providing it to the family who lives there with the help he never received.
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“Home improvements:” It was the flight before Christmas
The Christmas season is full of obstacles for the character of Tim Allen, a DIY television presenter named Tim Taylor, who gets stuck at an airport with his co-host, Al, due to the snow.
While Tim and Al try to deal with the strange employees at the airport, Tim’s children return home trying to decorate the neighborhood’s Christmas lights contest.
Things are even more tense for Al when his wife gives him an ultimatum – she or his mother. Fortunately, everyone is able to organize a holiday as happy as possible.
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“The Office:” “Christmas Party”
When it is time for the Dunder Mifflin team to celebrate Christmas, the whole team immerses themselves in a gift exchange, in which Michael Scott gives an employee an expensive iPod and receives an oven glove from another.
Michael tries to remedy the situation in his favor, only making things worse until he goes out to buy drinks, which certainly lightens the mood.
After everyone seems to have made up and finished off with their appropriate gifts, the team leaves to continue celebrating at a nearby bar.
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“The West Wing:” “In Excelsis Deo”
Being a drama, the Christmas episodes took on a slightly different tone in “The West Wing” – this one involving death, a hate crime and collusion.
President Bartlet needs to balance his positive public image and the devastating news of a hate crime with last-minute Christmas shopping, while his employees find a way to keep a potential public relations problem a secret.
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Meanwhile, Toby reflects on morality when he learns that a war veteran died while wearing a coat he donated to a thrift store while CJ tries to defend himself against a reporter with romantic intentions.