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10 classic Christmas TV episodes of ‘The Office’ and more

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” first aired in 1965 and was predicted to be a flop.
A scene from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
1965 United Feature Syndicate

Some classic holiday specials have aired on TV over the years. But it’s not just television specials like “Charlie Brown Christmas” or “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.” It includes multiple episodes from various television shows, too.

In fact, some of the most iconic “Christmas” television specials come from television shows. “The Office” has a bundle of holiday episodes, for example, which are watched by millions every year.

Similarly, Seinfeld created its own holiday tradition that is a Christmas alternative “for the rest of us.”

Keeping track of all the top holiday content can be difficult. So we’ve captured some of the top Christmas-themed episodes of television shows out there in one helpful place,


‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

(TV-G)

The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without Charlie Brown’s search for the deeper meaning of Christmas in this classic special.

Where to watch: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is available on Apple TV Plus.


‘The Andy Griffith Show’ — ‘Christmas Story’

Season 1, Episode 11 (TV-G)

Mayberry businessman Ben Weaver tries to get arrested after he sees the holiday celebration at Sheriff Andy Taylor’s jail.

Where to watch: “The Andy Griffith Show” is available on Amazon Prime Video.


‘Mr. Bean’ — ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean’

Season 1, Episode 7 (TV-G)

Mr. Bean causes trouble at a department store during his holiday shopping and gets his head stuck in the turkey while preparing Christmas dinner.

Where to watch: “Mr. Bean” is available on Hulu.


‘Seinfeld’ — ‘The Strike’

Season 9, Episode 10 (TV-PG)

This classic episode of “Seinfeld” gave us Festivus, a non-commercial December holiday and Christmas alternative “for the rest of us.”

Where to watch: “Seinfeld” is available on Hulu.


‘Friends’ — ‘The One With the Holiday Armadillo’

Season 7, Episode 10 (TV-PG)

Unable to rent a Santa Claus costume, Ross dresses up as an armadillo in his attempt to make the holiday special for his son, Ben.

Where to watch: “Friends” is available on HBO Max.


‘Gilmore Girls’ — ‘Forgiveness and Stuff’

Season 1, Episode 10 (TV-PG)

Family drama takes a back seat after Richard Gilmore collapses at a Christmas party.

Where to watch: “Gilmore Girls” is available on Netflix.


‘The Office’ — ‘Christmas Party’

Season 2, Episode 10 (TV-14)

Michael turns a Secret Santa gift exchange into a game of “Yankee Swap.”

Where to watch: “The Office” is available on Netflix until Jan. 1, 2021.


‘Community’ — ‘Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas’

Season 2, Episode 11 (TV-PG)

The study group tries to help Abed discover the true meaning of Christmas as he wakes up in a stop-motion animation world.

Where to watch: “Community” is available on Netflix.


‘Parks and Recreation’ — ‘Citizen Knope’

Season 4, Episode 10 (TV-PG)

The Pawnee Parks and Recreation team comes together to plan a Christmas present for Leslie, the ultimate gift giver.

Where to watch: “Parks and Recreation” is available on Peacock.


‘This Is Us’ — ‘Last Christmas’

Season 1, Episode 10 (TV-14)

After rushing Kate to the hospital with a case of appendicitis on Christmas Eve, the Pearson family runs into a special old friend.

Where to watch: “This Is Us” is available on Hulu.