The 100 Greatest Christmas Episodes

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1. The Office (2001–2003)
Episode: Christmas Special: Part 2 (2003)

TV-14 | 52 min | Comedy, Drama

Tim's world is rocked when Dawn turns up at the office to say hello. Despite a stern warning from Gareth and wise words from Keith in Accounts, Tim can't help but get his hopes up again. ... See full summary »

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis

Votes: 1,485

10/10

2. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Woodland Critter Christmas (2004)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Stan helps a group of woodland critters by killing a mountain lion, only to discover that he's helping them give birth to the Antichrist.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Dante Alexander, Adrien Beard

Votes: 2,851

10/10

3. The Office (2001–2003)
Episode: Christmas Special: Part 1 (2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

It's been three years since the BBC documentary crew first arrived at the office. Back for one last visit, they find Gareth Keenan now in charge and is running the office with a military ... See full summary »

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis

Votes: 1,059

10/10

4. Family Guy (1998– )
Episode: Road to the North Pole (2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Animation, Comedy

Disappointed with the Mall Santa, Stewie and Brian decide to go up to the North Pole to teach Santa a lesson, only to face a shocking revelation.

Directors: Greg Colton, James Purdum, Peter Shin, Steve Beers | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 1,351

9/10

5. American Dad! (2005– )
Episode: Rapture's Delight (2009)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Stan and Francine are left behind after the Rapture, and wind up playing critical roles in Jesus Christ's war against the Antichrist.

Directors: Joseph Daniello, Ron Hughart, Brent Woods | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane

Votes: 844

9/10

6. Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge (1994–1995)
Episode: Knowing Me Knowing Yule with Alan Partridge (1995)

TV-14 | 46 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Alan presents a one-off Christmas edition of Knowing Me Knowing You.

Director: Dominic Brigstocke | Stars: Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front, Kevin Eldon, David Schneider

Votes: 199

9/10

7. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: White Christmas (2014)

TV-MA | 73 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Three interconnected tales of technology run amok during the Christmas season are told by two men at a remote outpost in a frozen wilderness.

Director: Carl Tibbetts | Stars: Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall, Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena

Votes: 29,423

8.5/10

8. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Classy Christmas (2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

Michael throws an elaborate Christmas party to celebrate Holly's temporary return to the Scranton branch, but is disappointed when he learns that she still has a boyfriend.

Director: Rainn Wilson | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 1,630

8.5/10

9. Father Ted (1995–1998)
Episode: A Christmassy Ted (1996)

TV-14 | 55 min | Comedy

Father Ted wins the "Golden Cleric", for saving a fellow group of priests from an embarrassing situation.

Director: Declan Lowney | Stars: Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon, Frank Kelly, Pauline McLynn

Votes: 405

8.5/10

10. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Marge Be Not Proud (1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Marge's relationship with Bart is strained when he is caught shoplifting before Christmas.

Director: Steven Dean Moore | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,513

8.5/10

11. Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988 TV Short)

43 min | Short, Comedy, History

After a genial spirit shows the benevolent Ebenezer Blackadder visions of his unscrupulous ancestors, he resolves to mend his generous ways.

Director: Richard Boden | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry

Votes: 10,126

8.5/10

12. The Venture Bros. (2003– )
Episode: A Very Venture Christmas (2004)

TV-14 | 11 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

It's Christmas and the Ventures are having their annual party. But the festivities are interrupted by the Dean who accidentally summons a Christmas demon, and the Monarch who plans to blow up the Venture home.

Directors: Christopher McCulloch, Ki-Yong Bai | Stars: James Urbaniak, Patrick Warburton, Michael Sinterniklaas, Christopher McCulloch

Votes: 139

8/10

13. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Holidays of Future Passed (2011)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and the Simpsons flash forward thirty years and find themselves in a tech-savvy, futuristic Springfield. Bart and Lisa have children of their own ... See full summary »

Directors: Rob Oliver, Mike B. Anderson | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,159

8/10

14. American Dad! (2005– )
Episode: For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls (2010)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Stan and Steve accidentally shoot and kill Santa Claus, but he is brought back to life by his elves and is hell-bent on getting revenge against the entire Smith family.

Directors: Bob Bowen, Ron Hughart, Brent Woods | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane

Votes: 592

8/10

15. Peep Show (2003–2015)
Episode: Seasonal Beatings (2010)

TV-MA | 26 min | Comedy

Mark has his family over to the flat for Christmas dinner, as well as Dobby, who he is finally going out with, except he hasn't told his parents yet.

Director: Becky Martin | Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Eliza L. Bennett, Matt King

Votes: 282

8/10

16. American Dad! (2005– )
Episode: The Best Christmas Story Never (2006)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Stan goes to the past to keep Jane Fonda from ruining Christmas, but he winds up creating an alternate future where the United States has been taken over by the Soviet Union.

Directors: Albert Calleros, Ron Hughart, Anthony Lioi | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane

Votes: 480

8/10

17. American Dad! (2005– )
Episode: The Most Adequate Christmas Ever (2007)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Stan dies while trying to get the perfect Christmas tree. After he dies, he petitions for a second chance at life, which leads to a trial where he must prove that he deserves it.

Directors: John Aoshima, Ron Hughart, Anthony Lioi | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane

Votes: 462

8/10

18. Extras (2005–2007)
Episode: The Extra Special Series Finale (2007)

TV-14 | 84 min | Comedy, Drama

Andy is unhappy with the fame he has achieved. When a new agent approaches him, Andy fires Darren and quits 'When The Whistle Blows'. Meanwhile, Maggie has hit rock bottom, having given up ... See full summary »

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson

Votes: 1,985

8/10

19. South Park (1997– )
Episode: It's Christmas in Canada (2003)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The boys go to Canada to retrieve Ike, after his birth parents show up in South Park and claim him as their own.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Spencer Lacey Ganus, Kyle McCulloch

Votes: 1,341

8/10

20. Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
Episode: Christmas Trees (2003)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Family

As Christmas approaches... a layoff at work prompts Hal to make money selling Christmas trees; Francis and Piama's peaceful holiday comes to a crashing end when Otto's German relatives show... See full summary »

Director: Steve Love | Stars: Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Masterson, Justin Berfield

Votes: 273

8/10

21. Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
Episode: Hal's Christmas Gift (2004)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Strapped for cash for the holidays, Hal and Lois decide that all Christmas gifts this year should be handmade. But when Hal sees the thoughtful, quality gifts the boys made, he feels bad about his shoddy attempt and panics.

Director: David Grossman | Stars: Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Masterson, Justin Berfield

Votes: 279

8/10

22. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo (1997)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The town is forced to remove anything that either has anything to do with Christmas or is offensive in the least bit to anyone. And Kyle tries to convince everyone of the existence of "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo."

Directors: Matt Stone, Trey Parker | Stars: Mary Kay Bergman, Jennifer Howell, Jesse Brant Howell, Trey Parker

Votes: 1,848

8/10

23. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: A Tale of Two Santas (2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

When Fry, Leela and Bender make a delivery to Neptune, they run afoul of the robot Santa Claus. Bender takes his place, but the previous Santa's fearsome reputation makes his job difficult.

Director: Ron Hughart | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 1,118

8/10

24. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Christmas Party (2005)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Seeing the party is headed for disastrous boredom, Michael breaks corporate policy to buy alcohol for the staff.

Director: Charles McDougall | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 2,110

8/10

25. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: Xmas Story (1999)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Fry learns how Christmas has changed and remained the same over the last 1000 years when a Robot Santa terrorizes New New York.

Directors: Peter Avanzino, Bret Haaland | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 1,381

8/10

26. South Park (1997– )
Episode: #HappyHolograms (2014)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Kyle teams up with network heads to make a Christmas special to bring the family together, and the holograms are still on the loose.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, April Stewart, Mona Marshall

Votes: 1,230

8/10

28. Trigger Happy TV (2000–2003)
Episode: Christmas Special: Part 1 (2003)

21 min | Comedy

In the first part of this Christmas special, Dom Joly goes festive. He heads off to the busy streets which are filled with Christmas shoppers to surprise the unsuspecting public with some yuletide stunts.

Directors: Sam Cadman, Dom Joly | Stars: Dom Joly, Jackamoe Buzzell, Jude Cambise, Justin Groetsch

Votes: 8

8/10

29. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (1998)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

On Christmas Eve, Mulder and Scully find themselves trapped in a haunted house with two ghosts who are determined to prove just how lonely the holiday can be.

Director: Chris Carter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Lily Tomlin, Edward Asner

Votes: 2,541

8/10

30. Inside No. 9 (2014– )
Episode: The Devil of Christmas (2016)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

A director talks about his old horror film. It's Austria, Krampusnacht, December 1977. The Devonshires arrive at the alpine chalet for a holiday. The caretaker, Klaus, tells them about a local legend of Krampus, the Devil of Christmas.

Director: Graeme Harper | Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Rula Lenska, Jessica Raine, Steve Pemberton

Votes: 543

7.5/10

31. Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
Episode: Christmas (2001)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Family

It's another Wilkerson family Christmas- Reese, Dewey and Malcolm misbehave a time too many, so Lois moves the tree and all the presents to the garage, which she called, "holding Christmas ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Melman | Stars: Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Masterson, Justin Berfield

Votes: 310

7.5/10

32. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005– )
Episode: A Very Sunny Christmas (2009)

Unrated | 43 min | Comedy

After years of being mistreated by Frank during the holiday season when he buys gifts for himself, Dennis and Dee decide to teach him a lesson by contacting his old business partner, Eugene... See full summary »

Director: Fred Savage | Stars: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 2,753

7.5/10

33. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Moroccan Christmas (2008)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Phyllis blackmails Angela into doing the work for the Christmas party, which Michael turns into an intervention after Meredith gets drunk and sets her hair on fire. Meanwhile, Dwight corners the market on a popular Christmas gift.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 1,503

7.5/10

34. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: A Benihana Christmas (2006)

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy

Trouble among the members of the party planning committee results with the office having two competing Christmas parties, but Michael isn't interested in celebrating because he has just broken up with his girlfriend.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 1,943

7.5/10

35. South Park (1997– )
Episode: A Very Crappy Christmas (2000)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

When everyone in South Park decides to forgo presents and celebrate a non-materialistic holiday season, the boys try to bring the spirit of commercialism back to Christmas by making an animated film.

Director: Adrien Beard | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes, Eliza Schneider

Votes: 1,259

7.5/10

36. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Miracle on Evergreen Terrace (1997)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

When Bart accidentally ruins everyone's Christmas gifts, he claims that a robber stole them and the community pitches in to raise funds for more.

Director: Bob Anderson | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,234

7.5/10

37. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999– )
Episode: Christmas Who? (2000)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Christmas Who?: Nobody in Bikini Bottom has ever heard of Christmas or Santa Clause until Sandy lets them in on this surface tradition. SpongeBob wants to bring Christmas to Bikini Bottom ... See full summary »

Directors: Walt Dohrn, Paul Tibbitt | Stars: Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown

Votes: 452

7.5/10

38. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Night of the Meek (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

After a derelict Santa Claus is fired on Christmas Eve, he finds a mysterious bag that gives out presents. With this bag he sets out to fulfill his one wish - to see the less fortunate inherit the bounties of Christmas.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Art Carney, John Fiedler, Robert P. Lieb, Val Avery

Votes: 1,589

7.5/10

39. The Fairly OddParents (2001– )
Episode: Christmas Every Day! (2001)

TV-Y7 | 26 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Everyone loves Christmas. Who wouldn't want to celebrate it every day? Apparently the whole world, that's who.

Director: Butch Hartman | Stars: Tara Strong, Daran Norris, Susanne Blakeslee, Tom Arnold

Votes: 103

7.5/10

7.5/10

41. Scrubs (2001–2010)
Episode: My Own Personal Jesus (2001)

TV-14 | 24 min | Comedy, Drama

It is Christmas time and no one except Turk feels like celebrating. Cox gets J.D. to video the birth of a friends baby, and once again, nothing seems to go right!

Director: Jeff Melman | Stars: Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Ken Jenkins

Votes: 866

7.5/10

42. Scrubs (2001–2010)
Episode: My Best Moment (2004)

TV-14 | 24 min | Comedy, Drama

When J.D. must address a bunch of pre-med students about what it's like to be a doctor, he strays off the beaten path and chooses to discuss his best moments as a doctor instead.

Director: Chris Koch | Stars: Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn

Votes: 676

7.5/10

43. Mr. Bean (1990–1995)
Episode: Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean (1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

While Christmas shopping, Mr Bean purchases a bulky string of tree lights before making a shambles of a department store toy section. He later manages to acquire a free turkey and Christmas... See full summary »

Director: John Birkin | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Matilda Ziegler, C.J. Allen, Owen Brenman

Votes: 1,378

7.5/10

45. One Foot in the Grave (1990–2001)
Episode: Who's Listening (1990)

59 min | Comedy, Drama

The Meldrews become acquainted with a reverend who thinks he has lost his faith, and Victor learns more about a video shop clerk with whom he had a conflict.

Director: Susan Belbin | Stars: Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Doreen Mantle, Catherine Shipton

Votes: 68

7.5/10

46. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas (2010)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy

When Abed wakes up to discover that everything is in stop motion animation, Professor Duncan and the study group help him try to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Director: Duke Johnson | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 2,246

7.5/10

47. American Dad! (2005– )
Episode: Season's Beatings (2011)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Stan is excommunicated from the church, but he finds a way to get back in when he discovers that Haley and Jeff's newly adopted son is actually the Antichrist.

Directors: Joseph Daniello, Ron Hughart, Brent Woods | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane

Votes: 393

7/10

48. Friends (1994–2004)
Episode: The One with the Holiday Armadillo (2000)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

Ross wants to introduce Ben to Hanukkah. In order to entice Rachel to move back into their refurbished apartment, Phoebe must drive a wedge between Rachel and current roomie Joey.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 2,168

7/10

49. American Dad! (2005– )
Episode: Santa, Schmanta (2017)

TV-14 | 21 min | Animation, Comedy

Roger converts to Judaism and tries to make Hanukkah more popular than Christmas.

Directors: Joseph Daniello, Ron Hughart, Brent Woods | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane

Votes: 124

7/10

50. American Dad! (2005– )
Episode: Ninety North, Zero West (2016)

TV-14 | 21 min | Animation, Comedy

7.1