Top 5 Tuesday: Favorite Holiday TV Episodes

Seth dons a "yamaclaus" for Chrismukkah, Abed goes claymation in his "Uncontrollable Christmas," and Frank Costanza stands by his Festivus Pole

It’s time to deck the halls with nondenominational holly and celebrate the holidays, TV style! It’s the Tuesday before Christmas, so naturally, I thought we’d celebrate by ranking our top 5 favorite holiday TV episodes. There have been some legendary ones over the years, so it was difficult to choose just five, but I did it anyway, because that’s how much I appreciate you, so here they are:

1. “The Best Chrismukkah Ever” (The O.C. 1.13) – The holidays can be hard when you come from a family that’s as messed up as Ryan Atwood’s, but lucky for him, his new adoptive family had twice as much holiday cheer to force upon him. The fabulous Seth Cohen (still one of my favorite characters in TV history) introduced Ryan to the bi-religious super-holiday known as “Chrismukkah,” because when you’ve got Jesus and Moses on your side, how can the holidays be anything but magical?

2. “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” (Community 2.11) – Remember that time Community did an entire episode in claymation, and it was wonderful?  No other show on TV could have pulled that off. Bonus points for Abed’s discovery that the meaning of Christmas is season 1 of Lost. This show just gets me, you know?

3. “Amends” (Buffy 3.10) – Nothing says “Christmas” like seeing the ghosts of your past come back to haunt you, and Angel had his fair share of spirits visiting him this holiday season. This was not a gooey, feel-good holiday episode (would you expect that from Joss?), but it was certainly a weeper. Buffy tried to talk Angel out of roasting himself with the sunrise, and amidst their gut-wrenching, soul-bearing confrontation, a light snow began to fall over Sunnydale. And then I cried until New Year’s.

4. “The Strike” (Seinfeld 9.10) – It’s one thing to create a super-holiday by combining two previously established holidays, but it’s another thing to invent a new holiday, like Seinfeld did with Festivus. The Costanzas celebrate Festivus to avoid the gross commercialization of Christmas. Its unique customs include an “Airing of Grievances,” “Feats of Strength,” and a Festivus Pole instead of a tree. This episode made history by introducing us to the no-frills alternative holiday. It’s “a Festivus for the rest of us!”

5. “A Rugrats Chanukah” (Rugrats 4.01) – Does anyone else remember how awesome this episode was? I still remember being riveted by the Rugrats’ Chanukah episode, in which the Rugrats learned about the history of the Jewish holiday and tried to help save Uncle Boris from the “Meany of Chanukah.” I think it’s possible that watching this episode may have lead me to become a Religious Studies minor in college. So thank you, Rugrats.

What say you, fellow pop culture fans? Holiday episodes are so subjective, I’d love to hear what your favorite ones are. Leave a comment, or tweet us @PopCultureNexus. And happy holidays to everyone!

-Mary & Louise


Posted on December 20, 2011, in Television, Top 5 and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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