The 40 Best Christmas Television Episodes

Everyone remembers their favorite Christmas episode from their favorite TV series, but you haven't seen all the best ones. Check out Mental Floss's picks for the 40 best Christmas episodes ever. As you can guess, there's a lot going on in the Friends episode entitled "The One With the Holiday Armadillo."  

Whatever your feelings may be about Ross Geller’s questionable behavior as a parent, boyfriend, professor, doctor (of paleontology), or person in general, you must admit his histrionics as the holiday armadillo have earned him a place in the Christmas television hall of fame. In the absence of any available Santa Claus costumes, Ross dons a terrifying armadillo suit to teach his half-Jewish son about Hanukkah—but when Chandler appears dressed as Santa Claus, and Joey bursts in dressed as Superman, it turns into the weirdest Christmas pageant of all time. —EG

Yeah, there's a lot going on in that one, but even more in this entry:



The 40 episodes featured range from 1955 to series that are still running, alphabetically from Alfred Hitchcock Presents to The X-Files. Read the synopses of each at Mental Floss, many with video clips, and you might want to seek some of them out on home video or your streaming service.  


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I have to recommendd the Eureka Christmas-episode entitled Do You See What I See (Season 4, episode 21) in which some of the characters are, well, not magically, but scientifically, transformed into avatars of themselves by various kinds of animation. You don't have to know the backstory of the series to get it -- actually, it's the episode that introduced me to this great, creative show.
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