Every year Hallmark and Lifetime (and more recently, Netflix) promote cheesy, cliché flicks for the holiday season. And every year we shamelessly watch every single one. But if you’re bored of the predictive, corny holiday rom-coms this year, switch things up and watch one of these 10 sitcom holiday episodes, available on your favorite streaming platform!
10. Seinfeld’s “The Strike” (Season 9, Episode 10)
Ah, perhaps the most famous sitcom holiday episode yet. This timeless classic brought us “Festivus,” the made-up, inclusive winter holiday that gives folks the opportunity to air their grievances, show off their strength, and eat dinner with ones they love. If you’re looking for a classic, nostalgic laugh, Seinfeld has your back.
9. Friends’ “The One With the Holiday Armadillo” (Season 7, Episode 10)
Although almost every season of Friends includes its own holiday episode, “The One With the Holiday Armadillo” is our favorite. Is it our favorite because Ross dresses as an outrageous anthropomorphic armadillo? Yes. But it also spreads a great message about blended families – families that celebrate more than one holiday and how common it is across the globe.
8. The Office’s “Christmas Party” (Season 2, Episode 10)
The Office is another sitcom series with several holiday episodes, but “The Christmas Party “ made our list because of its outrageously relatable humor. Who hasn’t been forced into an office holiday gift exchange? You might even have to gift a co-worker whom you’ve never even had a verbal exchange with, let along a gift exchange!
7. Curb Your Enthusiasm’s “Mary, Joseph and Larry” (Season 3, Episode 9)
In this episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, we actually feel a little bad for Larry (for once). After accidentally eating the cookies meant for a Christmas nativity scene, Larry must find a solution to make it up to his family.
6. Parks and Recreation’s “Christmas Scandal” (Season 2, Episode 12)
This series was hard to choose from, but we ultimately chose “Christmas Scandal” because Ron and the team humorously learn how busy Leslie really is and how badly things go when she’s not around.
5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s “Christmas” (Season 1, Episode 11)
When Jake gets the best Christmas present he could’ve asked for—ordering Captain Holt around—hilarity ensues. Amy organizes the precinct Christmas card, Rosa doesn’t smile, and Boyle saves Rosa’s life in this festive episode. Did somebody say action-packed holiday fun?
4. That 70’s Show’s “Christmas” (Season 6, Episode 7)
The That 70’s Show gang always reminds us of a time when we were younger, and it’s no different in this holiday episode. The boys remind us what it felt like to be a holiday graduate and the girls reminded us of our young dreams. And you have to love those festive transitions and intro jingle!
3. 30 Rock’s “Ludachristmas” (Season 2, Episode 9)
This holiday episode of 30 Rock reminds us how important—but mostly crazy—family is around the holidays. Paired with Tina Fey’s hilarious satirical humor, this episode will be one of our favorites for years to come.
2. Community’s “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” (Season 2, Episode 11)
Community’s holiday episode certainly stood out as the most unique on our list. Made entirely out of Claymation and in Abed’s point of view, this episode challenges viewers to embrace the chaos of the holiday season.
1. New Girl’s “Santa” (Season 2, Episode 11)
Last but not least, New Girl’s “Santa” brings together everything we love about every other New Girl episode: Schmidt’s witty one-liners, Jess’s outrageous personality, Nick’s wild shenanigans, and Winston’s innocent mishaps–but this time it’s set during the holiday season. Joy to the world!