Television and Christmas go hand in hand, it seems that there are an endless amount of specials from the sitcoms we all know and love. It seems a real shame to go though the Christmas season without watching at least one of these festive treats, and here are five of the best.
The Simpsons: Season 23 Episode 9 = “Holidays of Future Passed”
I’ll be honest, it’s very rare that a later season of The Simpsons delivers an episode worth remembering, but in the case of this festive special, they have succeeded in leaps and bounds. Focusing on the families future, in which Lisa has a degenerative daughter, Bart is a divorced deadbeat Dad, Maggie is a pregnant international singing star, and Homer quits drinking. While there are a lot of laughs, there are a lot of fundamental heart warming moments that reminds us all why The Simpsons was so popular to begin with, and why it has lasted as long as it has. A true modern classic.
Frasier: Season 3 Episode 9 – “Frasier Grinch”
In this episode, everyone’s favourite radio psychiatrist is excited to have his son fly in to spend Christmas with him, but all looks to be in peril when Frasier receives the wrong package on Christmas Eve. The episode is packed with some great moments, including Niles being cut off by Maris, Martin going a little too far when decorating the apartment, and Bulldog arranging a little “surprise” for Frasier on his last broadcast of the year. The episode is a laugh a minute in the best way and that is exactly what earned it its place on this list.
Family Guy: Season 9 Episode 7 – “Road to the North Pole”
Family Guy are no stranger to seasonal specials, but this one is the granddaddy of them all. The 45 minute episode sees Stewie in a desperate attempt to hunt down and kill Santa. Brian accompanies him all the way to the North Pole but when they get there they see the shock truth, Santa is sick, overworked an suicidal, the reindeer are feral creatures with a blood lust for elf flesh, and the elves are inbred to the point of disability. It’s very dark but its very funny, and it has a nice message about greed at Christmas time that I think we can all learn from.
Two and a Half Men: Season 4 Episode 11 – “Walnuts and Demerol”
It’s Christmas Eve with the Harper family and Charlie has a very special evening planned with his new lady friend. But true to the shows fashion, it all goes down hill very quickly, Alan, Jake, and Berta fail to leave, Kandi arrives not wanting to spend Christmas alone, Judith and Herb show up with marital troubles, Rose is not long behind and before he knows it, Charlie has an unwanted Christmas party on his hands. Evelyn then arrives with some truly shocking news which leads to an odd Christmas miracle occurring. This is not only the shows best festive special, but its also one of the best episodes in the shows history.
Extras: Series 2 Episode 7 – “The Extra Special Series Finale”
Finally, we have the ending to the BBC sitcom Extras. This one less like a Christmas special and more like a TV movie, as life goes downhill for Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) after he quits his sitcom to go onto bigger and better things, he fails. His friend Maggy finds herself miserable in a cleaning job, and his agent Darren finds himself working in Carphone Warehouse with Barry from Eastenders and Dean Gaffney. With guest stars like David Tennant, Gordan Ramsey, George Michael, and Clive Owen, there’s no shortage of reasons to check out this hilarious special over the holiday season.
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