Best Holiday Episodes of Our Favorite TV Shows
One of the benefits of television is that audiences have a lot of opportunities to get to know the different characters. Although 65 percent of TV shows that premier on an American network will be cancelled after one season, it isn’t uncommon for the surviving shows to be given at least three seasons — and many of our favorite have lasted for seven seasons or more.
Since they’re on the air for years at a time, producers frequently use current events to engage the audience. One common element of many TV shows on the air today are holiday episodes, where we get to see how our favorite characters celebrate the festive season.
Let’s take a look at some of the best holiday episodes from our favorite TV shows.
“The Strike” – Seinfeld
This episode of Seinfeld was so popular that it inspired many people to take the fictional holiday of Festivus and bring it to life.
This ninth season episode features the first mention of Festivus, a non-commercial holiday invented by Frank Costanza which is celebrated with traditions such as the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength”. Taking place every year on December 23rd, people wishing to celebrate Festivus at home can construct their own plain aluminum Festivus Pole, which can be built with a few dollars’ worth of construction material.
This episode is still considered one of the greatest of Seinfeld’s nine-season run.
“The Best Chrismukkah Ever” – The O.C.
Another show that coined their own holiday phrase, although not technically their own holiday, is The O.C. The word that they invented is “Chrismukkah”, but the idea shouldn’t be surprising, especially since there are so many bi-religious families that exist today.
The word first appeared in the episode “The Best Chrismukkah Ever” as Seth’s genius invention to placate his Catholic mother and Jewish father. Other than the bi-religious traditions, this episode is full of the juicy drama that viewers loved from The O.C., including Marissa nearly getting arrested for drunk driving after shoplifting with Ryan.
“Christmas Cheers” – Cheers
One of the best aspects of Cheers is how the writers managed to tell so many separate stories in each episode. “Christmas Cheers” is just one example of how the writers crafted a storyline for each of the lead characters, then had them come together at the very end.
Taking place in season six, this 30-minute episode features various perspectives on Christmas — Frasier hates Christmas, Cliff is working overtime to try and win a family holiday, and Woody tries to hide the fact that he misses his family by blustering about how much he likes being away from home. By the end, everyone comes together, inspired by another Christmas classic, It’s A Wonderful Life.