Christmas TV Episode Faves

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1. The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955–1957)
Episode: The Miracle on 34th Street (1955)

PG | 46 min | Drama

One Kris Kringle, a department-store Santa Claus, causes quite a commotion by suggesting customers go to a rival store for their purchases. But this is nothing to the stir he causes by ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Macdonald Carey, Teresa Wright, Thomas Mitchell, Sandy Descher

Votes: 198

3. This Is the Life (1952–1988)
Episode: The Stableboy's Christmas (1978)

27 min | Drama, Family

Ten-year old Tammy refuses to wrap a Christmas present intended for her cousin, hoping to keep the doll for herself. Later, through a dream, she travels back to Bethlehem to witness a ... See full summary »

Stars: Danielle Brisebois, Dave Madden, Sparky Marcus, William Schallert

Votes: 8

4. Cavalcade of America (1952–1957)
Episode: The Blessed Midnight (1956)

Not Rated | 25 min | Drama

When a boy steals a cake for his beloved aunt on Christmas Eve, his young friend tries to set things straight.

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Maureen O'Sullivan, Danny Richards Jr., David Saber, Virginia Gregg

Votes: 18

5. 21 Jump Street (1987–1991)
Episode: Christmas in Saigon (1987)

TV-14 | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

INS and Internal Affairs show up to investigate Ioki with the allegation that he is not who he claims to be and that he has entered the United States illegally.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: Johnny Depp, Holly Robinson Peete, Peter DeLuise, Dustin Nguyen

Votes: 110

6. Blue's Clues (1996–2007)
Episode: A Snowy Day (1996)

TV-Y | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Blue and Steve need help figuring out what clothes to wear outside in the snowy weather.

Director: Matt Sheridan | Stars: Steve Burns, Traci Paige Johnson, Aleisha Allen, Kathryn Avery

Votes: 9

7. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–1996)
Episode: 'Twas the Night Before Christening (1993)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Baby Nicky is being christened on Christmas Eve. Will tells everyone he is going to get the music group Boyz II Men to perform.

Director: Shelley Jensen | Stars: Will Smith, James Avery, Daphne Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro

Votes: 308

8. Green Acres (1965–1971)
Episode: An Old-Fashioned Christmas (1966)

TV-G | 26 min | Comedy, Family

Sam Drucker is selling artificial Christmas trees that squirt "genuine spruce spray" from the top and ooze fake sap from the trunk. Oliver is horrified; he wants an old-fashioned Christmas ... See full summary »

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Pat Buttram, Tom Lester

Votes: 64

9. Happy Days (1974–1984)
Episode: All I Want for Christmas (1982)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Howard Cunningham dreads his quarrelsome older brother's Christmas visit and little Heather Pfister asks Santa Claus to help her mother, Ashley, make-up with the parents who disinherited her for marrying against their wishes.

Director: Jerry Paris | Stars: Henry Winkler, Marion Ross, Cathy Silvers, Linda Purl

Votes: 44

10. Home Improvement (1991–1999)
Episode: 'Twas the Blight Before Christmas (1993)

TV-PG | 24 min | Comedy, Family

Mark performs in the Christmas play at school. A neighbor puts up decorations a day before Tim does it, and it is because Randy is sharing Tim's secrets with that neighbor's granddaughter. Brad wants to go skiing instead of staying home.

Director: Andy Cadiff | Stars: Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman, Taran Noah Smith

Votes: 166

11. Home Improvement (1991–1999)
Episode: 'Twas the Night Before Chaos (1994)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

When Jill's parents come to visit for Christmas, her mother complains that Jill's father just wants to spend his retirement sitting around the house.

Director: Andy Cadiff | Stars: Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman, Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Votes: 157

12. Home Improvement (1991–1999)
Episode: 'Twas the Flight Before Christmas (1995)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Family

Tim & Al attend a winter festival for Binford. At the airport, everything is shut down due to snow. The boys decorate for the holiday judging contest. Al's mother wants to join Al & Ilene for New Years; Ilene gives Al an ultimatum.

Director: Andy Cadiff | Stars: Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman, Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Votes: 166

13. Melrose Place (1992–1999)
Episode: A Melrose Place Christmas (1992)

TV-PG | 46 min | Drama, Romance

Alison gets her operation and she goes home to recover while Billy takes care of her and becomes overprotective. While Jake tries to get intimate with Jo, she says that she needs time to ... See full summary »

Director: Bethany Rooney | Stars: Josie Bissett, Thomas Calabro, Doug Savant, Grant Show

Votes: 56

14. Melrose Place (1992–1999)
Episode: A Tree Talks in Melrose (1997)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance

Cooper secretly intervenes when Michael's wooing of Megan with expensive gifts makes her hesitant about a divorce. Jennifer also gets Cooper to drop his lawsuit against Michael while she ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Calabro | Stars: Linden Ashby, Thomas Calabro, David Charvet, Rob Estes

Votes: 37

15. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001)
Episode: 1261 (1973)

TV-Y | 29 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

Rogers gives a Santa Claus costume to Chef Brockett. Both Betty Aberlin and François Clemmons talk of how as children, they used to be afraid of Santa Claus. Santa Claus, himself, also comes to the neighborhood.

Director: Bob Walsh | Stars: Fred Rogers, Betty Aberlin, Don Brockett, François Scarborough Clemmons

Votes: 6

16. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: A Benihana Christmas (2006)

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy

Trouble among the members of the party planning committee results with Pam and Karen hosting a rival Christmas party, but Michael isn't interested in celebrating after being dumped by Carol.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 2,995

17. Quantum Leap (1989–1993)
Episode: A Little Miracle - December 24, 1962 (1990)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Sam and Al scare the Dickens out of a rich Scrooge character who wants to tear down a mission and build a high rise.

Director: Michael W. Watkins | Stars: Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Charles Rocket, Melinda McGraw

Votes: 272

18. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: 'Tis the Fifteenth Season (2003)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

After spending all his money on an expensive gift for himself, and the family thinking he should be less of an egoist, Homer decides to change his ways.

Director: Steven Dean Moore | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 988

19. Taxi (1978–1983)
Episode: A Full House for Christmas (1978)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

Louie's gambling brother, Nick from Las Vegas, comes to visit the garage. Irritated that Nick refuses to spend time with their mother, Louie bankrolls Alex in a card game to try and get back at him.

Director: James Burrows | Stars: Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner

Votes: 111

20. When Calls the Heart (2014– )
Episode: A When Calls the Heart Christmas (2016)

TV-G | 86 min | Drama, Romance

An intriguing peddler comes to Hope Valley selling the townspeople his wears and teaching them valuable lessons about joy and giving.

Director: Neill Fearnley | Stars: Erin Krakow, Terence Kelly, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton

Votes: 476

21. The White Shadow (1978–1981)
Episode: A Christmas Present (1979)

TV-PG | Drama, Sport

Christmas is approaching. Sybil Buchanan is pregnant and ready to reunite with her husband. While he isn't a bad man, he isn't quite as strong on commitment as a husband and father needs to be. Some very important decisions are made.

Director: Betty Goldberg | Stars: Ken Howard, Joan Pringle, Ed Bernard, Thomas Carter

Votes: 10

22. Wings (1990–1997)
Episode: 'Twas the Heist Before Christmas (1995)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

It's Christmas. Joe wants to bring Helen to Vermont but Helen wants to throw a traditional Christmas party. Joe agrees on the condition that as soon as it's over they go to Vermont. So ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Melman | Stars: Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard, David Schramm

Votes: 59

23. Wings (1990–1997)
Episode: All About Christmas Eve (1996)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

Another odd Christmas falls on Nantucket, as Antonio drives a nun around in search of a vision she saw in a dream. While Joe plays reluctant host to feuding brothers Lou and Harry, a little... See full summary »

Director: Joyce Gittlin | Stars: Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard, David Schramm

Votes: 55

24. Benji's Very Own Christmas Story (1978 TV Short)

Unrated | 25 min | Family, Short

While on a publicity tour in Switzerland, Benji, Cindy Smith, and Patsy Garrett convince Kris Kringle that his place on Christmas Eve is delivering presents to all "his" families all over the world.

Director: Joe Camp | Stars: Ron Moody, Patsy Garrett, Cynthia Smith, Benji

Votes: 218

25. Mr. Bean (1990–1995)
Episode: Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean (1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

While Christmas shopping, Mr Bean purchases a bulky string of tree lights before making a shambles of a department store toy section. He later manages to acquire a free turkey and Christmas... See full summary »

Director: John Birkin | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Matilda Ziegler, C.J. Allen, Owen Brenman

Votes: 1,753

26. Still Game (2002– )
Episode: Christmas Special: Cold Turkey (2005)

TV-14 | Comedy

Christmas is looming but Winston gets conned by a ned into buying a turkey so fresh it's still alive, Tam devises his own means of delivering Christmas cards for Frances and Jack and Victor... See full summary »

Director: Michael Hines | Stars: Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill, Paul Riley, Mark Cox

Votes: 65

27. ALF (1986–1990)
Episode: ALF's Special Christmas: Part 1 (1987)

TV-G | 48 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

The Tanners decide to spend Christmas in a cabin in the woods but ALF soon gets lost.

Director: Burt Brinckerhoff | Stars: Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson, Benji Gregory

Votes: 301

28. Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983)
Episode: Christmas at Plum Creek (1974)

TV-G | 60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Christmas is coming and everyone is saying that it is a time for secrets and not to ask questions. Laura wants to buy something expensive for her mother and has to come up with a way to pay... See full summary »

Director: William F. Claxton | Stars: Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson

Votes: 242

30. Jessie (2011–2015)
Episode: Christmas Story (2011)

TV-G | 23 min | Comedy, Family

When Morgan and Christina get stuck in a snowstorm, the family fears they won't make it home in time for Christmas and Jessie is left with shopping for the kid's Christmas presents. When ... See full summary »

Director: Phill Lewis | Stars: Debby Ryan, Peyton List, Cameron Boyce, Karan Brar

Votes: 89

31. Who's the Boss? (1984–1992)
Episode: The Christmas Card (1986)

TV-G | Comedy, Family, Romance

Tony prepared a wonderful Christmas goose dinner, but Angela accepts to join Geoofrey's family's catered dinner. Geoffrey also scares Tony from giving Angela his hand-made gift by buying ... See full summary »

Director: Asaad Kelada | Stars: Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano, Danny Pintauro

Votes: 31

32. Sherlock Holmes (1954–1955)
Episode: The Case of the Christmas Pudding (1955)

27 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a serial killer is sentenced to death, he issues a threat that he will kill Sherlock Holmes before he himself is executed.

Director: Steve Previn | Stars: Ronald Howard, Howard Marion-Crawford, Eugene Deckers, June Rodney

Votes: 80

33. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big Little Jesus (1953)

Not Rated | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

It's Christmas Eve when Father Rojas at the Old Mission Plaza Church in Los Angeles discovers that the statue of the Infant Jesus is stolen from the crib. The statue's worth is only a few ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Harry Bartell, Joe Carioca Jr.

Votes: 60

34. General Electric Theater (1953–1962)
Episode: The Other Wise Man (1960)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

A presentation of the 1960 episode of the same name.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Harry Townes, Madlyn Rhue, Abraham Sofaer

35. The King of Queens (1998–2007)
Episode: Better Camera (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Comedy

It's the Christmas season and the Heffernan's see that they have a new neighbor who happens to be Lou Ferrigno.

Director: Rob Schiller | Stars: Kevin James, Leah Remini, Victor Williams, Jerry Stiller

Votes: 282

36. Family Ties (1982–1989)
Episode: A Christmas Story (1982)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Family

When a snowstorm ruins their Christmas skiing plans, the Keatons are stuck at home reminiscing about the circumstances in which each of the kids was born.

Director: Will Mackenzie | Stars: Meredith Baxter, Michael Gross, Michael J. Fox, Justine Bateman

Votes: 111

37. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993–1998)
Episode: A First Christmas (1994)

47 min | Drama, Family, Western

The town's Christmas spirit is in question when a family who are Jewish immigrants moves to town.

Director: Chuck Bowman | Stars: Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Chad Allen, Erika Flores

Votes: 78

38. The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950–1955)
Episode: Abbott & Costello (1952)

Comedy, Romance

It's Christmas, what better way than to celebrate with Abbott and Costello.

Director: Ed Sobol | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Margaret Whiting, Fayard Nicholas

Votes: 44

39. Touched by an Angel (1994–2003)
Episode: An Angel on the Roof (1998)

TV-G | Drama, Family, Fantasy

A young pregnant Mexican woman delivers her baby in a cheap motel while running from immigration authorities.

Director: Stuart Margolin | Stars: Roma Downey, John Dye, Della Reese, Greg Serano

Votes: 26

40. CHiPs (1977–1983)
Episode: Christmas Watch (1979)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Christmas season doesn't mean any less work for Jon and Ponch. At the community church, thieves run off with a 15th century bell that means a great deal to the local kids. The thieves ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Bondelli | Stars: Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine, William Schallert

Votes: 49

41. Gruen Guild Theater (1951–1953)
Episode: Joe Santa Claus (1951)

30 min | Drama

Disgusted that he's been moved from the hardware department to duties as a department store Santa Claus and angry that his wife wants to go to work and earn money, young father Joe Peters ... See full summary »

Directors: Alex Gruenberg, Axel Gruenberg | Stars: Maria Palmer, Ray Montgomery, Houseley Stevenson, Peter Brocco

Votes: 33

42. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Gift (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Businessman Carl Baxter is a good boss for 364 days a year, but his memories of his estrangement with his son causes his mood to change at Christmas.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Charles Boyer, Maureen O'Sullivan, Dan Tobin, Joan Camden

Votes: 34

43. To the Manor Born (1979–2007)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

Audrey fforbes-Hamilton is sad when her husband dies but is shocked when she realises that she has to leave Grantleigh Manor where her family has lived forever. The new owner is Richard De ... See full summary »

Stars: Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles, Angela Thorne, Daphne Heard

Votes: 1,766

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