The 15 Best Christmas TV Episodes Streaming Right Now

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With presents nestled under the Christmas tree and family members to avoid, what better time to pop in an episode of your favorite show? While holiday-themed episodes are often hit-or-miss, they’ve also churned out some of the best hours and half-hours of television that you can throw on in the background while you wrap your presents.

Christmas-themed TV episodes offer a wonderful alternative to the myriad of saccharine Christmas movies, with stories ranging from profoundly uplifting to hopelessly bleak. A good chaser after watching The Holiday for the umpteenth time.

Here is a list of the best holiday-themed episodes that you can find streaming online now.

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Disappointing TV Series Finales

How many television series finales disappoint? How many television series finales actually surprise their core audiences? Reddit user ChallengeResponse created a graph showing the IMDb user ratings of television series finales relative to their average per episode user rating. Check out the graphs now after the jump.

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Amazon is offering The O.C. – The Complete Series for 59% off as the Deal of the Day. The four season box set which normally retails for $179.98, can be purchased for only $72.99, a savings of $106.99. Okay, I’ll admit – The O.C. isn’t exactly geek material. And yes, the last two seasons were extremely bad. But there were a couple geek moments. For instance, the moment (embedded below) from Episode 14 where Seth (Adam Brody) reenacts the Spider-Man upside-down kiss with Summer (Rachel Bilson). And how can anyone forget George Lucas’ painful to watch cameo, where he played himself (the only video I could find online is in Spanish).