The 15 Best Christmas TV Episodes Streaming Right Now

10. “Afternoon Delight,” Arrested Development

No one can do holiday dysfunction quite like the Bluths. The family’s annual office party quickly turns into inappropriate hijinks when Michael (Jason Bateman) and Maeby (Alia Shawkat) accidentally sing karaoke to a slightly inappropriate song and Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) grows frustrated that no one will flirt with her, per Gob’s (Will Arnett) instructions. Throw in some pot brownies, carnival games, Mae Whitman creepily singing about baby Jesus, and you’ve got some Christmas comedy magic.

Where to Find It: Netflix

9. “Christmas Comes But Once a Year,” Mad Men

Christmas can find people in their highest spirits, but the holidays only serve to lay low the great men at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. “Christmas Comes But Once a Year” is a snapshot of Don (Jon Hamm) at one of the lowest points in his life, spending his first Christmas without his family and ill advisedly sleeping with his secretary Allison (Alexa Alemanni). But it’s not grim soul-searching in this episode. The more sobering elements are counteracted by the office party thrown by Joan (Christina Hendricks) in honor of their biggest client Lucky Strikes, where we are presented with that delightful Christmas-themed conga line.

Where to Find It: Netflix

8. “So-Called Angels,” My So-Called Life

My So-Called Life was a pivotal coming-of-age series that ended too soon — which makes every episode of its one-season run hit that much harder. The Christmas-themed episode “So-Called Angels,” deals with teen homelessness. While the show’s heavy-handed themed and tacked-on PSA verges on after school special territory, the series’ earnest and raw approach to teen homelessness through Angela’s (Claire Danes) friend Ricky (Wilson Cruz) and a literal teen angel gives makes it one of the most powerful Christmas episodes in recent TV memory.

Where to Find It: Hulu

7. “White Christmas,” Black Mirror

If Christmas spirit to you means reveling in nihilistic futurism, Black Mirror delivers. Jon Hamm and Rafe Spall star in this bleak episode, comprised of a series of three holiday-themed vignettes told by the men in a secluded wintry cabin. While the three stories are starkly different, they’re tied together by the technology of soul-imprinting “cookies” and the ideas of dealing with the consequences of one’s actions in a world where technology is particularly unforgiving.

Where to Find It: Netflix

6. “Ludachristmas,” 30 Rock

30 Rock is at its best when it hones in on the compelling dynamic between Liz (Tina Fey) and Jack (Alec Baldwin), compounded in “Ludachristmas” by the the arrival of their families. Jack and his bitter mother Colleen (a fantastic Elaine Stritch) are thrown off by the Lemons’ cheery and loving attitude, but while Jack comes to accept it, Colleen becomes determined to break them. The Lemons turn out to be easily unraveled, while Jack and Colleen share a surprisingly sweet moment reveling in their candid relationship.

Where to Find It: Netflix 

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