All The Best Christmas Episodes On Netflix

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The holiday season is in full swing, and you know what that means: it's time to watch as much festive television as possible, indoors. I assume you thought I was going to say something like, "It's time to enjoy cherished moments with loved ones," but that can also be accomplished while viewing the fictional lives of people on a screen. Think of it as getting two birds in the holiday spirit with one click of the "Play" button.
The only problem here is, choosing the correct seasonal episode is pretty difficult. Let's just agree now turning to Netflix is the best option, since the number of live television offerings will only dwindle as more winter finales air throughout December. But, Netflix poses its own issue, as there are an overwhelming number of options, and classics like 30 Rock keep disappearing.
To make this entire celebratory television endeavor easier on you, we picked out all the best holiday episodes currently available on Netflix. You'll find everything everything from Grey's Anatomy to Friends, Pretty Little Liars to Black Mirror. Ho-ho-happy viewing.
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Friends, “The One with Christmas in Tulsa”

Season 9, episode 10

“The One With The Holiday Armadillo” is iconic, so I’m not going to waste my time telling you watch that one. I’ll just assume any Friends fan watched that episode the moment Starbucks ushered in the holiday season with those red cups.

Rather, I’ll point you towards a late-era Friends holiday installment from season 9, “The One with Christmas in Tulsa.” Not only does it feature Selma Blair, it also includes so many flashbacks to Christmases Of Central Perk Past, you’ll feel like you watched all the holiday specials at once. Talk about a bang for your buck.
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Grey’s Anatomy, “Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer”

Season 2, episode 12

Relive the days when Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) was alive with this throwback holiday episode that actually deals with a religion other than Christianity. In fact, the deeply theologically meditative “Grandma” wraps with the long-departed doctor Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington) reading Exploring Judaism in bed as a sweet gesture towards then-girlfriend Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh).
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Gossip Girl, “Roman Holiday”

Season 1, episode 11

Welcome to Gossip Girl's only holiday episode. There’s nothing as beautiful as Christmas time in New York City through the eyes of GG, so savor it.
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New Girl, “LAXmas”

Season 4, episode 11

This is the holiday episode that perfectly captures the best of New Girl, which is the fact it’s friendship porn that’s charmingly untethered from reality. People give up first-class flights for each other, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and CeCe (Hannah Simone) have a conversation that suggests they’re soulmates, and there’s even a Billy Eichner cameo.
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Gilmore Girls, “The Bracebridge Dinner”

Season 2, episode 10

If you want to cry, watch the first-ever Gilmore holiday episode “Forgiveness And Stuff.” If you want to enjoy this celebratory time, catch “The Bracebridge Dinner.” It’s all romantic sleigh rides, ridiculous dinner theatrics, and lots of tension in the Dean-Rory-Jess love triangle — a.k.a., the good old days.
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Black Mirror, “White Christmas”

Season 2, episode 4

If the warm fuzzies of that Gilmore Girls episode is the opposite of what you’re looking for this holiday season, boy does Netflix has the Black Mirror special for you. “White Christmas” replaces all the sleighs and snow-lit romance with harsh cold, murder, and the existential crisis one can only find in the advancement of technology. Happy holidays, one and all!
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Stranger Things, “The Upside Down”

Season 1, episode 8

This one is for all the peeps who aren’t into the holidays but also don’t want to lose complete faith in this magical season. Hey, “The Upside Down” ends with Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) in a silly Christmas sweater, so it’s really the only gift you need.
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Orange Is The New Black, “Can’t Fix Crazy”

Season 1, episode 13

Netflix really enjoys a good season 1 finale that just-so-happens to veer into holiday territory.

The streaming service’s other blockbuster, Orange Is The New Black, also closed out its freshman year with a nod to Christmas, with a seasonally appropriate Litchfield pageant. Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) sings! Norma Romano (Broadway actress Annie Golden) sings! And, somehow “Crazy” ends darker than a Stranger Things episode with Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) and Tiffany Doggett (Taryn Manning) getting into a bloody prison yard brawl.
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Pretty Little Liars, “How the 'A' Stole Christmas”

Season 5, episode 13

If you’re a fan of the Liars’ penchant for shockingly well-coordinated party wear, this holiday installment will not disappoint. The all-silver and winter-white color palette is to die for, which is a cryptic description “A” can get behind. And, if you’re a fan of “A’s” signature cryptic descriptions, this installment will not disappoint.
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Jane The Virgin, “Chapter Thirty”

Season 2, episode 8

Jane The Virgin is my favorite show, so I’m always trying to find excuses for people to watch the perfect CW dramedy. “Chapter Thirty” is up to the task, as it blends Christmas classics like little babies dressed up as elves — baby Matelio is the cutest — with its more telenovela tendencies, like mother-daughter murder investigation doubles crosses.
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Supernatural, “A Very Supernatural Christmas”

Season 3, episode 8

Speaking of my favorite shows, Superatural is the first one I ever loved with all my (originally tweenage) heart, and I continue to watch it into its 13th year. So, it’s only right I tell you about “A Very Supernatural Christmas,” a truly great twist on the traditional holiday episode that still manages to keep the requisite heart. It’s also an episode I try to watch every Christmas season to enjoy lines like, “You fudging touch me again and I'll fudging kill you.”

You are welcome to join my tradition.
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Glee, “Extraordinary Merry Christmas”

Season 3, episode 9

Over Glee’s six seasons, the FOX musical dramedy gave us four holiday episodes, but only one was written by the great Marti Noxon (of UnReal creating and grossly underrated Fright Night-penning fame). That means “Extraordinary Merry Christmas" is the winner here, no further questions.
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The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass, “Christmas Masterclass”

Season 1, episode 5

Everyone’s real favorite cooking competition series, sorry, Chopped and MasterChef, gets in the holiday spirit with “Christmas,” which is a part of the teaching-focused Masterclass spin-off. By the end of the episode, viewers can make St. Lucia buns or chocolate and ginger cheesecake with the best of them.

The “best of them,” is, of course, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.
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Riverdale, “Silent Night, Deadly Night”

Season 2, episode 9

After hearing about all the festive shows you can watch right now, you deserve at least one holiday treat to look forward to for the 2018 holidays. That will definitely be Riverdale’s upcoming Christmas episode, which promo photos confirm will include many Santa hats and a red sweater-wearing Archie (K.J. Apa) sawing down his own own tree.

Basically, what Jingle Jangle dreams are made of.
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A Christmas Prince

Okay, A Christmas Prince is about 90 minutes, which is the length of many a prestige drama episode — looking at you The Deuce and Godless — so it basically counts as a TV installment, right? And you can’t miss the 2017 holiday season’s most-talked-about special, can you?
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