Published On: Tue, Dec 13th, 2022

10 Best Christmas TV Episodes of All Time

Peter Capaldi's 12th Doctor wearing a reindeer antler headband for Christmas

It’s Christmas time, which means it’s the time of year when TV shows share their own version of holiday cheer. Some are more focused on complicated family dynamics, while others are about the stresses of balancing holidays with work, but all these episodes have some cheer to give. Here are 10 of the best Christmas TV episodes of all time (unranked because it’s Christmas and they’re all merry in their own way).

DC Animated Universe 

The DC Animated Universe has produced a host of holiday specials; the Joker’s first episode in Batman: The Animated Series was a Christmas special titled “Christmas with the Joker.” Of DC’s animated holiday episodes, my personal favorite is Justice League‘s “Comfort and Joy”; when watched with the Thanagarian arc that came immediately after, this seemingly sweet one-off becomes the start of one of the most heart-wrenching arcs in superhero animation. I will also highlight the New Batman Adventures episode “Holiday Knights,” as it has some fun HarleyIvy moments, and the New Year’s scene with Batman and Commissioner Gordon feels especially sad given the passing of Kevin Conroy this year.

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