Last Updated on 24 December 2023

I searched the Internet for lists of the best TV Christmas episodes of all time. Criteria included the episodes being ranked, not just listed; covering all time, not just a decade; and generally created by groups, whether teams or committees or based on general public voting (like Ranker.com).

I was able to find 24 lists. I took the 24 lists and added all their content into a spreadsheet, noting the rank of every one. I ended up averaging the rankings each one got (there were 92 that were on at least 2 lists) and dividing that average by a factor of the number of lists that episode was on. The lowest score meant a high ranking average on many lists. The complete spreadsheet is attached at the bottom.

The TV shows that were on the most lists (out of 24) were:

  • Friends – The One With the Holiday Armadillo (S07 E10) – 18 lists
  • The Office – Christmas Party (S02 E10) – 17 lists
  • Community – Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas (S02 E11) – 14 lists
  • Seinfeld – The Strike (S09 E10) – 13 lists
  • Black Mirror – White Christmas (S02 E04) – 12 lists
  • Ted Lasso – Carol of the Bells (S02 E04) – 11 lists
  • The O.C. – The Best Chrismukkah Ever (S01 E13) – 10 lists
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – A Very Sunny Christmas (S06 E13) – 9 lists
  • The Bear – Fishes (S02 E06) – 8 lists

Here are links to the lists I used along with dates the lists were created:

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