Just the very best festive TV episodes to watch on Netflix and Stan this Christmas.

There comes a time on Christmas Day when you’re hot, bothered, and full to the brim with ham.

And when that time comes, there really is nothing better than plonking yourself on the couch and putting on some festive TV.

By now, you’ve no doubt watched all your favourite Christmas movies. So it’s time to move on to binge-watching the holiday episodes of your favourite TV shows.

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Here are the very best Christmas episodes to help you work through your food coma.

Friends, Season 7, Episode 10 – The One With The Holiday Armadillo (Stan).

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There are many Friends Christmas episodes to work through, but The One With The Holiday Armadillo is the pick of the bunch, because... Ross, in an armadillo suit. Enough said.

If you're keen to binge them all, Stan's got you covered. here's a list:

Season 2, Episode 9: The One with Phoebe's Dad
Season 3, Episode 10: The One Where Rachel Quits
Season 4, Episode 10: The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie
Season 5, Episode 10: The One with the Inappropriate Sister
Season 6, Episode 10: The One with the Routine
Season 7, Episode 10: The One with the Holiday Armadillo
Season 8, Episode 11: The One with Ross's Step Forward
Season 9, Episode 10: The One with Christmas in Tulsa


The Office, Season 2, Episode 10 - Christmas Party (Stan).

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Again, there are enough Christmas episodes of The Office for a full-on binge watch.

Season two's Christmas Party and season three's A Benihana Christmas are perhaps the most iconic: Both hilarious, both peak-Office.

The whole lot are available on Stan:

Season 2, Episode 10: Christmas Party
Season 3, Episode 10 and 11: A Benihana Christmas
Season 5, Episode 11: Moroccan Christmas
Season 6, Episode 13: Secret Santa.
Season 7, Episode 11 and 12: Classy Christmas
Season 8, Episode 10: Christmas Wishes
Season 9, Episode 9: Dwight Christmas

Schitt's Creek, Season 4, Episode 13 - Merry Christmas, Johnny Rose (Netflix).

Schitt's Creek has only recently received the attention it deserves as a seriously hilarious comedy series.

It's season four finale is a Christmas special, where Johnny reminisces on the extravagant holiday parties his family used to throw and attempts to throw another, on a much stricter budget this time around.

Gilmore Girls, Season 7, Episode 11 - Santa's Secret Stuff (Netflix).

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Weirdly, Christmas is only properly acknowledged in three of seven Gilmore Girls seasons, but season seven is where we really get to enjoy Christmas in Stars Hollow.

In Santa's Secret Stuff, Christmas Day has already been and gone but the Gilmore fam are determined to celebrate together, decorating the tree, going shopping and of course... engaging in a little bit of drama.

Grey's Anatomy, Season 6, Episode 10 - Holidaze (Stan).

Grey's Anatomy is bloody iconic, but it never really had great Christmas episodes... Mainly because the drama of working at a hospital never really went away. Which is fair, because it's not like all the doctors can just shut the doors and head away on holiday.

The best of the bunch is Holidaze, which follows the cast over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, but Christmas takes centre stage.

Highlights include Bailey standing up to her dad who shames her for getting a divorce and the cast all gathering for dinner at Meredith and Derek's, where a Christmas sing-a-long goes down.

Black Mirror, Season 2 - White Christmas (Netflix).

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If you prefer your Christmas content a little less festive and a little more... tech paranoia, you'll need to put on Black Mirror.

The episode starts with two men, Matt (Jon Hamm) and Joe (Rafe Spall) stationed at a remote outpost in the middle of a snowy wilderness. As they tell each other about their respective lives to pass the time, the events form three mini-stories ultimately relating to the characters' current situation. And in typical Black Mirror fashion, there's a damn good twist.

Will and Grace, Season 8, Episode 9 - A Little Christmas Queer (Stan).

In A Little Christmas Queer, the cast spend the holidays at Will's mother's house with Will's brother Sam and his kids - including Will's clearly gay nine-year-old nephew, who wants to put on a Christmas show for the family.


Here are all the Will & Grace Christmas eps, if you want more Karen in your life (because of course, you do):

Season 4, Episode 12: Jingle Balls
Season 5, Episode 11: All About Christmas Eve
Season 6, Episode 10: Fanilow
Season 7, Episode 12: Christmas Break
Season 8, Episode 9: A Little Christmas Queer

Seinfeld, Season 9, Episode 10 - The Strike (Stan).

The Strike, a.k.a the Festivus episode, introduced us to the made-up secular holiday of Festivus and is regularly ranked as one of the best Christmas specials ever.

In it, Kramer returns to work at H&H Bagels after a 12-year strike and tries to get the day off once he learns about the holiday of Festivus. His manager refuses, so Kramer protests by resuming his strike.

Plus, we'll take any opportunity to watch Elaine. Because Elaine is the best.

The O.C., season 1, episode 13 (Stan).

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It would be remiss not to include The O.C. in this list, seeing as it introduced us to the wonderful holiday of Chrismukkah.

Season one's The Best Chrismukkah Ever is filled with holiday cheer as Seth teaches the spirit of Chrismukkah to Ryan, and Anna and Summer compete for Seth's affection with their best gifts.

Plus, the Chrismukkah celebrations continue throughout the series in:

Season 2, Episode 6: The Chrismukkah That Almost Wasn't
Season 3, Episode 10: The Chrismukkah Bar-Mitzvahkkah
Season 4, Episode 7: The Chrismukk-huh?

Happy bingeing, everyone.

What's your favourite TV Christmas episode? Let us know in a comment.

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