20 Heartwarming Classic Christmas TV Episodes

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Christmas is a time when loved ones gather together, exchanging warmth and joy. It’s also a time for cozying up on the couch and indulging in the age-old tradition of binge-watching heartwarming Christmas TV episodes. Over the years, various series have attempted to capture the spirit of the season, and here are 20 of our favorite classics that continue to stand the test of time.

These timeless Christmas TV episodes continue to resonate with audiences, capturing the magic, humor, and heartfelt moments that make the holiday season truly special. Whether you’re a fan of classic sitcoms, dramas, or sci-fi, these episodes offer a delightful escape into the festive spirit. So, grab some hot cocoa, gather your loved ones, and enjoy these heartwarming classics that have become cherished traditions for many.

1. ‘Happy Days,’ “Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas” (1974)

In this episode, the coolest guy on earth, Arthur Fonzarelli, finds himself alone on Christmas. Richie Cunningham invites him to join his family for the holiday, creating a heartwarming tale of unexpected friendship and the true meaning of Christmas.

2. ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ “Santa’s Helper” (1982)

Arnold takes on the role of Santa’s helper to earn money for Christmas presents. However, things take an unexpected turn when Mr. Jones, the man he befriends, robs the Drummond family. A surprising twist leads to a touching resolution that embodies the spirit of forgiveness and generosity.

3. ‘Three’s Company,’ “Three’s Christmas” (1977)

Roommates Janet, Chrissy, and Jack face disappointment when they miss an invitation to their neighbors’ Christmas party. Unbeknownst to them, their landlords have a surprise in store, turning a potentially dull night into a memorable Christmas celebration.

4. ‘MAS*H,’ “Death Takes a Holiday” (1980)

MAS*H masterfully blends humor and harsh realities in this episode where the characters host a Christmas party for local orphans. Simultaneously, they strive to keep a wounded soldier alive until after Christmas, emphasizing the bittersweet nature of the holiday during wartime.

5. ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ “Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid II” (1970)

Mary faces a dilemma when she’s forced to work on Christmas instead of spending it with her family. As she imagines potential dangers in the office, the unexpected arrival of her colleagues transforms the lonely night into a heartwarming Christmas celebration.

6. ‘CHiPs,’ “Christmas Watch” (1979)

Ponch and Jon take on crime even during the Christmas season, pursuing con artists who stole an antique church bell and disrupted the holiday festivities. A high-speed car chase adds excitement to this action-packed holiday episode.

7. ‘Laverne & Shirley,’ “Oh Hear the Angel’s Voices” (1976)

Laverne and Shirley bring their unique flair to the holidays by organizing a Christmas pageant at a mental hospital. Full of quirky humor, this episode showcases the duo’s unconventional take on spreading Christmas cheer.

8. ‘The Twilight Zone,’ ‘The Night of the Meek’ (1960)

In a departure from its usual suspenseful tone, The Twilight Zone presents a heartwarming tale of a department store Santa who discovers the true meaning of Christmas. This episode beautifully encapsulates the spirit of giving and redemption.

9. ‘Roseanne,’ “It’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” (1992)

A massive snowstorm strands the Conner family in different locations, creating a series of challenges and heartwarming moments as they navigate the complexities of family dynamics during the holiday season.

10. ‘ALF,’ “ALF’s Special Christmas” (1987)

In a surprisingly emotional two-part episode, ALF inadvertently ends up delivering toys to sick children in a hospital. This departure from the show’s usual tone explores themes of friendship, compassion, and the true meaning of Christmas.

11. ‘Mork & Mindy,’ “Mork’s First Christmas” (1978)

Mork, an alien unfamiliar with Christmas traditions, learns about the holiday from Mindy. Hilarity ensues as he attempts to give handmade presents, showcasing the importance of genuine efforts and the joy of giving.

12. ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show,’ “The Alan Brady Show Presents” (1963)

This meta-Christmas episode features Rob Petrie and his colleagues starring in a variety show within the show, offering a delightful mix of singing, dancing, and festive romance.

13. ‘The Golden Girls,’ “‘Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas” (1986)

The Golden Girls find themselves in a hostage situation during a visit to a grief counseling center. Through humor and empathy, they manage to diffuse the tension, emphasizing the importance of compassion and understanding during the holiday season.

14. ‘Knight Rider,’ “Silent Knight” (1983)

Knight Rider’s Christmas episode brings together bank robbers, a Gypsy boy named Tino, and David Hasselhoff explaining the meaning of Christmas to a sentient automobile, resulting in a uniquely entertaining holiday adventure.

15. ‘The Dukes of Hazzard,’ “The Great Santa Claus Chase” (1980)

The Duke boys spread Christmas cheer by distributing trees to needy families, but Boss Hogg’s interference leads to a hilarious scheme. Despite the chaos, the Dukes triumph, delivering holiday joy to Hazzard County.

16. ‘The Simpsons,’ “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” (1989)

The first episode of The Simpsons serves up a blend of humor and warmth as Homer strives to provide a memorable Christmas for his family. The introduction of the beloved family pet, Santa’s Little Helper, adds an extra layer of heart to this classic episode.

17. ‘The Wonder Years,’ “Christmas” (1988)

Kevin Arnold’s quest for the perfect Christmas gift takes an unexpected turn when he learns about the Cooper family’s loss. This poignant episode reminds viewers of the power of family and gratitude during the holiday season.

18. ‘The Six Million Dollar Man,’ “A Bionic Christmas Carol” (1976)

This unique take on A Christmas Carol features Steve Austin investigating a Scrooge-like character. Through bionic interventions, the episode conveys the spirit of Christmas and the transformative power of generosity.

19. ‘The Brady Bunch,’ “The Voice of Christmas” (1969)

The Brady family’s Christmas plans go awry when Carol loses her voice. As the family rallies to save the holiday, unexpected moments of love and togetherness highlight the true essence of Christmas.


20. ‘WKRP in Cincinnati,’ “Jennifer’s Home for Christmas” (1979)

When Jennifer plans to spend Christmas alone, her colleagues surprise her by filling her apartment with Christmas trees. This lighthearted episode underscores the importance of friendship and the joy of unexpected holiday gatherings.