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Add these holiday-themed TV episodes to your winter watchlist

The holiday season is here! And when you need a break from studying for finals, or the weather has you wanting to stay in, there's nothing better to do than curl up in front of the TV. Except for one tough question—what should you watch? Luckily, GL has you covered with our ultimate winter watchlist! These episodes will put you in a festive mood in no time.

1. Friends

Friends has a wide selection to choose from—they aired *ten* holiday-themed episodes over their ten seasons! To narrow it down, here are a few of our faves.

"The One With Phoebe's Dad" (Season 2, Episode 9)

"The One Where Rachel Quits" (Season 3, Episode 10)

"The One With the Holiday Armadillo" (Season 7, Episode 10)

Watch on HBO Max

2. Gilmore Girls 

When it comes to episodes that exude *all* the winter vibes, Gilmore Girls just might reign supreme. While you can't go wrong with any of them, you def won't want to miss our picks!

"Love and War and Snow" (Season 1, Episode 8)

"Forgiveness and Stuff" (Season 1, Episode 10)

"The Bracebridge Dinner" (Season 2, Episode 10)

"That'll Do, Pig" (Season 3, Episode 10)

"In the Clamor and the Clangor" (Season 4, Episode 11)

Watch on Netflix.

3. The O.C.

Another iconic 2000s dramedy that never missed the chance for a good holiday episode! Celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas and even New Year's with these Californian characters this holiday season.

"The Best Chrismukkah Ever" (Season 1, Episode 13)

"The Countdown" (Season 1, Episode 14)

"The Chrismukkah That Almost Wasn't" (Season 2, Episode 6)

"The Chrismukkah Bar Mitz-Vahkkah" (Season 3, Episode 10)

"The Chrismukk-huh?" (Season 4, Episode 7)

Watch on HBO Max or Hulu.

4. Modern Family

Who *wouldn't* be this excited to spend the holidays with this fam? These Christmas-themed episodes will make you feel like you're part of the crew!

"Undeck the Halls" (Season 1, Episode 10)

"Express Christmas" (Season 3, Episode 10)

"White Christmas" (Season 7, Episode 9)

Watch on Hulu.

5. Glee

Enjoy a musical moment this winter with this festive episode!

"A Very Glee Christmas" (Season 2, Episode 10)

Watch on Amazon Prime Video.

6. This Is Us 

Take a trip down memory lane with the Pearson family!

"Last Christmas" (Season 1, Episode 10)

Watch on Hulu.

7. The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

The holiday season always brings back some nostalgia. And what better way to embrace it than with a Disney Channel throwback? Zack and Cody are always up to no good, but you'll still want to follow their festive adventures at the Tipton Hotel!

"Christmas at the Tipton" (Season 1, Episode 21)

Watch on Disney+.

8. Good Luck Charlie

Spend Christmas with the hilarious Duncans as they try to see Santa, welcome a holiday guest and rock the family's talent show!

"A Duncan Christmas" (Season 3, Episode 31)

Watch on Disney+.

9. That's So Raven

You can never have too many Disney Channel flashbacks on your watchlist, and you *totally* won't want to miss this one! Raven Baxter said it best—seeing the future isn't always that easy, which she learns in this holiday-themed episode 

"Escape Claus" (Season 1, Episode 19)

Watch on Disney+.

10. The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Let's take it back to a classic! Travel to the 1970s, where Mary Richards, a producer at a hit TV station, is stuck working on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Can she save the holiday? Watch this episode to find out!

"Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid II" (Season 1, Episode 14)

Watch on Hulu.

11. Gossip Girl

What could be more fab than winter in NYC? Visit these famous Upper East Siders as they spend the holidays in the city. You know you love them—and the drama they're sure to bring!

"Roman Holiday" (Season 1, Episode 11)

"It's a Wonderful Lie" (Season 2, Episode 12)

Watch on YouTube TV

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by Samara Smukler | 12/24/2021