The following is the result of a “flash” draft of favorite TV Christmas specials, as conducted by Banished to the Pen staff and contributors. The picks were based solely on personal preference, and no thought or analysis was put into them. This is not intended to be an authoritative ranking.


1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

2. Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special (1988)


3. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)

4. Mystery Science Theater 3000: “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” (1991)

5. A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)

6. A Garfield Christmas (1987)

7. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1964)

8. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: “A Very Sunny Christmas” (2010)

9. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (1966)

10. The Office (BBC) Christmas Special (2003)

11. Blackadder’s Christmas Carol (1988)

12. Seinfeld: “The Strike” (1997)


13. Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1978)

14. The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

15. A Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987)

16. The He-Man/She-Ra Christmas Special (1985)

17. The League: “Kegel the Elf” (2009)

18, American Dad: “For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls” (2010)

19. The O.C.: “The Best Chrismukkah Ever” (2003)

20. Saved by the Bell: “Home for Christmas” (1991)

21. The Simpsons: “Marge Be Not Proud” (1995)


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