It’s a great time of year to snuggle indoors and stream some classic TV shows! These episodes are guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit.
Ralph Kramden has just purchased a Christmas gift for his wife Alice when he discovers that Alice’s friend has given her the same gift. Feeling guilty that he spent $22 on a bowling ball, Ralph decides the only thing to do is hock the ball and use the money to buy Alice a nicer gift. We won’t spoil the ending, but Ralph realizes how lucky he is to have a woman who loves him. Don’t miss the scene where Ralph snoops around the apartment trying to sneak a look at his gift. Check it out here.
Art Carney (who found fame as Norton in The Honeymooners) plays Henry Corwin, a department store Santa who is fired after showing up drunk. When he finds a bag of presents and starts handing them out to passing children, Mr. Dundee (the department store manager) tells the police that Corwin stole the gifts, but Officer Flaherty opens the bag to find just empty cans and a stray cat. What happens after Corwin walks out of the police station is pure holiday magic, leaving Dundee and Flaherty looking up at the sky in amazement. Find out where to stream it here.
Lucy and Vivian (Vivian Vance, who played Ethel in I Love Lucy) decide that for the first time, they’re going to stay home with the kids for Christmas. Each has their own unique perspective on the holiday, and they argue over everything, including what to eat for dinner, when to open the presents, and the color of the tree. Their disagreement escalates into a hilarious tree-trimming scene, but it’s the kids that bring them back together to find the true meaning of the holiday. Find out where to stream it here.
Mary plans to drive home to be with her parents for the holiday, but is broken-hearted when she learns that she’s slated to work on Christmas Day. Mary then makes arrangements to spend Christmas Eve with her friend Rhoda, but when she discovers that her co-worker Fred is supposed to work the night shift alone, she takes his shift instead. Everyone goes home except for Mary, and just when all looks most bleak, a surprise arrives. Anyone who’s ever worked on a holiday will appreciate this episode! Find out where to stream it here.
Felix tries to convince Oscar to play the role of Scrooge in an upcoming charity production of “A Christmas Carol,” but Oscar wants nothing to do with it. When their discussion becomes heated, Oscar throws Felix out of the apartment. Later that night, Oscar falls asleep on the couch and Felix appears in a dream as Marley’s Ghost, showing Oscar his Christmas past, present and future. Can Oscar reform his grouchy ways? Find out where to stream it here.
Dorothy’s ex-husband Stan comes to the door asking the girls for money to finance a shady business deal, but they refuse. Rose explains that she’s getting into the holiday spirit by volunteering at her church to serve Christmas dinner to the homeless. The rest of the girls think it’s a great idea and join her. While serving food, they spot a homeless man dressed as Santa. It’s Stan, whose wife has thrown him out of the house. Stan views the situation as a disaster, but in the end, the girls help him see that he is in fact more fortunate than many other people. Find out where to stream it here.
Jerry, Elaine and George attend a Hanukkah party where George is reminded of Festivus, a holiday invented by his father, Frank (played by Jerry Stiller). When an intrigued Kramer contacts Frank to learn more, Frank decides that this is an excellent opportunity to revive the holiday, and invites the gang to a celebratory dinner. They are joined by George’s boss Kruger, Jerry’s soon-to-be ex-girlfriend Gwen, and workers from an off-track betting establishment that are chasing Elaine. Mayhem ensues, bringing Festivus to a boil! Find out where to stream it here.
Mulder calls Scully on Christmas Eve, asking for help with investigating a haunted house where years ago, a young couple made a lover’s suicide pact. Scully shows up to humor Mulder, but when the door to the house slams shut, locking them inside, it’s not so funny. Ed Asner and Lily Tomlin portray the two ghosts in this spooky take on Christmas Eve. Find out where to stream it here.
Laughs abound in this holiday episode where Ray gives engraved toasters to his friends and family as holiday gifts. Everyone seems to love them, but Ray never gets a reaction from his parents, Frank and Marie. Naturally, they hate it and exchange the toaster before opening it to see the engraving. The ensuing treasure hunt by Frank and Marie to retrieve the engraved toaster is nothing short of hilarious. Don’t miss the scene where they argue at the department store. Find out where to stream it here.
Though none of them sing very well, Joan tries to groom Maya, Lynn, Toni and William to croon some Christmas carols. Meanwhile, in an attempt to be nice to her ex-husband Darnell, Maya invites Darnell and his girlfriend Lena to her Christmas party. Later in the episode, Maya catches Lena with another man in a bar, resulting in a serious discussion between the two about relationships. There’s plenty of drama and lots of laughs in this one … and Maya’s spin on “a partridge in a pear tree” will have you rolling on the floor! Find out where to stream it here.
Jack’s mom surprises him in New York by escaping a hurricane in Florida, while the Lemons arrive with their son Mitch, who, traumatized by a skiing accident, thinks it’s 1985. Jack’s mom is determined to show him that Liz’s family isn’t as perfect as he thinks, and instigates trouble. Be sure to watch the closing credits so you can hear Tracy’s exquisite rendition of “It’s A Jordan Christmas.” Find out where to stream it here.
Jess and the gang arrive at LAX to find chaos due to a storm in the Midwest. All flights have been delayed so they resort to all sorts of mischievous tactics to get to their destinations, in the process encountering irate ticketing agents, a Santa who steals Jess’ gifts, and a business mogul (played by Barry Bostwick) who takes a run at Cece. Don’t miss the final scene, which delivers the punchline. Find out where to stream it here.
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