Every year we get a fresh crop of TV episodes dedicated to the holiday season. While some become as forgettable as last year’s fruitcake, others are destined to become holiday classics to be enjoyed for repeated viewings. The 1990s were no different than any other decade in this regard and gave us some hilariously festive TV moments.
In the spirit of the season, here are 10 holiday-themed episodes from the 90s that are sure to bring back fond memories and fill you up with retro cheer. So without further ado, put on the hot cocoa and get ready to relive the best 90s season ever.
One of the most iconic holiday episodes of all time, it’s centered around Kramer’s return to work and the incredibly bizarre holiday of Frank Costanza. We’re talking of course about Festivus and everything that comes with it. Now somebody break out the aluminum pole!
Frasier had numerous holiday episodes, but this one is a fan favorite for sure. When Frasier pretends to be Jewish so as not to upset the mother of a woman he’s dating, pure hilarity ensues. It’s worth watching this episode to see Niles dressed as Jesus alone.
Because it’s Home Improvement, you know that Tim is going to somehow try to add a motor or turn up the voltage with the holidays. All the Taylor boys have their own storyline going in this episode, but it’s Mark appearing in a Christmas recital that really seems to connect the strongest.
Yes, the holiday armadillo is a classic, but is it really better than the one where Rachel quits? Debatable. Everyone in this episode is a holiday mess, but it’s a toss-up between Joey’s job at a Christmas tree lot and Ross trying to win a trip to Space Camp — via selling cookies — that make it a Friends classic.
The Fresh Prince was always great at mixing Will’s antics and occasionally tugging at viewer’s heartstrings. After the Banks family finds out all of their gifts have been stolen while on a ski trip, they learn to make the most of the holiday season. Besides making you laugh, it’s a reminder that the important thing during the season isn’t gifts, but family. (cue studio audience “aww”)
You won’t get any heartfelt messages with That 70s Show, but what you will get is Eric and his buddies finding a festive way to piss off Red. After the guys pocket the cash that was supposed to go towards a Christmas tree, they soon find out that their holiday beer bash isn’t going to turn out the way they had hoped.
Plenty of seasonal specials like to incorporate holiday decorating into the storyline, and this Roseanne episode hilariously followed that trend. There’s some drama with Darlene living with David, but the highlight is the Conners’ feud with the neighborhood over their tacky decorations. In case you were wondering, yes, beer cans can be used as a wreath.
The Boy Meets World episodes that focused on Eric Matthews were always some of the funniest. In this episode from the later part of the series, Eric dresses up as Santa for needy kids. While he’s certainly not the best Santa, he develops a special connection with one of the kids who is an orphan.
What would the holidays be without vampires and teenage drama? This episode isn’t exactly merry, as Angel must deal with an evil force that wants to use his past sins to kill Buffy. Still, the Joss Wheadon-directed episode is a nice alternative to the more typical holiday fare on our list.
10: “A Rugrats Chanukah” Rugrats
First Aired: Dec 4, 1996
We can’t have a “best of” holiday list without Hanukah and who better than Tommy Pickles to tell us the history of this Jewish holy holiday? The Rugrats tied the traditions of Judaism into more than a few episodes, but this is a real standout. During a pageant at Borris’ synagogue, the babies attempt to help him deal with a childhood foe.
So how about it? Which 90s holiday episodes do you watch every year when the festivities roll around?