Holiday Episodes to Put You in the Holiday Spirit!

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The end of Thanksgiving means only one thing: it’s finally the holiday season! Everyone loves a good holiday movie; there are far too many classics to name. However, for those of us with shorter attention spans, VALLEY has a list of some of TV’s best holiday episodes that are sure to make you want to deck the halls!

Friends: “The One with the Rumor”
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In Season Eight, “Friends” gifted viewers with a special cameo from Jennifer Aniston’s then-husband Brad Pitt. While the friends all gathered around for Thanksgiving dinner, Pitt played a character named Will Colbert who attended high school with Rachel, Monica and Ross. What makes this particular episode so iconic is the fact that Will (Pitt) hated Rachel (Aniston) so much in high school that he and Ross founded the “I Hate Rachel” club. There’s nothing like watching Hollywood’s former “it” couple arguing!

Gossip Girl: “The Treasure of Serena Madre”
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No one does Thanksgiving better than the characters of hit TV series “Gossip Girl.” However, one annual Thanksgiving episode stands out among the rest. “The Treasure of Serena Madre” has even more drama than before. Serena’s sleeping with Nate’s married cousin, Tripp Vanderbilt. There’s conflict between Rufus, Lily and Lily’s mother, CeCe. Blair is fighting with both her mother, Eleanor. Eric is exposed for plotting against Jenny. The list continues. Jason Derulo’s “Whatcha Say” can be heard in the background of the iconic Thanksgiving feast in which everyone’s secrets get exposed. This episode goes down in history as one of the most legendary fictional holiday dinners of all time according to many.

The O.C.: “The Best Chrismukkah Ever”
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The “O.C.,” besides being one of the most legendary teen TV series, also brought us “Chrismukkah.” Adam Brody’s character, Seth Cohen — being half Jewish and half Catholic — dubs the holiday season “Chrismukkah” so he can be able to enjoy the benefits of both holidays. For those of who are bi-religious, it’s a heartwarming concept that has stuck around since the episode’s airdate in 2003. Of course, “The O.C.” wouldn’t be the teen drama without loads of conflict. Seth finds himself stuck choosing between Summer and Anna, while Ryan attempts to prevent Marissa from going off the deep end.

Glee: “A Very Glee Christmas”
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“Glee” is known for their Christmas episode tradition. Ever since the show’s airing, the glee club kids belt out the classics during the chilling months of the year. The shows most iconic according to viewers is the Christmas episode is their first, “A Very Glee Christmas.” The drama between Rachel and Finn, Brittany’s firm belief in Santa, the budding romance between Kurt and Blaine — they all make for an entertaining episode. However, what makes this episode are the renditions of Christmas favorites. Rachel singing “Merry Christmas Darling,” Kurt and Blaine sing their first duet together, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” and the club’s “Welcome Christmas.”

What do you think of VALLEY’s list? Did we forget any of your favorites? Tweet us, @VALLEYmag, to let us know what you think! Happy Holidays!



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