The term “Christmas special” inevitably conjures up ideas of sugar-coated episodes of little substance (or a dreaded clip-show), and unfortunately, this is often the case. Not always, however, as some TV shows have produced fantastic Christmas episodes which not only fill you with festive cheer but also bring something unique to the table and make you think about the meaning of the holiday. With the holidays fast approaching there will be plenty of time to relax in front of the TV after enjoying too much food and drink, and these are the episodes that you should be watching.
10. “A Very Sunny Christmas” – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 6, Episode 13)
Fans of the show knew that this was never going to be a sugar-coated or heartwarming episode, but nobody quite expected an event this depraved and utterly hilarious. The gang is determined to get in the holiday spirit, but their efforts would come up short, and we also get a glimpse into why they are such messed up individuals. We see Frank mess with Dee and Dennis by buying the presents that they wanted for himself, which causes them to teach him a lesson that backfires on them all. Most startling, however, are Mac and Charlie, who attempt to get into the spirit but discover that Mac’s family used to break into houses to steal their presents, while Charlie learns that his mother would prostitute herself for money and gifts. This results in Charlie assaulting a mall Santa and a hilarious and twisted clay motion sequence.