Best Alternative X-mas Specials

by NathanielBacon | created - 20 Dec 2012 | updated - 21 Dec 2012 | Public

The most under-rated and/or unknown X-mas specials. A list for all of us wonderful weirdos.

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1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: Amends (1998)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

As the Christmas holiday approaches, Angel is tormented by evil apparitions who want him to eliminate Buffy.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter

Votes: 2,774

2. Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001)
Episode: A Solstice Carol (1996)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Over one holiday night, Xena and Gabrielle stage mini-dramas in King Silvus' bedroom to get him to change his bitter ways.

Director: John T. Kretchmer | Stars: Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Joe Berryman, Peter Vere-Jones

Votes: 301

3. The Golden Girls (1985–1992)
Episode: 'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas (1986)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

The girls all plan to visit their respective families for Christmas, but their plans are ruined when they are held hostage by a man dressed as Santa Claus at the Grief Counseling Center.

Director: Terry Hughes | Stars: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

Votes: 273

4. Darkwing Duck (1991–1992)
Episode: It's a Wonderful Leaf (1991)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Action, Adventure

After everyone treats Bushroot like "last year's fruit-cake" he decides to wreak havoc on Christmas.

Directors: Tad Stones, Alan Zaslove | Stars: Christine Cavanaugh, Jim Cummings, Dana Hill, Tino Insana

Votes: 69

5. The Six Million Dollar Man (1974–1978)
Episode: A Bionic Christmas Carol (1976)

TV-PG | 47 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

After an accident at a NASA contractor, Steve uses his bionic abilities to convince the gruff, penny-pinching head of the company to change his callous ways.

Director: Gerald Mayer | Stars: Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Antoinette Bower

Votes: 60

6. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (1998)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

On Christmas Eve, Mulder and Scully find themselves trapped in a haunted house with two ghosts who are determined to prove just how lonely the holiday can be.

Director: Chris Carter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Lily Tomlin, Edward Asner

Votes: 2,965

7. Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
Episode: And All Through the House (1989)

Not Rated | 22 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

A greedy woman makes the mistake of murdering her husband while an escaped mental patient dressed in a Santa Claus outfit is on the loose.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: John Kassir, Mary Ellen Trainor, Larry Drake, Marshall Bell

Votes: 1,430

8. Maude (1972–1978)
Episode: Maude's Christmas Surprise (1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Victoria is unhappy because she is away from her family for the first time during a holiday, and Maude thinks it will be a sad one because everyone has other plans. Maude then finds a baby ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Cooper | Stars: Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain, Rue McClanahan

Votes: 25

9. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics (1999)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Mr. Hankey hosts a collection of Christmas songs sung by South Park characters.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes

Votes: 1,756

10. Maude (1972–1978)
Episode: The Christmas Party (1975)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

With Christmas on the way, Walter has his annual office Christmas party at the house. But he's worried that Maude's feminist friend, Stephanie, who goes out of her way to preach to everyone... See full summary »

Director: Hal Cooper | Stars: Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Adrienne Barbeau, Conrad Bain

Votes: 29

11. 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001)
Episode: Jolly Old St. Dick (1996)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

The Solomons experience their first Christmas.

Director: Robert Berlinger | Stars: John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 248

12. Smallville (2001–2011)
Episode: Lexmas (2005)

TV-PG | 43 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

On Christmas Eve, Lex travels to a dangerous neighborhood in Granville, Kansas, dealing dirty means to cut Jonathan Kent of the race to the senate. He is shot twice in cold-blood when a ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Erica Durance

Votes: 942

13. The New Normal (2012–2013)
Episode: Baby Proofing (2012)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

Everything must go.

Director: Max Winkler | Stars: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood

Votes: 95

14. Will & Grace (1998– )
Episode: A Little Christmas Queer (2005)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Karen, Grace, Jack and Will visit Will's family over the Christmas break. Will's brother Sam and his two children are there, too. Everyone suspects that Sam's son Jordy is gay. Worried that... See full summary »

Director: James Burrows | Stars: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes

Votes: 184

15. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: No-Ho-Ho (2012)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

When the gang finds out Jane lied about being born on Christmas Day and never got her own celebration, they throw a Christmas-free birthday party for her.

Director: Michael Patrick Jann | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 174

16. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–1996)
Episode: Deck the Halls (1990)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Will realizes that Ashley has never experienced a real Christmas before and goes out of his way to let her have one. He decorates the inside of the mansion and also the outside fully, upsetting some of the neighbors.

Director: Jeff Melman | Stars: Will Smith, James Avery, Janet Hubert, Alfonso Ribeiro

Votes: 458

17. The Golden Girls (1985–1992)
Episode: Have Yourself a Very Little Christmas (1989)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

The girls volunteer at a homeless shelter on Christmas day and learn that Stan has been thrown out on the streets by his current wife.

Director: Terry Hughes | Stars: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

Votes: 188

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