It's that time of year again! The leaves are changing color, the air is getting cooler, and practically every sitcom on television is doing a holiday-themed episode. While some viewers find these specials to be a charming tradition, others find them to be formulaic and unoriginal. Regardless of which camp you fall into, there's no denying that the holiday episode has become a staple of the sitcom genre.

So what makes these episodes so popular? One theory is that they provide a welcome break from the usual day-to-day problems that characters face. Instead of dealing with relationship drama or work stress, characters can come together to celebrate the holidays and enjoy each other's company. This change of pace can be refreshing for both viewers and writers alike. Additionally, holiday episodes often feature guest stars and cameo appearances, which can help to boost ratings.

Whether you love them or hate them, there's no escaping the holiday episode. So sit back, grab some eggnog, and enjoy the festive fun

BoJack Horseman

COMEDY NERD BoJack Horseman had a Christmas special between Seasons 1 and 2. Apparently, Netflix released it just as a treat to tide fans over until Season 2 came out. CRACKED.COM

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Arrested Development

COMEDY NERD Arrested Development.s ер Afternoon Delight has an... awkward duet. - 3% 0173 It's performed by Michael and Maeby at The Bluth Company's Christmas party - plus, there's a bit where George Michael and his dad rebuild the banana stand. CRACKED.COM

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30 Rock

COMEDY NERD 30 Rock''s Ludachristmas episode features Jack meeting Liz's family. HORNY HO ABIE And it's full of jokes about the Lemons like It's not a Lemon party without old Dick (please don't google that). CRACKED.COM

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Friends

COMEDY NERD Friends had an episode with a Holiday Armadillo, who had many wise lessons. The One With the Holiday Armadillo features not just the Armadillo (who was truly inclusive, with a lesson about Hanukkah too), but also featured Superman himself. CRACKED.COM

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Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia

COMEDY NERD Have you seen It's Always Sunny in Philadelphias Season 6 finale? In true IASIP form, A Very Sunny Christmas features things like naked elves and blood, but also the gang rediscovering the true meaning of Christmas. CRACKED.COM

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Seinfeld

COMEDY NERD The Seinfeld episode The Pick often gets kind of unfairly overlooked. Sure, everyone goes for the Festivus episode (The Strike), but this episode is pretty fun too and has lines we all wish we could say, like You want a Christmas card? All right, here. Here's your Christmas card. CRACKED.COM

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