This List of Most Popular Christmas Episodes Features a Surprising Amount of ‘House’

published Dec 23, 2020
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Christmas movies get lots of love, but we can’t forget about Christmas episodes. Over the years, some of our favorite TV shows, from The Office to The Simpsons, have released Christmas episodes we love to rewatch yearly, right alongside holiday movies.

What’s everyone’s favorite this year? DISH Network wanted to know, so it combed IMDb for the most-viewed Christmas episodes. The parameters: the episode had to be produced between 1990 and this year, and it had to have at least 1,500 votes and a rating of 7.5 or higher on IMDb.

The top 15 this year represent just eight shows. House has five episodes on the list, while How I Met Your Mother has three and The Office, two. Other shows on the list are The X-Files, The Simpsons, Modern Family, Doctor Who, and This Is Us. Coming in at number one is the 2008 Christmas episode of House, “It’s a Wonderful Lie.”

This list seems contentious. Why so much House and so little of The Simpsons? Why no Chrismukkah episodes of The O.C.? If conversation lags during your zoom Christmas, send everyone a link to this list.

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DISH also looked at Google Trends data to find the most-searched show on Christmas by state. This time The Simpsons and The Office clearly dominate. Were Wyoming, Mississippi, and Maine carrying views for House? North Dakota and Alaska are outliers, searching for This Is Us and The X-Files respectively.