The lazy days of the holiday season provide ample opportunity for screen time — and many beloved TV shows love to lean into the Christmas cheer. From Saturday Night Live‘s holiday-themed sketches to The Office’s nearly-annual Christmas party to all those Christmas movie favorites playing nonstop for the month of December, options are nearly unlimited — and allegiances strong.
This year, Rotten Tomatoes conducted a survey of more than 1,600 movie and TV fans to determine the most popular specials, sketches, episodes and films dedicated to grinches, eggnog and awkward office Christmas parties. See below for the holiday-themed fare viewers love the most.
Favorite holiday special
How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas are the two most popular holiday specials, according to Rotten Tomatoes. The survey found that women and millennials favored the Grinch, while men and non-millennials felt that special connection to Peanuts.
Holiday-themed sitcom episode
Holiday-themed one-hour drama episode
The overall favorite went to The X-Files‘ “How the Ghosts Stole Christmas,” with Downton Abbey‘s “Christmas at Downton Abbey” coming in second. According to Rotten Tomatoes, millennials and women were more likely to vote for Downton Abbey when compared with The X-Files.
Favorite Saturday Night Live holiday sketch
The Lonely Island’s “Dick in a Box,” a 2006 digital short starring Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake, ranks as the top favorite, followed by 1998’s “Schweddy Balls,” featuring Alec Baldwin as a guest of Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon’s timid (but slightly naughty) NPR hosts.
Holiday-themed teen drama episode
When it comes to teen dramas, survey respondents tended to prefer their holiday themes in fantasy shows. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Amends” was the overall favorite, with Supernatural‘s “A Very Supernatural Christmas” coming in second place.
Favorite holiday movie to watch on TV
Elf is the reigning answer here — among millennials. People 35 and older said they preferred the 1946 Frank Capra classic It’s a Wonderful Life.
Favorite holiday horror movie
The Nightmare Before Christmas is the top holiday horror movie choice among millennials — though many might argue it’s more charming than scary. Older respondents were partial to Gizmo in a Santa hat, opting for Gremlins.