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The best new TV series and Christmas-themed episodes to watch during the winter holidays

To relax and find the perfect Christmas mood

The best new TV series and Christmas-themed episodes to watch during the winter holidays To relax and find the perfect Christmas mood

What's better than a cold December night spent watching your favorite TV show? What could be better than a cold December evening spent watching a TV series? The major streaming platforms have already released or will make available over the next few weeks a wide selection of new shows, from the SATC reboot to the second season of Emily in Paris, that we could enjoy when, between the opening of the presents and the family dinner, we would inevitably be assailed by boredom. But if, at the nth slice of panettone, the state of numbness would steal the concentration necessary to get passionate about a new series, we could always dive into the mood of the holidays watching the best Christmas-themed episodes of our favorite series.

G-Club, suggests you some titles: 5 new series and 10 Christmas-themed episodes from cult and unforgettable shows, but also more recent ones. Are you ready to press play and relax, basking in the magical atmospheres that have enchanted us on the small screen?

 

Christmas Flow 

It's been available since November 17, but this French-made miniseries (only 3 episodes!) is perfect for the holiday season. Not only because it's set right around that time, but because it's cute, fresh and light, without being cheesy. The plot? It's a love story between two opposites: rapper Marcus (Tayc), accused of glorifying misogyny and violence against women in his songs, and Lila (Shirine Boutella), a journalist and founder, together with two friends, of an independent and feminist webzine called Les Simones. The two meet by chance in the security office of a department store and spend Christmas Eve together.

Where: Netflix

 

And Just Like That...

The girls are back. Without Samantha, but with a cast full of newcomers and old acquaintances, Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte are no longer carefree young girls conquering the Big Apple and looking for great love. Now they are confident, empowered women facing a new phase of life by supporting each other. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon return to play their most popular characters and wear the most glamorous clothes of the small screen, just in time to put a good dose of sisterhood under our tree.

Where: from December 9 on Sky and NOW TV

 

Emily in Paris 2

Netflix's most popular ringard returns with 10 new episodes, in which we will discover what will happen to the love triangle between Emily, Gabriel and Camille and meet new suitors. In this season, the character played by Lily Collins will face several work challenges and immerse herself more and more in her new French life, exploring not only Paris, but also the south of the state. The other reason that will keep us glued to the screen? Obviously, the outfits created by Patricia Field for Emily, Mindy, Gabriel and Sylvie.

Where: from December 22 on Netflix

 

The Ferragnez - The series

If following them on Instagram is not enough for you, now there is also The Ferragnez- The series, a sort of hybrid between the old-school Italian sit-com of the Vianellos and the glam of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The cameras will show us everything that happened to Chiara and Fedez between the end of 2020 and the first months of 2021: from the second pregnancy of the digital entrepreneur to the participation of the rapper in Sanremo, until the birth of Victoria. Each episode, it seems perfect to bring a bit of gossip and lightness between a slice of panettone and a plate of struffoli.

Where: from December 9 on Amazon Prime Video

 

Harlem

Amazon Prime's new series follows the adventures of four friends living in Harlem, New York. There's Camille (Megan Good), an anthropology professor waiting for tenure; Tye (Jerrie Johnson), who develops a dating app for queer and black users; aspiring actress Angie (Shoniqa Shandai); and Quinn (Grace Byers), a fashion designer and incurable romantic. If the SATC reboot doesn't convince you, why not give this new girl squad a chance? Even under the tree, there's always room for love, yoga classes, cool outfits and girl talk.

Where: Amazon Prime Video

 

New Girl – Christmas Eve Eve

New Girl is known for its incredible friendships, long-running gags, and hilarious holiday episodes. This season six Christmas episode sees Jess trying to keep Secret Santa alive in the loft. She gets crazy-excited about the holiday season despite her (Meghan Fox) roommate’s objections and unintentionally raises the gift-giving-stakes through the roof. Winston also gets freaked that his present for Cece won’t arrive on time, so he goes on a shopping spree with Schmidt, her ex. Badum-tss.

Where: Netflix

 

Gilmore Girls - Santa's Secret Stuff 

Nothing gets you in a festive mood more than watching the Gilmore Girls Christmas episode "Forgiveness and Stuff" or as many people call it, the one with the Santa Burger. This episode is very special because is full of all traditional Gilmore one-liners, but it also remind us that underneath all the jokes and sarcasm lies a family that loves and cares for each other every day. In “Santa’s Secret Stuff”, Rory returns home to find Lorelai has saved the magic of the holidays for her after missing the real Christmas to spend time with Logan in London. From decorating the tree, to making their own candy cane coffee, the girls enjoy being festive in Stars Hollow. But as they recreate the snowy season, it becomes even more clear that Chris and Lorelai's relationship is on the rocks.

Where: Netflix

 

4. Black-ish – Black Santa/White Christmas

Black-ish has received critical acclaim: the show has received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, and a TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. Meanwhile, Tracee Ellis Ross has received individual praise, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. The show ranks among the top ten in the United States for estimated total audience size and speaks about a black family and its cultural identity establishment. Certain that his annual office Christmas party needs a black Santa, Dre, the head of the family, goes out of his way to fill the red suit, even though the head of HR already got the job. Meanwhile, Bow doesn't feel like competing with Ruby over who cooks the big holiday dinner.

Where: Disney+

 

Black Mirror - White Christmas

White Christmas is episode 4 of season 2. If Bing Crosby's song named, in fact, "White Christmas" is not your favorite thing, you can spend some time watching this dark Christmas special that reflects on technology and its side effects. Of the holiday mood it actually keeps only the setting, abandoning Christmas goodness, magical and welcoming atmospheres, hugs and positive feelings.

Where: Netflix

 

Stranger Things - The Upsidedown

Stranger Things has been made famous by the impactful graphic ‘80s vibe and those Christmas light messaging. The last episode of the first season of the box office series with 40.7 million views closes on the evening of Christmas Eve, December 24, 1986. After having fought with the dark power of the upside down, revealed the first time, losing (perhaps) friends in battle and recovering from the terrible events, everything seems quiet. Until Will, the survivor of the other world, begins to give clear signs that he did not free himself from the evil that possessed him for a long time. The story has just begun.

Where: Netflix

 

Friends - The One With the Armadillo

In "The One With the ArmadilloRoss teaches his son Ben about Hanukkah. However, he doesn't want to deprive him of a visit from Santa Claus, so Ross rushes to the store for a Santa costume — only to find that an armadillo dress is the only remaining option. The charming chaos that NBC's "Friends" mastered by its seventh season, the humor and chemistry that make viewers feel like part of the "Friends" group, "The One With the Armadillo" is a feel-good, light-hearted watch year after year. Other Christmas Episodes of the most relatable and iconic nostalgic 90’s series are in every season, just choose your favorite one!

 

The OC - The Best Chrismukkah Ever

Seth Cohen creates the term to merge Christmas and Hannukkah holiday to signify his upbringing in an interfaith household with a Jewish father and Protestant mother (although the holiday can also be adopted by all-Jewish households who celebrate Christmas as a secular holiday). Chrismukkah is also celebrated as an ironic, alternative holiday. The cult TV drama The O.C. sees Ryan introduced to a Cohen family tradition as unpleasant memories of the holidays back home resurface. As everyone prepares for a huge holiday party organised by Julie, Seth continues attempting to juggle Anna and Summer, both of whom want to date him exclusively.

Where: Amazon Prime Video

 

Lizzie McGuire - Xtreme Xmas

In this Christmas episode of the most famous teen series of all times, Lizzie fervently hopes to win the grand prize in the Christmas parade with her idea for a "Rock & Roll Christmas" float. The rest of the McGuire family are there, and they are charmed by an eccentric old man in an elf suit who calls himself Nobby Frostybump and seems to really believe he's one of Santa's elves! Nobby usually spends time at a senior citizens home, which had a plumbing problem, and the McGuires & Gordo offer to help fix it. However, the process of doing so gets in the way of Lizzie's ability to finish her float but in the end it is found fully assembled and  used by Steven Tyler who sings his own rendition of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.

Where: Disney+

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Amends

A TV series that was already an instant cult hit when it aired in the late 90's and early 2000's, it has become popular again among Gen Z who continue to mention it and watch it. In this episode as the Scooby gang prepares for the Christmas vacations, Angel is tormented by the spirits of people he has killed in the past and who, driven by the First, bring him to the brink of suicide. Thankfully, Buffy will stop him in time and save him. 

 

Where: Disney+

 

 Euphoria - Christmas Special 

The special Christmas episode of the HBO TV series Euphoria was released on December 7th 2020, and it shows that Rue hasn't liked at all the change of direction of her love story. She spends Christmas evening in a diner, alone and disconsolate, until she is joined by her now mentor Ali. What happens next? You'll have to watch the show's second season to find out.

Where: Sky and NOW TV