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We all have our favorite holiday TV specials — "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." They hold a special place in our hearts and childhoods, but sometimes we need something a little less wholesome around the holidays. Reminisce with these five holiday episodes from TV comedies next time you're in the mood for Christmas with a dash of naughty with your nice.

30 Rock: "Ludachristmas"

Family is everything (both the bad and the good) in this episode of the Tina Fey comedy. Liz Lemon's family is in New York for the holidays, as well as Jack's mom, Colleen (played by the incomparable Elaine Stritch), who took a bus through a hurricane to get there. Colleen immediately dislikes Liz's family because of their endless optimism and cheeriness and sets about showing Jack that the Lemons are just as screwed up as his own family.

It's a pessimistic tale about family, but it's one that will make you appreciate the relatives you tend to dislike (within reason, of course).

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: "A Very Sunny Christmas"

"A Very Sunny Christmas" reaches into the childhoods of some of it's main characters, and what it finds is both hilarious and slightly disturbing.

When Mac and Charlie visit Mac's home to rediscover some of his childhood toys, Mac mentions offhandedly his parents' tradition of taking him to the house next door to get his presents, while another kid went to his house to find Santa's gifts. After a bit of questioning, Charlie figures out the truth of Mac's Christmas tradition: His family broke into other houses and took the presents for themselves. The rest of the gang's holidays unfold in similar ways, which makes it the perfect episode to help you appreciate your own traditions (and maybe feel a bit of schadenfreude).

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Friends: "The One with the Holiday Armadillo"

When the costume store is out of Santa outfits so close to Christmas, Ross is forced to rent an armadillo costume instead. Ross wanted to teach his son, Ben, about Hanukkah from Santa's point of view because Ben's always loved Christmas. Instead, he is forced to change directions and become the Holiday Armadillo (Santa's representative from the southern states and Mexico).

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The Office: "Christmas Party"

In this ridiculously awkward episode of The Office, Michael Scott decides that their annual Christmas Secret Santa needs to go after he's disappointed with his gift, an oven mitt from Phyllis. Instead, he elects to hold an impromptu "Yankee Swap" (similar to Dirty Santa), in which the presents meant for specific people can be stolen by other players in the game.

The party goes even further south when he decides to mend the situation by breaking company policy and buying enough alcohol "to get 20 people plastered." It's the perfect episode to watch for a how-to on throwing the worst holiday party ever.

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Seinfeld: "The Strike"

This episode (the one that introduced the world to Festivus) was a classic as soon as it aired. George's father, Frank (played by Jerry Stiller), sends a card to his son in celebration of the holiday he invented, prompting Kramer to become obsessed with the holiday. In a scene as close to political commentary as Seinfeld gets, Kramer goes on strike when the bagel shop he works at denies him holiday leave to observe Festivus.

"The Strike" is the quintessential holiday TV episode and has inspired many people to join in celebrating Frank Costanza's made-up holiday. If you haven't seen it, make a point to do so this winter.

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