Nothing helps ring in the holiday season more than a slew of brand-new Christmas specials. As a noteworthy gift to their viewers, the television shows of 2015 followed in the footsteps of the TV holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and created their own holiday-themed episodes. The television Christmas specials of 2015 brought viewers into the homes of some of their favorite television characters as they celebrated the festive season, spent time with their loved ones, and rang in the New Year. And now — as you gear up for yet another holiday season — you can add these 2015 Christmas episodes to your must-watch list.
While some TV shows are known for producing yearly holiday-themed episodes, other shows celebrated the holiday season for the very first time in 2015. For example, NBC's sketch comedy series, Saturday Night Live, is known for providing fans with holiday cheer on a yearly basis. However, the hit BBC series, Sherlock, made a point to introduce a one-of-a-kind time-period piece for its very first holiday season celebration. There's plenty of television to go around during the month of December. Here's how the television shows of 2015 embraced the Christmas spirit.
1. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
Sherlock fans may have waited nearly two years, since the BBC show's Season 3 finale. But on Jan. 1, 2016, the 2015 holiday season was wrapped up nicely with the premiere of the Sherlock holiday special, The Abominable Bride. The hour-and-a-half long episode took place in 1890s London and acted as a time-period spin-off from the show's original modern timeline. The holiday special also acted as a nice placeholder for fans anxiously awaiting 2017's premiere of Sherlock Season 4.
2. Doctor Who Christmas Special
Doctor Who fans were thrilled to find the return of a previous character in 2015's Christmas day special, "The Husbands of River Song." Star Alex Kingston was back as Professor River Song and Doctor Who reunited with his old friend in a whirlwind adventure through time and space.
3. RuPaul's Drag Race: Green Screen Christmas
In 2015, RuPaul's Drag Race premiered their very first holiday episode as a part of Logo's month-long "Happy Holigays" extravaganza. Green Screen Christmas was a Christmas celebration that helped to premiere RuPaul's new holiday song, "Merry Christmas, Mary" and featured music and performances from a number of different celebrities (including music group, Pentatonix) and drag queens from the series' past.
4. Modern Family, "White Christmas"
A Modern Family Christmas was just as hilarious as fans had hoped. When Gloria (Sofía Vergara) tried to plan out a white Christmas for the family, her idea only ended up backfiring. The weather was anything but white, and family secrets slowly began to unravel.
5. Saturday Night Live
SNL is known for their yearly holiday specials. In 2015, the Saturday Night Live holiday special was hosted by the show's alumni, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (with musical guest Bruce Springsteen). As expected, the comedians brought down the house with a music-filled opening monologue and the reappearance of their Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton impersonations.
6. Bob's Burgers, "Nice-Capades"
Tina Belcher let out her wild side in the 2015 Bob's Burgers Christmas special after finding out she made the mall Santa's naughty list. So in typical holiday spirit, Tina, Gene, and Louise put together a musical to help change Santa's mind.
7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine, "Yippie Kayak"
Andy Samberg may not be on SNL any longer, but he's still keeping the Christmas specials going as NYPD Detective Jake Peralta. In the 2015 Brooklyn Nine-Nine holiday episode, Jake, Charles, and Gina try to get away with last-minute Christmas shopping — while the rest of the police precinct was focused on other ways to get into the holiday spirit.
Get ready to relive all of the Christmas magic. These 2015 episodes are totally worth rewatching — and 2016 is bound to bring even more holiday fun.