Festive Favourites: Study Reveals the Most Loved Christmas TV Specials

As snow begins to fall this Christmas season in the UK, nothing is better than cuddling up and enjoying back-to-back Christmas TV specials. 

And with millions of Brits every year tuning in for Christmas TV, BonusFinder decided to delve into IMDb data to determine the best-rated episodes of Christmases past

Highest-rated Christmas TV specials 

RankTV ShowEpisode nameYear airedAverage rating (/10)
1The BearFishes20239.6
=2Downton AbbeyChristmas Special20159.3
=2The Office (UK)Christmas Special, Part 220039.3
4Black MirrorWhite Christmas20149.1
=5Downton AbbeyA Moorland Holiday20149.0
=5Coronation StreetCoronation Street: Tram Crash20109.0
=5Six Feet UnderIt’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year20029.0
=8Peep ShowSeasonal Beatings20108.9
=8The Vicar of DibleyThe Christmas Lunch Incident19968.9
=8Mr. BeanMerry Christmas Mr. Bean19928.9
12Father TedA Christmassy Ted19968.8
13The Office (US)Christmas Party20058.7
=14Ted LassoCarol of the Bells20218.6
=14Gavin and StaceyChristmas Special20088.6
=14Gordon, Gino & Fred’s Road TripDesperately Seeking Santa20208.6

The top spot is taken by the ever-so anxiety-fuelling global hit, The Bear with the episode Fishes scoring an outstanding rating of 9.6 out of 10. Although not aired during Christmas, this episode sets the scene for what Christmas was like in the Berzatto family. The star-studded cast includes Jamie Lee Curtis, where the overwhelmingly anarchistic episode shows the dysfunctional family doing what they do best; causing havoc and bringing tension to the dinner table. 

In joint second place are two polar opposite shows, Downton Abbey and The Office (UK) both scoring 9.3 out of 10. Downton Abbey’s Christmas Special was fuelled by love and in The Office, chaos. Whilst Downton Abbey was full of loved-up couplings and elegance, The Office set new records for cringe-comedy in its final episode. 

The ‘cult classic’ horror-anthology show, Black Mirror takes fourth place with 9.1 out of 10. Starring Jon Hamm, this eerie episode is set during Christmas where story swapping turns dark, with both characters revealing the horrors of their past in the true dystopian fashion that Black Mirror fans crave. 

Rachel Bartee

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