Many TV shows opt for Christmas-themed episodes during this time of year. The shows want to connect with audiences and help get into the spirit. Of course, there is always something that happens that doesn’t quite feel like Christmas. The WB/CW have been no strangers to Christmas-themed episodes, and here are the five best ones ever to air.
#5. ‘Arrow’ Season 4: ‘Dark Waters’
Arrow Season 4 wasn’t the best season ever, but it did have a good Christmas-themed storyline. After all, this was the episode that fans got to witness Oliver propose to Felicity. Cue all the Olicity fans screaming with joy, even if it was short-lived.
The episode didn’t quite go as planned for the main characters. Damien Darhk kidnapped three of our favorite characters and left Oliver Queen trying to save the day before Diggle, Felicity, and Thea were gassed and used as test subjects. It also ended with Felicity being badly injured after a car crash, which became the start of the end for Olicity.
#4: ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Season 3: ‘Amends’
Buffy and Angel were no strangers to heartache and trouble through the holiday-themed episodes. In this episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it was Christmas Eve, and Angel was up against a formidable evil—one that not everyone would see. It was also the start of the end for Angel on the show, so he could move to L.A. and get his own spin-off.
One of the best things about the episode was the introduction of The First Evil. Oh, and the fact that the First Evil could come back as a ghost and that meant the return of Jenny Lavender temporarily. Who else was heartbroken for Giles when he walked in to find Jenny dead at the hands of Angel in BtVS Season 2?
#3: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Season 6: ‘Christmas Through Your Eyes’
This was one of those episodes that helped to keep The Vampire Diaries going. It included plenty of flashbacks to see Elena, Caroline, and Bonnie in happier times. Unfortunately for Bonnie, she was stuck in the 1994 prison world all alone, trying to create a happy time for herself while waiting for others to save her. As Zap2It reported just before the episode, Bonnie would try to replicate Christmas memories in The Vampire Diaries special.
It wasn’t the happiest of episodes, but it was full of excellent acting from Candice Accola. Caroline learns that her mother is dying of cancer and there is nothing they can do to help.
#2: ‘Supernatural’ Season 3: ‘A Very Supernatural Christmas’
Supernatural doesn’t do many holiday episodes, but it really pushes the boat out when it does. Supernatural Season 3 was focused on Dean going to Hell—well, saving Dean from going to Hell—and that meant the Winchester brothers wants to make this Christmas special. Unfortunately, a town with a killer Santa stops them in their tracks.
There are some of the funniest lines of Season 3 in this episode, especially as it turns out the evil creatures don’t like swearing! There’s also the bad singing to contend with when Sam and Dean break into a drunken Santa’s home, only to find out he’s not the bad guy.
One of the best parts of the episodes is to find out where Dean’s amulet necklace came from. It turns out it was supposed to be a present for John, but Sam realized that Dean was the most important person in his life.
#1: ‘The Originals’ Season 3: ‘Savior’
This episode of The Originals was perfect for a Christmas-themed episode. Klaus finally got to declare his love for Cami and even proved that he loved her by saving Detective Kinney despite not really wanting to. He had only ever done such a thing when around Caroline in The Vampire Diaries, so fans could see that love was genuine.
Then it all went horribly wrong. It was The Originals Season 3 midseason finale, so we knew something would have to happen. We didn’t expect to watch Cami slit her own throat and for Klaus to wake up to find her that way. Joseph Morgan acted it beautifully.
Do you agree with this list? Which episodes go on your best WB/CW Christmas-themed episodes list?
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