10 Seriously Messed Up Christmas Specials To Stream Right Now

Christmas is a time for celebration. A time for whimsy and cheer. 

It's also a time for holiday specials galore, with virtually every TV program in existence offering a Christmas-themed episode for everyone in the family to enjoy. 

We thought we'd take a look at some of the darker Christmas-themed episodes out there, all of which make for a great viewing experience for those looking for something a little outside the box when it comes to their holiday watchlist. 

Family Guy—“Road to the North Pole”

It’s funny, poignant, and ultimately sends an intelligent message urging viewers to reconsider their own needs when it comes to Christmas, rather than engaging in the selfish “I want this, I want that” mentality 

American Dad—“For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls”

The only entry on this list to feature a full-on battle between a family and an army of elves atop a snowy mountain as heavy metal plays in the background.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia—“A Very Sunny Christmas”

If you’re looking for dark comedy, it doesn’t get any darker than this (except perhaps for the next entry on this list).