It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For most of us, that is. For some, it’s a season of shootings and beatings and heartbreak – but hey, what’s a winter finale without a cliffhanger? Here are the top five DCTV holiday episodes, ranging from the Arrowverse to the animated universe, and everything in between!
Arrow – Dark Waters
Sometimes the best holiday episodes opt for a little more darkness than cheer. That’s the case for Arrow‘s “Dark Waters,” and it totally works – a proposal in front of a Christmas tree is the perfect heartwarming holiday moment… Which is immediately followed by an attempted murder and near-fatal shooting, all set to “The Little Drummer Boy.” Ah, gotta love this time of year.
Smallville – Lexmas
Gone but never forgotten, Smallville set the stage for modern comic book TV as we know it, especially when it comes to holiday episodes. “Lexmas” brilliantly blends holiday cheer with heartbreaking disappointment – we see the beautiful future Lex Luthor could have, and then see him make the choice that takes him, instead, on the path to super-villany.
The Flash – The Man in the Yellow Suit
Throwing it back to The Flash‘s first season, “The Man in the Yellow Suit” stands out as one of the best episodes of the series in general. Barry finally comes face to face with the Reverse Flash, plus, season one’s young little Barry finally tells the future Mrs. West-Allen that he’s in love with her. So many feelings!
Justice League – Comfort and Joy
We gotta give a shout out to the DC Animated Universe – it may not get as much recognition as its live action counterpart, but it’s thoroughly entertaining and definitely worth a watch if you’ve never checked it out. “Comfort and Joy” is one of those rare episodes of Justice League (or any show) that lets you just see the heroes casually happy at Christmastime. It is quite literally comforting and joyful.
Supergirl – Reign
The most recent episode on our list, “Reign,” was the mid-season finale of Supergirl’s current season. It’s not overtly Christmassy, but the final battle between Reign and Supergirl, partially set to “Deck the Halls” is hard to forget. In a moment reminiscent of Arrow‘s “Dark Waters,” the episode ends in devestation, with Kara nearly dead after her defeat by Reign.