Merry days-before-Christmas, friends. Pretty soon, most of us will be going home for the holidays (whether you’re excited for that or not), and we’re all beginning to wonder what to watch on the journey.
Just like visiting family on Christmas day is a great opportunity to do nothing, eat everything and see your childhood dog, travelling on Christmas day is a great opportunity to catch up on all the shows and movies you missed from the last year.
Shout out to everyone trying to hear a movie over their parents questions about the movie.
— Eliza Skinner (@elizaskinner) December 25, 2017
So hop on a plane, train or automobile, sit back and let your good friend TV keep you company.
What to watch for Christmas, based on how long you’ll be travelling:
If you’re flying in Australia, you’ll just need to plan out what to watch for an hour or two. Unless you’re all aboard the Sydney to Perth plane, you’ll really only have time for a few episodes of a show, and we humbly suggest the Christmas specials, arguably the best episodes of any TV show.
They’re bursting with chaotic, unhinged holiday cheer. Whomst could forget the moment when Michael Scott, roleplaying a sad Santa in The Office, let Kevin sit on his lap and saw his whole life flash before his eyes in the season 6, episode 13 special “Secret Santa”.[media_embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0bgkaev_m8[/media_embed]
Every show worth its runtime has done a Christmas episode. Pick and choose from anything like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation, Friends, The Simpsons, Seinfeld, Black Mirror, Arrested Development and the Ludachristmas episode of 30 Rock. Even Grey’s Anatomy has done a few — don’t limit yourself!
So glad we can finally say Merry Ludachristmas again
— Kayla Atkins (@BigTimeKayla) December 20, 2019
You might be heading off overseas for Christmas, in which case you’ve got time to catch up on some of 2019’s best movies. Whether you consider those to be trashy Netflix Christmas movies or the award-nominated Marriage Story starring sad, wide boy Adam Driver is up to you.
Load up your laptop with The Farewell, Awkwafina’s heart-wrenching and life-affirming movie about a family saying goodbye to their dying matriarch.
J.Lo wears the most luxurious coat of all time in Hustlers. Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding are very hot in Last Christmas. And Keanu Reeves is, well, very Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.
If you just want something dumb and fun to pass the time, Hobbs & Shaw, the Fast & Furious spin-off starring The Rock and Idris Elba’s muscles, is a beautiful piece of trash.
If Die Hard is a Christmas movie, so is Hustlers. In this essay, I will pic.twitter.com/9jnan3FSFz
— Andrew Hammond (@NotAshleyHannon) December 19, 2019
Long-ass train ride
Trains are great — they’re cheaper than flying and better for the environment. But catching a train through rural Australia takes forever, so you’d better have a game plan for what to watch.
A long train trip is the perfect time to binge all eight episodes of The Witcher, Netflix’s new show starring Henry Cavill as a monster hunter who loves to take long, luxurious baths.
*aggressively gets into Witcher 3 after seeing Henry Cavill look hot as fuck*
— コーヒーねこ(Yorozuya)🐱🍰 (@koffee_katz) July 1, 2019
Or maybe you wanna prep for the final episode The Mandalorian hitting Disney+ on December 27 by catching up on the show about Baby Yoda’s adventures in space with his fearsome bounty hunter side-kick.
Every Mom on Christmas morning watching you open presents: pic.twitter.com/m7hI1qYoVz
— Julie Benson (@TheJulieBenson) November 29, 2019
You can watch all of the horny Dickinson show on Apple TV+ if you’ve ever wanted to see Emily Dickinson twerk to Lizzo’s “Boys”. Or if true crime’s your thing, Netflix just dropped its terrifying new series The Confession Killer.
Maybe you won’t get through all nine episodes of HBO’s new Watchmen series in a single trip, but the superhero drama will definitely make the time pass faster.
2019 also gave us the perfect second season of Fleabag, Ava DuVernay’s true crime miniseries When They See Us, the final season of Broad City and James McAvoy in sexy knitwear in His Dark Materials.
Oh no James McAvoy’s Lord Asriel has a silver streak in his hair in HIS DARK MATERIALS, my personal kryptonite pic.twitter.com/tBeItGuCGb
— Michelle Jaworski (@michejaw) November 5, 2019
If you’re hosting (or bailing) on Christmas this year, congratulations. You get to watch whatever you want, whenever you want!
what if, instead of going home for the holidays next year, I flew somewhere Else and ate pasta salad alone in a hotel room for three days
— Trista Mateer (@tristamateer) December 21, 2016
Truly, blessed entertainment this holiday season.
(Lead image: The Witcher / Netflix)
Alana is the staff writer on AWOL who thinks the best way to travel is by taking spontaneous detours and stopping at every local bakery to try the cakes. She writes a lot about Australian TV, Big Things, cursed food, and theme parks. You can follow her on Instagram @alana.dotcom. It’s mostly dogs she meets along the way.