12 Of The Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes To Enjoy On Turkey Day!

Thanksgiving is almost here, and there is no better way to enjoy the Holiday than by watching your favorite shows! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Thanksgiving episodes to give you some inspiration!

Kiley Hill

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: November 24th, 2020 3:57 pm pst

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A day filled with good eats, friends, and family, football, and parades! You can also celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday by watching some of your favorite cast members celebrate too. Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving episodes of television! 

Seinfeld, Season 6: Episode 8, “The Mom & Pop Store”

This episode doesn’t necessarily have the fixings of a family-filled table eating turkey and stuffing, but it does feature another tradition,  the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and it’s a Seinfeld classic.

Gilmore Girls, Season 3: Episode 9, “A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving”

This is a rather interesting episode as Lorelai and Rory are venturing off to four Thanksgivings and seeing how they can pull that off. But seeing a drunk Sookie played by Melissa McCarthy might be the episode winner.

How I Met Your Mother, Season 3: Episode 9, “Slapsgiving”

This is a running gag in this sitcom, and it’s a fan favorite for sure. Lily is hosting her and Marshall’s first Thanksgiving as a married couple, but it’s not easy when Marshall decides this is the best day for him to use one of his slaps on Barney after winning a slap bet. And let’s not forget the awkward tension between Ted and Robin as they recently broke up and Robin bringing a date along doesn’t make it any easier. A typical Thanksgiving, no?

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Season 9: Episode 10, “The Gang Squashes Their Beefs”

Instead of enjoying the day with friends and family, the gang decides to treat the holiday a little differently in this episode. They invite various enemies they have made over the years in hopes of making amends which leads to a rather entertaining episode.

Cheers, Season 5: Episode 9, “Thanksgiving Orphans”

As everyone’s plans fall apart, Carla decides to host Thanksgiving at her house as she has it to herself. Things don’t turn out the best as everyone starts to peek at their hungriest states, and Norm’s turkey doesn’t seem to be cooking well. 

This is Us, Season 1: Episode 8, “Pilgrim Rick”

This episode features a flashback with Jack as the family gets stranded on their way to Rebecca’s mom’s house for Thanksgiving. And even without Jack, they try to keep the tradition alive in this moving episode. 

Friends, Season 5: Episode 8, “The One With All the Thanksgiving Flashbacks”

Friends always put the best comedy into their holiday episodes, but Thanksgiving was one of their special treats to us fans. This specific episode is even better with countless flashbacks of the group’s worst Thanksgivings ever. And we love the raw turkey headgear. 

That 70s Show, Season 1: Episode 9, “Thanksgiving”

This is a typical That 70s Show holiday. Kitty fears her mother-in-law’s visit but when the kids forget to pick her up, she can’t help but be thankful (even if a bit wrong). Plus, Eric’s sister brings home her flirty college friend, and after Donna finds out she kissed Eric, things turn a bit ugly.

Modern Family, Season 6: Episode 8, “Three Turkeys”

What’s a Modern Family episode without a little bit of holiday chaos? Phil and Luke are in charge of the turkey, which obviously means there’s going to be a bit of trouble, but Claire secretly has a backup turkey (but of course that was no luck either).

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Season 1: Episode 10, “Thanksgiving”

Although we love the Brooklyn Nine-Nine Halloween episodes, we can’t get over how perfect this holiday episode was. Some people think the best way to celebrate Thanksgiving is with your coworkers, at least everyone at this precinct does. Everyone has to endure Amy’s terrible cooking, but Holt and Jake end up lucking out as fate would have them leave to track down a perp.

New Girl, Season 2: Episode 8, “Parents”

Jessica Day’s Parent Trap fantasy comes to light as she and the guys host a Thanksgiving meal at their loft. Between a scheme of getting her parents back together and the Schmidts trying to decide who is the superior Schmidt, it was one dysfunctional holiday for sure.

Gossip Girl, Season 1: Episode 9: “Blair Waldorf Must Pie”

Everyone loves a good drama-filled holiday, right? Oh, wait, only in Gossip Girl do they enjoy that. There were many intense ups and downs throughout the episode, mainly with another Serena and Blair fight, plus Dan’s plan to win over Serena, this was a holiday hit for Gossip Girl lovers.

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About The Author:

Kiley Hill is a senior at Penn State University majoring in broadcast journalism focusing on TV reporting and minoring in entrepreneurship and innovation with a focus on new media.

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