Our Favorite Thanksgiving TV Episodes

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Sunday, Nov 27, 2016 07:08 AM

Ah the Thanksgiving episode. Every series has one, as if mandated by the TV network gods for all the shows. For us people at home, we get to see our characters create their own traditions, get into fun hijinks and eat a lot of weird food. It’s a fun thing to watch, and what better way to celebrate the holiday than to have a rundown of our favorite thanksgiving episodes? 

The One With All the Thanksgivings: Friends

Friends was one of those shows that put on a Thanksgiving episode every season, and like clockwork, we’ve come to expect it. But The One With All the Thanksgivings (season 5) had the fun task of all the friends talking about their worst Thanksgiving ever. This gave us one of our favorite Friends catchphrases (More turkey, mister Chandler?), Phoebe’s past lives’ Thanksgivings and Monica dancing with a turkey on her head. We get to see four of the Friends way back when, and see Chandler admit for the first time that he was in love with Monica. Awww. 

Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving: Gilmore Girls

You know it’s going to be a fun Gilmore Girls episode when you have High School Musical director Kenny Ortega at the helm. Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving (season 3) had all the classic Gilmore Girls zaniness that we love. Rory and Lorelai agreed to go to four different Thanksgiving dinners, discussing strategy and the crazy things people do on thanksgiving. There was tofurkey, man. 

My First Thanksgiving With Josh!: Crazy Ex Girlfriend

This is one of the shows that you should be watching now. They tell character stories through musical numbers, and the main character Rebecca is crazy enough to keep things fun even when they’re not singing about their feelings. In this episode, Rebecca invites herself to her crush Josh’s house (with a bow of dinuguan!). “Would I like to go to the Chan's? Would I like to be surrounded by the unconditional love of a hundred Filipinos? Of course I would.” You would too. 

Slapsgiving: How I Met Your Mother

One of the things that people love (or hate) about How I Met Your Mother are the things that the show brings up throughout the season, like Barney’s mid-season "legen (wait for it) dary," and Ted and Robin’s military names joke ("General Information"). But none of these things brought us more joy than Marshall and Barney’s Slap Bet. The first Slapsgiving (Season 3) sets up the show with some drama between Robin and Ted, but it was Marshall’s enthusiasm for the huge slap Barney was owed that was such a hilarious buildup. Plus that three second plot twist just made things amazing, and the song was just a lovely way to cap off the episode. 

About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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