Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes

Thanksgiving will be upon us soon. While some seem to be mentally skipping most of November to head straight into the holiday season (red Starbucks cups, anyone?), others might want to get in the mood for this year’s celebrations.

broadcasts such as gossip girl, modern familyand Frasier have devoted all episodes to Thanksgiving over the years.

Below is a selection to enjoy until November 25th.

gossip girl – “Blair Waldorf Must Pie!” Season 1 Episode Nine

The Gossip Girl Episode “Blair Waldorf Must Pie”

(HBO Max)

Few shows have featured Thanksgiving episodes gossip girl. And because that’s the way it is gossip girl, a show that ended a few seasons late, the first Thanksgiving episode was also the best. In this opening episode, families fight, friends fight, and—of course—mysteries are revealed. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air – “Talking Turkey”, Season 1 Episode 12

Vivian realizes the kids at her Bel-Air mansion aren’t doing enough to help around the house, so she hires them to cook Thanksgiving dinner. “Excuse me? Didn’t I mow Central Park yesterday?” A young Will Smith protests in confusion. Still, the kids get to work. Cranberry sauce flies, the filling is dry and the yams are on fire. Relatable.

(HBO Max)

The Mindy Project – “Thanksgiving,” season one, episode six


aah, The Mindy Project. If any show would make a great Thanksgiving episode, it would be this always smart, funny show. In “Thanksgiving”, The Mindy ProjectThe eponymous character tries and fails to have that “are we exclusive” conversation with the guy she met, only to end up spending the party with a previous date and his new girlfriend. Uncomfortable? Yes. Hilarious? Dito.

master of nothing – “Thanksgiving”, season 2, episode eight

This Emmy-winning episode takes place over the course of six Thanksgivings and focuses on Lena Waithe’s character Denise and the story of her coming out in front of her family. The result was a powerful, unforgettable 34 minutes of TV. Not for nothing The AV Club consider “Thanksgiving” to be “one of the best episodes of this ambitious series and…one of the best coming-out stories ever seen on television.”


Friends – The One Where Ross Got High Season Six Episode Nine

In this episode, Rachel tries – and memorably fails – to do a little thing while everyone gathers at Monica’s for Thanksgiving dinner, Phoebe develops a crush on Jacques Cousteau, and Ross appears to have once smoked weed in college (much to the dismay of his parents). This all leads to a great tirade from Ross’ mother, Judy Geller. Just great.

(HBO Max)

modern family – “Three Turkeys”, season six, episode eight

(Amazon Prime)

It’s Thanksgiving in the Dunphy household and Phil is in charge of cooking dinner. He thinks he has everything under control thanks to tips from Nigella Lawson (whom he affectionately calls “my crumpet”), but of course the wheels come off quickly. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria try to host their own Thanksgiving (a plan doomed to fail), and Mitchell and Cam find themselves at odds with their daughter, Lily. The chaos escalates. Laughter sets in. It is modern family at his best.

Frasier – “A Lilith Thanksgiving”, Season 4, Episode 7

Bebe Neuwirth plays Frasier’s ex-wife, Lilith, who needs Frasier’s help on Thanksgiving Day to get her son Frederick into an upscale private school. in 1996, The New York Times‘s John J O’Connor praised Neuwirth’s performance as Lilith, ordering Kelsey Grammer and the rest of the cast to pull off “little comedic miracles from week to week.” He noted that the “farce” of Frasier and Lilith trying to pose as “well-adjusted, responsible parents” “plays well.” But he was disappointed to see the episode devolve into a “nasty stereotype,” portraying Frederick as a “smart kid with the glasses who was always a convenient target for ridicule and even bullying.”


His field – “The Mom & Pop Store”, season six, episode eight

George buys a used car, Elaine tries to get her boss, Mr. Pitt, a spot at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Jerry loses all of his shoes to one of Kramer’s schemes. Just another Thanksgiving in the His field-Verse.


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

Rory and Lorelai decide to eat four Thanksgiving dinners, hop from one Stars Hollow meeting to the next, and spend time with Lane and Mrs. Kim, Sookie and Jackson, Luke and Jess before a grand — and tense — finale at Emily and Richard takes place. The sequel is again sweet and dramatic and cozy, all classic Gilmore Girls Style.


Sabrina the teenage witch – “Love Means You Have to Apologize”, Season 4, Episode 9


While Sabrina desperately tries to make things right with her boyfriend Harvey after he catches her kissing someone else, her aunts Hilda and Zelda try unsuccessfully to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. So they summon a few pilgrims who, of course, accuse them of being witches whenever they use electricity – or magic. Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes


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