I’ll admit it – I often compare my own holiday celebrations to Friends’ annual Thanksgiving episodes… and I know I’m not alone. Chandler, Phoebe, Rachel, Joey, Ross and Monica – who else would be there for you when your turkey gets burned, Underdog escapes from its parade route, or someone brings a dog to dinner when you secretly hate dogs?! We might not be able to bring Friends back from the dead (and let’s face it – that’s probably a good thing), but we all can still relive the magic of ten holiday-themed episodes done right. What am I thankful for? Turkey, family, and Friends reruns. Oh, and my real friends, too. I guess.
Feeling nostalgic? I’ve ranked all 10 Thanksgiving-themed Friends episodes, counting down to my #1 favorite, for your marathoning pleasure:
Unlike previous Friends Thanksgiving disasters, the FINAL turkey-themed episode of the series was just plain stressful. On the bright side, after one mess leads to another, Monica and Chandler find out that they’re going to get a baby! Spoiler alert?
Also casually known as The One Where Ross Acts Like a Colossal Idiot. Who makes a pros & cons list about his girlfriends?! A colossal idiot, that’s who. Also, mockolate!
We’ll cut them some slack for this one, as it was the first ever Friends Thanksgiving. Plus, Joey made a pretty great VD spokesperson.
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without a totally ungrateful, miserable, selfish sister dropping by to shake things up. Here’s to hoping that Rachel’s sister Amy never gets the chance to “inherit” poor, innocent Emmitt. I mean... Emma.
Rachel’s sexy new assistant Tag shows up for Thanksgiving dinner. REMEMBER TAG? Tag was totally hot. Plus, Joey explains the definition of a "moo point."
In an admirable display of self-sacrifice and loyalty, Chandler agrees to spend his Thanksgiving in a shipping crate as punishment for kissing Joey’s girlfriend, Kathy. KATHY AND CHANDLER WERE SO MEANT TO BE, THOUGH!
To this day, I’m still convinced that ground beef is an acceptable layer for a traditional dessert trifle. What’s not to like? Custard, good. Jam, good! Meat? GOOOOOOD!
After a series of flashbacks, we finally find out why Chandler hates Thanksgiving (More turkey, Mr Chandler?). Plus, Monica dancing with a raw turkey on her head was equal parts horrifying and hilarious.
Isn’t this what Thanksgiving is all about? Food, football, and cutthroat sibling rivalry? The Gellers are in fine form in this episode, with a series of hilarious brother-sister moments that are topped only their epic New Year’s Eve dance routine from season 6.
Brad Pitt guest stars as the reigning president of the I Hate Rachel club. And on the other side of the table, Joey single-handedly downs a 19-pound turkey, solo.
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Alex Gambardella is a member of the editorial and video teams for SideReel.com. When she's not busy watching trashy reality TV, she works on perfecting the recipes passed down to her by her French grandmother, Nestlé Toll House, whilst marathoning old episodes of Friends.