All 10 Thanksgiving Episodes of Friends, Ranked in Order of Ascending Awesomeness

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:




10. The One with the Late Thanksgiving 

Season 10, Episode 8

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?




9. The One with The List

Season 2, Episode 8

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!





8. The One Where Underdog Gets Away

Season 1, Episode 9

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.





7. The One with Rachel’s Other Sister

Season 9, Episode 8

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.





6. The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs

Season 7, Episode 8

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."





5. The One with Chandler in a Box

Season 4, Episode 8

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!





4. The One Where Ross Got High

Season 6, Episode 9

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!





3. The One With All The Thanksgivings

Season 5, Episode 8

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.





2. The One With With the Football

Season 3, Episode 9

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.





1. The One With The Rumor

Season 8, Episode 9

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.




Don’t agree with my rankings? Let the SideReel Editors know your own favorite Friends-giving highlights in the comments below!



Alex Gambardella is a member of the editorial and video teams for 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.



Default avatar cat
Nov 19, 2013 2:54AM EST

friends for life, friends for eternity.

Default avatar cat
Nov 19, 2013 7:50PM EST

I'm also a F*R*I*E*N*D*S fan, would like to see you rank the Christmas episodes for the festive season! Might have a Christmas marathon :)

Nov 21, 2013 6:12AM EST

I Loved the one with the football!! that should of been number one... It's a classic episode!
But beside that I think you ranked them pretty well =D

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Nov 24, 2014 2:07PM EST

Mmmm 2001 Brad Pitt was so hot.

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