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10 Shows That Served Up Classic Thanksgiving Episodes

Thanksgiving is a U.S. holiday commemorating the Pilgrims and Native Americans coming together peacefully to break bread. While we all know how that ended (yikes), Turkey Day has continued on as a great American tradition of stuffing ourselves while we watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and football. But when the last parade float has passed and there are still a few hours left before Black Friday shopping begins, you might find yourself yearning for some classic Thanksgiving television. And that, my Friends , is exactly what this list is for. Without further ado, and in no particular order (save your arguments for political topics, thanks), here are some Thanksgiving offerings that will satisfy everyone's TV taste.   1. Friends When it comes to Thanksgiving TV, Friends is at the top of the pack. They've given us heads in turkeys, special guest stars like Christina Applegate and Brad Pitt, and Ross' psychotic obsession with his sandwich made of leftovers. No show has better or more quotable Thanksgiving material. Bonus: There are 10 Turkey Day episodes, plus one based entirely on our love of leftovers. There are more than enough episodes to keep the whole family entertained long after dinner is over. "The One Where Underdog Gets Away" Season 1 "The One With The List" Season 2 "The One with The Football" Season 3 "The One with Chandler In A Box" Season 4 "The One With All The Thanksgivings" Season 5 "The One With Ross' Sandwich" Season 5 "The One Where Ross Got High" Season 6 "The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs" Season 7 "The One With The Rumor" Season 8 "The One With Rachel's Other Sister" Season 9 "The One With The Late Thanksgiving" Season 10 Both hilarious and disturbing.   2. Gossip Girl Gobble gobble, Upper East Siders! If you prefer your Thanksgiving meal with a side of drama (and Kristen Bell's delicious narration) Gossip Girl has you covered. If you think your family has issues, try a few of these episodes on for size. Parents getting arrested, eating disorders exposed, and more than one ends with an empty table and/or a punched face. Though anyone who's seen Gossip Girl has wanted to punch Dan Humphrey at one time or another. "Blair Waldorf Must Pie!" Season 1 "The Magnificent Archibalds" Season 2 "The Treasure of Serena Madre" Season 3 "Gaslit" Season 4 (It's barely a Thanksgiving episode, however, so feel free to skip) "It's Really Complicated" Season 6   3. The Cleveland Show I know, I know. Including this show must be a mistake, right? Wrong! Of every show on this list, The Cleveland Show has (arguably) the funniest Thanksgiving episodes. Watching Cleveland wear a turkey costume, Holt (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) run away to Las Vegas to elope, and Auntie Momma be "outrageous" is absolutely hysterical. If you want some light-hearted, turkey-centric, Seth MacFarlane-approved fun, this is the perfect choice. You can worry about exercising later. "A Brown Thanksgiving" Season 1 "Another Bad Thanksgiving" Season 2 "A General Thanksgiving Episode" Season 4 "Turkey Pot Die" Season 4   4. Mad Men If the bloated feeling in your stomach and tryptophan running through your system aren't enough to depress you, AMC's Mad Men will certainly do the trick. Watching Don's family life deteriorate, Peggy navigate an affair with a married man, and Betty watch her weight will certainly give your Thanksgiving the somber reality check it probably didn't need. "The Wheel" Season 1 "Public Relations" Season 4 "Dark Shadows" Season 5 "In Care Of" Season 6   5. The Middle If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of a large family Thanksgiving or you are spending the holiday alone and find yourself missing the chaos, The Middle is the perfect Turkey Day television choice. Every Thanksgiving episode is focused on the family trying to have the best holiday possible while dealing with whatever problems pop up along the way. Ultimately, what makes these episodes special are their focus on family. Each episode ends with the Hecks grateful as "heck" for the time they've spent together. Corny, but if you don't like it you can just ask for mashed potatoes instead. After all, that's what Thanksgiving is all about. "Thanksgiving" Season 1 "Thanksgiving II" Season 2 "Thanksgiving III" Season 3 "Thanksgiving IV" Season 4 "Thanksgiving V" Season 5 "Thanksgiving VI" Season 6 "Thanksgiving VII" Season 7   6. How I Met Your Mother So you're spending Thanksgiving with your friends? Or maybe you just really like one of CBS' top comedies and Neil Patrick Harris. Either way, How I Met Your Mother has a cornucopia of delicious holiday episodes for you. Watching Lily fear she's pregnant with a turkey-sized baby and Barney get terrorized on "Slapsgiving" is a hilarious way to spend the holiday. "Belly Full of Turkey" Season 1 "Slapsgiving" Season 3 "Slapsgiving 2: Revenge Of The Slap" Season 5 "Blitzgiving" Season 6 "The Rebound Girl" Season 7   7. Will & Grace Nothing quite says the holidays like snarky banter, huge laughs, and a generous dollop of emotional dishonesty. This NBC comedy's Thanksgiving episodes deliver those things in spades. They revolve around family turmoil, being honest with your loved ones, and learning to accept your friends and family for who they are. An important and inspiring message that delivers loads of laughs along the way. "Homo For The Holidays" Season 2 "Lows In The Mid-Eighties" Season 3 "Moveable Feast" Season 4 "Queens For A Day Part 1" Season 7 "Queens For A Day Part 2" Season 7 And if the dinner goes horribly you can just pull a Jack.   8. Bob's Burgers If you are looking for a family friendly Thanksgiving television choice or have that one relative way too obsessed with cooking the turkey just right, Bob's Burgers is the perfect choice. Every Turkey Day-themed episode of this series has Bob hysterically trying to make the perfect holiday meal while dealing with the show's usual insanity. This ranges from having to pull his sister-in-law through a snowstorm while the kids make dinner to dealing with a mob of enraged killer turkeys. These episodes are guaranteed to leave you and your loved ones laughing. "An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal" Season 3 "Turkey In A Can" Season 4 "Dawn Of The Peck" Season 5 "Gayle Makin' Bob Sled" Season 6   9. The King Of Queens Even though it's been over for awhile now, this television show remains "The King" of Thanksgiving. From its realistic portrayal of Hunger Games -esque Thanksgiving grocery shopping to the invitation of a possibly dangerous stranger into their home, The King Of Queens delivers the mildly dark, reality-driven laughs we all need around the holidays. After all, nothing says Thanksgiving quite like a lively debate over whether or not the man knocking on your door asking to use your phone is a murderer. "Supermarket Story" Season 1 "Roamin Holiday" Season 2 "Dark Meet" Season 3 "Loaner Car" Season 5 "Thanks Man" Season 6   10. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving This is, without a doubt, the best Thanksgiving special of all time. Shown every November on ABC here in the U.S., A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving taught all of us to be thankful for what we have. A slapdash dinner of toast and jelly beans may not seem like a lot to be thankful for, but this special has defined the holiday's spirit since it first aired Nov. 20, 1973. I encourage everyone (especially those few who have never seen this special) to watch it together with their loved ones. It is a lovely reminder that there is always something to be thankful for and we should all appreciate our blessings.   For those of you in the United States or celebrating the holiday abroad, I wish you a happy and healthful Thanksgiving. I am thankful for every SideReel user on the site. YOU make this website a wonderful and fun television-viewing community. div.post p { text-align: justify; }

TV ratings: Tony Awards rise and NBA Finals rule Sunday

Fast National ratings for Sunday, June 9, 2013Game 2 of the NBA Finals gave ABC an easy ratings win Sunday, despite the Miami Heat blowing out the San Antonio Spurs and the game ending before 11 p.m. ET.Also Sunday, the Tony Awards scored ratings gains for CBS, growing by more than a million viewers and a couple tenths of a point in adults 18-49 over last year's telecast. FOX and NBC went with full lineups of repeats.ABC drew just under 10 million viewers and a 5.9 rating/10 share in primetime -- numbers that will likely rise when they're adjusted for the live NBA telecast. CBS (7.7 million, 5.0/9) came in second. NBC finished a distant third with 3.4 million viewers and a 2.2/4. FOX (2.3 million, 1.4/2) trailed.In the adults 18-49 demographic, ABC's 3.9 rating beat the combined total of the other three networks. CBS posted a 1.2 for second, followed by FOX, 1.0, and... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/06/tv-ratings-tony-awards-rise-and-nba-finals-rule-sunday.html

TV ratings: Billboard Music Awards score for ABC Sunday, 'Apprentice' finale rises

Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 19, 2013The Billboard Music Awards brought in their biggest total audience in 12 years and their best 18-49 rating in a decade Sunday, carrying ABC to a ratings win for the night.Also Sunday, the "Family Guy" season finale was up for FOX, and the "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" finale improved on its recent numbers for NBC -- but still had its worst finale ever. CBS ran a Tim McGraw concert special opposite the Billboard Awards but didn't steal much audience from ABC's special.ABC drew 8.9 million viewers and a 5.1 rating/9 share in households for the night, beating second-place CBS (7.8 million, 5.0/8) by a little over a million viewers. NBC (3.93 million, 2.6/4) barely beat FOX (3.9 million, 2.2/4) for third place, but both were well behind the top two nets.ABC scored a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49, leading the demographic by a pretty good margin. FOX came in... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/tv-ratings-billboard-music-awards-score-for-abc-sunday-apprentice-finale-rises.html

The Cleveland Show Season 4 Finale 2013 “Crazy Train; Wheel! Of! Family!”

The Cleveland Show season 4 episode 22 "Crazy Train" and episode 23 "Wheel! Of! Family!" airs Sunday, May 19 (7:00-8:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis: The Cleveland Show Season 4 episode 22 "Crazy Train" and episode 23 "Wheel! Of! Family!" – In the Season 4 finale, Freight Train unwittingly invites Cleveland to a lowrider convention, where Dr. Fist suggests that the elder Brown’s unusual behavior may be caused by dementia. Later, Freight Train takes the unathletic Junior to the YMCA, where the teen shows a remarkable talent for pole dancing. READ MORE...

The Cleveland Show Season 4 Episode 21 “Mr. and Mrs. Brown”

The Cleveland Show season 4 episode 21 "Mr. and Mrs. Brown" airs Sunday, May 12 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis: The Cleveland Show Season 4 Episode 21 "Mr. and Mrs. Brown" – Donna puts her foot down when Cleveland and his mom, Cookie (guest voice Frances Callier), are mistaken for husband and wife on a visit to a retirement community. Meanwhile, Rallo steals a candy bar from a park vendor, but tries to have Junior take the rap for the crime. READ MORE...

The Cleveland Show Season 4 Episode 20 “Of Lice and Men”

The Cleveland Show season 4 episode 20 "Of Lice and Men" airs Sunday, May 5 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis: The Cleveland Show Season 4 Episode 20 "Of Lice and Men" – When Rallo must chop off his beloved afro after a lice outbreak at school, Junior takes him under his wing when his classmates make fun of him. Meanwhile, Freight Train and Cookie leave Cleveland to house-sit for the weekend, but things go awry when all his friends come over. READ MORE...

The Cleveland Show Season 4 Episode 19 “Grave Danger”

The Cleveland Show season 4 episode 19 "Grave Danger" airs Sunday, April 28 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis: The Cleveland Show Season 4 Episode 19 "Grave Danger" – Rallo heads to East Stoolbend to stay at Robert’s apartment for the weekend. But when Robert abandons him for a trip to Baltimore, he’s forced to make friends with the tough neighborhood kids. Meanwhile, Cleveland and his friends discover the joys of hanging out at the beautiful, lush Stoolbend Cemetery. READ MORE...

The Cleveland Show Season 4 Episode 18 “Squirt’s Honor”

The Cleveland Show season 4 episode 18 "Squirt’s Honor" airs Sunday, April 21 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis: The Cleveland Show Season 4 Episode 18 "Squirt’s Honor" – Donna forces Rallo to sign up for Stoolbend’s version of the Boy Scouts, the "Freedom Squirts." But Rallo warms up to the idea when he realizes that he can make some extra cash selling candy bars to benefit a non-existent youth orchestra. Meanwhile, Cleveland and Donna win a romantic hotel getaway in a raffle, but are forced to work off their bill when they charge too many "incidentals". READ MORE...

TV ratings: CBS leads a quiet Sunday

Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 14, 2013CBS' rerun-free lineup saw the Eye win on a quiet Sunday. "Once Upon a Time" and "Celebrity Apprentice" and FOX's animation domination were all down slightly from their usual ratings.CBS averaged 9.6 million viewers and a 6.1 rating/10 share in households for the win. ABC was second at 6.6 million, 4.1/7, followed by NBC at 4.1 million, 2.7/4 and FOX at 3.2 million, 1.8/3.In adults 18-49, CBS also led with a 1.8, followed by ABC (1.5), FOX (1.4) and NBC (1.2).Sunday hour by hour:7 p.m.CBS: "60 Minutes" (11.6 million viewers, 7.4/13 households)ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.2 million, 3.7/7)NBC: "The Voice" rerun (2.6 million, 1.8/3)FOX: "Bob's Burgers" rerun (1.6 million, 1.0/2)/"The Cleveland Show" (2.1 million, 1.3/2)18-49 leader: "60 Minutes" (1.9)8 p.m.CBS: "The Amazing Race" (9.1 million, 5.4/9)ABC: "Once Upon a Time" (7.3 million, 4.3/7)NBC: "The Voice" rerun (4.01 million, 2.7/4)FOX: "The Simpsons" rerun (3.7 million, 2.1/3)/"Bob's Burgers" (3.7... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/04/tv-ratings-cbs-leads-a-quiet-sunday.html

'Cleveland Show' may be at its end

By James Hibberd Fox says no official decision yet, but between low ratings and long production lead time, signs point to cancellation Read More... http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/04/17/is-cleveland-show-cancelled/
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