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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; }

The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of November 24, 2014

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed—or at least be able to fake it—with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.   A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Wednesday at 8:00pm on ABC Why:  Good grief, do you really need a reason to watch this? OK, fine. 1) It's a Thanksgiving classic. 2) There is literally nothing else worth watching the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving because the networks assume you want to be with your family or something (nerds) when what they don't understand is that TV basically IS family. It's the most important member. It holds all the rest of you together. Prepare to talk about: How this 1973 made-for-TV film is better than the bizarre, uncanny valley-looking theatrical release that's coming next year; how that ice cream sundae Thanksgiving feast looks pretty awesome, in hindsight, and how dare Patty be upset about it; how you wish your dog could cook a turkey instead of just stealing it from the kitchen when you aren't looking.   Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever Saturday at 9:00pm on Lifetime Why: Because Grumpy Cat is the second most important cat on the internet , and Aubrey Plaza is the internet's girlfriend, and when these two things collide with Christmas, well, it's going to be all that your Twitter friends will be talking about for at least 28 hours (yes, 28). Prepare to talk about: Whether Grumpy Cat did her own stunts (yes, she's a she); why they call her "Grumpy" in the movie, because she does actually have a name; how you'd kind of like to see Aubrey Plaza take on another kind of role; how there will inevitably be a sequel called something like  Grumpy Cat's Even Worst-er Christmas Ever  or Grumpy Cat's Terribly Unimpressive Hannukah .     The Walking Dead (Midseason Finale) Sunday at 9:00pm on AMC Why: It's the midseason finale of the only show that regularly beats out Sunday Night Football in the ratings! What will happen to Rick & Co.? Who will get killed? Someone we like? Probably!  Prepare to talk about: How Daryl is still your favorite (hopefully he doesn't die! To find out if Daryl dies just Google "Did Daryl Dixon die?!" and if he did just be like, "NOOOO! I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY KILLED DARYL!"); how Rick needs to find a hairbrush, stat; how  Talking Dead  is a waste of time, but you watched it anyway because you were too lazy to change the channel.     Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of SideReel.com. She hopes you have a happy Thanksgiving. You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

SideReel Gives Thanks for Thanksgiving Episodes

There’s an embarrassment of riches at Thanksgiving — on your television as well as on your plate! Let's get real: Thanksgiving meals are AMAZING, but there comes a point where you just can't eat anymore without severe pain, and you lose the ability to do much of anything but lay on the couch, rubbing your stomach, and praying for the ability to house your internal organs somewhere on the outside of your body. But there's another way! "How?!" — You. It's easy! Keep your mind occupied with some of the greatest Thanksgiving-themed television episodes ever to air! Laugh (or cry) out some of that indigestion. After all, why learn a lesson about overeating when you don't have to?   Seinfeld  S6E8: The Mom & Pop Store To paraphrase the dearly missed Stefon, this episode has it ALL — which, for a show about nothing, is somewhat amusing. George buys a car that may or may not have belonged to Jon Voight, Kramer gets some elderly shopkeepers in trouble, Elaine's romantic life is impeded by Mr. Pitt's whims, and Jerry agonizes over whether he was invited to a Thanksgiving party hosted by one Tim Whatley, DDS (played by Breaking Bad 's Bryan Cranston). Perhaps no other show has so fully captured the feeling of obligation that comes with what is ostensibly one of our most beloved holidays.   King of the Hill  S4E7: The Hank's Giving Episode I'm an unabashed, unapologetic King of the Hill fanatic, but I suspect that even if I weren't, I'd still be charmed by the mix of cynicism and earnestness in this episode. Traveling for this most American of holidays is generally a nightmare, but getting delayed due to weather (which is perfect at your destination) is heartbreaking. Getting your perfectly-smoked turkey blown up on the tarmac because it's a suspected bomb is... what's beyond heartbreaking? Heartdisolving? No, the Hills never make it to Montana, but they do spend a night at an airport foodcourt with their closest friends... and the Souphanousinphones.   WKRP in Cincinnati  S1E7: Turkeys Away "As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly." This is the episode that saved this quirky 70s sitcom from cancellation, and quite frankly, set the standard by which all sitcoms' Thanksgiving episodes should be judged. Premise: WKRP's hapless management devises a fantastic publicity stunt: a free turkey giveaway! Except, uh, these turkeys are alive, and the delivery method is a real... high wire act. Dropping birds out of an airplane? What could go wrong?     Grey's Anatomy  S2E9: Thanks for the Memories Season 2 of Grey's Anatomy gave its characters some much-needed breathing room after the frenetic rocket launch that was its debut. That being said, it wasn't until 9 episodes in and this Thanksgiving-centered episode that we truly saw the characters solidifying into the multi-dimensional people we came to love, hate, and mourn. Notably, Izzy's obsessive streak is fully revealed for the first time, and we're given a glimpse into George's very un-Georgelike family of hunting nuts.     Gilmore Girls  S3E9: A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving Expectations of attendance at four different Thanksgiving celebrations actually sounds like the perfect thing for those speed-talking, junk food-loving titular girls, and yet, as it happens, not so much ! After some endearing machinations, the most popular girls in Stars Hollow please everyone — and one even gets a kiss! And that little girl who got kissed is now engaged to the guy who plays Pete Campbell.       ER  S6E8: Great Expectations There was a time, children, that ER was a very big deal, and during that long-ago era, Juliana Margulies' Nurse Carol Hathaway (and her romance with George Clooney's Dr. Doug Ross) was the heart of the show (which is ironic, because she was supposed to have committed suicide in the pilot). And it is in this very special Thanksgiving episode that she gives birth to the Hathaway-Ross twins, Tess and Kate — and also brings into the show Maura Tierney's Abby Lockhart, who would eventually fill the gap created by Margulies' exit from the show. Oh, children, it was truly an age of wonder.   Friends  S1E9: The One Where Underdog Gets Away Despite my documented dislike of Friends , I have to give it the recognition it deserves: it really did produce excellent Thanksgiving episodes. This is the one that started it all, with the twin amusements of Joey as the face of an anti-STD campaign, and Chandler's plan to boycott the holiday (for reasons that would continue to be explored years into the show's run). But the episode's centerpiece, namely the escape of the Underdog balloon from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, that sets the plot — and the show's winning streak — into motion.     A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving  Special No, it's not an "episode" per se, but not including it on this list would be an act of television critic sacrilege for which I'm unprepared. Since its premiere in 1973, this heartwarming Peanuts special has aired every single year. It features Snoopy in a Pilgrim costume and opens with Charlie Brown still unable to kick that elusive football down the field. Right, like I really need to tell you what happens here.         Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of SideReel.com. She will eat Stove Top Stuffing over the sink right out of the pot she loves it so much. You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

A Roundup of Thanksgiving TV Offerings - Featured

Here's a breakdown by network of what you can watch on TV during the Thanksgiving holiday. There's a ton of sports, movies, fun specials and marathons...so there should be something for everyone: ABC: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) at 8 pm, Beyonce...I Am Yours at 9 pm and Paul McCartney: Good Evening New York City at 10 pm. On Friday, college football starts at noon with Illinois-Cincinnati, followed by Nebraska-Colorado. A new Ugly Betty airs at 9 pm. CBS: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at noon, NFL football Raiders at Cowboys at 4 pm, "Survivor: The first 17 days" at 8 pm. On Friday, college football Alabama-Auburn starts at 2:30 pm. NBC: Macy's parade noon, The National Dog Show at 3 pm, "NBC's People of the Year" at 9 pm, The Jay Leno Show at 10 pm. FOX: NFL football Packers at Lions at 12:30 pm, NFL Football: 9:30 PT, Packers at Lions, "Kaleidoscope" figure skating special at 4 pm. The CW: A "Twilight Zone" marathon beginning at noon, ending with the famous episode "Eye of the Beholder." AMC: "The Godfather" trilogy on repeat, starting at 7:30 am. Bravo: Top Chef marathon starting at 9 am, The Real Housewives of Orange County starting at 4:30 pm. CNN: "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" airs at 9 pm. Performers include Carrie Underwood, Maxwell and Leona Lewis. Discovery: Marathon of Mythbusters, starting at 9 am. E!: A True Hollywood Story marathon starting at 7 am. On Friday, a "Keeping up with the Kardashians" marathon starts at 9 am. ESPN: College football Texas at Texas A&M, 8 pm. On Friday, college basketball starting at noon (teams TBD) and NBC basketball in primetime (Wizards at Heat, Suns at T-wolves). ESPN2: All day college basketball from the Old Spice and 76 classics starting at noon, including Creighton-Michigan, Marquette-Xavier, Clemson-Texas A&M, Alabama-Baylor, Butler-Minnesota, Portland-UCLA. On Friday, college football starting at 11 am (teams TBD), followed by college basketball (also TBD) and finally football with Nevada at Boise State at 10 pm. GSN: "Deal or No Deal" marathon starting at 9 am. SpikeTV: "Band of Brothers" marathon starting at 9:30 am. The marathon repeats on Friday. Syfy: James Bond marathon starting at 8 am: "Dr. No," "License to Kill," "Live and Let Die," "The Spy Who Loved Me," "Tomorrow Never Dies," "Casino Royale," "For Your Eyes Only," "The Man with the Golden Gun" on Thursday. On Friday, it continues starting at 8 am with "Thunderball, "From Russia with Love," "You Only Live Twice," "Diamonds are Forever," "Casino Royale," "GoldenEye," "Goldfinger," and "Never Say Never Again." TCM: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie marathon starting at 4:30 am: "Flying Down to Rio," "Roberta," "The Gay Divorcee," "Swing Time," "Shall We Dance?," "Carefree" and "Top Hat." TNT: The Closer marathon starting at 9 am, followed by NBA basketball Magic at Hawks, Bulls at Jazz starting at 8 pm. On Friday, the Law & Order marathon starts at 11 am. TV Land: "The Brady Bunch" marathon starting at 9 am. USA: House marathon starting at 7 am, breaking for "The Game Plan" and "Elf," then resuming in prime-time. On Friday, get caught up on White Collar , as all five episodes will air beginning at 2 pm. Source