Over the years many beloved television shows have aired special Thanksgiving episodes to celebrate the holiday. Below are some favorites now streaming on Netflix that can be enjoyed during the holiday or anytime you’re feeling festive:
Season 5, Episode 8: “The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks” (1998)
This episode of Friends features the main characters sharing tales about their worst Thanksgivings ever, as they celebrate the holiday at Monica’s (Courtney Cox’s) apartment.
Chandler (Matthew Perry) discloses he learned of his parents’ divorce, Joey (Matt LeBlanc) recalls getting his head stuck inside a turkey, Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow ) reveals she lost limbs in past lives, and Rachel tells the group how Monica accidentally maimed Chandler, leading Chandler to inadvertently revealing his true feelings.
How I Met Your Mother
Season 3, Episode 9: “Slapsgiving” (2007)
In this episode, Lily (Alyson Hannigan) is focused on making sure this Thanksgiving goes off without a hitch since it will be the first for her and Marshall (Jason Segel) as a married couple. Meanwhile, Marshall has made sure Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) knows that the third slap in a slap bet they have going will be occurring on Thanksgiving night, according to IMDB.
The tension builds as the night is quickly coming to an end and Marshall must make good on his word. In addition, on Thanksgiving eve, Ted (Josh Radnor) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) sleep together.
Season 5, Episode 9: “Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap” (2009)
Lily and Marshall are again hosting Thanksgiving for the gang, but a mishap occurs when Marshall leaves the turkey he picked out for the big event in a taxi. Robin and Ted retrieve it for him, thus, Marshall feels as though he owes them something.
In an effort to repay them, Marshall decides Robin and Ted can have the fourth slap he was slated to give to Barney, as long as they make the move before the sun goes down. This leaves the two debating over who should give Barney the slap, resulting in Ted giving the honor to Robin, but she gives it to Mickey (Chris Elliot), Lily’s estranged father who unexpectedly shows up to partake in the Thanksgiving festivities.
Mickey gifts the slap to his daughter, but she fails to deliver it to Barney, prompting Marshall to take matters into his own hands once again.
Season 3, Episode 9: “A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving” (2002)
In this episode of Gilmore Girls Lorelai (Lauren Graham), and her daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) try to fit in four different Thanksgiving dinners, according to IMDB. At the Kim’s, vegan turkey or tofurkey is on the menu; Luke (Scott Patterson) and Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) host another meal; Sookie’s (Melissa McCarthy’s) place is where the deep-fried turkey resides; and Emily (Kelly Bishop) and Richard (Edward Herrmann) host the family holiday gathering, according to TV.com.
At the family meal, however, food is not the focus when Lorelai discovers “Rory applied to more colleges than just Harvard.” In addition, the holiday sees Lane (Keiko Agena) receive her first kiss, and Kirk (Sean Gunn) and his cat must acclimate to changes.
The West Wing
Season 2, Episode 8: “Shibboleth” (2000)
Thanksgiving day is near, and as it approaches, President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) gives the awesome duty to C.J. (Allison Janney) of deciding which turkey will be given the annual pardon, and which will be heading to the chopping block.
In the meantime, Sam (Rob Lowe), Josh (Bradley Whitford), and Toby (Richard Schiff) make plans to watch football on TV, as Charlie (Dule Hill) is tasked with seeking the perfect cutting knife to be used for the Thanksgiving dinner. Additionally, the president must deal with “dozens of Chinese stowaways” hiding out in a container ship in California, as Toby attempts to “pick a fight over school prayer with a recess appointment,” according to IMDB.
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