A Definitive Ranking of the Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes

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There’s just something about Thanksgiving episodes of shows that make them undoubtedly some of the best ones out there! Here’s a list of all the best T-Giving episodes that you should watch over break. Then also just watch the entire show (if you haven’t already) cuz NO SCHOOL!! Get hype.

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1. Friends: “The One with All the Thanksgivings” (Season 5, Episode 8)

By far the best Thanksgiving episode of any show to date. I challenge you to find a better one. It’s entertaining as always (Monica ends up dancing around with a turkey on her head). Super sentimental as the six friends reflect on Thanksgivings prior to the ones spent together. And also your heart might briefly stop, when *spoiler alert* Chandler confesses his love for Monica.

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2. Gossip Girl: “The Treasure of Serena Madre” (Season 3, Episode 11) 

The Van der Woodsens decide to host this year’s Thanksgiving and during the course of the meal sh** absolutely hits the fan. Is anyone surprised? Didn’t think so. Juicy secrets are leaked left and right to the exact people they were meant to be kept from. Plus added bonus: the throwbacks in the soundtrack are 100% on point.


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3. Grey’s Anatomy: “Thanks for the Memories” (Season 2, Episode 9)

Little depressing at first, but wait it out. It doesn’t seem like a single character on this show has a positive, healthy relationship with their family, so this episodes shows them all coping with the baggage that comes with Thanksgiving. Seattle Grace becomes a haven for the workaholics, while others celebrate the family they’ve recently found.


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4. Friends: “The One Where Underdog Gets Away” (Season 1, Episode 9)

A series of unfortunate, but also hilarious events, leaves the gang straight out of luck for Thanksgiving. Joey’s family believes he as an STD and Rachel misses her flight, needless to say neither is going home for the Holiday. I’ll let you wait and see how it all gets pulled together, but just know that even Chandler, who “boycotts all pilgrim holidays,” ends up celebrating.


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5. Gilmore Girls: “A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving” (Season 3, Episode 9)

Lorelai and Rory go “Four Christmases” and it works pretty much as well as it did in the movie. The two take on Lorelai’s parents, Luke’s, Lane’s and Sookie’s for a bit of turkey, some tofurkey, a pinch of deep-fried turkey, a dash of college application drama, and much, much more.


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6. Gossip Girl: “Blair Waldorf Must Pie” (Season 1, Episode 9)

There’s something about the first Thanksgiving in a line of many that makes it extra special. It begins with each respective family happily preparing to celebrate all that they have to be thankful for. This charade of a seamless celebration quickly unravels as pasts resurface and situations are misread. Looks like on this holiday, the band of Upper East Siders don’t even need Gossip Girl to stir up trouble, they can let secrets and punches fly all on their own.


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7. Friends: “The One with the Rumor” (Season 8, Episode 9)

Brad Pitt makes a cameo as one of Ross’ friends from high school. He later reveals that he and Ross had an I Hate Rachel Green fan club, which naturally, Rachel thinks is entirely uncalled for. To top it all off, the Thanksgiving Feast is so huge Joey dons maternity pants in order to thoroughly stuff himself with turkey. All around real funny. Don’t want to take my word for it?? Go watch it yourself 😉😉 !!


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8. 90210: “Smoked Turkey” (Season 4, Episode 10)

Liam never had the money for a nice Thanksgiving growing up and now he does, so its his turn to throw the party….meaning Liam in his prime, doing the T-Giving cooking 😍😍. As usual, things are going quite swimmingly until Liam gets an unexpected and unwelcome blast from the past. And would it be a real 90210 episode without Naom’s shenanigans? Lol please. So you’ve also got that to look forward to.