17 Thanksgiving TV Episodes Worth Watching Again

Along with dinner table traditions, watching classic TV series like Friends, Cheers, Full House and Modern Family has become a Thanksgiving ritual. Here are 17 of the all-time best Thanksgiving TV episodes

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Friends

FRIENDS

"The One With All the Thanksgivings" (Season 5, Episode 8)
This show has its own separate list of classic Thanksgiving episode moments, so how do we pick a favorite? While it's hard to beat Rachel's infamous savory-sweet trifle, we have to give the edge to Monica's turkey head dance — and Chandler's subsequent "I love you" blurt out. It's one of the most heartwarming moments in the entire history of Friends.

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Gossip Girl

GOSSIP GIRL

"Blair Waldorf Must Pie!" (Season 1, Episode 9)
And the award for best Thanksgiving flashback scene goes to ... party girl Serena van der Woodsen. At this point in Gossip Girl, we always heard about her wild days as a high school sophomore, but nothing drives home the point like getting wasted at a bar when you told your mom you were out getting the pie. We're thankful Dan was there to save her from getting hit by a taxi, even if she doesn't remember it.

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Cheers

CHEERS

"Thanksgiving Orphans" (Season 5, Episode 9)
Most big city dwellers know the feeling of being an orphan on Turkey Day, and this episode's classic food fight scene showed all the characters' built-up frustrations coming to a head at the dinner table, just like a real family.

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Peanuts

PEANUTS

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
It's not a holiday without a Charlie Brown special, and Thanksgiving is, in our humble opinion, the most special of them all. The core drama of the episode comes from a mischievous Snoopy, who invites everyone for dinner and proceeds to serve them toast, popcorn and jelly beans (then secretly saves the turkey for himself and Woodstock). Is it just us or are we weirdly okay with the original meal?

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Modern Family

MODERN FAMILY
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"Punkin Chunkin" (Season 3, Episode 9)
The Dunphys once again prove their dedication to being the most competitive family on TV in this special episode of Modern Family. We only wish ours were creative enough to build a pumpkin catapult as a way to get out the holiday aggression.

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The O.C.

THE O.C.

"The Homecoming" (Season 1, Episode 11)
There is no better season of television than season 1 of The O.C., right? Marissa Cooper's meltdown in Tijuana! Chugging vodka in the bathroom of a charity fashion show! If only our high school lives were so glamorous. In this episode, we see Seth's relationship with both Summer and Anna burn (along with the turkey) as he tries to play them both at the same time. (Byeee Anna, Seth and Summer forever.)

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Gilmore Girls

GILMORE GIRLS

"A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving" (Season 3, Episode 9)
Lorelai and Rory's strategy of "skipping the rolls" to get through four different Thanksgivings in this classic episode of Gilmore Girls is kind of a bummer, though understandable being that one of those involved a fully deep-fried turkey (much to the aversion of Melissa McCarthy's character).

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How I Met Your Mother

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

"Slapsgiving" (Season 3, Episode 9)
It's the episode that launched a painful tradition, and we are thankful for all the laughs it's provided over the years.

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Full House

FULL HOUSE

"The Miracle of Thanksgiving" (Season 1, Episode 9)
Our first Thanksgiving with the Tanner family was, as expected, a roller coaster of emotions. The first holiday they spent without their late mom? Tears. Uncle Joey and Uncle Jesse forgetting to defrost the turkey before cooking it? This Full House episode is a prime example of classic late '80s sitcom hilarity.

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Everybody Loves Raymond

EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND

"No Fat" (Season 3, Episode 10)
We love when a sitcom serves as a historical insight into the trends of the times, and nothing says "1998" like an entirely fat-free Thanksgiving. Steamed veggies?! Turkey-molded tofu?! Cue the laugh track.

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The Sopranos

THE SOPRANOS

"He Is Risen" (Season 3, Episode 8)
This episode of The Sopranos is proof that not even mobsters are immune to petty family holiday drama. Our favorite moment? Tony throwing food across the table at Janice's narcoleptic boyfriend.

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Parenthood

PARENTHOOD
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"Happy Thanksgiving" (Season 2, Episode 10)
There is literally no episode of this show that didn't make us Notebook-level cry, and the holidays are the perfect time to really just let 'em flow.

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Arrested Development

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

"Indian Takers" (Season 4, Episode 3)
The cult comedy's Netflix season may not have quite lived up to expectations, but this scene where Tobias shoves a live duck in the oven for Thanksgiving dinner shows it still had its moments of brilliance.

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Seinfeld

SEINFELD -- "The Mom and Pop Store" Episode 8 -- Pictured: (l-r) Michael Robello as Pop, Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer, Elsa Raven as Mom
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"The Mom & Pop Store" (Season 6, Episode 8)
Like many episodes of Seinfeld, several storylines are going on in this episode — George buys a car that supposedly belonged to Jon Voight, Kramer attempts to get Jerry's sneakers repaired and Jerry is unsure whether or not he is invited to a Thanksgiving party hosted by dentist Tim Whatley (guest star Bryan Cranston!). However, what makes this episode a Thanksgiving classic is Elaine's storyline, in which we learn that her boss, Mr. Pitt, has tasked her with winning him a spot to hold the Woody Woodpecker balloon in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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This Is Us

Chrissy Metz as Kate
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"Six Thanksgivings" (Season 3, Episode 8)
Over the six seasons of This Is Us, the Pearson family had several memorable — and of course dramatic — Thanksgivings. The best of the episodes comes in season 3, which depicts the family members celebrating the holiday in both conventional and unconventional ways across several time periods, including while Jack is serving in the Vietnam War.

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Dexter

DEXTER

"Hungry Man" (Season 4, Episode 9)
Okay, so one serial killer going undercover to another serial killer's dysfunctional family Thanksgiving meal might not be the heartwarming fodder we are looking for this time of year — but it's morbidly fascinating television nonetheless.

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South Park

SOUTH PARK

"A History Channel Thanksgiving" (Season 15, Episode 13)
As can be expected, everyone's favorite irreverent cartoon children used Thanksgiving to make an important social commentary on the evolution of the History Channel. In it, we learned that "Professor of Thanksgiving" is our dream job title and that "massive stuffing shortage" are the scariest words in the English language.

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