10 Thanksgiving Specials You Don’t Want to Miss

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Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather together, eat delicious turkey dinners and watch some quality television programs. Below, in no particular order, are 10 Thanksgiving-themed episodes that you will want to watch (or rewatch) this November before sitting down to a slice of Grandma’s pumpkin pie.

1.) West Wing: “The Indians in the Lobby” (S3, E8)

In this episode of the fast-paced, political drama, two American Indians refuse to leave the West Wing lobby and President Bartlet calls the Butterball Hotline for turkey-roasting advice. Thought-provoking plots and witty humor combine to create a must-see.

2. New Girl: “Parents” (S2, E8)

Jess still yearns for her divorced parents to fall back in love with each other. Watch as her plans to get them back together over Thanksgiving dinner take several hilarious turns.

3. How I Met Your Mother: “Slapsgiving” (S3, E9)

Barney sweats over the slap Marshall has saved for him on Thanksgiving, while Ted and Robin try to navigate the awkwardness of their break-up. You will not want to miss the end of this plot-twisting episode.

4. Seinfeld: “The Mom and Pop Store” (S6, E8)

Kramer tries to save a struggling small business, George buys a car that was supposedly owned by Jon Voight, and Jerry tries to figure out whether or not he was invited to a pre-Thanksgiving party. These and other typical Seinfeld shenanigans make this show well worth the watch.

5. Gilmore Girls: “A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving” (S3, E9)

Rory and Lorelai try to fit four Thanksgiving dinners into one day. Between the tofurkey and deep-fried turkey, witty banter and playful drama make this show a Thanksgiving favorite.

6. Friends: “The One With All the Thanksgivings” (S5, E8)

Join Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey as they reminisce about their worst Thanksgiving memories. Multiple 80’s-style wigs, turkey heads and the sight of Ross with a moustache will not disappoint.

7. Bob’s Burgers: “An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal” (S3, E5)

You’ll chuckle along as Bob and his unusual family help the landlord woo an old flame over Thanksgiving dinner.

8. Rugrats: “The Turkey Who Came to Dinner” (S4, E16)

Remember Tommy and the gang? Get a blast from the past and watch as the babies try to save the live turkey from becoming Thanksgiving dinner.

9. The Waltons: “The Thanksgiving Story” (S2, E10)

Join John-Boy, Jim-Bob and the rest of the Walton family as a turkey shoot and life-threatening injury add drama to this classic television show.

10. Charlie Brown: “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”

Of course, Thanksgiving would not be complete without Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang. Good grief, will Lucy ever let Charlie kick that football?


Katie Grimes is a professional writing and religious studies student. She enjoys using obscure words (such as “colloquial” and “pastiche”) in all contexts and has a strange fascination with Star Trek. Her varied interests include feminism, reading Shakespeare and drinking caffeinated beverages.