The 15 Best TV Show Episodes to Watch this Thanksgiving

Holiday season is official, which, means it’s time for a family gathering around the television. But if you’re not yet ready for Christmas specials and don’t have enough time to watch a Thanksgiving movie, do not worry : There are a lot of classic Thanksgiving moments from TV shows to tide you over. Here are 18 episodes from our Thanksgiving favorite TV shows. After watching them you will definitely thank us.

15.‘The Sopranos’

Episode: Season 3, Episode 8, “He Is Risen”

Tensions rise between Tony and Ralphie until circumstances demand that they resolve their differences. Meadow gets involved with Jackie’s son, and ends up in trouble.

14.‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’

Episode: Season 4, Episode 8,“Pangs”

On Thanksgiving, Buffy is faced with the spirit of a Native American warrior and his people were annihilated by settlers.

13.‘Will and Grace’

Episodes: Season 2, Episode 7, “Homo for the Holidays”

Will and Grace are astonished to learn that Jack has not told his mother that he was gay and encourage him to open up to her at Thanksgiving. The evening brings a surprise for Jack too: his father isn’t who he thinks it is.

12.‘That ’70s Show’

Episodes: Season 1, Episode 9, “Thanksgiving”

Laurie brings a friend home for Thanksgiving and it could be a problem. When they are home it turns out that Laurie’s friend, Kate is hot, and Eric has a hard time controlling himself . Meanwhile Bob offers Red a job.

11.‘The Office’

Episode: Season 7, Episode 9, “”

In an attempt to recreate Hay Place before Thanksgiving, Dwight puts together his own version in the parking lot of Dunder Mifflin. While obsessing over his childhood dream of becoming Hay King, he loses his relationship with Angela, who meets her future husband, Senator Robert Lipton, at the event.

10.‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Episode: Season 2, Episode 9, “Thanks for the Memories”

Thanksgiving sends the residents of Meredith’s house in different directions: George goes hunting with his family, Meredith escapes to the hospital, and Izzie throws a dinner and appears no one is coming.

9. ‘Friends’

Episode: Season 3, Episode 9, “The One with the Football”

Old sibling competitiveness between Monica and Ross reappears and postpones Thanksgiving dinner when the gang decide to play a game of “touch” football.

8. ‘Orange Is The New Black’

Episode: Season 1, Episode 9, “F—sgiving”

Piper is in high spirits when she makes peace with Alex and waits for a visit from Larry on Thanksgiving. However, Healy’s true colors come to life when he throws Piper in solitary confinement for dancing with Alex. The experience of solitary forces Piper to take a serious look at her life and come to several conclusions about the future. Pretty intense.

7. ‘Seinfeld’

Episode: Season 6, Episode 8, “The Mom & Pop Store”

In this episode, George buys a car said to have belonged to Jon Voight (who cameos in the episode as himself). Meanwhile, Kramer takes all of Jerry’s sneakers to a “Mom and Pop” shoe repair store, leaving him with nothing but cowboy boots to wear on his feet while he tries to figure out whether or not he is invited to Tim Whatley’s “Thanksgiving Eve” party.

6. ‘Gossip Girl’

Episode: Season 1, Episode 9, “Blair Waldorf Must Pie!”

When Dan finds out that Serena and her family are celebrating Thanksgiving alone, he invites them to spend the holiday with his family.

5.‘Gilmore Girls’

Episode: Season 3, Episode 9, “”A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving”

Lorelai and Rory work to fit in four thanksgiving dinners but they don’t eat much at the family dinner and Lorelai finds out Rory applied at more colleges then just Harvard. Lane has her first kiss and Kirk and cat Kirk have a little adjusting to do.

4.‘How I Met Your Mother’

Episode: Season 3, Episode 9, “Slapsgiving”

Marshall warns Barney that the third slap in their “slap bet” will be coming on Thanksgiving night. Meanwhile, Ted and Robin sleep together on the night before Thanksgiving.

3. ‘New Girl’

Episode: Season 2, Episode 8, “Parents”

When Jess’s parents, show up at the same time for Thanksgiving dinner, Jess takes the opportunity to “parent trap” them into a reconciliation. Meanwhile, Schmidt and his bigger ex-Marine cousin, Big Schmidt, engage in a “manliness” competition.

2.‘This Is Us’

Episode: Season 1, Episode 8, “Pilgrim Rick”

As Jack and Rebecca face a catastrophic Thanksgiving, the family gather at Randall’s house for the occasion.


Episode: Season 5, Episode 8, “The One with All the Thanksgivings”

And now the most iconic. The gang remember and share with each other their worst Thanksgivings.