The Thanksgiving holidays mean several things: coming home from university/college during the weekend, seeing old friends, spending time with family and best of all, endless amounts of turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes.
But if you’re all stuffed and aren’t able to move much from all the food, what could be better than vegging out on your couch while watching TV?
With several Thanksgiving specials reruns that will most likely be aired, here are 6 worthy TV episodes to watch this upcoming holiday weekend.
New Girl – “Thanksgiving”
The first season of New Girl started strong thanks to its outrageous storylines, kooky characters and Jessica Day’s (played by Zooey Deschanel) adorkable personality. In fact, the series’ first Thanksgiving episode was particularly a favourite; the wonderful Justin Long guest starred as music teacher Paul, a.k.a. the male version of Jess. (The “Turkey Song” they sing together is absolutely precious!)
An adorkable impending relationship aside, it’s the chaos that ensues that makes this episode. With a turkey defrosting in the dryer, a control freak in the kitchen and a bunch of dysfunctional roommates in one apartment, watching this episode might make you choke on your mashed potatoes from laughing so hard.
Friends – “The One With All The Thanksgivings”
Friends has had multiple memorable Thanksgiving episodes, and it was hard to pick which one was our favourite. From a baby beauty pageant to a Brad Pitt cameo (he was the former president of the I Hate Rachel Green Club), it’s safe to say that the series always celebrated the holiday with a bang!
But while we loved each holiday special dearly (and the whole series), we’d have to pick “The One With All The Thanksgivings” as our favourite Thankgiving episode. This episode included many Thanksgiving flashbacks in one. And yes, they were all hilariously disastrous.
Gilmore Girls – “A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving”
Lorelai and Rory Gilmore are truly the dynamic duo. In the Gilmore Girls episode “A Deep-Friend Korean Thanksgiving,” the mother-daughter team get invited to not one, but FOUR Thanksgiving dinners. In an effort to attend each one during the weekend, the two end up spending the holidays with The Kims, Sookie and Jackson, Luke, and Grandma and Grandpa Gilmore. God knows how they do it! But seeing that they’re so popular, the Gilmore gals have a lot to be thankful for!
How I Met Your Mother – “Slapsgiving”
While How I Met Your Mother certainly had its flaws (*cough* the series finale *cough*), what it DID get right was the running slap bet between Barney and Marshall. It granted the latter five free slaps to be given time to the former at any point in eternity.
This episode revolves around Marshall’s third slap, despite the fact that his wife Lily insisted on having a perfect Thanksgiving with their group of friends. As the “slap bet commissioner,” she forbids Marshall from any slaps but eventually lifts the ban when Barney’s gloating goes too far.
As you can imagine, waiting for the slap to happen during this episode is well worth the wait. In fact, the epic musical number at the end, in which Marshall tells Barney that he just got slapped, is equally as satisfying to watch.
Full House – “The Miracle of Thanksgiving”
It’s the first Thanksgiving without Mrs. Tanner, and Danny must find a way to make Thanksgiving work for his three daughters. Enlisting the help of his best friend Joey and his brother-in-law Jesse, the three bachelors cook up a storm… literally. Resulting in a smashed pumpkin pie and a burned turkey, this family still ends up making their Thanksgiving a night to remember.
“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”
A holiday isn’t complete without Charlie Brown. Whether it’s Christmas or Valentine’s Day, watching the whole Peanuts gang learn important life lessons never fails to make us feel warm inside.
In A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Charlie invites all his friends over to his house to have Thanksgiving dinner. But upon realizing that he doesn’t have much cooking skills, the problem is solved when they all end up at his grandmother’s house. AWW!