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Top 5 Thanksgiving Themed TV Show Episodes

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Now being fully immersed in the holiday season, turkey day is right around the corner. With that in mind, it is time to prepare for the anticipated event full of delicious food and gratitude by watching some iconic Thanksgiving-themed TV show episodes.

“Thanksgiving” – Glee

Kicking off the list with a musical comedy, Glee offers an unforgettable Thanksgiving episode, following the McKinley students as they prepare for the first competition of the season. Since it is a holiday, some of our favorite characters make a return to Lima, Ohio singing a mashup of “Home” and “Homeward Bound” that will bring tears to your eyes. It is my favorite cover in the whole episode because it brings you back to that feeling of coming home for the holidays after not seeing your family for ages. This episode also includes “Let’s Have a Kiki” and “Turkey Lurkey Time” which features Sarah Jessica Parker, all-around a super fun number that despite the absurdity will make you want to have a kiki for Thanksgiving.

“The Treasure of Serena Madre” – Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl is known for its drama-filled Thanksgiving episodes offered every season. However, season three features the iconic dinner table scene where all the secrets are revealed while Jason Derulo’s “Whatcha Say” plays in the background. This episode is full of fall ambiance, ensuring to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit. So many iconic lines are born from this episode such as Erick Van Der Woodsen telling Jenny Humphrey his sweet potatoes are bland. All around a super entertaining, dramatic episode that is a must-watch this season.

“A Taste of Your Own Medicine” – Dynasty

Another show that is known for bringing the drama, Dynasty brings all the camp and holiday chaos any audience member could need. Season one of Dynasty features the show’s first holiday-themed episode, “A Taste of Your Own Medicine”. This episode follows the Carrington as they partake in their annual Thanksgiving traditions, but things quickly take a turn when Blake clashes with both Fallon and Steven. But the real meat of the episode is towards the end, but for the sake of keeping this spoiler-free, you just have to watch the episode.

“A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving” – Gilmore Girls

During season three episode nine of Gilmore Girls, Rory and Lorelai agree to four separate Thanksgiving invitations, inevitable chaos ensues. Another conflicting point of the episode is when Lorelai finds out Rory applied to more schools than just Harvard. Gilmore Girls is just one of those shows that are made to watch indoors wrapped up in a blanket while the leaves rustle through the sharp wind outside. This episode specifically is a super funny, easy watch to get you in the spirit of Turkey Day. 

“The One With All the Thanksgivings” – Friends

And to top this list off we have a classic sitcom that supplies plenty of holiday-themed episodes, Friends. With so many options to pick from, choosing “The One With All the Thanksgivings” came down to the comedy and plot. With ten seasons, it can be difficult to make every holiday-themed episode unique, however, this episode always sticks out in my mind. In season five, episode eight of Friends, the audience is shown several flashbacks throughout the years of all the characters’ worst Thanksgivings. This is also the episode where Monica puts a raw turkey on her head and her and Chandler’s romance continues to blossom. Overall, just a fun episode to have on while you partake in all the anticipated Thanksgiving traditions.

With the holiday season in full swing, I hope you now have a good idea of what to watch in preparation for Thanksgiving, a holiday we need to stop skipping over might I add. Let’s take this time to be grateful and to watch some good TV with our loved ones.

Thanks for reading, V

Hi, I'm Vanesa! I am currently a Communication major at Illinois State University. I'm so thrilled to be a part of the HerCampus team because writing has always been a huge passion for me and now I have an opportunity to showcase that and grow as a writer. Besides writing, I love horror movies, dramatic tv shows, and iced coffee. I hope you enjoy my articles as much as I enjoy writing them so stay tuned for more! xoxo, V
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