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Four Hilarious Thanksgiving TV Episodes

Perfect to binge watch as you binge eat those leftovers


By Devynne Honsa Contributor

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it can be stressful getting ready for family, friends and the food that comes with the holiday. Here’s a great list of Thanksgiving-themed TV to ease the tension.

4. Modern Family, “Three Turkeys” (Season 6, Episode 8)

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Modern Family reminds us of the traditional family Thanksgiving and all of the chaos that comes with it. In this episode, Phil (Ty Burrell) is in charge of creating the feast, but Claire (Julie Bowen) prepares and hides a backup turkey just in case. Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) encounter parenting struggles, as disciplining Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) isn’t easy. Meanwhile, Jay (Ed O’Neill) and Gloria (Sophia Vergara) are hiding from the family festivities on a fake vacation.

Why it’s worth the watch: The hilarity of watching a big family Thanksgiving unfold is both relatable and cringeworthy.

3. The Office, “” (Season 7, Episode 9)

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Not a traditional Thanksgiving episode, but it will still get you in the autumn spirit. Trying to recreate his childhood memories, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) sets up a hay maze in the Dunder Mifflin parking lot, and jeopardizes his relationship with Angela (Angela Kinsey). Meanwhile, after Jim (John Krasinski) finds out the company added a commission cap, he loses incentive to work.

Why it’s worth the watch: Although it’s not focused on the actual Thanksgiving holiday like the others, watching Dwight enjoy his hay-maze will make you thankful you don’t work at Dunder Mifflin. Plus, watching Jim avoid doing work is all of us in these few weeks before finals.

2. How I Met Your Mother, “Slapsgiving” (Season 3, Episode 9)

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Ahhh, yes. Slapsgiving. Perhaps one of the best long-running hilarities of the show, “Slapsgiving” continues the tradition of the group’s slap-bet, in which Marshall (Jason Segel) gets to slap Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) five times at random. In this episode, Marshall creates a countdown to the third slap that will occur on Thanksgiving Day. Meanwhile, Ted (Josh Radnor) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) are still trying to work out their “just friends” situation post-breakup.

Why it’s worth the watch: It’s the perfect example of a Friendsgiving gone right, then wrong, and then right again. Plus, Marshall’s slap-song at the end never gets old.

1. Friends, “The One With All the Thanksgivings” (Season 5, Episode 8)

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Would this be a best Thanksgiving episode list without mentioning TV’s favorite New Yorkers? In this one, the gang reflects on their worst Thanksgivings ever. Monica (Courtney Cox) is pressured into telling the story of her worst Thanksgiving. When the story upsets Chandler, she tries to cheer him up by putting a turkey on her head, and his feelings for her accidentally slip out.

Why it’s worth the watch: Honestly, any of the Friends Thanksgiving episodes are worth watching, but this takes the cake because it shows us an aspect of the gang’s history that we haven't seen before. And since this one showcases flashbacks to the 80’s versions of Chandler, Rachel, Monica and Ross, it’s an instant classic.