Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23: Thanksgiving

“It’s A Miracle” Season 2, Episode 4

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It should honestly be a crime that this show got canceled it was such a work of art. This episode has two main plots, one being Chloe’s trip to her parents for thanksgiving with June, the other being James Van Der Beek volunteering at a homeless shelter to serve food. When James attempts to just make an appearance and duck out without doing any actual work, the shelter threatens to tell the tabloids about his behavior, forcing him to stay and actually do work. Meanwhile, Chloe surprises June by taking them to her parent’s house, which is especially awkward for June because she made out with Chloe’s dad and she’s pretty sure Chloe’s mom hates her. Chloe makes it even worse by revealing that she told the family that June had an accident and is now in a wheelchair, which is especially heinous because Chloe’s mom is also in a wheelchair. This episode is really funny and I can’t say I would expect anything else out of a thanksgiving episode on this show. It’s funny and cringey and while it’s really insane for some reason it works as a seasonal episode for me, I watch it every year.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 7 turkeys

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New Girl: Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving III” Season 3, Episode 10

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Okay, so as I said in my review of the season two thanksgiving episode, this is tied as my favorite New Girl Thanksgiving episode. I think as an actual episode of the show I like this episode better, but as a thanksgiving episode I probably prefer season two because it’s a little more seasonal. In this episode, Coach teases Nick about losing his masculinity in his relationship with Jess, which leads Nick to spearhead a crazy idea: camping thanksgiving. The group reluctantly agrees to spend the holiday “living off the land”. Winston and Cece are less thank thrilled and Jess is just trying to make the best of it. Meanwhile, Coach and Schmidt are competing in their survival abilities in order to impress Cece. The episode hilariously culminates in Jess eating a fish to make Nick feel like a good provider and getting horribly ill. It may not sound funny, but trust me it is. This may not be a traditional Thanksgiving episode but it’s one I seem to come back to every year for some holiday laughs.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 6 turkeys

New Girl: Thanksgiving

“Parents” Season 2, Episode 8

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So this is tied with season 3 for my favorite New Girl Thanksgiving episode. In this episode, Jess’s parents are coming to town for the holiday. The problem is they are divorced and hate each other so they plan on celebrating separate Thanksgivings. Jess is “accidentally” invites them over at the same time, which Cece quickly realizes is part of Jess’s “parent trap”. Apparently for years Jess has been trying to get her parents back together, but to no avail. Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner star as Jess’s parents in this hilarious holiday episode. I think most families have some tension that pops up around the holidays and episodes like this always really capture it for me. It’s funny, it’s holiday centered, what more could you want! I definitely recommend checking this episode out if you have some pre-turkey TV time.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 9 turkeys

New Girl: Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving” Season 1, Episode 6

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If there’s one thing New Girl does well, it’s thanksgiving episodes. While this isn’t my favorite, it’s still great. While rehearsing for their thanksgiving play, Jess’s coworker Paul mentions that his grandmother just passed away and he’ll be spending thanksgiving alone. Jess decides to invite him to the apartment for dinner. She and Schmidt try to throw together a last minute thanksgiving meal. Paul and Winston hit it off, Cece and Schmidt heat things up in the kitchen, but Nick is as usual, apathetic. This episode is cute, it’s fun to watch Jess and Paul’s awkward flirting and Cece pissing Schmidt off in the kitchen is hilarious. This is a really fun holiday episode and you don’t really need to have been watching the show to understand it. I mean it probably helps but it isn’t totally necessary. I definitely recommend checking it out if you have some time over the holiday.

Netflix  available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 8 turkeys

Bob’s Burgers: Thanksgiving

“Gayle Makin Bob Sled” Season 6, Episode 4

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Once again, another great Thanksgiving special from Bob’s Burgers. This one doesn’t show Bob’s turkey obsession as much as other years but it’s still fantastic. Gayle hurt her foot and needs help being transported from her apartment to the Belcher’s place for Thanksgiving. A dangerous snowstorm is occurring and Gayle is still taking her sweet time getting out of  the house. When Bob’s car gets covered by the plow, he has to drag Gayle down the street. Also Gayle’s cat Mr Business escapes. Meanwhile, Linda and the kids are trying to make a Thanksgiving dinner as good as Bob normally does but it isn’t working out so well. This episode is funny but is definitely less of a thanksgiving vibe than the past episodes. I however don’t think that should be held against it as it is a really great episode in general and I think all the Bob’s thanksgiving episodes should be watch in preparation for the biggest meal of the year.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 7 turkeys

Modern Family: Thanksgiving

“Three Turkeys” Season 6, Episode 8

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I always really enjoy Modern Family’s holiday episodes, but especially their thanksgiving episodes because, while perhaps a little over the top, they always seem to capture that franticness that comes along with spending time with family. In this episode, Phil convinces Claire to let him handle thanksgiving dinner. That includes cooking and setting up the home with Luke. While Claire lets him take charge, she cooks a backup turkey in the garage in case Phil messes up. When the fuse box blows, the go to Jay and Gloria’s for their meal. This is awkward because Gloria and Jay lied about being in Mexico so they could spend the holiday alone. Meanwhile, Cam and Mitch are struggling to make Lily understand the word “no”. Mitch is upset because Lily thinks he’s the mean parent because he frequently lays down the law while Cam lets her get away with things. This episode is funny and definitely revolves around the holiday. I highly recommend checking this episode out to get into the turkey day spirit.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 8 turkeys

Gossip Girl: Thanksgiving

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

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In the first Gossip Girl thanksgiving episode we get to experience two thanksgivings, the current one and the one from the year prior. In the past thanksgiving we see a drunken Serena being taken care of by Blair and Nate. In the present, we see Blair and Serena fighting and Serena and her family being banned from Blair’s family Thanksgiving. Dan invites the Van Der Woodsens to his family Thanksgiving, unaware of the romantic history between his father and Serena’s mother. The family thanksgiving turns tense when the big secrets come out. So I’m not going to pretend that this episode is for everyone, while it is definitely a thanksgiving filled episode, it is also filled with teen melodrama. This show was huge when I was in high school so it works for me. The show definitely does thanksgiving episodes well, full of drama and pie. If you’ve watched the show, or like late 00’s teen dramas, I’d recommend putting this episode on your thanksgiving watch list.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 8 turkeys