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

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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

Friends: Thanksgiving

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

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Okay, I think I previously wrote that The One With the Football is my favorite Thanksgiving episode… that was incorrect, this one is. This is the best friends Thanksgiving episode by far, because it features not only the present holiday, but also flashbacks to other thanksgivings the group has experienced. They are talking about their worst thanksgivings and Rachel forces Monica to reveal that hers were 1. the first thanksgiving she met chandler where he called her fat, and 2. the one the following year where she tries to get revenge on him and accidentally cuts off his toe. This is one of the best Monica and Chandler episodes (and they kick Ross and Rachel’s ass as a couple) and it’s full of thanksgiving imagery and food. I think this should be on every thanksgiving watchlist (if people have such a thing).

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 9 turkeys

How I Met Your Mother: Thanksgiving

“Slapsgiving” Season 3, Episode 9

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I love this episode so much. In this episode the group is having their first thanksgiving all alone in the city. Lily is obsessed with putting on a beautiful “grown-up” thanksgiving. Meanwhile, Marshall is planning to use the next of his slaps that he won from the slap bet he won with Barney. He decides to torture Barney by setting up a website counting down to “slapsgiving”. Meanwhile, Ted and Robin have been dancing around the awkwardness of their break up, but have to face it head on when they bake pies for thanksgiving together. This episode does have a lot of plot and kind of semi require you to understand what is going on, but I don’t think having seen the show before is entirely a necessity to enjoy it. This episode is funny, full of thanksgiving food and decor, and always gets me ready for turkey day.

Netflix available? As of this writing, but not for long

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 9 turkeys