10 Thanksgiving-Themed TV Episodes to Watch When You’re in a Food Coma

Thanks to Netflix, you don’t need to move at all on November 24—just queue up these holiday episodes, and digest the day’s incredible meal.

1

Glee, Season 4, Episode 8  “Thanksgiving”

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Sometimes nothing beats a show you can sing along to—which is exactly what you’ll get if you tune into this holiday-themed episode of Glee. Like many Thanksgiving episodes, viewers will be happy to know this is a reunion episode, with many old favorites returning to give current New Directions members advice on advancing to Sectionals. Except, of course, for Rachel and Kurt, who have a nontraditional holiday together.


2

Gilmore Girls, Season 3, Episode 9 “A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving”

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Four Thanksgivings—is that a dream come true, or a stomachache waiting to happen? If anyone can take it, it’s the Gilmores, whose capacity for consuming junk food is unparalleled. They make a mission to stop at four very different, but festive, celebrations—including one at Emily and Richard’s, which is difficult considering Lorelai is not currently speaking to her parents.


3

How I Met Your Mother, Season 3, Episode 9 “Slapsgiving”

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It’s the group’s first Thanksgiving together, and Lilly and Marshall plan to host since it’s also their first Thanksgiving as a married couple. Lilly obsesses over a perfect meal, while Robin and Ted continue to navigate their breakup. Meanwhile, Marshall gives Barney a heads up—the third slap in their ongoing “slap bet” will happen sometime on Thanksgiving. 



4

Everybody Loves Raymond, Season 3, Episode 10 “No Fat”

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Deb’s parents are out of town for Thanksgiving—headed to Turkey, of all places—so the family decides to celebrate at Frank and Marie’s house. But after a trip to the senior health fair, Marie decides that she and her husband need to watch their diets, and so they plan a heart-healthy meal. This means the family is eating lots of vegetables and a tofu turkey.  


5

That ‘70s Show, Season 1, Episode 9 “Thanksgiving”

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Laurie brings a friend home from college, who immediately becomes interested in Eric, causing problems between him and Donna. Meanwhile, Mother Forman is also coming for Thanksgiving dinner, and the arrival of Kitty’s mother-in-law becomes incredibly stressful (sound familiar?).   


6

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

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While recovering from food comas, each of the six remembers his or her worst Thanksgiving holidays, and everyone tries to figure out which Thanksgiving was Monica’s least favorite. Lucky for us, this involves many flashbacks, including a shot of Chandler in 1987 with a “Flock of Seagulls” hairstyle, as well as a Thanksgiving Phoebe remembers from 1915, when she was serving in a World War I field hospital—because of course Phoebe would remember holidays from her past lives.



7

New Girl, Season 1, Episode 6 “Thanksgiving”

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Jess invites a music teacher she has a crush on to her apartment for Thanksgiving. However, her roommates hadn’t planned to have a major feast—they just want to stick to their tradition, and watch football and drink beer.  If you thought your Thanksgiving feast was full of cooking mishaps, Jess’ hilarious-yet-disastrous feast will make you feel much better.


8

Parenthood, Season 2, Episode 10 “Happy Thanksgiving”

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Camille Braverman says it best: “Holidays are nothing if not stressful.” Holidays tend to come with their fair share of family drama—and the Braverman Thanksgiving is no exception. From merging in-laws with the rest of the family to an intense game of flag football, there’s plenty to fight about. But, as is always true with the Braverman clan, there’s plenty of love and plenty of dancing. 


9

The Wonder Years, Season 4, Episode 7 “The Ties that Bind”

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The Arnolds begin to notice that money is tight for the family, so Jack approaches his boss for a promotion. He’s granted a promotion and a raise, but his new travel responsibilities unfortunately take him away from his family on Thanksgiving.



10

Chopped, Collection 2, Episode 20 “Waste Not” 

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Get inspired to use up all of your Thanksgiving leftovers with this episode of the popular cooking competition. Players are asked to use ingredients that are often tossed—including juicer pulp, stale bread, and onion ends—to make three delicious dishes. We’re not advising you fish in the garbage for yesterday’s scraps, but we are advising you think twice before throwing out stale cornbread.