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The Best Thanksgiving Episodes In Sitcoms  

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There are a lot of traditions associated with Thanksgiving including the annual injection of hilarity into the holiday compliments of popular sitcoms. This list of sitcom Thanksgiving episodes covers such traditions as the Thanksgiving Day Parade, family dinners, and holiday shopping. Some of the best Thanksgiving television episodes aired decades ago while others are recent additions.

What shows will you find on this list of the best Thanksgiving TV episodes? Bob's Burgers has a slew of hilarious Thanksgiving episodes and "Turkey in a Can" from season four is among the very best. The episode is full of hilarity and heart perfect for the holidays. The Simpsons is another great animated show with iconic Thanksgiving episodes and both Family Guy and Friends are known for their memorable Turkey Day episodes.

"Thanksgiving Orphans" finds the Cheers gang coming together for a holiday meal that ends in an epic food fight. Other good sitcoms with funny Thanksgiving episodes include It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Friends, and How I Met Your Mother.

Which Thanksgiving episode is the best? Vote your favorites up to make sure they end up at the top of this list.

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Bart vs. Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Episodes In Sitcoms
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The season two episode of The Simpsons "Bart vs. Thanksgiving" finds Bart running away after being punished for accidentally destroying Lisa's Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece. He ends up at a soup kitchen and the entire family finds a new appreciation for all that they have.

Original Airing: Nov 22, 1990

Season: The Simpsons - Season 2

Episode Number: 7

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Turkey in a Can is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Episodes In Sitcoms
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Bob's Burgers has a slew of hilarious Thanksgiving episodes and "Turkey in a Can" from season four is among the very best. While Bob investigates the mystery of the turkey in the toilet, Gene works on a song and Tina vies for a spot at the adult table for Thanksgiving dinner. The episode is full of hilarity and heart perfect for the holidays.

Original Airing: Nov. 24, 2013

Season: Bob's Burgers - Season 4

Episode Number: 5

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Thanksgiving Orphans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Episodes In Sitcoms
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"Thanksgiving Orphans" finds the Cheers gang coming together for a holiday meal. Norm brings an uncooked turkey to the party causing a timing mix-up with the other dishes. Tempers flair and Sam, Carla, Diane, Frasier, Norm, Woody, and Cliff participate in an epic food fight.

The episode also includes a touching tribute to Coach.

Original Airing: Nov 27, 1986

Season: Cheers - Season 5

Episode Number: 9

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The One with the Rumor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Episodes In Sitcoms
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Friends fans always looked forward to the sitcom's take on the holidays and "The One with the Rumor" is among the funniest. Monica invites an old high school friend, played by Brad Pitt, to Thanksgiving and he reveals and he and Ross were founding members of the "I Hate Rachel" Club back in the day. The group started a rumor about Rachel, who had started her own rumor about Ross.

Meanwhile, Joey eats a giant turkey.

Original Airing: Nov 22, 2001

Season: Friends- Season 8

Episode Number: 9

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