The Best Thanksgiving Episodes In Sitcoms

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.

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  • Thanksgiving Orphans
    Photo: Cheers/CBS / Paramount Television Network

    "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
  • The One with All the Thanksgivings
    Photo: Friends/NBC / Warner Bros. Television

    Holidays can be a time of reflection and the Friends looked back on their worst Thanksgivings in "The One with All the Thanksgivings." This exorcism of bad memories transformed hurt feelings into declarations of love. Also Joey gets a turkey stuck on his head.

    • Original Airing: Nov. 19, 1998
    • Season: Friends - Season 5
    • Episode Number: 8
  • The One with the Rumor
    Photo: Friends/NBC / Warner Bros. Television

    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
    • Series: Friends
  • The Mom & Pop Store
    Photo: Seinfeld/NBC / Columbia TriStar Television Distribution

    Jon Voight makes a cameo appearance in Seinfeld's Thanksgiving themed episode "The Mom & Pop Store." The episode finds George, Elaine, Jerry, and Kramer attending a Thanksgiving party at Tim Whatley's (a dentist played by Brian Cranston) though they each have ulterior motives for stopping by.

    Elsewhere, Elaine's boss participates in the Thanksgiving Day Parade and George buys a car he believes to have been previously owned by Voight.

    • Original Airing: Nov. 17, 1994
    • Season: Seinfeld - Season 6
    • Episode Number: 8