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.

Photo: Friends / NBC

  • 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
    231 votes
  • 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
    • Series: Cheers
    160 votes
  • 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
    198 votes
  • Bart vs. Thanksgiving
    Photo: The Simpsons/Fox / 20th Television

    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
    • Series: The Simpsons
    122 votes
  • Samantha's Thanksgiving to Remember
    Photo: Bewitched/ABC / Columbia Pictures Television
    102 VOTES

    Samantha's Thanksgiving to Remember

    A little bit of magic transports Samantha, her family, and nosey neighbor back to the Thanksgiving 1620 in the Bewitched episode "Samantha's Thanksgiving to Remember." While enjoying a meal with the pilgrims, some anti-witch conversation causes concern.

    • Original Airing: Nov. 23, 1967
    • Season: Bewitched - Season 4
    • Episode Number: 12
    102 votes
  • We Gather Together
    Photo: Roseanne/ABC / Viacom Enterprises
    107 VOTES

    We Gather Together

    The Connors invite the whole family to join them for Thanksgiving in the 1989 Roseanne episode "We Gather Together." Along with a holiday feast, everyone enjoyed a side of honesty, whether they liked it or not.

    • Original Airing: Nov. 21, 1989
    • Season: Roseanne - Season 2
    • Episode Number: 9
    • Series: Roseanne
    107 votes