Thanksgiving TV: 17 of the Tube's Best Turkey Day Celebrations
10:17 AM PST 11/27/2013 by Bryn Elise Sandberg, Chris Godley
From classics old ("Friends," "Cheers"), current ("Modern Family," "New Girl," "Mad Men") and future ("The Goldbergs"), here's a look at how television has honored America's most food-centric holiday over the years.
Gilmore Girls, "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving" (2002)
The mother-daughter duo successfully fit in four Thanksgiving dinners, but the fun stops when Lorelai (Lauren Graham) finds out that Rory (Alexis Bledel) applied to more colleges than just Harvard.
Friends, "The One With All the Thanksgivings" (1998)
With 10 Thanksgiving episodes, Friends mastered the holiday. But this one is especially memorable because Joey (Matt LeBlanc) gets Monica's (Courteney Cox) turkey stuck on his head.
Family Guy, "Thanksgiving" (2011)
Joe's son (Kevin Swanson) unexpectedly appears during Thanksgiving dinner after supposedly going missing in Iraq, but something about his story doesn't line up.
Grey's Anatomy, "Thanks for the Memories" (2005)
Izzie (Katherine Heigl) attempts the perfect Thanksgiving dinner, with Burke (Isaiah Washington) to thank. Instead of helping, Cristina (Sandra Oh), Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Alex (Justin Chambers) work.
Modern Family, "Punkin Chunkin" (2011)
With the family gathered at the Dunphys' house for Thanksgiving, a disagreement sends them to a football field where Cam (Eric Stonestreet) proves his "punkin chunkin" story.
Cheers, "Thanksgiving Orphans" (1986)
The gang attempts the best Thanksgiving ever, but after invited guests never show and an unexpected guest makes an appearance, the plans don't quite live up to their expectations.
Full House, "The Miracle of Thanksgiving" (1987)
It's the Tanners' first Thanksgiving without Pam, Danny's wife, and the result is a frozen turkey. Danny (Bob Saget) takes the less-than-perfect moment to teach his girls about the true meaning of the holiday: "Thanksgiving wasn't about turkeys; it's about family and about being thankful for what we have."
How I Met Your Mother, "Slapsgiving" (2007)
As Marshall (Jason Segel) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) continue their slap bet, Thanksgiving night marks the third one. Ted (Josh Radnor) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) sleep together the night before.
Mad Men, "The Wheel" (2007)
Thanksgiving is near as Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) is given a new opportunity in the office, Betty (January Jones) discovers something that causes her to reevaluate her marriage, and Don (Jon Hamm) chooses not to spend the holiday with Betty's family.
Seinfeld, "The Mom and Pop Store" (1995)
In the sitcom's holiday special, Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) accidentally takes out one of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade floats.
New Girl, "Thanksgiving" (2011)
When Jess (Zooey Deschanel) invites Paul (Justin Long), a music teacher at her school, to her Thanksgiving dinner at the loft with the guys, the evening goes awry.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, "Thanksgiving" (2013)
In the freshman comedy's first Turkey Day episode, Amy's (Melissa Fumero) Thanksgiving meal at the precinct doesn't go as perfectly as planned.
Parenthood, "Happy Thanksgiving" (2010)
The chaos that family holidays bring is no stranger to Parenthood. In the end, however, the drama emphasizes the deep connection that exists between the families.
Raising Hope, "Meet the Grandparents" (2010)
Jimmy (Lucas Neff) wants Hope (Baylie and Rylie Cregut) to experience a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for the first time, instead of his usual routine of ordering pizza. He invites her maternal grandparents (Greg Germann, Valerie Mahaffey) over, only to learn that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
The Goldbergs, "Stop Arguing and Start Thanking” (2013)
Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) wants to be appreciated for all her cooking on Thanksgiving, Adam (Sean Giambrone) beats his brother at something for the first time, and Murray (Jeff Garlin) wants Marvin (Dan Fogler) to be more responsible.
Boy Meets World, "Turkey Day" (1996)
When Cory (Ben Savage) and Shawn (Rider Strong) attempt to merge their family Thanksgivings, the Matthews find themselves at trailer park for dinner with the Hunters. In spite of the differences between them, the boys' relationship is only strengthened.
The OC, "The Homecoming" (2003)
Kristen (Kelly Rowan) invites Caleb (Alan Dale) and Julie (Melinda Clarke) over for Thanksgiving dinner and Seth (Adam Brody) unsuccessfully plays both Summer (Rachel Bilson) and Anna (Samaire Armstrong).