Where to Watch Six Classic Thanksgiving TV Shows (and One Movie)
Feast on 'Friends,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Gilmore Girls' and more
Did you miss out on Thanksgiving-themed TV this year because you were busy, you know, celebrating Thanksgiving (i.e., spending time with family members, eating turkey and/or watching football)? Or do you just want to keep celebrating with small-screen feasts?
Either way, you can create your own Thanksgiving marathon with holiday-themed TV episodes available for streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu, or for renting or purchase on iTunes or Amazon Instant Video.
Take a look at six of The Hollywood Reporter's picks for Thanksgiving TV episodes you can watch online, along with one bonus Thanksgiving movie, if you're in the mood for something longer.
Friends: You could spend your entire Thanksgiving just watching Friends' Turkey Day celebrations, considering that the NBC hit devoted at least nine of its late-November episodes to the holiday. And now that Friends is streaming on Netflix, subscribers to the streaming service can do just that. But if you don't have a Netflix subscription and you want just a few Thanksgiving dinners with Friends, you can purchase episodes on iTunes or Amazon Instant Video. The third-season touch football game, fifth-season flashback to Monica and Chandler's first Thanksgiving and eighth-season dinner with Brad Pitt are among the best.
Where to watch: Netflix; for purchase on Amazon ("The One With the Football," "The One With the Thanksgiving Flashbacks" and "The One With the Rumor") and iTunes ("The One With the Football," "The One With the Thanksgiving Flashbacks" and "The One With the Rumor")
How I Met Your Mother, "Slapsgiving": How I Met Your Mother also devoted a few seasons to Thanksgiving celebrations but the third-season "Slapsgiving" episode is one of the best. A continuation of the second-season "Slap Bet" episode, "Slapsgiving" finds the gang celebrating their first Thanksgiving together, with the newly married Marshall and Lily fixing and hosting the big meal, as Marshall prepares to dole out the third of five slaps he won in the previous season's wager. Meanwhile, lovers turned uncomfortable friends Ted and Robin question the status of their relationship.
Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon (Prime and for purchase) and iTunes
Gilmore Girls, "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving": Lorelei and Rory get stuck going to four Thanksgiving dinners in this third-season episode, and they manage to handle all of the food, but Lorelei freaks out during the final meal when she discovers that Rory applied to colleges other than her dream school of Harvard.
Cheers, "Thanksgiving Orphans": The gang leaves the bar for dinner at Carla's house, where an agonizing wait for Norm's "birdzilla" turkey to finish cooking turns into a food fight.
Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon (for purchase), Hulu and iTunes
WKRP in Cincinnati, "Turkeys Away": In this classic Thanksgiving episode, the WKRP station manager comes up with a holiday promotion involving live turkeys and a helicopter that turns into a horrific sight, described by the station's on-the-scene reporter as he watches turkeys fall onto the parking lot at a shopping mall.
"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving": If you missed this Peanuts classic when it had its annual airing on ABC on Tuesday, you can watch it now. The 44-minute special begins with Lucy's famous football gag and then features a disastrous dinner at Charlie Brown's, where Snoopy and Woodstock prepare toast and popcorn as the main dish. In the second half of the special, the Peanuts gang reenacts the first Thanksgiving.
Where to watch: Amazon for purchase and iTunes
Planes, Trains & Automobiles: If you'd rather watch a full-length movie than a bunch of TV shows, Planes, Trains & Automobiles is one of the few, classic Thanksgiving films, as Steve Martin and John Candy are plagued by delays, breakdowns, a wild car accident and a missing rental car on a long journey from New York to Chicago for Turkey Day.
Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon (for rent or purchase) and iTunes