Our Favorite Thanksgiving TV Episodes

November is filled with things that we love: an incredible meal, friends, and television. We thought it’d be fun to share a few of our favorite Thanksgiving TV episodes with residents of our Liv Ahwatukee apartment community in Phoenix, Arizona. Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving episode? Scroll down to see if it made it in the comments.


Gilmore Girls


Episode: “A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving


Premiere Date: November 26, 2002


Rory and Lorelai have to endure four Thanksgiving dinners, one of which involves turkey and gallons of peanut oil. If you’re thinking about deep-frying a turkey this year, watch this episode to gain some inspiration as well as a few laughs.




Episode: “Thanksgiving Orphans


Premiere Date: November 27, 1986


Synopsis: Thanksgiving is approaching and no one has anything to do except Diane, who is among a select few graduate students one of her professors has asked to spend Thanksgiving with his family, celebrating in the pilgrim’s tradition. Diane suggests that the rest of the gang spend Thanksgiving together in Carla's new home. Carla agrees to a potluck dinner, with Norm in charge of the humongous turkey.


WKRP in Cincinnati


Episode: “Turkeys Away


Premiere Date: October 30, 1978


Mr. Carlson decides to launch his own Thanksgiving promotion which turns into a hilarious catastrophe.




Episode: “The One With All The Thanksgivings


Premiere Date: November 19, 1998


The gang remembers and shares their worst Thanksgiving stories. Oh yeah, and Monica puts a turkey on her head.


How I Met Your Mother


Episode: “Slapsgiving


Premiere Date: November 19, 2007


Synopsis: Marshall warns Barney that the third slap in their “slap bet” will be coming on Thanksgiving night. Meanwhile, Ted and Robin sleep together on the night before Thanksgiving.




Episode: “The Mom and Pop Store


Premiere Date: November 17, 1994


Synopsis: George buys a convertible he thinks was once owned by Jon Voight. Kramer tries to save a small shoe-repair business. Elaine answers a radio quiz, enabling Mr. Pitt to participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Meanwhile, Jerry tries to solve the mystery of whether or not he's invited to Tim Whatley's annual Pre-Thanksgiving party.


Didn’t see your favorite Thanksgiving TV episode on our list? Share the title of the show and episode in the comments so that we can enjoy it with you. Thanks for reading. Happy Thanksgiving!