The Best Thanksgiving Episodes to Stream This Year

There’s nothing I cherish quite more than my post-Turkey Day, food coma-induced nap. There’s just something about eating a little more than my elastic waistline can handle, changing into my after-dinner loungewear, and snuggling up with my dog that has the potential to make even the weirdest year just a little bit better. 

2020 may have canceled our original Thanksgiving plans but guess what? It can’t cancel our favorite tradition of going overboard on the mashed potatoes, assuming a horizontal position, and falling down a rabbit hole of our Thanksgiving features. From Jessica Day to Rachel Green and beyond… here are our favorite Thanksgiving episodes that pair well with a full belly and an accidental cat nap:

 

Gilmore Girls — “A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving” (Season 3, Episode 9)

Where to stream: Netflix

Source: Netflix

What to do when four parties expect you to show up for Thanksgiving festivities? Well, if you’re Lorelai and Rory, you do your best to make it all work. While the girls succeed, I crown Sookie the queen of this episode. Getting hilariously drunk after your husband tries to deep fry a turkey is the ultimate move.

 

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — “The Gang Squashes Their Beefs” (Season 9, Episode 10)

Where to stream: Hulu

Source: Hulu

If you’ve ever watched an episode of It’s Always Sunny, you know that any chance for this crew to have a “normal” Thanksgiving is baseline slim to none. In this particularly chaotic episode, the gang tries to right wrongs with old enemies who threaten to compromise their Turkey Day plans. If you’re looking for a hilariously messy Thanksgiving to make you feel better about your own, this is it.

 

Friends — “The One with All the Thanksgivings” (Season 5, Episode 8)

Where to stream: HBO Max

Source: HBO Max

This episode of Friends is the ultimate blast from the past. Between Joey getting his head lodged in a raw turkey and Monica plotting her revenge against an insulting Chandler, we get a glimpse of the crew’s Thanksgivings past that are sure to bring the laughs.

 

This Is Us — “Pilgrim Rick” (Season 1, Episode 8)

Where to stream: Hulu

Source: Hulu

This episode of Pilgrim Rick is wholesome AF, will make you smile, and may induce tears (you’ve been warned). It’s a story about how Thanksgiving traditions come to be and may give you more perspective on your next unexpected detour.

 

New Girl — “Parents” (Season 2, Episode 8)

Where to stream: Netflix

Source: Netflix

In the ultimate Parent Trap attempt to rekindle her parents, Jess invites her divorced parents to Thanksgiving dinner. After Jess sees the pair smooch, she hopes that the two can set aside their differences to fulfill the family unit of Jess’s dreams.

 

How I Met Your Mother — “Slapsgiving” (Season 3, Episode 9)

Where to stream: Hulu

Source: Hulu

POV: Your ex brings their new significant other to Thanksgiving dinner. In this episode, Lily and Marshall host their first Thanksgiving. In Lily’s attempt to create the perfect gathering, she is challenged by her friends’ relationship woes and an impending slap between a terrorizing Marshall and a taunting Barney.

 

The Mindy Project — “Thanksgiving” (Season 1, Episode 6)

Where to stream: Hulu

Source: Hulu

I’m just going to say it: Mindy Kaling would be my ultimate Thanksgiving dinner guest. In this episode of her Hulu series, Mindy celebrates the holiday at Gwen’s where she finds out that an ex-mate (enter Ed Helms) from a disastrous blind date is invited. To say things get messy is a bit of an understatement.

 

Friday Night Lights — “Thanksgiving” (Season 4, Episode 13)

Where to stream: Peacock, Hulu

Source: Hulu

In this season four finale, the Taylors host Thanksgiving dinner before the big game against the Dillon Panthers. Watching this high-stakes game will have you on the edge of your seat and cheering for the East Dillon Lions. Go team, go!

 

Riverdale — “Chapter Sixty-Four: The Ice Storm” (Season 4, Episode 7)

Where to stream: Netflix

Source: Netflix

Riverdale’s Thanksgiving feature is a heartfelt tear-jerker that will leave you a bit melancholy. PSA: Only watch this if you’re caught up on the season or don’t mind some major spoilers!

 

Gossip Girl — “Blair Waldorf Must Pie!” (Season 1, Episode 9)

Where to stream: Netflix

Source: Netflix

Oh, what fun it is to go back into the Gossip Girl archives and see how young and chipper my hip NYC friends used to be! This episode is the epitome of awkward and messy family Thanksgivings but drives the message home that at the end of the day, as long as you have your people, you’ll be just fine.

 

Grey’s Anatomy — “Thanks for the Memories” (Season 2, Episode 9)

Where to stream: Netflix

Source: Netflix

If Thanksgiving is your holiday, then you and Izzie Stevens might get along well. Unfortunately for Izzie, she doesn’t know how to meet her own perfect dinner expectations while her friends are looking for any and every excuse to stay away. When Burke comes in to save the day, she wonders if her friends will even show at all.

 

Modern Family — “Three Turkeys” (Season 6, Episode 8)

Where to stream: Amazon

This classic Modern Family episode is a disorderly joy—even watching the trailer has me belly laughing and in tears. If your typical Thanksgivings are a bit of a hot mess, the nostalgia will hit hard. This is one Amazon Prime episode worth renting, I promise.

 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine — “Thanksgiving” (Season 1, Episode 10)

Where to stream: Hulu

Source: Hulu

If you spend any more than five minutes talking to me, you’ll find out rather quickly that I love Brooklyn Nine-Nine. To me, it’s the perfect quirky comedy and can be rather heartfelt at times. Take their Thanksgiving feature, which, in a very backward way, proves that your “family” extends past blood relations. 

 

Orange Is The New Black — “F…sgiving” (Season 1, Episode 9)

Where to stream: Netflix

Source: Netflix

OK, team, let’s be real here. If you’re looking for a feel-good Thanksgiving feature, this simply is not it. OITNB fans won’t be surprised as this episode’s dark, twisty humor and drama are completely on par with the rest of the series. In this episode, Piper lands herself in solitary confinement for “inappropriate behavior” and thus loses her visiting privileges on Thanksgiving.

 

New Girl — “Thanksgiving IV” (Season 4, Episode 9)

Where to stream: Netflix

Source: Netflix

Oh, Schmidt, you dirty dog. In a rare time period where every single member of this crew is single, Schmidt urges his comrades to find a mate before the year ends. He proposes that the house hosts a “Bangs-giving” themed gathering where everyone must bring someone compatible for another member of the group. 

 

Friends — “The One with the Rumor” (Season 8, Episode 9)

Where to stream: HBO Max

Source: HBO Max

Ahhhh, a parallel universe where then-married Jen and Brad appear in a Thanksgiving episode for Friends. What a dream. Even if the pair quarrel in this episode over unresolved hard feelings, I’ll take it. 

 

Glee — “Thanksgiving” (Season 4, Episode 8)

Where to stream: Netflix

Source: Netflix

This episode of Glee is the unconventional Thanksgiving episode you didn’t know you needed. With some zesty musical mashups, some good old sectionals prep, and rocky relationships, there’s something in this feature for everyone.

 

Master of None — “Thanksgiving” (Season 2, Episode 8)

Where to stream: Netflix

Source: Netflix

This Thanksgiving episode is a whole damn movie and is so unbelievably good. Don’t take my word for it… Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari’s Emmy for best comedy series writing speaks for itself. This episode is deep and is a collection of Thanksgiving memories over the span of a decade. During this empathetic and attentive recollection, Denise realizes and embraces her identity as she seeks acceptance from her family.

 

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