Remember These? Retro Thanksgiving Sitcom Episodes!
As the Holiday Season is upon us, there are so many traditions to relish in. From spending time with family, to nomming delicious food, and starting new traditions with my daughter, November and December are some stellar months. Alongside all these fun times, there is also the traditional vegging out on the couch, not worrying about work, to watch the boob tube, especially as the sitcom holiday episodes start to roll in.
As I’ve already been gleaning new Thanksgiving episodes, I’ve been thinking about all the television hilarity that has happened in the past. I mean, Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday for great comedic writing with all the fun family antics that can occur. So here is a trip down memory lane with some favorite classic Thanksgiving sitcom episodes.
Friends: There are so many fabulous hysterical Friends Thanksgiving episodes. Two, though, stand out amongst the rest. First there is “The One With The Rumor” when Brad Pitt guest starred as Will, as Monica’s high school friends who recently lost 150 pounds, Will, we learn was cofounder of the “I Hate Rachel Green Club.” Pitt and his comedic timing were pure perfection, which still leaves my sides hurting from laughter as I rewatch that episode. The other episode that stands out the most in my mind is “The One With All The Thanksgivings.” By the end of the episode, Chandler upset with Monica, storms back to his apartment. Unbeknownst to him, Monica dons a raw turkey on her head ala Joey, and dances around to make Chandler giggle. The fez hat and giant sunglasses make perfect accoutrements to get the job done.
The Cosby Show: The Cosby Show still is one of my all-time favorite shows. They’ve got so many memorable episodes, and of course they’ve got a Thanksgiving show I still remember so vividly. “Cliff’s Wet Adventure” is hysterical as Cliff goes out in a storm four different times to retrieve all the goods needed for Thanksgiving dinner. And in the end, when he no longer needs to fetch any more items, the clouds part, the sun comes out, and the birds begin chirping. I’m sure the cast was laughing uncontrollably throughout the filming of this episode as Bill Cosby played the part so well.
Roseanne: Give me a Roseanne rerun marathon and you’ll find me glued to the television. Especially when all the family members get together, amusement arises. The episode titled “We Gather Here Together” is the epitome of why I love this show oh so much as it centers around all sorts of family fun. Insert sarcasm font. Lots of drinks are had as everyone tries to avoid conflict amongst all the family members as they converge on the Conner household. But as they sit down to dinner, the arguments begin, and the laughs from viewers are abound.
Mad About You: Watching Mad About You always brought on the giggles. As a 14-year-old, watching “Giblets for Murray” did not disappoint. Jamie and Paul were hosting their first Thanksgiving and just wanted it to be perfect, and their way. Once they settled down and made everyone know that they would be celebrating Turkey Day their way, Murray, their dog, started nomming on the centerpiece bird. Antics ensue as Jamie and Paul plot to replace the turkey. They end up going through a total of 5 turkeys as one after another goes missing. Amongst them all, one turkey is stolen, another thrown out the window, and one even dropped from the roof.
WKRP: When I began researching episodes to spur my memory, I kept hearing about WKRP in Cincinnati and their “Turkey’s Away” episode from 1978. Though I wasn’t born yet when this show aired, I knew there had to be something to it as so many deemed it as the funniest Thanksgiving episode ever. After checking it out on YouTube, I 100% agree. You see, the station manager Mr. Carlson thought a fun Thanksgiving promotion would be the bees knees. So he gathers 20 turkeys to supposedly float down from the sky, however, as some of these turkeys plummeted to the ground, havoc ensued, even after the manager tried to let the rest of the turkeys free. The ending line of this episode seals the deal on the hilarity. Carlson says, “As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”
There are so many funny and memorable Thanksgiving Day episodes beyond the ones I’ve listed. What are some of your classic favorite Thanksgiving episodes? What about newer shows? Can you predict any fresh ones that will go down in TV history?