Thanksgiving-Themed TV Episodes

TV sitcom writers love Thanksgiving. Think of all the jokes that come from sticking ornery family members together! How could you not find the funny in a novice cook squaring off against a ten-pound turkey? Oh, the things that could go wrong!

In years past, the Thanksgiving season inspired the writers of Friends to put turkey heads on Monica (Courteney Cox) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc). The Seinfeld writers poked fun at the Thanksgiving Day parade by having Jerry poke a hole in the Woody Woodpecker float. And on How I Met Your Mother, Marshall (Jason Segel) reached across the Thanksgiving dinner table to smack Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), and the whole gang gathered around the piano to sing a song about it. (The slap, that is.) 

In the mood for some more Thanksgiving-themed gags? You're in luck. TV's full of them tonight -- both new ones and some classics.

The Middle, (8 p.m., ABC): Mike (Neil Flynn) would rather not invite his brother (Norm MacDonald) to Thanksgiving dinner, but he does it anyway. The rest of the episode is just the fulfillment of Heck family law: No good deed goes unpunished.

Everybody Loves Raymond (9 p.m., TV Land) Four Thanksgiving-themed episodes will run, including the one with the tofu turkey.

Cougar Town (9:30 p.m., ABC): Jules uses Thanksgiving dinner to get an "I love you" out of Grayson.

Roseanne (11 p.m., TV Land): Four consecutive ep isodes of Thanksgiving-themed, dysfunctional family drama, including the year "when [Roseanne's] father is spending Thanksgiving with his girlfriend."

Better With You (8:30 p.m., ABC) : Everyone's hoping that this year, Vickey's (Debra Jo Rupp) turkey won't taste like "a car accident in your mouth."

What is your favorite Thanksgiving-themed TV episode? Chime in below!


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