You’ve seen an excessive amount of TV episodes and movies geared towards the holidays, and maybe have even taken a tradition or two from some. In fact, you’ll probably see some classic reruns on Thanksgiving Day. However, these are our favorite moments we’ve seen.
Whether you’ve inherited good ol’ competition from your friends on New Girl, or learned the true meaning of Thanksgiving from Charlie Brown and company, the best Thanksgiving moments captured on these 10 shows are heartwarming and memorable.
1. Boy Meets World
Season 4, Episode 10: “Turkey Day”
This episode marked the first time Cory ever saw where Shawn lived, and it all happened over a box of stuffing, proving how vital stuffing can be.
The meeting between the Matthews and the Hunter families is quirky, heartwarming, and awkward at all the right moments, just like your thanksgiving.
Season 6, Episode 8: “The Mom & Pop Store”
Remaining true to the nature of the show, what can go wrong on Thanksgiving does go wrong on Thanksgiving, yet it somehow all works out with that ounce of comedy we sometimes need to get us to, and through, the holidays.
Season 5, Episode 8: “The One With All The Thanksgivings”
It’s a time of joy, reflection and agony for the Friends’ crew as Monica prepares a feast for her friends, they all reflect back on Thanksgiving pasts: The good, the bad, and the times of poor Chandler as the “King of Misery”.
4. Full House
Season 1, Episode 10: “The Miracle of Thanksgiving”
Thanksgivings in pop culture hardly get much realer than this. After the passing of the Tanner girls’ mom, D.J. steps up to fill her mom’s shoes, and keep Thanksgiving rolling without a hinge.
Of course, there are tearful moments filled with emotion as tensions get high and reflection ensues. In the end, everyone comes together to create the feast of the year; one made with love, gratitude and thanks.
5. How I Met Your Mother
Season 5, Episode 9: “Slapsgiving 2: The Revenge of The Slap”
For How I Met Your Mother fanatics, Slapsgiving is more than just the shows way of celebrating Thanksgiving. After the first Slapsgiving, fans were shocked and delighted to see Slapsgiving 2 be a thing.
As first time home owners, Lily and Marshall set out to have their crew over to host Thanksgiving for the first time. Will Marshall’s turkey be able to save the awkward arrival of Lily’s Dad? Or will it be the final slap in Marshall and Barney’s slap bet that brings order to the table? Fans of the show know how this one plays out.
Season 2, Episode 10: “Happy Thanksgiving”
The show that has a degree in pulling on our heartstrings did the same thing with their Thanksgiving episode from season 2. There is bonding to be had within the Braverman clan, and turmoil happening behind the scenes due to work-related stress.
The relatability and rawness of the episode, mixed with bonding over cooking in the kitchen on Thanksgiving are what makes this episode so righteously great.
7. Modern Family
Season 6, Episode 8: “Three Turkeys”
If you’re a part of a family of any kind, you know that regardless of unconditional love, competition and lack of faith in each other are natural parts of any relationship—especially ones as close-knit as family.
When Phil and Luke take over the Thanksgiving duties, Claire has a lack of faith in their abilities and plans a save-all behind their backs because hey, Thanksgiving is amazing and nothing (like a lack of food) should deter from that.
8. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
The classic of all Holiday classics: Charlie Brown.
This traditional and adorable take on the Holiday gives insight to people of all ages about the reason for the Thanksgiving season, and reminds us all what the day is truly about: Good food, good friends, history, and giving thanks to all we have, everyone we know, and what’s to come.
9. New Girl
Season 2, Episode 8: “Parents”
Jess sets out to reunite her parents with a new age spin on The Parent Trap, while Winston faces off with his highly competitive new roommate—Coach. As Jess tries to get her parents to rekindle what they chose to let burn out, Winston and Coach engage in a cook-off battle of manliness, attempting to out-cook each other in every way possible.
While things seem weird behind closed doors, Schmidt is dueling his overly in-your-face brother on the rooftop in a war of manliness of their own.
10. Greys Anatomy
Season 2 Episode 9: “Thanks For the Memories”
As Izzy tries to rally up her friends from the hospital for Thanksgiving (and failing less-than-miserably), people have their own agendas that don’t align with her traditions of celebrating Thanksgiving, or really have any means of acknowledging that it’s even Thanksgiving.
Regardless of naysayers, Izzy remains determined to rally someone up and give thanks in the way only Izzy knows how.