The 10 Funniest Thanksgiving Episodes From Classic Sitcoms

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10. “The Wood, the Bad, and the Hungry” from Home Improvement

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Airdate: November 26, 1996

Wherein Tim has a Rankin/Bass-inspired stop-motion animated fantasy sequence.

9. “The Thanksgiving Story” from The Beverly Hillbillies

Airdate: November 27, 1969

Wherein the Clampetts spend Thanksgiving in Hooterville with the casts of Green Acres and Petticoat Junction.

8. “The Little Athiest” from All in the Family

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Airdate: November 24, 1975

Wherein Archie and Mike debate the future religion of the Stivics’ unborn baby over Thanksgiving dinner.

7. “Over the River and through the Woods” from The Bob Newhart Show

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Airdate: November 22, 1975

Wherein Bob gets drunk with Jerry and Mr. Carlin and tries to order Moo Goo Gai Pan from a Chinese restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner.

6. “Cliff’s Wet Adventure” from The Cosby Show

Airdate: November 16, 1989

Wherein Cliff is repeatedly sent into the rain to buy various things Claire needs for Thanksgiving dinner.

5. “The Mom and Pop Store” from Seinfeld

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Airdate: November 17, 1994

Wherein Elaine wins a radio contest (“Next Stop Pottersville!”) so that Mr. Pitt can hold the Woody Woodpecker balloon at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (he finds his laugh “intoxicating”). Meanwhile, Jerry tries to figure out if he’s invited to Tim Whatley’s annual pre-Thanksgiving party.

4. “We Gather Together” from Roseanne

Airdate: November 21, 1989

Wherein the Conner family gathers together for Thanksgiving, and Jackie tries to hide the fact that she’s a police officer from her parents.

Roseanne is arguably better known for its prank-ridden annual Halloween episodes, but its equally hilarious Thanksgiving episodes bump the show up a few spots on this list.

3. “Thanksgiving Orphans” from Cheers

Airdate: November 27, 1986

Wherein the gang spends Thanksgiving together in Carla’s new house, and end up having one of television’s most memorable food fights.

2. “Turkeys Away” from WKRP in Cincinnati

Airdate: October 30, 1978

Wherein Mr. Carlson promotes WKRP by dropping live turkeys from a helicopter (“As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!”).

1. All the Thanksgiving episodes from Friends

Because you knew Friends would be #1, and everyone has their favorite episode. Take your pick!

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