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Thursday, November 23, 2017

The 100 Grooviest Thanksgiving TV Episodes #1 - 34

To celebrate Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun to count down the 100 Grooviest Thanksgiving TV Episodes. Hopefully I've selected a few of your favorites (click here for Episodes 35-100).

34) Newhart - "Don't Rain on My Parade"/November 21, 1983
Dick volunteers Joanna to serve turkeys to over 100 people. George is upset when rain ruins his Thanksgiving Day Parade.

33) The Beverly Hillbillies - "Turkey Day"/November 27, 1963 2–10
Jed and Granny want to have some turkey for Thanksgiving, but Elly May has other ideas.

32) Seinfeld - "The Mom & Pop Store"/November 17, 1994
Elaine wins tickets for Mr. Pitt, who's always wanted to participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

31) Everybody Hates Chris - "Everybody Hates Thanksgiving"/November 20, 2006
In this spoof of the TV series, 24, Julius wakes up the family at 5 a.m. in order to create a fantastic Thanksgiving meal to impress his younger brother.

30) The Beverly Hillbillies - "The Thanksgiving Spirit"/November 27, 1968
The Clampetts visit Hooterville to celebrate Thanksgiving with the inhabitants, featuring guest stars from Petticoat Junction and Green Acres.

29) Bewitched - "Samantha's Thanksgiving to Remember"/November 23, 1967
Aunt Clara accidentally sends herself, Darrin, Samantha, Tabitha and Gladys Kravitz to 17th century Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day, where Darrin is accused of witchery and put on trial.

28) Murphy Brown - "Mission Control"/November 25, 1991
Murphy has a lot on her platter when she tries to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner at a mission.

27) Mama's Family - "An Ill Wind"/November 22, 1986
In this Thanksgiving episode, Mama, Bubba, Vinton, Naomi, Iola, and Aunt Effie all go for cover in the basement when an unexpected tornado passes by Raytown.

26) Felicity - "Family Affairs"/November 21, 1999
Felicity's parents upset her holiday plans by surprising her with a Thanksgiving visit that results in a tense dinner at Elena and Noel's.

25) Gilmore Girls - "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving"/November 26, 2002
It's Thanksgiving and Lorelai and Rory have dinner at four different places: the Kim's, Luke's, Sookie's, and Emily and Richard's.

24) That Girl - "Thanksgiving Comes But Once a Year, Thankfully"/November 23, 1967
Ann struggles to cook everybody's favorite dishes for a Thanksgiving dinner.

23) Designing Women - "Perky's Visit"/November 24, 1986
Perky Sugarbaker brings her friend Bernice Clifton to have Thanksgiving dinner with her daughters Julia and Suzanne.

22) Friends - "The One Where Underdog Gets Away"/November 17, 1994
Monica plans a lovely, quiet Thanksgiving feast for the gang, but when the Underdog balloon breaks free during the parade, everyone goes to watch and gets locked out of the apartment.

21) Archie Bunker's Place - "Thanksgiving Reunion"/November 18, 1979
Mike and Gloria Stivic and little Joey come back to New York to celebrate Thanksgiving with the Bunkers.

20) 3rd Rock from the Sun - "Gobble, Gobble, Dick, Dick"/November 24, 1996
It is Thanksgiving, but the Solomons think that the world is ending because everybody is either leaving town in a hurry or buying large amounts of food.

19) Modern Family - "Three Turkeys"/November 19, 2014
Phil is cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, but Claire prepares a secret turkey of her own as backup.

18) Everybody Loves Raymond - "Fighting In-Laws"/November 20, 2000
Debra's parents drop in for Thanksgiving dinner on their way to a spa hotel in Germany, and Ray accidentally overhears that they are having marital troubles.

17) How I Met Your Mother - "Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap"/November 23, 2009
The gang celebrates Thanksgiving this year with Lily's estranged father, and Ted and Robin are given the chance to use Marshall's fourth Slap Bet slap on Barney.

16) Everybody Loves Raymond - "The Bird"/November 24, 2003
At Thanksgiving at the McDougalls', Pat puts an injured bird out of its misery. The families then take sides during the live-action pageant of the First Thanksgiving.

15) The Bob Newhart Show - "Over the River and Through the Woods"/November 22, 1975
Bob spends a depressing Thanksgiving with Jerry, Howard and Mr. Carlin, getting drunk, watching football and ordering "Moo Goo Gai Pan."

14) Will & Grace - "Moveable Feast"/November 22, 2001
Will and Grace join Jack and Karen for a festive Thanksgiving Day motor tour of their respective dysfunctional families.

13) The Waltons - "The Thanksgiving Story"/November 15, 1973
In this two-hour special, John-Boy is hit on the head by a plank and has to have an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain.

12) Roseanne - "Thanksgiving '91"/November 26, 1991
During Thanksgiving dinner, Roseanne and Jackie find out that their father has been cheating on their mother for 20 years and she has known about and accepted it for some time.

11) All in the Family - "The Little Atheist"/November 24, 1975
At Thanksgiving, Archie and Mike argue over the upbringing of the Stivics' baby.

10) Roseanne - "We Gather Together"/November 21, 1989
On Thanksgiving Day, Jackie finally spills the news of her new job to her mother, and Dan learns that his father is romancing Crystal.

9) How I Met Your Mother - "Slapsgiving"/November 19, 2007
Lily and Marshall have their first Thanksgiving as a married couple, while Barney is tortured by the slap bet countdown clock.

8) Everybody Loves Raymond - "No Fat"/November 23, 1998
When Marie decides to cook a fat free Thanksgiving dinner (including a tofu turkey), Debra convinces the family to be supportive.

7) Will & Grace - "Homo for the Holidays"/November 25, 1999
Will invites Jack's mother to Thanksgiving dinner as a surprise, only to discover that she doesn't know her son is gay.

6) Friends - "The One with the Rumor"/November 22, 2001
Monica invites a high school friend, Will (Brad Pitt), to her Thanksgiving dinner, and Joey tries to eat an entire turkey.

5) Everybody Loves Raymond - "Turkey or Fish"/November 22, 1996
Debra wants to start her own Thanksgiving tradition by serving fish instead of turkey.

4) Friends - "The One with All the Thanksgivings"/November 19, 1998
It's Thanksgiving, and everybody has flashbacks of their worst thanksgiving.

3) Mad About You - "Giblets for Murray"/November 17, 1994
Paul and Jamie host a very complicated Thanksgiving Day.

2) Cheers - "Thanksgiving Orphans"/November 27, 1986
Carla invites everyone to her house for a Thanksgiving potluck, and a food fight erupts.

1) WKRP in Cincinnati - "Turkeys Away"/October 30, 1978
Mr. Carlson decides to do the greatest Thanksgiving promotion in radio history - dropping live turkeys from a helicopter.

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