THANKFUL: 12 OF THE FUNNY FAMILY THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS ON TV. Sharing some funny & favorite Thanksgiving TV episodes. All text © Rissi JC

THANKFUL: 12 OF THE FUNNY FAMILY THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS ON TV

November 21, 2021 15 Comments

We all love a good comedy on TV. Or if you’re anything like me you do. Some of the funniest ones perhaps revolve around the one day of the year when a perfect turkey is the centerpiece of anyone’s table. As we approach our Thanksgiving of 2021, I decided to just chill and instead of something perhaps more interesting, I’m taking a look at some (new to me and) favorite Thankgiving TV episodes. Just for giggles.

LIST | THIS IS THE SOUNDS OF ‘RED’: THE NEW TRACKS OF TAYLOR SWIFT RANKED!
THANKFUL: 12 OF THE FUNNY FAMILY THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS ON TV #THANKSGIVING #FUNNYTV #TVSHOWS #GILMOREGIRLS #FAMILYTV #ZACHARYLEVI #NEWGIRL Click To Tweet

Some of these episodes I’ve seen from shows I started to watch (but never finished), others I’ve never seen because I already watch way too many shows and who needs another one? But most important, all of these feature Thanksgiving in some way, though it’s usually in a humorous kind of light. Meaning, there’s often nothing that the writer’s get right about the day, however sometimes, the episode will end with the high of the importance of family. In the end, that’s not nothing.

Thanksgiving is, for me, the forgotten middle child sandwiched between Halloween and then Christmas. Everyone seems to forget about this day, so in a humorous way, I thought I’d celebrate it by looking at some TV episodes that do.


FAVORITE THANKSGIVING TV EPISODES

(Disclosure: this post does contain affiliate links; if you buy anything through these links, I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Thank you to anyone who makes a purchase through these links. Read the disclosure page for details.)


1: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE

Season One, Episode 6

Follows a stay at home mother of three who’s not the average suburban mom. In this episode, Katie must mentally prepare to host her uptight and disapproving mother for Thanksgiving! Find American Housewife digitally on Amazon Video or (at publication) with Hulu.

2: CHUCK

Season One, Episode 10; Season Two, Episode 8

The former NBC show is about Zachary Levi’s nerd character who works at a big box store before accidentally “falling” into spycraft. In the first season Thanksgiving, Chuck, Sarah and Co. gather for the day whereas in the second season, Chuck is dating recurring guest star Jordana Brewster’s Jill, his ex. Will this end well… or badly? Find Chuck Season one or Season Two digitally on Amazon Video

3: CYBIL

Season Two, Episode 7

Hoping to have her scattered and busy family all together, Cybil is disappointed when they all have plans. The down on her luck actress takes a job for Thanksgiving only to later discover her entire, mis-matched family is gathered at her house. Find Cybil Season Two digitally on Amazon Video

4: FAMILY MATTERS

Season Eight, Episode 11

It’s been years since I watched Family Matters and even at that, I cannot remember if I saw this episode. But it sounds as if it’s typical Urkel and Family Matters style about some mini fireworks and chickens! Find Family Matters Season Eight digitally on Amazon Video

5: GILMORE GIRLS

Season Three, Episode 9; Season Six, Episode 10

Most know this iconic show follows the fast-talking, coffee guzzler mother daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory. In the season three episode, the women try to fit in four Thanksgiving dinners that go awry. In season six, Lorelai’s boyfriend struggles to find a way to tell her a rather (BIG) secret he just learned. Find Gilmore Girls Season Three digitally on Amazon Video or (at publication) with Netflix

6: HAPPY ENDINGS

Season Three, Episode 4

Follows a group of best friends who struggle with the ups and downs of not only friendship, but romance and relationships. In this, Dave wants to host Thanksgiving only to have it end perhaps not so well (and with some silly antics, too). Find Happy Endings digitally on Amazon Video

THANKFUL: 12 OF THE FUNNY FAMILY THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS ON TV #THANKSGIVING #TVSHOWS #FUNNYTV #GILMOREGIRLS #JESSICADAY #THEWALTONS Click To Tweet
7: LIFE UNEXPECTED

Season Two, Episode 10

Complicated best describes this unusual “drama” that introduces us to a sassy and independent teen who tracks down the parents who gave her up for adoption. Both living separate lives this brings them back together with messy results. In this episode, ‘Thanks Ungiven,’ characters all have secrets they worry about discovery from or try to keep that, a secret. Find Life Unexpected Season Two digitally on Amazon with a Paramount+ add on.

8: NEW GIRL

Season One, Episode 6; Season Two, Episode 8

A quirky schoolteacher ends up rooming with three bachelors in the immediate aftermath of her breakup. These episodes are all about New Girl chaos. One is about Jessica bringing a new boyfriend home and another involves Jessica’s parents. Find New Girl digitally on Amazon Video

9: RAISING HOPE

Season One, Episode 9; Season Two, Episode 7

8 TV SITCOMS TO WATCH IF YOU LOVE NETFLIX'S ‘COUNTRY COMFORT.’ Sharing a few TV shows to watch if you liked the new Netflix show. Text © Rissi JC

On a whim, I binge-watched this entire quirky family show about a kid with few prospects who, after one night together, learns he’s a father. The catch? His one night stand turned out to be a serial killer who’s sentence is death.  In season one, Jimmy determines to give his baby daughter a good first Thanksgiving and tries to do so by including the (crazy) maternal grandparents. In the second season, Jimmy and his entire family fake being better off than they are in an attempt to impress Burt’s (Jimmy’s dad) parents. Find Raising Hope digitally on Amazon Video

10: REBA

Season Four, Episode 9

Reba McIntire stars as the titular character about a woman who gets a divorce and must navigate life sharing custody with her husband and his new wife, along with her teenage daughter having a baby. In this episode titled ‘Thanksgiving,’ Reba and her husband’s wife argue over who gets to host the holiday. Find Reba digitally on Amazon Video

11: SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH

Season Four, Episode 9

THANKFUL: 12 OF THE FUNNY FAMILY THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS ON TV. Sharing some funny & favorite Thanksgiving TV episodes. All text © Rissi JC

This popular teen show ran for a number of years and chronicles the teenage (obviously!) Sabrina’s journey to learn and embrace her “gift” of being a witch. In this Thanksgiving themed episode, our heroine struggles to see Harvey, her ex, dating someone new. Or is he? Find Sabrina the Teenage Witch digitally on Amazon Video

12: THE WALTONS

Season Two, Episode 10

Winning of Golden Globes and a popular 1970s TV show, the story chronicles the lives of the titular family as they navigate the difficulties of life during the 1930s. This double episode features Thanksgiving as its centerpiece and involves a challenge the eldest son has to overcome. Find The Waltons digitally on Amazon Video

There’s countless additional TV shows with Thanksgiving episodes like Cougar Town; Home Improvement; Mike & Molly; Sister, Sister; What I Like About You; and more!

What TV episodes do you love that show off Thanksgiving? Have you seen any of these? Did you like them or see them as annoying? Do you like flustered seasonal episodes like these or find them boring? Which of these are your favorites? Which ones did I miss? Comment all the comments below! Let’s chat.

PINTEREST PIN – SAVE & SHARE


THANKFUL: 12 OF THE FUNNY FAMILY THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS ON TV. Sharing some funny & favorite Thanksgiving TV episodes. All text © Rissi JC

Thank you for visiting! Please, do come back soon.

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

All posts

15 Comments

  • […] LIST | THANKFUL: 12 OF THE FUNNY FAMILY THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS ON TV […]

  • Dini @ dinipandareads November 23, 2021 at 8:57 AM

    Great post! I don’t know why I ever stopped watching New Girl (I think maybe I started it when it was brand new and then never kept on after the newer episodes released lol) but this makes me want to watch it again! I like Brandon Long (the actor) :)

    • Rissi JC November 28, 2021 at 11:02 PM

      I *really* need to finish New Girl. I think I watched two seasons (on Netflix or somewhere) and then got hooked on some other show. *shrugs* I’ll have to pick it back up because it’s so fun. :)

  • Lori Piper November 23, 2021 at 10:17 AM

    Great list! I still miss Chuck…

    • Rissi JC November 28, 2021 at 11:04 PM

      SAME, Lori. I loved that show – and actually, I still need to finish it. There’s been rumors floating for a long time that there could be a revival, but it’s never happened. Maybe someday.

  • Lydia November 23, 2021 at 10:45 AM

    I haven’t seen any of these episodes, but they do look super fun.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Rissi JC November 28, 2021 at 11:04 PM

      They for sure are! Same to you, Lydia; happy belated Thanksgiving.

  • Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books) November 23, 2021 at 11:40 AM

    I don’t really watch t.v., so none of these are familiar. I was a big Family Matters fan back in the day, so I’ve probably seen the one you mentioned, but it’s been a LONG time…I do love funny holiday scenes/situations in movies. Some of them are so iconic…

    Happy TTT and Happy Thanksgiving!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

    • Rissi JC November 28, 2021 at 11:12 PM

      I have ZERO idea if I saw this Family Matters episode either, but I did used to watch the show as part of the TGIF sitcom line up. It was always fun for us growing up. :) Thanks for visiting, Susan – and same! Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Cindy Davis November 23, 2021 at 2:21 PM

    We binge watched Family Matters over the summer, LOL. I also enjoyed Reba, Gilmore Girls, and Sister Sister. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Cindy Davis recently posted: Top Ten Tuesday-Thanksgiving edition
    • Rissi JC November 28, 2021 at 11:14 PM

      Honestly I really don’t remember Family Matters other than knowing I did watch it. I watched a few episodes (again) recently of Step By Step before they took it off Hulu and the Urkel character showed up as a guest star. His character does always make you laugh! :) Happy belated Thanksgiving to you, Cindy. Hope you enjoyed a great day.

  • Lauren @ Always Me November 23, 2021 at 9:00 PM

    Raising Hope was one of my favorite shows. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

    • Rissi JC November 28, 2021 at 11:18 PM

      Same! It’s crazy… but so fun! :)

  • Hamlette (Rachel) November 24, 2021 at 3:21 PM

    I love The Waltons, but I don’t think I’ve seen that ep. Hmm. Something to look forward to!

    I really love the ep of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Buffy tries to host Thanksgiving and stop an angry, vengeance-seeking demon at the same time.

    Hamlette (Rachel) recently posted: "The Red Headed League" (1985)
    • Rissi JC November 28, 2021 at 11:22 PM

      It’s been YEARS since I watched The Waltons, but we did watch it from start to finish, all in order. It was a quite a thing. But also fun. Despite its popularity, I’ve never seen an episode of ‘Buffy.’ Someday I should give it a chance! :)

    Leave a Reply

    (Enter your URL then click here to include a link to one of your blog posts.)

    Bonjour and Welcome!

    Welcome | thank you for visiting and reading. if you like, you are invited to join our conversations and follow along – join us.  You’re most welcome.
    Read more about Finding Wonderland

    Finding Wonderland Elsewhere!

    Finding Wonderland in your Inbox!

    Subscribe! Have Finding Wonderland's new content sent to your inbox; sign up for our once (or twice) monthly round up of new content. If you'd like to have this newsletter sent to your inbox, you can enter your email address here. Please note, this does require a sign-up confirmation via email, and that email may be sent to a junk or spam folder.

    RSS Feed

    Enter your email address:

    Archives

    Disclosures

    Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links, which means that if you click on a product link, I may receive (a small) compensation. This compensation comes at no additional cost to you.

    Rissi JC (RissiWrites.com) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    All written content (unless noted) is © Copyright Rissi JC and Finding Wonderland (RissiWrites.com).

    Categories

    ×
    %d bloggers like this: