Best Thanksgiving TV

I like television. Yeah, there’s a lot of bad stuff out there (I’m looking at you, Hallmark movies and you, reality tv), but Thanksgiving is when some of the good shows really bring out their best. They remind us that no one’s meal comes off perfectly, everyone has relatives that drive them up a wall and that, in spite of it all, there is much to be thankful for.

Here are some of my Thanksgiving TV faves…for when you need a break from the turkey basting or some help entertaining the in-laws.

In all of their 10 seasons on the air the Friends Thanksgiving episode never disappointed. But my fav is still the first season (episode 9–The One Where Underdog Gets Away), mainly because its take-away line is used at least weekly in my home.

SNL has come up with some classic turkey sketches, but my favorite Thanksgiving bit comes from just a couple of years ago, when Adele saved Thanksgiving.

If you have not seen the Thanksgiving episode in season two of Netflix Master of None (episode 8), it is a must see. Really. Don’t not see it.

The classic Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is right up my alley, since it’s more about who’s at the table than what is being served.

And then there’s that Thanksgiving on Everybody Loves Raymond when Marie decides everyone needs to eat healthier.

And of course no Thanksgiving is complete without that modern classic WKRP in Cincinnati As God As My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly episode.

And I’m going to check out tonight’s Thanksgiving offering from The Neighborhood. It looks promising.

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