Thanksgiving TV You Won’t Want to Miss

I like television. Yeah, there’s a lot of bad stuff out there (I’m looking at you, Hallmark movies and 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.

Thanksgiving is going to look different this year, but these shows can help you get in the spirit of the season.


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.

HBO Max is streaming Friends now, but you may be able to get the episode on demand from your cable provider and you can pay to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

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. It’s not just one of the best Thanksgiving TV episodes, it’s one of the best TV episodes period (and it has an Emmy to back that up). 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.

Even though Apple TV has nabbed the rights to this, PBS and PBS KIDS on November 22 and December 13 respectively. Set your DVRs.

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

Available on CBS All Access, Peacock Premium and if you can catch it on reruns.

A relative newcomer to the Thanksgiving episode genre comes from The Neighborhood (season 1, episode 8). This offering manages to treat with both seriousness and humor the struggles many of us (mainly white people) face with our families during the holidays.

You can most likely watch this episode of The Neighborhood on demand from your cable provider or on CBS All Access.

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.

Currently not available on any streaming service, you’ll have to rent this one on Amazon or I-Tunes.

Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow us on Facebook and get emails to keep up with all that is happening.


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