Like most of us on Turkey Day, all Bob wants is for Thanksgiving to be perfect. Too bad his turkey keeps winding up in the toilet. It's a Thanksgiving sabotage, no ifs, ands or (as Tina would say) butts about it. Butts...never not funny.
God bless you, Tina. What would we do without your genius?
2. 'Gilmore Girls' - "A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving"
The slap bet was a great running gag throughout all nine seasons of HIMYM, and three of the slaps happened during Thanksgiving episodes. We like "Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap" the most because it reunites Lily with her estranged father and strengthens everyone's bond. Well, everyone except for Barney.
How many of you out there have participated in your own Slapsgiving? Sound off in the comments!
4. '3rd Rock from the Sun' - "Gobble, Gobble, Dick, Dick"
Being new to Earth, the Solomons don't know what Thanksgiving is, so they assume that it's the apocalypse since everyone is stocking up on food and trying to get out of town in a hurry. It doesn't take a Big Giant Head to be on board with that premise.
Given a title like "Helen Keller! The Musical" and given that it features a disabled turkey, you can probably guess that the episode borderlines on offensive. Yep, a rare change of pace for South Park.
6. 'The Bob Newhart Show' - "Over the River and Through the Woods"
Bob and his friends get drunk on Thanksgiving and try to order Moo Goo Gai Pan from a Chinese restaurant. Try saying "Moo Goo Gai Pan" ten times fast even when you're sober. The premise is so simple but was executed so well, making it an instant TV classic.
Full House rarely addressed the actual trauma of losing the mom, but "The Miracle of Thanksgiving" is an exception. It's the Tanner's first Thanksgiving without Pam and there's a lot of chaos in the kitchen. It hits the hardest for Uncle Jesse, who may be tough on the outside, but he sure misses his big sis.
Those first couple of seasons of The Simpsons had a lot of heart. Case in point: the Thanksgiving episode where Bart destroys Lisa's handmade centerpiece. He's sent to his room and runs away, convinced that he didn't do anything wrong. By the end, he learns the importance of love and family. Eat my shorts tears of joy.
On "Blitzgiving" we learn about the curse of The Blitz - where whoever is cursed will miss out on something really cool happening as soon as he leaves the room. Fun fact: "The Blitz" is named after Matt Blitz, the show's writer assistant.
All in the Family talked about issues that no other show in the '70s was addressing, like racism, homosexuality and religion. In "The Little Atheist," the family Thanksgiving turns into a family argument when Archie learns that his daughter and son-in-law aren't going to raise their baby the Christian way. Families arguing over the dinner table? Now I've seen everything.
To the surprise of no one, Buffy can't celebrate a holiday without some force of evil showing up. A Native American spirit is out for revenge for being wiped out by English settlers. Buffy's celebration is interrupted by bears (BEARS!), arrows and syphilis ”” all while Buffy's broody ex-boyfriend Angel is lurking in town. It's a controversial episode, but also one of creator Joss Whedon's favorites.
15. 'Friends' - "The One with All the Thanksgivings"