The Watch List: Thanksgiving Grab Bag

By Sara Da Silva

It appears that Thanksgiving is fast approaching and the holiday season is upon us. Even though I don’t celebrate the holiday, after all I am British, it doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the holiday themed TV episodes. Holiday episodes can be fairly tricky, but, when done well they can be some of the best episodes of the season. So, with that in mind, here is a brief list of my personal favourite Thanksgiving episodes.

5. Scrubs | “My Day Off” (Season 1, Episode 9)

I have yet to meet a single person who does not enjoy the occasional episode of Scrubs. Having recently re-watched all 9 seasons, the Thanksgiving episode definitely stands out. In the episode, J.D. gets diagnosed with appendicitis, and Elliot tries to be “warmer” towards her patients. Whilst it doesn’t sound like much, with its combination of perfectly timed jokes and heartfelt moments, this show is perfect for the holiday season.

4. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air | “Talking Turkey” (Season 1, Episode 12)

With Will’s mum coming to stay with the Banks’ for Thanksgiving, the kids of the house are made to cook Thanksgiving dinner. What could possibly go wrong? The answer is a lot. I don’t think I need to explain why this episode made it on to the list, because The Fresh Prince is always on my list.

3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine | “Thanksgiving” (Season 1, Episode 10)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is quickly becoming one of my favourite television shows, and their Thanksgiving episode certainly did not disappoint. In the episode, entitled “Thanksgiving” (the writers must have thought long and hard for that spark of genius), the squad spends Thanksgiving Day playing Boyle Bingo and attending a Thanksgiving dinner at Amy’s house, which, of course, doesn’t turn out as expected.  Joe Lo Truglio, who plays the beloved Boyle, truly does shine in this episode as his one-liners are particularly hilarious.

2. 2 Broke Girls | “And the Very Christmas Thanksgiving” (Season 1, Episode 10)

It’s Caroline’s first holiday being broke, so, in order to make some extra holiday cash, Max and Caroline work as elves in a department store’s Santa Land. This show has it all: witty one-liners, an ensemble of terrific actors, and light hearted laughs. This episode also happens to be the perfect combination of Thanksgiving and Christmas to get you in the holiday mood.

1. Friends | “The One with All the Thanksgivings” (Season 5, Episode 8)

Friends had been running from 1994 to 2004, so of course there are plenty of Thanksgiving inspired episodes to choose from. My personal favourite is “The One with All the Thanksgivings”, because how much more festive could it get? The gang spend Thanksgiving day at Monica’s apartment discussing their worst Thanksgivings. Without giving too much away, the episode involves heads getting stuck in turkeys, a missing toe and losing an arm in a past life. Odds are that you’ve probably seen this episode because it’s truly a classic. But, if you haven’t then I definitely urge you to.

I’m thankful for these Thanksgiving episodes, what are you thankful for?


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