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What better way to spend the post-Thanksgiving food coma than by watching hours and hours of television? Slip on your sweatpants, fire up your childhood home’s dial-up, and stream some festive Thanksgiving episodes from the likes of Cheers, West Wing, and Friends. Ahead, the best Turkey Day episodes available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video.

West Wing

Season 2, Episode 8: “Shibboleth”

In one of the best episodes of the entire series, C.J. Cregg is tasked with handling the pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey as President Bartlet decides how to handle the arrival of refugees.

Season 3, Episode 7: “The Indians in the Lobby”

President Bartlet makes a call to Butterball’s Turkey Talk-Line about the issue of stuffing as C.J. Cregg spends time with two Native Americans who have dropped in on the White House.


Season 1, Episode 9: “The One Where Underdog Gets Away”

Monica hosts her first Thanksgiving after various shenanigans keep the pals in New York City. As the title suggests, the Underdog balloon escapes the parade, inspiring the crew to watch from the roof for far longer than expected.

Season 2, Episode 8: “The One with the List”

Monica gets a new job and attempts to get in the Thanksgiving spirit with the unappetizing Mockolate.

Season 3, Episode 9: “The One with the Football”

A friendly game of Thanksgiving football gets way too intense, overshadowing the traditional meal.

Season 4, Episode 8: “The One with Chandler in a Box”

Monica hosts Thanksgiving once more as Chandler celebrates the festivities from the confinement of a box after betraying Joey.

Season 5, Episode 8: “The One with All the Thanksgivings”

The gang tells stories of the worst Thanksgivings from years past, attempting to one up each other with the most horrifying holidays.

Season 6, Episode 9: “The One Where Ross Got High”

Rachel attempts to participate in the cooking by making her infamous English trifle.

Season 7, Episode 8: “The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs”

Ross puts his Thanksgiving feast in jeopardy when he can’t name all 50 states, and Tag joins the group’s dinner.

Season 8, Episode 9: “The One with the Rumor”

Brad Pitt plays Will for a reunion of the I Hate Rachel Club at Thanksgiving, where Joey takes on the task of eating a massive turkey on his own.

Season 9, Episode 8: “The One with Rachel’s Other Sister”

Christina Applegate drops in on the dinner as Rachel’s sister, Amy. Monica breaks out her wedding china and immediately regrets it.

Season 10, Episode 8: “The One with the Late Thanksgiving”

Monica goes back on her plans to skip Thanksgiving, promising to outdo herself with the best meal yet.

The Mindy Project

Season 1, Episode 6: “Thanksgiving”

It’s a rough holiday for everyone involved, as Mindy meets a former flame’s new girl and Danny hardly gets to celebrate.

Gossip Girl

Season 1, Episode 9: “Blair Waldorf Must Pie!”

The Humphrey and van der Woodsen families spend Thanksgiving together as Nate and Blair wallow with their relatives.

Season 2, Episode 11: “The Magnificent Archibalds”

Cyrus mixes up the usual Waldorf Thanksgiving plans in a crazy way.

Season 3, Episode 11: “The Treasure of Serena Madre”

Unexpected visitors drop in across the Gossip Girl universe, sending Thanksgiving dinners into tense spirals. Secrets come out as the various families sit down for dinner.

Grey’s Anatomy

Season 2, Episode 9: “Thanks for the Memories”

Izzie takes on the task of hosting Thanksgiving dinner with little help from her friends. George is forced to hunt a turkey as a part of a holiday tradition.

Season 10, Episode 10: “Somebody That I Used to Know”

Meredith plans a Thanksgiving dinner for the tension-filled hospital gang, leading to dozens of questions over who should attend.

Gilmore Girls

Season 3, Episode 9: “A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving”

Lorelai and Rory Gilmore make the rounds to multiple Thanksgiving dinners and get a healthy dose of family drama when Lorelai learns new information about Rory’s college plans.

How I Met Your Mother

Season 1, Episode 9: “Belly Full of Turkey”

Marshall participates in the traditional Thanksgiving game of baskiceball as Robyn, Ted, and Barney volunteer at a soup kitchen.

Season 3, Episode 9: “Slapsgiving”

Lily plans an impressive Thanksgiving dinner but everything soon falls apart as Ted and Robin butt heads and Barney faces a countdown to his next slap from Marshall.

Season 5, Episode 9: “Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap”

Ted and Robin must decide who gets to give Barney his next slap as Lily’s father shows up to Thanksgiving.

Season 6, Episode 10: “Blitzgiving”

Ted breaks out the turturkeykey and accidentally becomes The Blitz.


Season 4, Episode 8: “Thanksgiving”

The gang comes home for Thanksgiving and eyes their protégés. The reunion brings awkward moments and festive performances.

Friday Night Lights

Season 4, Episode 13: “Thanksgiving”

It’s Thanksgiving in the Taylor household, complete with unexpected guests and widespread drama.


Season 5, Episode 9: “Thanksgiving Orphans”

Diane wears a pilgrim costume, a food fight goes down, and the turkey has seen better days.