Iconic Thanksgiving Moments in Your Favorite Teen Shows
Updated: Dec 1, 2022
As we gather around the table, we remember to give thanks to all the iconic moments in cinema that brought us juicy and hilarious episodes to brighten up the holiday season. From giving thanks in "The Circle" in That 70's Show to Rory and Lorelai trying to make it to over four Thanksgiving dinners in Gilmore Girls, here are my top ten picks of the best TV episodes you should be thankful for this fall.
Carrie Diaries -- "Endgame"
The spin-off to "Sex in the City" is definitely one of my favorite TV shows of all time. An aspiring journalist and small-town teenager, Carrie, seeks to start her real life outside of where she grew up. In Season 1: Episode 6, "Endgame" (2013), of the show, Carrie attempts to cook Thanksgiving dinner for her family, resulting in her best friend, Maggie, not knowing what her future will look like.
+ Austin Butler is her TV boyfriend (audible gasp)!
Friends -- "The One With All the Thanksgiving's"
Six friends that live in the same apartment complex in New York City, share laughs, gossip, and partners throughout the show while providing comedic relief for the viewers. With over nine Thanksgiving-themed episodes, the most iconic of them all is "The One With All the Thanksgivings" from Season 5 (1998). Monica Geller, the chef of the friend group, gets a Turkey stuck on her head -- along with her friend Joey. The episode is centered around corny jokes and past "traumas" of each character and their memorable Thanksgiving moments.
That 70's Show -- "Thanksgiving"
As I currently revisit my all-time favorite shows of the past, That 70's Show and their holiday specials are at the top of my list. The show revolves around a group of six high school teens, Jackie, Kelso, Hyde, Donna, Eric, and Fez who all hang out after school and during the summer at Eric Forman's basement. The series is set up to follow their daily adventures and drama within the group - while having time to wind down in "The Circle". Season 1: Episode 9's holiday special, "Thanksgiving" (1998), is focused on Laurie's hot college friend staying at the Forman house who then causes trouble for trying to seduce Eric.
*Laurie is Eric's sister
Gilmore Girls -- "Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving"
This series is the perfect show to watch in the fall. A mother, Lorelei, and daughter, Rory, who are best friends tackle everyday life by working together and sharing many laughs. In Season 3, Episode 9, "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving," Lorelei and Rory attempt to go to four different Thanksgiving dinners in one day. Let's just say it didn't turn out very well.
The Office -- "WUPHF.com"
The office is a mockumentary series of the daily life of workers employed under Dunder Mifflin, a paper company. Their boss, Micheal Scott, always finds a way to mess things up within the office and between coworkers, while his intern Ryan designs Dunder Mifflin's first-ever online website. The Office's unofficial Thanksgiving episode "WUPHF.com" focuses on Ryan trying to convince his coworkers to become invested in Dunder Mifflin's new online website.