Thanksgiving holidays have arrived and with them come family, food, travel and a surprising amount of downtime to watch TV.
With relatives from all walks of life gathered to lazily drift off in a nap after the turkey, it can be hard to find something that is mutually agreed to put on television. Thankfully, the comedies over the years have endowed viewers with dozens of Thanksgiving episodes that will allow you and your loved ones to bond with the tradition you and some beloved characters share.
To help facilitate post-dinner viewing, here is a list of Thanksgiving comedy episodes that are worth casting on TV this holiday.
"Friends" Season 3, Episode 9 – "The One With The Football"
What better way to commemorate the family reunion than with a good old-fashioned sibling rivalry. When the gang finishes watching a football game, they decide to have a fun pick-up game outside. However, Monica and Ross explain that they have not played soccer together since Monica broke her brother's nose several years ago while competing for the "Geller Cup". In a short time, the whole group of "Friends" was involved in the competition. The game is more serious than the desire to sit down and have a good meal. If you are a family full of stubborn football fans, you will relate to this episode.
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" Season 1, episode 10 – "Thanksgiving"
Some families who gather for Thanksgiving are less than traditional. Perhaps there is no better example of a nontraditional family than the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" gang. In her first Thanksgiving episode of the series, Amy tries to turn Captain Holt into her new teacher with a lavish celebration. Jake, however, hates vacations due to some deep-seated problems with his own family. He asks Holt if he can solve a case and gets excited when he and Holt are called to investigate the money that is being stolen from the police station. While chasing the bad guys, Holt manages to teach Jake that family does not have to be something you're burdened with, but something you can choose for yourself. In the end, the seal adheres to a very untraditional meal with the people who have chosen to love.
"Greetings" Season 5, Episode 9 – "Orphans of Thanksgiving"
After being forced by a series of unfortunate circumstances, the usual customers of the bar are in the house of Carla, where the lack of familiar and domestic surroundings takes them to the limit while they deal with their frustrated deficiencies. Eventually, the lack of proper food takes the geniuses to a boiling point that can only be aired through an outmoded food fight. Although it begins as a confrontation, they discover that the food brought them together in the end, even if it was not by eating them.
"How I Met Your Mother" Season 3, Episode 9 – "Slapsgiving"
When Lily and Marshall try to launch a Christmas tradition by organizing Thanksgiving, the group can not help but let their personal confusion get in the way. While Robin and Ted try to overcome their recent breakup, the real threat to Lily's perfect Thanksgiving image comes from Barney's constant torture by her husband on the third day of his slap bet. As everyone moves their particular axes, they eventually learn that Christmas traditions can not be manufactured and simply have to arise organically through the people they love. This episode is a highlight if for no other reason than it gave the fans the catchy song, "You Just Got Slapped."
"Seinfeld" Season 6, Episode 8 – "The Mom and Pop Store"
If you're tired of the Thanksgiving episodes that simply represent characters that gather around a table to eat at the end, this "Seinfeld" installment is probably for you. While it lacks a traditional turkey and dinner atmosphere, it focuses entirely on a unique New York tradition, the Macy's Day of Thanksgiving Parade. When Elaine gets her boss to have the opportunity to hold Woody's Float the Woodpecker in the parade, she has a lot of work to do to make it work. Meanwhile, Jerry struggles to understand why he was not invited to a friend's party while George buys Jon Voight's car. If it does not sound like you're dealing with an average show about Turkey Day, you're right, but "The Mom and Pop Store" works anyway.