The 19 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes, Ranked

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If there’s one thing more dysfunctional than gathering around the dinner table to ask weird relatives you (thankfully) see only once a year to pass the mashed potatoes and argue about politics, it’s watching the fictional characters of your favorite TV shows and sitcoms do the same. Whether they’re disagreeing about religion, bringing a narcoleptic to dinner, or serving up a side of salmonella with their turkey, here’s our definitive guide to the best Turkey Day-themed TV episodes. Let the arguments begin.

19. The Office – “”

Though Christmas tends to be the bigger holiday for the employees of Dunder Mifflin, this episode sees Dwight attempting to erase the childhood trauma caused by his family creating competing “hay festivals” each Thanksgiving where he was never crowned king. In order to right that wrong, he turns the parking lot into his own festival, all with the goal of finally taking that hay crown he believes he deserves. Because, really, isn’t that what the spirit of the holiday is all about?

Where to stream: Netflix

18. All in the Family – “The Little Atheist”

Archie Bunker never met a person he didn’t disagree with—perhaps none more vehemently than his liberal son-in-law, Mike Stivic. No matter what the occasion, merely placing these two within shouting distance of each other was usually all it took to ignite a screaming match. And in the case of “The Little Atheist,” the quarrel in question revolved around Mike’s rather carefree attitude toward the religion of his unborn child. Archie wants him to be baptized and raised as a Christian; Mike thinks his child should be allowed to make up their own mind. Even 40 years later, the episode still hits home for its very straightforward—and familiar—approach to dealing with in-laws.

17. South Park – “Helen Keller! The Musical”

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