13 TV Thanksgiving Dinners We’ll Never Forget

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Thanksgiving brings people together. For better or for worse.

Many TV shows celebrate Turkey Day with special episodes that bring people together to have fun... or to bicker like crazy. 

And these programs, in our unassailable opinion, delivered the most memorable Thanksgiving dinners in the history of the small screen.

Which was your favorite?

1. Friends

Oh, Monica. The Friends gang shared memories of the past at Thanksgiving dinner, and then Monica danced with a turkey on her head. But Chandler followed that up by telling her he loved her, so it was a win-win situation.

2. Fresh Off the Boat

Fresh Off the Boat
Jessica hates when the heat is turned up on her, so you can only imagine the reaction from her when she learned early on Thanksgiving that she was hosting the whole family. There was a string of crazy things at play, but it all came together in the end. Just don't ever ask Jessica to cook Thanksgiving dinner again.

3. Modern Family

Modern Family
The Dunphys would like you to believe that they're the most normal family around, but they're probably the most dysfunctional. Phil and Luke told the family they would cook dinner, but Claire worried there something off about their cooking skills. To combat this, e made a backup turkey, but a third turkey was thrown in. It was a typical holiday for the family.

4. Parenthood

Parenthood was a hit because it oozed family values. Even though the characters were going through tough times in their personal lives, they managed to come together to have the least dramatic Thanksgiving dinner. It's memorable because of how well they put everything else aside to spend time together -- a rarity on TV.

5. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Rebecca was obsessed with Josh. She moved to a whole new coast for him. At Thanksgiving, she was invited to dine with his parents. Her ultimate goal was to imply she was the best woman around, and that meant throwing Josh's girlfriend under the bus. It was a wild installment, with many twists.

6. The O.C.

The O.C.
The Cohen's want Ryan to have the perfect Thanksgiving, so they go to extreme lengths to pull it off. However, things take a turn when Kristen's father brings her nemesis to dinner, while Seth tries to come to terms with the fact that he was essentially dating two women. It all wound up to be a chaotic event, with everyone arguing. That's what happens when everything is built on lies.

7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy wanted a Thanksgiving dinner that she would remember, and that's what she got. The episode served up demon fighting for the main course, some relationship drama on the side, and one of the characters battling syphilis for the dessert.

8. Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl
Gossip Girl remains one of the most fashionable series around. It was also very dramatic. During a Season 1 episode, worlds collided at Thanksgiving when the truth finally came out about Rufus and Lily's past as lovers. It was awkward, primarily because their children were now dating.

9. Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy
Back when Shonda Rhimes and Katherine Heigl were on good terms, the former gave the latter some decent material to work with on Grey's Anatomy. Izzie planned for a perfect Thanksgiving, but nobody wanted to help her out ... until Burke stepped in. Then, just when it looked like nobody would actually join them for dinner, the cavalry arrived. We're sure Shonda would rewrite that scene very differently nowadays.

10. How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother
As comical as How I Met Your Mother was, the series was at its finest during this special Thanksgiving-themed installment. Barney lost a bet and was to receive one of the five slaps he earned as a result. Poor Barney was on edge the entire time, and it all came to a head at dinner, while other storylines simmered to the surface. We miss this hilarious series.

11. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia took a different approach to Thanksgiving. The gang decided to bury the hatchet with their enemies so that they could actually enjoy the holiday.

12. The Simpsons

The Simpsons
The Simpsons may be famous for the Halloween episodes, but the show packs a punch with the Thanksgiving ones as well. In this very early installment, Bart annoyed every single member of the family, to the point none of them felt like celebrating.

13. New Girl

New Girl
Jess wanted the perfect Thanksgiving, but her divorced parents brought the fireworks when they arrived at her apartment to celebrate.

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