Sitcom Families Celebrate Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving has been as joyous and stressful for situation comedy families as it has been for everyone else. Here is a selection of classic comedies with all sorts of families, at home and in the workplace, attempting to come together and give gratitude amid the confusions of their crazy worlds. These comedies certainly reflect the times in which they were produced, but all emphasize the enduring importance of Thanksgiving for families everywhere.
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Bewitched: “Samantha’s Thanksgiving to Remember” (1967; ABC)
Because of the magic of Aunt Clara, the Stevens family spends Thanksgiving with the pilgrims in the seventeenth century.
The Bob Newhart Show: “Over the River and Through the Woods” (1975; CBS)
Bob Hartley (Bob Newhart) and his friends celebrate the holiday by drinking too much in this beloved episode.
Barney Miller: “Thanksgiving Story” (1977; ABC)
The twelfth precinct in Manhattan must deal with craziness over the Thanksgiving holiday.
WKRP in Cincinnati: “Turkeys Away” (1978; CBS)
The radio station decides to drop live turkeys from a helicopter as a promotion.
Cheers: “Thanksgiving Orphans” (1986; NBC)
The Cheers gang spend Thanksgiving at Carla’s house, with Diane (Shelley Long) dressed as a pilgrim.
The Wonder Years: “The Ties That Bind” (1990; ABC)
Will the Arnolds be able to celebrate Thanksgiving together?
Friends: “The One with All the Thanksgivings” (1998; NBC)
The gang shares stories of their worst Thanksgivings ever.
Will & Grace: “Homo for the Holidays” (1999; NBC)
Jack’s mother Judith (Veronica Cartwright) visits for Thanksgiving, and secrets are shared.
Girlfriends: “Fried Turkey” (2000; UPN)
Joan (Tracee Ellis Ross) is left alone for Thanksgiving and tries to impress a famous lawyer by making fried turkey.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Thanksgiving” (2013; FOX)
Amy (Melissa Fumero) hosts a Thanksgiving dinner for everyone at the precinct.
Fresh Off the Boat: “Huangsgiving” (2015; ABC)
The Huangs celebrate Thanksgiving dinner with Jessica’s Mom and sister.
black-ish: “Auntsgiving” (2016; ABC)
Pops’ older sister (Lorraine Toussaint) unexpectedly arrives for Thanksgiving.
Modern Family: “The Last Thanksgiving” (2019; ABC)
Haley (Sarah Hyland) volunteers to make Thanksgiving dinner with her siblings.
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