List of Thanksgiving television specials

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The following is a list of Thanksgiving television specials in the United States and Canada. Unless otherwise stated, these are episodes of established television series or one-off specials that are rerun annually.

Events not specifically made for television (e.g. parades, theatrical films, unscripted sporting events) are not included in this list; professional wrestling pay-per-view specials, because they are scripted and made primarily for television, are included in this list.

Children's/family[edit]

Looney Tunes/Warner Bros. Animation[edit]

Peanuts (Charlie Brown)[edit]

Winnie the Pooh[edit]

Action/adventure series[edit]

Chuck[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 10: "Chuck Versus the Nemesis" (2007)
  • Season 2, Episode 8: "Chuck Versus the Gravitron" (2008)
  • Season 4, Episode 10: "Chuck Versus the Leftovers" (2010)

American drama series[edit]

7th Heaven[edit]

American Dreams[edit]

Dirty Sexy Money[edit]

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman[edit]

ER[edit]

  • ER: "ER Confidential" (1994)
  • ER: "Great Expectations" (1999)
  • ER: "Rescue Me" (2000)
  • ER: "Freefall" (2003)
  • ER: "Scoop and Run" (2006)

Everwood[edit]

Family[edit]

  • Family: "A Tale Out of Season" (1977)
  • Family: "Generations" (1978)
  • Family: "Thanksgiving" (1979)

Felicity[edit]

Grey's Anatomy[edit]

Hawaii Five-0[edit]

Mad Men[edit]

Melrose Place[edit]

NCIS franchise[edit]

Once and Again[edit]

Promised Land[edit]

Providence[edit]

This Is Us[edit]

Touched by an Angel[edit]

The Waltons[edit]

  • The Waltons: "The Thanksgiving Story" (1973)
  • The Waltons: "The Waiting" (1979)
  • A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain (1982) - TV movie
  • A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (1993) - TV movie

The West Wing[edit]

Teen dramas[edit]

Beverly Hills, 90210[edit]

Gossip Girl[edit]

The O.C.[edit]

Party of Five[edit]

Comedy-drama[edit]

Ally McBeal[edit]

Desperate Housewives[edit]

Doogie Howser, M.D.[edit]

Ed[edit]

  • Ed: "Something Old, Something New" (2000)
  • Ed: "The New World" (2001)
  • Ed: "The Proposal" (2003)

Gilmore Girls[edit]

  • Gilmore Girls: Season 3, Episode 9: "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving" (2002)
  • Gilmore Girls: Season 6, Episode 10: "He's Slippin 'em Bread...Dig?" (2005)

Supernatural/sci-fi series[edit]

Charmed[edit]

  • Charmed: "The Truth Is Out There... And It Hurts" (1998)

Into the Dark[edit]

Smallville[edit]

Supergirl[edit]

The Vampire Diaries[edit]

Sitcoms[edit]

8 Simple Rules[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 11: "Paul Meets His Match" (2002)
  • Season 2, Episode 8: "The First Thanksgiving" (2003)
  • Season 3, Episode 9: "Thanksgiving Guest" (aka "Thanksgiving") (2004)

A Different World[edit]

  • Season 2, Episode 6: "If You Like Pilgrim Coladas" (November 17, 1988)
  • Season 6, Episode 9 & 10 (two-part episode): "Faith, Hope and Charity" (November 12, 1992)

According to Jim[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 8: "The Turkey Bowl" (2001)
  • Season 2, Episode 9: "Thanksgiving Confidential" (2002)
  • Season 3, Episode 11: "The Empty Gesture" (2003)
  • Season 4, Episode 8: "The Hunters" (2004)

Alice[edit]

  • Season 3, Episode 9: "Who Ordered the Hot Turkey?" (1978)
  • Season 7, Episode 6: "Alice's Turkey of a Thanksgiving" (1982)

All of Us[edit]

  • Season 2, Episode 8: "Parents Just Don't Understand" (2004)
  • Season 4, Episode 8: "My Two Dads" (2006)

American Housewife[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 6: "The Blow-Up" (2016)
  • Season 2, Episode 7: "Family Secrets" (2017)

The Bernie Mac Show[edit]

  • Season 2, Episode 7: "Tryptophan-tasy" (2002)
  • Season 3, Episode 22: "Thanksgiving" (2004)

The Beverly Hillbillies[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 9: "Elly's First Date" (1962)
  • Season 2, Episode 10: "Turkey Day" (1963)
  • Season 7, Episode 10: "The Thanksgiving Spirit" (1968)

The Big Bang Theory[edit]

  • Season 7, Episode 9: "The Thanksgiving Decoupling" (November 21, 2013)
  • Season 9, Episode 9: "The Platonic Permutation" (November 19, 2015)

The Bob Newhart Show[edit]

  • Season 3, Episode 11: "An American Family" (November 23, 1974)
  • Season 4, Episode 11: "Over the River and Through the Woods" (November 22, 1975)

Boy Meets World[edit]

  • Season 4, Episode 10: "Turkey Day" (1996)
  • Season 5, Episode 8: "Chasing Angela-Part II" (1997)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 10: "Thanksgiving" (November 26, 2013)
  • Season 2, Episode 7: "Lockdown" (November 16, 2014)
  • Season 3, Episode 8: "Ava" (November 22, 2015)
  • Season 4, Episode 7: "Mr. Santiago" (November 22, 2016)
  • Season 5, Episode 7: "Two Turkeys" (November 21, 2017)

Brothers[edit]

  • Season 2, Episode 23: "Gobba, Gobba" (1985)
  • Season 4, Episode 21: "Thanksgiving" (1987)

Cheers[edit]

  • Season 5, Episode 9: "Thanksgiving Orphans" (November 27, 1986)
  • Season 11, Episode 8: "Ill-Gotten Gaines" (November 19, 1992)

The Cosby Show[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 10: "Bon Jour, Sondra" (November 22, 1984)
  • Season 6, Episode 9: "Cliff's Wet Adventure" (November 16, 1989)

Cougar Town[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 9: "Here Comes My Girl" (2009)
  • Season 2, Episode 9: "When the Time Comes" (2010)
  • Season 3, Episode 13: "It'll All Work Out" (2012)

Dharma & Greg[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 10: "The First Thanksgiving" (1997)
  • Season 3, Episode 10: "Thanksgiving Until It Hurts" (1999)
  • Season 5, Episode 9: "Wish We Weren't Here" (2001)

Dr. Ken[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 8: "Thanksgiving Culture Clash" (2015)
  • Season 2, Episode 8: "Allison's Thanksgiving Meltdown" (2016)

Everybody Loves Raymond[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 10: "Turkey or Fish" (1996)
  • Season 3, Episode 10: "No Fat" (1998)
  • Season 4, Episode 9: "No Thanks" (1999)
  • Season 5, Episode 9: "Fighting In-Laws" (2000)
  • Season 6, Episode 9: "Older Women" (2001)
  • Season 7, Episode 10: "Marie's Vision" (2002)
  • Season 8, Episode 9: "The Bird" (2003)
  • Season 9, Episode 7: "Debra's Parents" (2004)

Frasier[edit]

  • Season 4, Episode 7: "A Lilith Thanksgiving" (November 26, 1996)
  • Season 7, Episode 9: "The Apparent Trap" (November 18, 1999)

Fresh Off the Boat[edit]

  • Season 2, Episode 8: "Huangsgiving" (2015)
  • Season 3, Episode 5: "No Thanks-giving" (2016)
  • Season 4, Episode 7: "The Day After Thanksgiving" (2017)

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 12: "Talking Turkey" (1990)
  • Season 6, Episodes 9 & 10: "There's the Rub (Part 1)"/"There's the Rub (Part 2)" (1995)

Friends[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 9: "The One Where Underdog Gets Away" (November 17, 1994)
  • Season 2, Episode 8: "The One with the List" (November 16, 1995)
  • Season 3, Episode 9: "The One with the Football" (November 21, 1996)
  • Season 4, Episode 8: "The One with Chandler in a Box" (November 20, 1997)
  • Season 5, Episode 8: "The One with All the Thanksgivings" (November 19, 1998)
  • Season 6, Episode 9: "The One Where Ross Got High" (November 25, 1999)
  • Season 7, Episode 8: "The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs" (November 23, 2000)
  • Season 8, Episode 9: "The One with the Rumor" (November 22, 2001)
  • Season 9, Episode 8: "The One with Rachel's Other Sister" (November 21, 2002)
  • Season 10, Episode 8: "The One with the Late Thanksgiving" (November 20, 2003)

Full House/Fuller House[edit]

Gary Unmarried[edit]

George Lopez[edit]

The Goldbergs[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 9: "Stop Arguing and Start Thanking" (November 19, 2013)
  • Season 2, Episode 7: "A Goldberg Thanksgiving" (November 19, 2014)
  • Season 3, Episode 8: "In Conclusion, Thanksgiving" (November 18, 2015)
  • Season 4, Episode 7: "Ho-ly K.I.T.T." (November 16, 2016)
  • Season 5, Episode 7: "A Wall Street Thanksgiving" (November 15, 2017)
  • Season 7, Episode 8: "Angst-Giving" (November 20, 2019)

Grace Under Fire[edit]

Half & Half[edit]

  • Half & Half: "The Big Thanks for Forgiving Episode" (2002)
  • Half & Half: "The Big Thanks for Nothing Episode" (2004)

Hazel[edit]

  • Hazel: "Everybody's Thankful But Us Turkeys" (1961)
  • Hazel: "Genie with the Light Brown Lamp" (1962)
  • Hazel: "Hazel and the Vanishing Hero" (1963)
  • Hazel: "A Lesson in Diplomacy" (1964)

Home Improvement[edit]

  • Season 3, Episode 10: "A Frozen Moment" (1993)
  • Season 4, Episode 9: "My Dinner with Wilson" (1994)
  • Season 6, Episode 10: "The Wood, the Bad and the Hungry" (1996)
  • Season 7, Episode 9: "Thanksgiving" (1997)
  • Season 8, Episode 10: "Thanks, but No Thanks" (1998)

Hope & Faith[edit]

How I Met Your Mother[edit]

The Hughleys[edit]

The Jamie Foxx Show[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 12: "A Thanksgiving to Remember" (1996)
  • Season 2, Episode 11: "Too Much Soul Food" (1997)

The King of Queens[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 10: "Supermarket Story" (1998)
  • Season 2, Episode 10: "Roamin' Holiday" (1999)
  • Season 3, Episode 8: "Dark Meet" (2000)
  • Season 5, Episode 10: "Loaner Car" (2002)
  • Season 6, Episode 9: "Thanks Man" (2003)

Last Man Standing[edit]

  • Season 3, Episode 9: "Thanksgiving" (2013)
  • Season 5, Episode 9: "The Gratitude List" (2015)
  • Season 6, Episode 8: "My Father the Car" (2016)

Life in Pieces[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 8: "Godparent Turkey Corn Farts" (2015)
  • Season 3, Episode 4: "Testosterone Martyr Baked Knife" (2017)

Living Single[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 13: "Love Takes a Holiday" (1993)
  • Season 2, Episode 12: "Thanks for Giving" (1994)

The Love Boat[edit]

  • Season 2, Episode 10: "Man of the Cloth/Her Own Two Feet/Tony's Family" (November 18, 1978)
  • Season 6, Episode 9: "The Best of Friends/Too Many Dads/Love Will Find a Way" (November 20, 1982)

Mad About You[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 9: "Riding Backwards" (November 18, 1992)
  • Season 3, Episode 8: "Giblets for Murray" (November 17, 1994)
  • Season 5, Episode 7: "Outbreak" (November 19, 1996)
  • Season 7, Episode 7: "The Thanksgiving Show" (November 24, 1998)

Martin[edit]

  • Season 2, Episode 13: "Thanks for Nothing" (November 21, 1993)
  • Season 3, Episode 11: "Feast or Famine" (November 24, 1994)

The Middle[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 8: "Thanksgiving" (November 25, 2009)
  • Season 2, Episode 9: "Thanksgiving II" (November 24, 2010)
  • Season 3, Episode 10: "Thanksgiving III" (November 23, 2011)
  • Season 4, Episode 8: "Thanksgiving IV" (November 14, 2012)
  • Season 5, Episode 7: "Thanksgiving V" (November 20, 2013)
  • Season 6, Episode 7: "Thanksgiving VI" (November 19, 2014)
  • Season 7, Episode 8: "Thanksgiving VII" (November 18, 2015)
  • Season 8, Episode 6: "Thanksgiving VIII" (November 22, 2016)
  • Season 9, Episode 7: "Thanksgiving IX" (November 14, 2017)

Mike & Molly[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 10: "Molly Gets a Hat" (November 22, 2010)
  • Season 2, Episode 9: "Mike Cheats" (November 21, 2011)
  • Season 3, Episode 7: "Thanksgiving Is Cancelled" (November 19, 2012)
  • Season 4, Episode 4: "Careful What You Dig For" (November 25, 2013)

Modern Family[edit]

  • Season 3, Episode 9: "Punkin Chunkin" (November 23, 2011)
  • Season 6, Episode 8: "Three Turkeys" (November 19, 2014)
  • Season 7, Episode 7: "Phil's Sexy, Sexy House" (November 18, 2015)
  • Season 8, Episode 7: "Thanksgiving Jamboree" (November 16, 2016)
  • Season 9, Episode 7: "Winner Winner Turkey Dinner" (November 15, 2017)
  • Season 10, Episode 7: "Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" (November 14, 2018)
  • Season 11, Episode 7: "The Last Thanksgiving" (November 6, 2019)

Moesha[edit]

  • Season 2, Episode 13: "Road Trip" (November 26, 1996)
  • Season 5, Episode 10: "Thanksgiving" (November 22, 1999)
  • Season 6, Episode 10: "All This and Turkey, Too" (November 20, 2000)

Murphy Brown[edit]

  • Season 4, Episode 11: "Mission Control" (November 25, 1991)
  • Season 11, Episode 9: "Thanksgiving and Taking" (November 22, 2018)

My Three Sons[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 8: "Chip's Harvest" (November 17, 1960)
  • TV Movie: "A Thanksgiving Reunion with The Partridge Family and My Three Sons" (November 25, 1977)

The Neighbors[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 8: "Thanksgiving Is for the Bird-Kersees" (November 14, 2012)
  • Season 2, Episode 9: "Thanksgiving Is No Schmuck Bait" (November 22, 2013)

New Girl[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 6: "Thanksgiving" (November 15, 2011)
  • Season 2, Episode 8: "Parents" (November 20, 2012)
  • Season 3, Episode 10: "Thanksgiving III" (November 26, 2013)
  • Season 4, Episode 9: "Thanksgiving IV" (November 25, 2014)
  • Season 6, Episode 7: "Last Thanksgiving" (November 22, 2016)

Newhart[edit]

  • Season 2, Episode 6: "Don't Rain on My Parade" (November 21, 1983)
  • Season 5, Episode 8: "Thanksgiving for the Memories" (November 24, 1986)

Night Court[edit]

  • Season 2, Episode 8: "Harry and the Madam" (November 22, 1984)
  • Season 6, Episode 6: "The Last Temptation of Mac" (November 23, 1988)

One on One[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 11: "Thanksgiving It to Me, Baby" (November 19, 2001)
  • Season 4, Episode 9: "Who Brought the Jive Turkey?" (November 22, 2004)

The Parkers[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 11: "It's a Family Affair" (November 22, 1999)
  • Season 2, Episode 10: "Turkey Day Blues" (November 20, 2000)

Raising Hope[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 9: "Meet the Grandparents" (November 23, 2010)
  • Season 2, Episode 7: "Burt's Parents" (November 15, 2011)
  • Season 3, Episode 7: "Candy Wars" (November 20, 2012)

Reba[edit]

  • Season 4, Episode 9: "Thanksgiving" (November 19, 2004)
  • Season 5, Episode 9: "Invasion" (November 18, 2005)

Roseanne / The Conners[edit]

Roseanne

  • Season 2, Episode 9: "We Gather Together" (November 21, 1989)
  • Season 4, Episode 10: "Thanksgiving '91" (November 26, 1991)
  • Season 6, Episode 10: "Thanksgiving '93" (November 23, 1993)
  • Season 7, Episode 10: "Thanksgiving '94" (November 23, 1994)
  • Season 8, Episode 8: "The Last Thursday in November" (November 21, 1995)
  • Season 9, Episode 10': "Home Is Where the Afghan Is" (November 26, 1996)

The Conners

  • Season 2, Episode 7: "Slappy Holidays" (November 19, 2019)

The Single Guy[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 8: "Sister" (November 16, 1995)
  • Season 2, Episode 9: "Davy Jones" (November 21, 1996)

Speechless[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 7: "T-h-a-Thanksgiving" (November 16, 2016)
  • Season 2, Episode 7: "B-r-i-British I-n-v-Invasion" (November 15, 2017)
  • Season 3, Episode 6: "C-e-Celebrity S-u-Suite" (November 16, 2018)

Spin City[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 10: "The Competition" (November 26, 1996)
  • Season 3, Episode 10: "Gobble the Wonder Turkey Saves the Day" (November 24, 1998)
  • Season 4, Episode 9: "The Thanksgiving Show" (November 24, 1999)
  • Season 5, Episode 6: "Balloons Over Broadway" (November 22, 2000)

Suburgatory[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 8: "Thanksgiving" (November 23, 2011)
  • Season 2, Episode 5: "The Wishbone" (November 14, 2012

That '70s Show[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 9: "Thanksgiving" (November 22, 1998)
  • Season 5, Episode 8: "Thank You" (December 3, 2002)
  • Season 7, Episode 9: "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (November 24, 2004)

Too Close for Comfort[edit]

  • Season 2, Episode 6: "Rafkin's Bum" (November 24, 1981)
  • Season 3, Episode 9: "A Thanksgiving Tale" (November 25, 1982)

Two and a Half Men[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 10: "Merry Thanksgiving" (November 24, 2003)
  • Season 8, Episode 10: "Ow, Ow, Don't Stop" (November 22, 2010)

Two Guys and a Girl[edit]

  • Season 2, Episode 10: "Two Guys, a Girl and a Thanksgiving" (November 25, 1998)
  • Season 3, Episode 9: "Talking Turkey" (November 17, 1999)

Webster[edit]

  • Season 2, Episode 8: "Thanksgiving Show" (November 16, 1984)
  • Season 6, Episode 16: "Thanksgiving with the Four Tops" (January 6, 1989)

What I Like About You[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 9: "Thanksgiving" (November 22, 2002)
  • Season 3, Episode 10: "The Wedding: Part 1) (November 19, 2004)
  • Season 4, Episode 9: "Ground-Turkey-Hog-Day" (November 18, 2005)

Will & Grace[edit]

  • Season 2, Episode 7: "Homo for the Holidays" (November 25, 1999)
  • Season 3, Episode 8-9: "Lows in the Mid-Eighties" (November 23, 2000)
  • Season 4, Episode 9-10: "Moveable Feast" (November 22, 2001)
  • Season 7, Episode 10-11: "Queens for a Day" (November 25, 2004)

Animated sitcoms[edit]

American Dad![edit]

  • Season 6, Episode 6: "There Will Be Bad Blood" (November 28, 2010)
  • Season 10, Episode 5: "Kung Pao Turkey" (November 24, 2013)

Bless the Harts[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 8: "Mega-Lo-Memories” (November 24, 2019)
  • Season 2, Episode 7: "Mega Lo Memories: Part Deux" (November 22, 2020)

Bob's Burgers[edit]

  • Season 3, Episode 5: "An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal" (November 18, 2012)
  • Season 4, Episode 5: "Turkey in a Can" (November 24, 2013)
  • Season 5, Episode 4: "Dawn of the Peck" (November 23, 2014)
  • Season 6, Episode 4: "Gayle Makin' Bob Sled" (November 8, 2015)
  • Season 7, Episode 6: "The Quirkducers" (November 20, 2016)
  • Season 8, Episode 5: "Thanks-Hoarding" (November 19, 2017)
  • Season 9, Episode 7: "I Bob Your Pardon" (November 18, 2018)
  • Season 10, Episode 8: "Now We're Not Cooking with Gas" (November 24, 2019)
  • Season 11, Episode 7: "Diarrhea of a Poopy Kid" (November 22, 2020)

The Cleveland Show[edit]

  • Season 1, Episode 7: "A Brown Thanksgiving" (November 22, 2009)
  • Season 2, Episode 7: "Another Bad Thanksgiving" (November 28, 2010)
  • Season 4, Episode 3: "A General Thanksgiving Episode" (November 18, 2012)
  • Season 4, Episode 4: "Turkey Pot Die" (November 25, 2012)

Family Guy[edit]

  • Season 10, Episode 6: "Thanksgiving" (November 20, 2011)
  • Season 12, Episode 7: "Into Harmony's Way" (December 8, 2013)
  • Season 13, Episode 5: "Turkey Guys" (November 16, 2014)
  • Season 14, Episode 6: "Peter's Sister" (November 15, 2015)
  • Season 18, Episode 8: "Shanksgiving" (November 24, 2019)

King of the Hill[edit]

  • Season 3, Episode 7: "Nine Pretty Darn Angry Men" (November 17, 1998)
  • Season 4, Episode 7: "Happy Hank's Giving" (November 21, 1999)
  • Season 5, Episode 4: "Spin the Choice" (November 19, 2000)
  • Season 7, Episode 4: "Goodbye Normal Jeans" (November 24, 2002)

The Simpsons[edit]

South Park[edit]

Professional wrestling[edit]

Canadian series[edit]

Other[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]