The 8 Best TV Thanksgiving Specials
From Brandon's suede jacket to Joey's V.D.
Oh, Thanksgiving. How would we know how to celebrate you, if not for mid-'90s television specials? Here, eight classic episodes that deserve a rewatch.
"Beverly Hills 90210"
"The Kindness of Strangers" (November 25, 1992)
Andrea, age 45, is on crutches. Brandon is in mom jeans and a suede jacket. Donna's ski trip gets cancelled, but she remains in her all-white snow bunny ensemble. Dylan kisses both Brenda and Kelly. Oh, and there's a homeless guy. Pass the stuffing.
“The One Where the Underdog Gets Away” (November 17, 1994)
Remember when everybody thought Joey had a venereal disease and Chandler admitted to boycotting “Pilgrim holidays”? Yeah, that’s Thanksgiving 1994. Other highlights include the gang getting locked out of the apartment and eating grilled-cheese sandwiches.
"A Deep Fried Thanksgiving Korean" (November 26, 2002)
Leave it to Lorelai and Rory (and their very weird Grey Gardens relationship) to try and cram four Thanksgiving dinners into one day. And, heyyy, Jess.
"The Mom and Pop Store" (November 17, 1994)
Not technically a Thanksgiving episode, until Jerry kills the Woody Woodpecker balloon during the Macy's parade.
“Bart Vs. Thanksgiving” (November 22, 1990)
Bart destroys Lisa’s centerpiece (it celebrates women in history), then runs away to the seedy part of Springfield to work in a soup kitchen. Patty and Selma complain about everything.
"Mad About You"
"The Thanksgiving Show" (November 24, 1998)
Could baby Mabel be allergic to Murray the dog? Quick! Head to the café and ask Lisa Kudrow! Ah, 1998.
"Will and Grace"
"Homo for the Holidays" (November 25, 1998)
Jack comes out to his mother. The live studio audience busts a gut.
"Boy Meets World"
“Turkey Day” (November 22, 1996)
After winning a turkey, Cory and Shawn decide that their families should spend the holiday together (natch). Class awkwardness ensues (Trailer parks! Wine debacles!), and then there’s an uncomfortable musing about the Hutus and Tutsis.