Yearly round this time, with Halloween within the rearview mirror and Thanksgiving approaching, I watch a few of my favourite episodes of assorted TV exhibits surrounding the vacation. Thanksgiving-related TV episodes have change into considerably of a staple.
Listed here are my prime 5, in no explicit order:
• “Associates”: The one the place Ross acquired excessive
A favourite for a lot of causes, “Associates” was the epitome of a superb comedy, every episode probably not needing an evidence of what it’s with a view to discover the humor. As such, Thanksgiving episodes of “Associates” actually don’t want a lot backstory, if in any respect, and this one affords some humorous historical past whereas additionally providing hilarious items of comedic gold. Rachel is tasked with making the dessert and messes it up in a hilarious means. Ross and Monica’s dad and mom are over for dinner, throughout which sibling rivalry comes out at its most interesting in a spitfire spherical of tattletale. It’s among the best episodes of the present and occurs to focus on Thanksgiving.
• “Cheers”: Thanksgiving Orphans
Whereas I’ll not have been the most important fan of “Cheers” as an entire sequence, the Thanksgiving episode is considered one of my favourite tales of everybody making one of the best out of a Thanksgiving that went very unsuitable. As plans fall by means of for the varied characters, “orphaned” for the vacation, they determine to get collectively and benefit from it with a potluck type meal. However between conflicting personalities; warring wishes for the vacation, and a meal that didn’t go as deliberate, the tackle Thanksgiving was, whereas amplified, typically true to life, and hilariously so. Possibly I’m the one one who has wished to have a meals battle with Thanksgiving meals after this episode, however I doubt it.
• “The West Wing”: Shibboleth
A favourite amongst “West Wing” followers and new viewers alike, this Thanksgiving-themed episode brings out the funnies simply as a lot because the drama. The episode opens with the invention of lots of of Chinese language Christian refugees who escaped persecution by huddling in a container on a ship which lands in San Diego. President Bartlett is now confronted with a troublesome alternative: both trigger hurt to the nation’s relationship with China by permitting the unlawful immigrants their freedom in America, or ship them again to China to face extra possible persecution. White Home communications director Toby Ziegler pushes for a specific candidate for assistant secretary of schooling, which might ignite the talk over prayer in faculties. In the meantime, Press Secretary C.J. Craig should select considered one of two turkeys to be pardoned, and the president’s private assist Charlie Younger should discover the proper turkey carving knife for President Bartlett, who is kind of explicit in regards to the merchandise; this explicit saga ends on a really touching notice. It’s the proper contact of comedy and drama.
• “Gilmore Women”: A deep-fried Korean Thanksgiving
For many who love the fast-paced speaking and witty sharp dialogue of “Gilmore Women,” it is a favourite, however there’s extra within the Thanksgiving episode than a typical Gilmore Women gab fest. Most different “Thanksgiving-gone-wrong” episodes wind up with folks not getting their meals or not having a spot to go. This one proves the precise reverse drawback for mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. A usually busy Thanksgiving, which already contains deep-fried turkey with Jackson and Sooki, a Korean Thanksgiving with the Kim household, and dinner with Luke at his diner, now Emily Gilmore, Lorelai’s mom, calls for that Thanksgiving must be spent together with her, as nicely. How will the 2 Gilmore ladies eat their means by means of that a lot meals and have 4 Thanksgivings on the identical day? Not simply, however it may be accomplished. It’s hilarious, it’s candy, and whereas possibly stuffing 4 Thanksgiving meals right into a single day could also be a battle, so is the strain between households on Thanksgiving, or between associates or others surrounding traditions.
• “The West Wing”: The Indians within the Foyer
Whereas I do know I already included an episode from “The West Wing” earlier, the one different Thanksgiving episode for the present remains to be on my checklist of favorites. On the day earlier than Thanksgiving, press secretary C.J. Cregg is able to go away when she should maintain two Stockbridge-Munsee Indians who gained’t go away the foyer as a result of they have been stood up for conferences scheduled with others. President Bartlett is angered over a query in a latest ballot about the place others ought to suppose they need to have Thanksgiving, and learns why his spouse Abby needs it at Camp David. And in one of the iconic hilarious conversations to ever happen on tv, President Bartlett realizes there’s a hotline by Butterball to help within the cooking of turkeys, and he locations an nameless name to the hotline to place to mattress a battle between he and Toby over the cooking of stuffing. Thematically, it’s actually thought-provoking and true to many tensions in relationships, however the episode can be grounded in a variety of humor.