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List of Thanksgiving television specials

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, sporting events) are not included in this list.



Looney Tunes/Warner Bros. Animation

Peanuts (Charlie Brown)

Winnie the Pooh

Action/adventure series

American drama series

7th Heaven

Ally McBeal

American Dreams

Desperate Housewives

Dirty Sexy Money

Doogie Howser, M.D.

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman


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


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



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


Gilmore Girls

Grey's Anatomy

Mad Men

Melrose Place


  • NCIS: "Child's Play" (2009)
  • NCIS: "Sins of the Father" (2011)
  • NCIS: "Shell Shock (Part II)" (2012)

Once and Again

Promised Land


Touched by an Angel

The Waltons

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

The West Wing

Teen dramas

Beverly Hills, 90210

Gilmore Girls

Gossip Girl

  • Gossip Girl: "Blair Waldorf Must Pie" (2007)
  • Gossip Girl: "The Magnificent Archibalds" (2008)
  • Gossip Girl: "The Treasure of Serena Madre" (2009)

The O.C.

Party of Five

Supernatural/Sci-fi series

  • Amazing Stories: "Thanksgiving" (1986)
  • Bone Chillers: "Frankenturkey" (1996)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Pangs" (1999)
  • A Gifted Man: "In Case of Missed Communication" (2011)
  • Heroes: "Thanksgiving" (2009)
  • Quantum Leap: "The Leap Home" (Parts 1 and 2) (1990)
  • Roswell: "Max In The City" (2000)


  • Charmed: "The Truth Is Out There... And It Hurts" (1998)
  • Charmed: "There's Something About Leo" (2004)



8 Simple Rules

According to Jim

All of Us

The Bernie Mac Show

The Beverly Hillbillies

The Bob Newhart Show

Boy Meets World



  • Cheers: "Thanksgiving Orphans" (1986)
  • Cheers: "Ill-Gotten Gaines" (1992)

The Cosby Show

  • The Cosby Show: "Bon Jour, Sondra" (1984) (season 1)
  • The Cosby Show: "Cliff's Wet Adventure" also known as "Thanksgiving At The Huxtables" (1989) (season 6)

Cougar Town

Dharma & Greg

Everybody Loves Raymond


  • Frasier: "A Lilith Thanksgiving" (1996)
  • Frasier: "The Apparent Trap" (1999)

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air


  • Friends: "The One Where Underdog Gets Away" (1994)
  • Friends: "The One with the List" (1995)
  • Friends: "The One with the Football" (1996)
  • Friends: "The One with Chandler in a Box" (1997)
  • Friends: "The One with All the Thanksgivings" (1998)
  • Friends: "The One Where Ross Got High" (1999)
  • Friends: "The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs" (2000)
  • Friends: "The One with the Rumor" (2001)
  • Friends: "The One with Rachel's Other Sister" (2002)
  • Friends: "The One with the Late Thanksgiving" (2003)

Gary Unmarried

George Lopez

  • George Lopez: "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Honey" (2002)
  • George Lopez: "Would You Like a Drumstick or a Kidney?" (2003)

Grace Under Fire

Half & Half

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


  • Hazel: "Everybody's Thankful But Us Turkeys" (1961)
  • Hazel: "A Lesson in Diplomacy" (1964)

Home Improvement

Hope & Faith

How I Met Your Mother

The Hughleys

The King of Queens

Living Single

Mad About You


  • Martin: "Thanks for Nothing" (1993)
  • Martin: "Feast or Famine" (1994)

The Middle

Mike & Molly


  • Moesha: "Road Trip" (1996)
  • Moesha: "Thanksgiving" (1999)
  • Moesha: "All This and Turkey, Too" (2000)

My Three Sons

New Girl

  • New Girl: "Thanksgiving" (2011)
  • New Girl: "Parents" (2012)

Night Court

One on One

  • One on One: "Thanksgiving It to Me, Baby" (2001)
  • One on One: "Who Brought the Jive Turkey?" (2004)

The Parkers

Raising Hope


  • Reba: "Thanksgiving" (2004)
  • Reba: "Invasion" (2005)


  • Roseanne: "We Gather Together" (1989) (season 2)
  • Roseanne: "Thanksgiving '91" (1991) (season 4)
  • Roseanne: "Thanksgiving '93" (1993) (season 6)
  • Roseanne: "Thanksgiving '94" (1994) (season 7)
  • Roseanne: "The Last Thursday in November" (1995) (season 8)
  • Roseanne: "Home Is Where the Afghan Is" (1996) (season 9)

The Single Guy

Spin City

  • Spin City: "The Competition" (1996)
  • Spin City: "Gobble the Wonder Turkey Saves the Day" (1998)
  • Spin City: "The Thanksgiving Show" (1999)
  • Spin City: "Balloons Over Broadway" (2000)


  • Suburgatory: "Thanksgiving" (2011)
  • Suburgatory: "The Wishbone" (2012)

That '70s Show

Too Close for Comfort

Two Guys and a Girl


  • Webster: "Thanksgiving Show" (1984)
  • Webster: "Thanksgiving with the Four Tops" (1989)

What I Like About You

Will & Grace

Animated sitcoms

The Cleveland Show

King of the Hill

The Simpsons

South Park

Canadian series


See also

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