Holidays are nothing if they’re not humorous. Burnt turkeys. Family fights. Bad weather. Wait… why do we look forward to them again? Regardless of the craziness, we love all things that celebrate this time of year, so put on your stretchy pants, grab a big piece of pumpkin pie and relive your favorite television holiday mishaps. Here are 9 Thanksgiving small screen scenes to be thankful for.

CHEERS

Carla invites everyone over for Thanksgiving dinner, but while the gang is waiting for Norm’s turkey’s “little pop thing” to pop out, tensions run high and a food fight erupts.

EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND

Debra and Marie plan a healthy Thanksgiving dinner to help with their cholesterol. Not surprisingly, the tofurkey doesn’t go over well with the family.

FRIENDS

Always a fan of food, Joey tackles the whole turkey.

HAPPY DAYS

It’s Thanksgiving day and Marion gets upset because her family can’t be peeled away from the football game to appreciate her cooking efforts. She tells the story of the first Thanksgiving staring the cast set in 1621.

SIMPSONS

This early episode of the Simpsons, Bart does what bart does best and ruins Lisa’s handiwork.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

Thanksgiving takes a wrong road and turns into Slapsgiving.

ROSEANNE

Roseanne nails the classic blue collar, middle class American Thanksgiving full of sarcasm and family drama.

FRIENDS

Friends steals a second spot on the list. Joey gets his head stuck up a turkey’s butt. It’s Thanksgiving gold.

SOUTH PARK

The kids get a special visit from Jay Leno, and all deliver in true South Park fashion.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.