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These 11 Thanksgiving TV Episodes Will Get You In The Holiday Spirit

Get ready for a Thanksgiving binge-watching session.

We are two weeks away from Thanksgiving, which means there's only two weeks standing in our way from spending time with our loved ones and eating a cornucopia of food. (See what I did there?) Or, if you're an employee of Target, two weeks away from the "family tradition" of working on a federal holiday. Woot.

Since many people's Thanksgiving traditions include eating so much food you pass out after five minutes of watching TV, we wanted to help you out. In the spirit of the holidays, we've compiled a list of some of the best Thanksgiving TV episodes ever.

  1. "Full House" — "The Miracle of Thanksgiving"
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    This super early episode, which was also quite heartbreaking, centered around the fact the late Pam Tanner would not be joining the family for Thanksgiving anymore. After the girls' grandmother gets snowed in and can't make the dinner, the boys band together to give Danny's daughters a memorable holiday, complete with burned turkey and smashed pumpkin pie.

  2. "The Wild Thornberrys" — "A Family Tradition"
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    Instead of wanting to spend Thanksgiving with their parents in Madagascar, Eliza and Debbie accept their grandmother's invitation to spend it with her in the U.S. Their parents can't go with them because they still haven't gotten the footage they need for work. Right before the sisters board the plane to the States, they realize Thanksgiving would be better spent as a family, so they remain in Madagascar. D'aww!

  3. "Gilmore Girls" — "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving"
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    This episode could've easily been the inspiration for the holiday movie "Four Christmases." Lorelai and Rory end up celebrating Thanksgiving at four different tables, so lots of food was consumed. Sounds like a successful Thanksgiving to me.

  4. "Kenan and Kel" — "Turkey Day"
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    Kel managed to (almost) ruin Thanksgiving by eating the entire freakin' turkey Roger had prepared for his family and guests. Desperate, Kenan and Kel run around Chicago trying to snag another turkey before anyone finds out.

  5. "Malcolm in the Middle" — "Thanksgiving"
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    Culinary hopeful Reese makes Hal and Dewey help him prepare the Thanksgiving feast, while Malcolm ditches his family for a party. Of course, he gets super drunk, freaks out when a girl wants to have sex with him and comes home to vomit into Reese's turkey. Man, there's never a dull moment in the Wilkerson household.

  6. "Boy Meets World" — "Turkey Day"
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    This "BMW" episode tackled a class issue when Cory and Shawn want their families to spend Thanksgiving together, but their parents are uncomfortable with the idea. After one bad incident after another, eventually the adults grow the heck up and realize they're being morons. Later, Shawn is given an A+ on his essay for understanding if kids were taught not to discriminate against others, no matter the reason, then everyone would have a brighter future.

  7. "Ellen" — "Kiss My Bum"
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    When Ellen makes a new friend while volunteering at the soup kitchen, she invites him back to her apartment for Thanksgiving. When they go around the table saying what they're thankful for, Ellen goes on and on about all the awesome things she has. Right after, her new friend reveals he's homeless, and is thankful for the shelter that helped get him off the street.

  8. "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" — "Love Means Having to Say You're Sorry"
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    Desperately wanting Harvey to forgive her mistake and take her back, Sabrina is upset to learn he started dating another girl. Using her magic, Sabrina tries to fix everything, while Hilda and Zelda conjure up legit pilgrims to cook Thanksgiving dinner. FYI, these pilgrims are afraid of witches, so do with that what you will.

  9. "Two and a Half Men" — "Merry Thanksgiving"
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    In this early episode, Charlie begs his family and Berta to attend his impromptu Thanksgiving dinner, so he can win back the woman who got away. Literally everything that can go wrong does, because if you look up the word "dysfunctional" in the dictionary, you'll find the Harper's weird family.

  10. "The Big Bang Theory" — "The Thanksgiving Decoupling"
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    When the gang celebrates Thanksgiving at Howard and Mrs. Wolowitz's house, Sheldon pitches a fit he has to go. While Raj dons an apron and does the cooking (because of course he does), Leonard and Penny argue about Penny's "whoops-it's-actually-real" marriage to Zack. Later, a severely pissed off Mike Rostenkowski, Bernadette's father, wants the talking to cease so he can watch the football game. To everyone's surprise, Sheldon analyzes the football plays, sharing that his father made him watch football growing up. Zack eventually shows up and after some prodding, he and Penny sign the annulment papers.

  11. "Friends" — "The One With All The Thanksgivings"
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    Stuffed after eating Thanksgiving dinner, the gang reminisces about past Thanksgivings and how they didn't go according to plan. Chandler complains it's the worst holiday ever, because it's the day his parents announced they were getting divorced. Ross continuously tries (and fails) to woo Rachel while in college, while Monica reluctantly reveals Chandler's deformed toe is inadvertently because she was trying to get back at him for calling her fat. Oh, and Joey and Monica each put a turkey on their heads, because reasons.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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