Check Out the Most Iconic Thanksgiving TV Episodes From Monica’s Turkey Head to Blair’s Pie

For many, it’s not Thanksgiving unless our family members are fighting over football or we drink our morning coffee with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on in the background. Although the pilgrims probably didn’t plan on everyone gathering around the TV while only one sorry soul slaves away in the kitchen, somehow the flat-screen became our modern-day campfire. There are just so many TV shows beloved for their Thanksgiving specials! From animated cartoons to classic sitcoms and modern series, there is a Turkey Day special that speaks to everyone in the family.

Gossip Girl, which ran on The CW from 2007 to 2012, was known for its iconic Thanksgiving episodes. Fans were heartbroken when the teen drama series went off the air, but Upper East Siders were delighted when the show was confirmed to return in July 2019. Filming for the new episodes began on November 2, 2020, and while the new season isn’t scheduled to premiere until 2021, TV writer Joshua Safran teased what fans can expect.

“Okay, I want to explain why I say this is not a reboot,” he wrote via Instagram Story on November 21, 2020. “A) The cast aren’t playing the original characters B) It exists in the same world as the original C) The same creators and one of the original writers are making it D) No one involved with it is calling it a reboot”

Better Call Saul is not a reboot. The Power spin-offs are not reboots. This show falls somewhere between those two,” he continued. “But I’m just grateful people are intrigued enough to write about us!”

Another beloved TV series that is known for its iconic Thanksgiving content is Friends. The show premiered in 1994 and ran for 10 seasons until 2004. After years of speculation and urging from diehard fans, HBO Max confirmed a Friends reunion was in the works in February 2020. The special was supposed to air in May 2020, but filming was halted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Matthew Perry, who portrays beloved character Chandler Bing, shared an update on production in November 2020. “Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March. Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that’s the way I like it!” the actor tweeted at the time.

Check out a few of our favorite Thanksgiving Day TV show classics. 

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