Friends thanksgiving episodes- The ones with the turkey! The Friends gang is known for its messy Thanksgivings. For 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004, plenty famous celebs guest starred in the holiday episodes. The iconic sitcom not only solidified its place in television history with memorable characters and perfect chemistry, but it also planted a flag in Thanksgiving week, setting some of its best episodes during the holiday. We have ranked Friends thanksgiving episodes from best to worst. Let us take a look at this list.
“The One With the Rumor” (Season 8, Episode 9)
This is the best among all Friends thanksgiving episodes. Jennifer Aniston’s then-husband played Will Colbert, a formerly obese classmate of Ross, Monica, and Rachel’s who’s since lost 150 pounds. When he arrives at Monica’s, he admits to her that he hated Rachel because she was horrible to him in high school. Later, it comes out that he and Ross had an “I Hate Rachel Green” club and they started a rumor that Rachel was born a hermaphrodite.
Best Quote: “Oh, come on Will. Take off your shirt and tell us!” — Phoebe
“The One Where Ross Got High”(Season 6, Episode 9)
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Monica’s parents finally find out that she’s living with Chandler. Rachel takes over dessert duties and accidentally combines the ingredients for a traditional English trifle and Shepherd’s pie. Ross realizes that the reason his parents don’t like Chandler is because they think he’s a pothead, thanks to one time while Ross was home from college when he got high in his room and blamed it on Chandler. Though Ross comes clean to Chandler and Monica, they insist that he fess up to Jack and Judy.
Best Quote: “It tastes like feet!” — Ross
“The One With Rachel’s Other Sister” (Season 9, Episode 8)
Rachel’s older sister Amy stops by. Amy’s married boyfriend canceled their Thanksgiving plans so Rachel asks if she’d like to join them at Monica’s, where she offends everyone with her severe lack of tact. And then she gets upset that she’s not Emma’s godmother, despite repeatedly botching the poor baby’s name.
Best quote: “Emma is the product of a bottle of Merlot and a five-year-old condom.” —Monica
“The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs” (Season 7, Episode 8)
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The episode centers almost solely around Chandler’s dislike of dogs. Phoebe secretly shelters a dog in her room, and everyone thinks Chandler is allergic to dogs when really hates them. Monica and Phoebe move the dog to Ross’s place, but then sneak it back in. The Thanksgiving facet of the episode revolves around Rachel’s excitement about her pretty assistant, Tag, showing up to the crew’s Thanksgiving dinner.
Best quote: “This is all a moo point… it’s like a cow’s opinion, you know, it doesn’t really matter. It’s ‘moo.’”- Joey
“The One With All the Thanksgivings” (Season 5, Episode 8)
Friends would become fond of the idea of flashbacks throughout its run, resulting in some of its best and sometimes not-so-great moments. Season 5 Thanksgiving episode goes the flashback route to lay the ground for Chandler and Monica to admit they like each other, but not without some fantastic 80s costumes. Monica reveals that she once overheard Chandler call her fat. She later lost the weight and accidentally cut off Chandler’s toe with a knife while trying to seduce him.
“The One Where Underdog Gets Away” (Season 1, Episode 9)
The scattered nature of the characters in this particular episode marks it lower when compared to other episodes. Monica cooks the gang a Thanksgiving meal — with three kinds of mashed potatoes! Joey sticks around because his family is embarrassed over his venereal disease advertisements and Rachel tries to raise money for her Vail skiing trip. Monica’s feast gets overcooked when everyone runs out to find the Underdog hot air balloon that accidentally broke free from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Best quote: “Set another place for Thanksgiving. My entire family thinks I have VD.” —Joey
“The One With Chandler in a Box” (Season 4, Episode 8)
Joey isn’t talking to Chandler after he kissed Kathy. Ross tries to convince Joey to talk it out with Chandler and he eventually agrees. Chandler spends the duration of Thanksgiving in a box as a way to apologize for kissing Joey’s girlfriend. Meanwhile, Monica is preparing Thanksgiving dinner and gets some ice in her eye, but she doesn’t want to go to the optometrist because it’s her ex-boyfriend, Dr. Richard Burke. Phoebe calls the office for her and finds out that Richard’s out of town so Monica agrees to see the on-call doctor. Turns out it’s Richard’s son Tim, with whom Monica proceeds to flirt and she invites him over for Thanksgiving. On the balcony, the two share a really weird kiss, after which Monica tells Tim that he reminds her of his dad Richard and Tim says Monica reminds him of his mother.
Best Quote: “Maybe you should put some ice on it.” — Chandler to Monica after she gets ice in her eye
“The One With the Late Thanksgiving” (Season 10, Episode 8)
This is one of the worst Friends thanksgiving episodes. There’s just too much tension in this one! First off, Monica says she doesn’t want to host Thanksgiving. Ross and Joey get tickets to the Rangers game and return 45 minutes late for Thanksgiving dinner. When they run into Phoebe and Rachel in the hallway, Monica overhears them discussing their excuses and refuses to let them in. After they try to force their way in and the tension subsides, the episode ends with an overjoyed Chandler and Monica finding out that there’s a birth mother interested in having them adopt her baby.
“The One With the Football” (Season 3, Episode 9)
This episode embodies the “friends are family” theme that would permeate throughout the show’s run. Monica and Ross who are forbidden to play ever again after Monica broke Ross’ nose during a childhood game face off once more to see who will win the “Geller Cup”. Chandler and Joey, meanwhile, fight over a pretty Dutch woman.
Best quote: “There must be a special place in heaven for people that hung out with you two in high school.” —Joey
“The One With the List” (Season 2, Episode 8)
This is the worst among all Friends thanksgiving episodes. In fact, it barely feels like a Thanksgiving episode at all. The holiday gets a couple mentions, but that’s it. Ross creates a list of Rachel’s faults so that he can make a decision between her and Julie — only to discover Julie’s one fault is that “she’s not Rachel.” Rachel finds the list and becomes very upset; Ross tried to apologize. Not only does this episode provide an unnecessary addition to this plotline, but the Thanksgiving-related aspect of this episode is minimal.
Best quote: Pumpkin pie with a mockolate cookie crumb crust, mockolate cranberry cake, and mockolate chip cookies “just like the Indians served,” Monica jokes.
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