13 Thanksgiving Television Specials I Still Remember
1. The Thanksgiving Treasure: This was so cute and extremely low budget. The motherless girl with crabby dad and spunky grandma- an even crabbier neighbor man with a horse- named Treasure, I think. I loved these books- and there were made for tv movies that went with the other 3. There is a Christmas one, a Valentines Day one and an Easter one, too.
2. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a favorite, of course. It's almost a shame that everything is so readily available for us to view at our leisure- you miss the anticipation of the annual showing of a particular holiday special.
3. The Gilmore Girls Season 3 Episode #52 where Lorelai and Rory have Thanksgiving Dinner at 4 different places. Classic Gilmore- not any of that Season 7 crap.
4. The One With the Football Friends episode.. Poor Rachel- they keep telling her to "go long!" and she does.
5. The short-lived, but much loved showAmerican Dreams episode where the Pryors are waiting to hear news about JJ. Oh, how I miss that show!
6. Do you also remember when Marion Cunningham imagined her family celebrating the first Thanksgiving- complete with Richie finding blueberries- on Blueberry Hill, of course.
7. And then we see Marion Cunningham, repackaged as Red Forman's mother in the Thanksgiving episode of That 70s Show. Slutty sister Laurie brings home her roomate who hooks up with Eric.
8. Another Gilmore Thanksgiving episode- just as an aside, Marion Ross, aka Marion Cunningham, plays Lorelai's grandmother, however, not in this particular episode- Lukes kooky sister Liz has to cook at Luke's and they end up at the Inn with all these Renaissance Fair friends of Liz's- one guy is doing knife tricks at the table...
9. Does anyone even remember Candace Bergen in "Murphy Brown"? The Thanksgiving episode where she volunteers to serve Thanksgiving dinner at a shelter and all the turkeys show up and they are still alive is hilarious.
10. I was a huge "Northern Exposure" fan- the Thanksgiving episode from Season 4 is a good one. All the Native Americans also celebrate the Day of the Dead- they also throw tomatoes at the white people. It's quite comical.
11. Not Thanksgiving, of course, being British and all, but I still associate this Mr. Bean clip with Turkey Day.
12. Who could forget Ed Grimley on Thanksgiving, I must say. Ed Asner guest-starred and played his dad. Ed witnesses his neighbor murdering his wife and the neighbor sees him and then comes to get him. Madness ensues, of course.
13. And last, but not least, how about the infamous Turkey Drop featured on "WKRP in Cinncinati"? They drop live turkeys from a helicopter, as a publicity stunt,not realizing that um, turkeys can't fly.