PoP! Top 6-Pack: Dysfunctional Thanksgiving TV

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It’s the holiday season again, and with it comes the dread of having to actually interact with your family. But y’know, you don’t need to have meaningful conversations or express an interest in your cousin’s most recent stint in rehab, just being in the same room counts. So, in the spirit of the holiday, tear the remote from your grandfather’s drowsy grasp, turn off the football, and enjoy these 6 great Thanksgiving episodes of television, old and new, that will put your family’s dysfunction into perspective.


1. Friends 

“The One with All the Thanksgivings” (1998)


The Friends Thanksgiving episodes became as much a yearly tradition as pummeling your fellow man for discounts on cheap electronics the day after.  This episode in particular features the gang reminiscing about their worst Thanksgivings, including Ross’ divorce/eviction, Chandler’s parents getting divorced, and Fat Monica being….FAT. No one will ever love you, Big Fat Goalie.


2. Community

“Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations” (2013)


Britta forces Jeff Winger to face his daddy issues and spend Thanksgiving with his estranged father (James Brolin) and half-brother (WorkaholicsAdam Devine), while the rest of the gang plot to escape the prison that is Shirley’s family Thanksgiving in a Shawshank Redemption send-up.


3. New Girl

“Parents” (2012)


Jess tries to set a “parent trap”, inviting her divorced parents played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner over for Thanksgiving dinner, and Schmidt has to contend with his cousin, also Schmidt, played by Rob Riggle, to determine “The One True Schmidt”.


4. The League

“Thanksgiving” (2011)


We give thanks in this episode for the debut of two members of The League‘s extended family, Jeff Goldblum as Ruxin’s dad and Sarah Silverman as Andre’s sexually adventurous sister Heather. The MacArthur’s host the rest of the sh–sippers for Thanksgiving dinner, all the while caring for Ellie’s class guinea pig Shakespeare, and Taco starts a bidding war for his expensive truffle.  Just be sure to knock before entering the bathroom…


5. Married…with Children

“A Very Bundy Thanksgiving” (1996)


What’s the percentage of family pets that end up being eaten for Thanksgiving?  If we were to go by this 6-Pack, we’re looking at 33%. When Jefferson can’t make with a bird, he plots with Peg and Bud to murder and eat Kelly’s pet turkey Hank.   Meanwhile, Al is on the other side of town plotting to steal a pie from a funeral.


6. Dexter

“Hungry Man” (2009)


This classic holiday episode from the last great season of Dexter features the Bay Harbor Butcher breaking bread with the Trinity Killer (John Lithgow) over a Thanksgiving feast. Dexter’s image of Arthur Mitchell as the perfect family man is shattered when he finds out the Mitchell family is essentially being held hostage by this monster in their own home. However, I’d bet good money that Lithgow’s Mitchell isn’t the first dad to use the C-word at Thanksgiving dinner.

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There you go, PoP!ulation! That’s at least 3-hours of diversionary programming to deflect any of your family’s questions this Thanksgiving about whether you’re getting married, what you’re doing with you life, or why you chose that haircut.  If this doesn’t work, just dull the pain with alcohol!


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  1. I want to watch that episode of The League today. Sarah Silverman… FOREVER UNCLEAN!

  2. Mike the Onion Knight says:

    I like to imagine that Dexter gif happening in reverse order”

    “Shut up, cunt.”
    “I’m so thankful for you, Arthur.”

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