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The television business has a lot to be thankful for, if the number of Thanksgiving episodes it has churned out over the years is any indication.

One of the most memorable for many people revolves around turkeys and their inability to fly. WKRP in CincinnatiThe 1978 episode of ‘Turkeys Away’ is about a misguided promo that featured live turkeys being dropped over the city from a helicopter. Let’s just say the ensuing chaos generated a hilarity that still lingers nearly 44 years after that first broadcast.

Sitcoms have feasted on Christmas fare for decades. Everyone in the family took a serious turn in 1975 with “The Little Atheist, in which Carroll O’Connor and Rob Reiner’s characters Archie and Mike discuss baby Joey’s religious upbringing.

More recently, shows have made Thanksgiving offerings an annual event. Friends did 10 Thanksgiving episodes, one for each year the show aired, and Everybody loves Raymond eight on the air

However, it’s not just sitcoms that have been taking a bite of the Thanksgiving pie over the years. the NCIS The franchise, for example, has delivered nine holiday episodes that add a bit of procedural drama to the festive meal.

bob’s burgers leads the way among animated series with 10 Thanksgiving-themed episodes. The Simpsons it is among the cartoons that have aired five each.

Scroll through our selection of 50 classic Thanksgiving-themed TV episodes ranging from hilarious head-scratching romps to murder mysteries from the 1960s to the 2020s.

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