Sullywood’s Ranking of All 10 Friends Thanksgiving Episodes

friends thanksgiving

10. The One with the List (Season 2)

one with the list

My Thoughts:

Not a terrible episode non-Thanksgiving wise.  But the fact that there is pretty much little to no Thanksgiving involved with it, I gotta give it the last spot.

9. The One Where Underdog Gets Away (Season 1)


My Thoughts:

Season 1.  Oh that’s not enough?  As big a fan of Friends as I am, the drop off between Season 1 and everything else is steep.  The characters aren’t themselves really.  It’s as if you are watching a completely different show.  Not to mention Susan’s terrible voice and Rachel’s constant “shooping” throughout the episode makes my skin crawl.  I will say that at least they are all together and mostly in the apartment attempting to celebrate Thanksgiving, even though the turkey gets ruined and everyone eats grilled cheese at the end, on second thought….grilled cheese is mighty tasty.

8. The One with the Late Thanksgiving (Season 10)

late thanksgiving

My Thoughts:

Monica and Chandler don’t want to host Thanksgiving at first?  BLASPHEMY!!!! On top of that, everyone is late to Thanksgiving dinner, and a toddler beauty pageant happens.  The best part of this episode is the very end when Chandler and Monica find out they’ve been chosen to adopt a child.


7. The One with Chandler in a Box (Season 4)

chandler in a box

My Thoughts:

Because of the overall depressing nature of this episode, due to the rift between Chandler and Joey, this episode might have been lower on the list. But I still think it’s up there because for the most part it takes place in the apartment and involves Thanksgiving dinner.  Also, there are some pretty funny scenes with Monica and Richard’s son.

6. The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs (Season 7)

chander no dogs

My Thoughts:

Watching Ross scramble to come up with the 50 states is very satisfying.  We learn that Chandler doesn’t like dogs, ahhh you probably got that from the title.  They spend most of the time in the apartment with each other, which is always a plus in my book.  But I won’t rank this episode any higher, it’s a moo point, like a cow’s opinion, it’s moo.

5. The One with Rachel’s Other Sister (Season 9)

other sister

My Thoughts:

Sitting around the table for a while eating Thanksgiving food? Thumbs up! Constant negative energy provided by Rachel’s other sister and Monica’s phobia over her china throughout the episode? Thumbs down.  Torn on this episode because it provides so many good laughs, good Thanksgiving moments, and yet so much drama.  But I suppose the holidays wouldn’t be the holidays without a little drama, oh and raccoons.

4. The One with the Football (Season 3)


My Thoughts:

What’s Thanksgiving without football?  This episode is rare in the fact that the group is doing a physical activity, which provides us with some pretty good comedy.  The only other time I can think of any of the cast running would be when we witnessed the best running style in history, looking at you Phoebe.  Very hard not to put this at #1 or higher because I think of it so highly when it comes to Thanksgiving, but the fact that they are barely in the apartment around the food docks it points.

3. The One with the Rumor (Season 8)


My Thoughts:

Brad Pitt joins the group as Ross’s old friend from the past.  All is well until Will (Brad Pitt) sees Rachel Green, who he hates and has always hated.  He hated her so much in fact, that he created the “I hate Rachel Green” club.  Pitt is hilarious and his back and forth banter with Aniston is great to watch.  Bonus points for this episode also being mostly in the apartment and involves Thanksgiving dinner.  More bonus points, Joey’s Thanksgiving pants!!!!

2. The One with All the Thanksgivings (Season 5)

with all the thanksgivings

My Thoughts:

What’s better than one Thanksgiving?  Six Thanksgivings!  If my math and counting is up to par, we get to witness six Thanksgivings, most from the past.  Here we get more fat Monica, which is always awesome, and we get to see the first time where Monica is skinny.  This episode also contains the famous turkey on the head scene and we get a nice touching moment at the end where Chandler first admits he loves Monica, turkey and all.

1. The One Where Ross Got High (Season 6)

ross high

My Thoughts:

Easily could’ve been called “The One with the Trifle”.  Rachel’s attempt to make an English trifle goes terribly awry when she combines it with a shepherd’s pie.  Watching the rest of the friends scramble to make sure Rachel’s feelings aren’t hurt is so fantastic.  As mentioned too many times already, this episode also gets my approval for the amount of time spent together and in our favorite apartment on Thanksgiving.  When Ross tries to save face regarding a lie about smoking pot years ago and blaming it on Chandler, the piece de resistance of the episode occurs when Mrs. Geller tells them all how it is and puts them in their place.  This episode has it all, the setting, the jokes, and the worst dessert ever made in Thanksgiving history.

And with the list at an end, Happy Thanksgiving from Sullywood!

Your Thoughts:

How would you rank them?

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