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->''"The Americans have established a Thanksgiving Day to celebrate the fact that the Pilgrim Fathers reached America. The English might very well establish another Thanksgiving Day; to celebrate the happy fact that the Pilgrim Fathers left England."''
-->-- '''Creator/GKChesterton''', ''Sidelights'' (1932)

A Thanksgiving Episode is a story or an episode within a larger series that focuses on the holiday of Thanksgiving, celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November. Canada also has a Thanksgiving holiday, held on the second Monday in October. For more information about the history of the holiday, see '''UsefulNotes.ThanksgivingDay'''.

Thanksgiving stories fall into two basic categories. The first category consist of stories that relate to the origin of the holiday. Traditionally, the holiday is dated back to a feast given in 1621 by Pilgrims of the Plymouth colony in Massachusetts to offer thanks to {{God}} for their survival past the first harsh year of the settlement. They invited the local Wampanoag tribe, who had been key to that survival, to share the feast with them -- whence the traditional Thanksgiving iconography of steeple-crowned and bonneted Pilgrims alongside buckskin-clad Native Americans. Optimistic portrayals focus on the event as a time of inter-cultural cooperation and celebration . More cynical portrayals will place more emphasis on the long-term negative effect of colonization in displacing the Native Americans.

The second category is stories that revolve around the celebration of the holiday in latter years. As with Christmas, Thanksgiving stories tend to be very family oriented, with characters either going to visit relatives or hosting large gatherings of the extended family. Such gatherings are generally intended to be joyous times of celebration, but can also be times of tension and internal family conflict. Often groups will take time to help those less [[HolidayVolunteering fortunate than themselves]].

The major focus of the holiday on the Thanksgiving meal, which traditionally includes turkey, potatoes, pies, cranberry sauce, yams, and various vegetables. Preparing the turkey is a big deal, and an inexperienced cook seeking to prove him/herself by cooking a perfect meal will often find themselves making various [[OvenLogic amusing blunders]]. Even experienced cooks will find themselves challenged by the expectations placed upon them. Health minded cooks may try to create healthier alternatives to the traditional fare, which will almost certainly not be well received.

Other activities include the UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade, watching marathons of TV shows, and watching or even playing American football. If the main character is a cartoonist, they might have the honor of their character being a balloon in the Macy's parade.

Thanksgiving stories will often muse on the [[TrueMeaningOfChristmas true meaning of the holiday]] -- family, thankfulness, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs thankfulness ''for'' family]], etc. -- by having characters enjoying each other's company despite stress, interpersonal conflicts, or inedible turkeys. Very likely to involve some variation of DinnerAndAShow.

See ChristmasEpisode, HalloweenEpisode and ValentinesDayEpisode.



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Gleefully mocked in ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues'', where Wednesday is forced to participate in a Thanksgiving pageant, the story for which being the PoliticallyCorrectHistory version. She plays along at first before going a little... off-book.
-->'''Wednesday:''' You have taken the land which is rightfully ours. Years from now my people will be forced to live in mobile homes on reservations. Your people will wear cardigans, and drink highballs. We will sell our bracelets by the road sides, you will play golf, and enjoy hot hors d'oeuvres. My people will have pain and degradation. Your people will have stick shifts. The gods of my tribe have spoken. They have said, "Do not trust the Pilgrims, especially Sarah Miller."
* Creator/EliRoth's fake trailer ''Thanksgiving'' from ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'', a parody of [[HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday holiday horror flicks]].
* For some actual Turkey Day horrors, there's ''Film/HomeSweetHome'', ''Film/BloodRage'', ''[[Film/{{Seance}} Séance]]'', ''Film/{{Thankskilling}}'' and ''Film/AlienAbductionIncidentInLakeCounty''.
* ''Film/HannahAndHerSisters'' begins at a Thanksgiving dinner party and follows the characters for a little more than a year. The ending is a semi-epilogue set at Thanksgiving a year after that.
* ''Film/BroadwayDannyRose'' is set during the holiday - a shootout in a warehouse full of Macy's parade floats has everyone talking in high-pitched helium voices. Creator/WoodyAllen's titular agent character gets together with his clients over turkey tv dinners.
%%* ''Home for the Holidays''
* ''[[Film/ForYourConsideration Home for Purim]]'' was transformed into this to make it appeal to a wider audience.
* ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' actually begins on Thanksgiving with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in need of a Santa Claus performer (in RealLife, the parade always ends with a Santa's sleigh float, and thus Santa).
* The film ''Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'' is all about a guy trying to make it home for Thanksgiving. [[spoiler: Neal barely makes it home for Thanksgiving.]]
* In his ''Little Movie Glossary,'' film critic Creator/RogerEbert notes that "Of all the holidays on the calendar, Thanksgiving is the one most often chosen by the movies to show dysfunctional families in meltdown. The title card 'Thanksgiving' is a guarantee that shameful secrets, towering rages and massive depression will be presented, along with alarming alcohol abuse." Examples include ''Home for the Holidays'' and ''The Ice Storm''.
* ''Film/TheHouseOfYes'' is a movie set during Thanksgiving. As mentioned with the Ebert quote above, there are plenty of dark secrets on display but with a heavy dose of BlackHumor.
* The original ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' film has a plot length that spans several holidays, the first of which is Thanksgiving. Made memorable in the scene where Paulie [[spoiler: throws Adrian's roast turkey into the alley and tells her to go eat it there.]]
* ''Film/{{Unknown|2011}}'' is set around Thanksgiving. Rodney complains about having to fly to Berlin and miss feasting with his family..
* ''Film/SpiderMan1'' (2002) has Norm and Aunt May come to Thanksgiving dinner at Peter and Harry's apartment. When Norm notices the same injury on Peter that he inflicted on Spider-Man as the Green Goblin, he realizes that Peter is Spidey. Of note, during the dinner, Peter and Norm are wearing the colors of the other (Peter is in green, Norm is in blue and red).

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' has an episode in which Archie gets into a fight with Mike and Gloria during Thanksgiving dinner, over their plan to raise their then-unborn child without religion.
* The AfterShow ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace'' has a Thanksgiving episode in which Mike, Gloria and Joey visit from California, only to get into another fight with Archie after it's revealed that Mike got fired from his job due to his involvement in a nude protest. The episode is notable for being the last time that all four original cast members from ''All in the Family'' appear together.
* ''Series/BlueBloods'': Thanksgiving is an important holiday for the Reagan family. When Henry has a heart attack on Thanksgiving and his careful preparations for the feast are ruined, Frank pulls some strings to reserve the hospital's dining hall and the whole clan shows up with the food so they can share the meal with the wheelchair-bound Henry.
* ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'' had two Thanksgiving episodes. The second one, involving Emily going out of town and leaving Bob to share a drunken holiday with his pals over Chinese food, leads to one of the show's [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Moments of Funny]].
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': Despite airing a full month ''before'' Thanksgiving, the Season 2 episode "The Un-Underground Movie" (where Greg makes a movie about the First Thanksgiving for a class assignment) clearly has a Thanksgiving theme, and as such is frequently aired in the United States on or very close to Thanksgiving.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had a Thanksgiving Day episode during which [[ButtMonkey Xander]] was cursed by a Native American spirit with the diseases brought over by Europeans.
* Both ''Bob!'' and ''Series/CarolineInTheCity'' featured the balloons of the main character's cartoon characters getting loose during their debut parades.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' with "The Good, The Bad And The Baby"
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' has a Thanksgiving episode that culminates in a no-holds-barred FoodFight among the cast.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' had three Thanksgiving-themed episodes during its run, all of which saw spy shenanigans interfere with the holiday traditions.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Jeff goes to visit his estranged father, while the others spend the day with Shirley and her extended family. Jeff ends up CallingTheOldManOut, while the rest try to escape Shirley's overbearing relatives in an extended ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' homage.
* On ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' Debra decides to 'shake things up' by serving fish instead of turkey.
** And, who can forget the "Tofurkey" episode.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' had two episodes: the first involved Frasier and Lilith desperately attempting to get Frederick into a prestigious school and making things worse while Frederick suffers all sorts of AmusingInjuries in the care of his grandpa and uncle, the second had Frederick seemingly attempting to get his parents back together in a BatmanGambit to get them to buy him a moped.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' has a Thanksgiving episode in all but one season. The second season episode happened ''at'' Thanksgiving, but didn't feature a Thanksgiving dinner, like all the rest. In it, Monica works for a company who wants to make their product, Mocklate (synthetic chocolate), the new Thanksgiving "treat."
* ''Series/FullHouse'' had a Thanksgiving episode in the first season. Danny, Jesse and Joey tried to pull out all the stops to make the first Thanksgiving without Pam as perfect as they can for the girls. Unfortunately, it leads to a burnt turkey, a dropped pumpkin pie and lots of almost-tears (mainly from Jesse, Pam's brother) before the family decides to make the best of what they have and just enjoy being together.
* On ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Lorelei and Rory attend four different Thanksgiving dinners in the episode ''A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving''.
** The deep fried part is in reference to the subplot where Jackson gives Sookie the day off from cooking only to have Jackson and some of his friends deep-fry almost everything under the sun. Sookie ends up enjoying the day.
* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' has "It's A Charlie Duncan Thanksgiving". Amy stays home to [[LethalChef cook Thanksgiving Dinner]], much to Bob and P.J.'s dismay, Teddy and Ivy work out a plan to get in line early to buy a new tablet computer at Gizmo hut, and Bob and Gabe panic over Bob's Dad dating Mrs. Dabney.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has a naturally disastrous one in "Thanksgiving". The Bennets have a tense Thanksgiving dinner since Noah and Sandra are divorced with new dates to the dinner and Claire raising the question of dropping out of college. Hiro is essentially a hostage at the Sullivan Carnival and [[spoiler:he and Lydia discover the truth behind Joseph Sullivan's death.]] Peter learns that Angela [[spoiler:brainwashed Sylar into believing he's Nathan and when the truth comes out and Sylar makes his return, he threatens to kill them both after picking off their dessert first.]]
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' had three episodes - two Slapsgivings and a Blitzgiving.
** And, "Belly Full of Turkey", where we meet Marshall's family.
** "The Rebound Girl" shows the prep for Thanksgiving, before dropping the bomb [[spoiler:Robin is pregnant with Barney's child (not really)]].
* ''Series/KenanAndKel'' had a Thanksgiving episode where Kel ate an entire turkey meant for Kenan's family and they tried to replace it before Kenan's parents found out.
* ''Series/MadAboutYou'' had multiple Thanksgiving episodes over its run. Perhaps the most famous is "Giblets for Murray", where Paul and Jamie have to deal with overbearing parents trying to take over the meal, then having to replace the turkey ''multiple times'' after Murray (the dog, if you remember) eating the first one, without anyone finding out (everyone finds out eventually, but the parents don't tell the couple that they know).
* ''Series/MamasFamily'' had "An Ill Wind"--which is an unusual Thanksgiving episode, because it focuses less on the holiday and more on the family being [[LockedInARoom trapped in the basement]] during a tornado.
* The ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode "The Yalu Brick Road" is set the day ''after'' Thanksgiving and has a subplot about most of the camp getting [[TheFoodPoisoningIncident food poisoning]] from the black-market Thanksgiving turkeys Klinger acquired.
%%* ''Series/TheMiddle'' has had a Thanksgiving episode in all three of its seasons so far.
%%* ''Series/ModernFamily'': "Punkin Chunkin".
* ''Series/TheMunsters'' had one, "Low-Cal Munster." Herman has to lose 100lbs to fit into his old uniform to go to an Army reunion, forgetting that the last day of the diet was Thanksgiving. [[spoiler:He makes it (by using Grandma's old corset.)]]
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' has been tied in with the holiday ever since its debut on UsefulNotes/TwinCities TV station KTMA on Thanksgiving Day in 1988. After it became a national sensation, Creator/ComedyCentral ran Thanksgiving Day [[MarathonRunning marathons]] of ''[=MST3K=]'' episodes for several years, dubbed "Turkey Day" to reference both the holiday and the film "turkeys" highlighted by the series. Many marathons featured special Thanksgiving-themed episode introductions with the show's characters, and an entire set of alternate Thanksgiving-themed host segments were created for the debut of ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S07E01NightOfTheBloodBeast Night of the Blood Beast]]''; in reruns, they were replaced with the standard segments. Nowadays [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFzph9x-n9FR52BI94Zfgww the MST3K YouTube channel]] runs a marathon every Thanksgiving.
%%* ''Series/{{Reba}}'' had not one, but two, Thanksgiving episodes.
%%* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' had several Thanksgiving episodes throughout the show's run.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Mr Pitt desperately wants a place under the Real Life WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker balloon. The episode's climax takes place during a balloon blow-up party for the parade.
* ''Series/ShiningTimeStation'' has the episode, "Billy's Party". Billy Twofeathers plans to spend his Thanksgiving with the Boomers and the Hobos, whom Stacy tells the story of to Dan, Becky, and Kara. However, things don't turn out as planned for Billy when he has go get Schemer, who gets stranded on a train, and drive Ginny to buy her a new Thanksgiving dinner after her dog ruins her old one. While he does miss his party with the Boomers and the Hobos as a result, [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming everyone at the station spends their thanksgiving at the station with him so he doesn't feel all alone]]. This episode also includes the ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' episode, "[[Recap/ThomasTheTankEngineS3E26ThomasAndPercysChristmasAdventure Thomas and Percy's Mountain Adventure]]" (see the Western Animation folder for its details).
* ''Series/SpinCity'' did a few. The most remembered one is when the staff tried to do a live on-air special for New York. But one disaster after another keeps happening such as the mayor having bad blood with his father, Mike getting his hand stuck in the turkey and the staff constantly arguing with each other. Ironically the in-universe viewers loved it cause it's ''exactly'' how most Thanksgivings go down.
* ''Series/SmallWonder'' had an episode in which Jamie falsely asserted that his parents were separated, so he and Vicki could get into a Thanksgiving camp for latchkey children.
* On ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Thanksgiving was the aliens' first Earth holiday. The episode also marked the first appearance of Mrs. Dubcek's daughter Vicki, who would became a recurring love interest for Harry. Unaware of Black Friday, Sally mentions in TheTag that tomorrow she will "spend a nice peaceful day at the mall".
* ''[[Series/TwoBrokeGirls 2 Broke Girls]]'' had a combined Thanksgiving/Christmas episode: "And the Very Christmas Thanksgiving".
* ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'' had the infamous "Turkeys Away" episode, often regarded as the series' CrowningMomentOfFunny.
-->'''Mr. Carlson:''' As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!
* ''Series/TheWaltons'' - the 1982 made-for-TV reunion film ''A Day For Thanks On Walton's Mountain''
* ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode "Shibboleth" laid on Thanksgiving very thickly in multiple plot threads that include both uses of this trope: President Bartlet invokes the original Thanksgiving as justification for freeing Chinese Christians fleeing persecution, and invokes the familial side of modern observance when he gives his body man Charlie (who has no parents) a priceless family heirloom originally made by Paul Revere as a gesture metaphorically adopting Charlie into his family. Also parodied early in the episode, when Sam and Toby are working on the President's Thanksgiving proclamation:
-->'''Sam:''' Well, over three and a half centuries ago, strengthened by faith and bound by a common desire for liberty, a small band of Pilgrims sought out a place in the New World where they could worship according to their own beliefs... and solve crimes.\\
'''Toby:''' Sam...\\
'''Sam:''' It'd be good.\\
'''Toby:''' Read the thing.\\
'''Sam:''' By day, they churn butter and worship according to their own beliefs, and by night, they solve crimes.\\
'''Toby:''' Read the thing.\\
'''Sam:''' Pilgrim detectives.
* ''Series/WillAndGrace'' had their share of Thanksgiving episodes: "Homo For The Holidays" and the two-parter "Movable Feast"
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' had six Thanksgiving episodes over their nine-season run, during which something crazy always happened. (Dan's father flirting with Crystal in s2, Beverly [[ComingOutStory coming out]] in Season 9, etc.).
* ''The Adventures of Mc Gee & Me'' has the very last episode ''Beauty in the Least'' where Nick's Romanian pen pal and his family come in for a visit. All the day they learn about love and hospitality and the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
* ''[[Series/LateNight Late Night with Seth Meyers]]'' has a special episode every year on Thanksgiving Night[[note]]That's Black Friday Eve, not Thanksgiving Eve[[/note]] where [[Creator/SethMeyers Seth's]] only guests are his parents, Laurence and Hilary, and his brother and fellow comic actor Josh. It's a [[HeartwarmingMoments delightfully funny and heartfelt time had by all]].

* Radio stations have been known to play the 18-minute song "Music/AlicesRestaurant" on Thanksgiving to mark the transition from regular music to Christmas music -- and to give hungry [=DJs=] a chance to gobble some turkey.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* In the '80s, World Class Championship Wrestling Star Wars had an Annual Thanksgiving Episode.
* Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling and Wrestling/DragonGate have their Fan Thanksgiving Days, [[CaptainObvious in which they say thank you to the fans.]]
* ''Wrestling/WWESmackDown'' would have a Thanksgiving-centered episode when it aired on Thursday nights, since it would obviously land on the holiday itself. It was pretty much a yearly tradition for the show to have a Thanksgiving party and food spread backstage or in the ring, and inevitably give way to a big food fight, including the obligatory pie to the face. Best known for the memetic segment with Luther Reigns, who never had a proper Thanksgiving due to being in prison for "five calendars", demanding a serving of a Thanksgiving plate:
-->'''Reigns''': Why don't you give me somma this TURKEY?! Somma them ''maaashed'' potatoes! Lemme get somma them peas, I had peas b'fo!
* Future Of Wrestling's ''Thanksgiving Leftovers'' event.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/TheDamnFew'' has one.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' featured holiday 'toons fairly frequently, and Thanksgiving is no exception:
** "Some Stupid Turkey" (2001) is a short-short in which Strong Bad dresses like a turkey, then sings a song with the other guys of Free Country USA. Then [[BigEater the King of Town]] eats the entire Thanksgiving dinner by himself.
** "Happy T!" (2002) is a short flash file with messages of various HSR characters wishing the viewers a "Happy T!" (or a "Horpy Tor" in the case of Coach Z).
** The ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "colonization" (2003) centers around the alleged story of Strong Badia's founding, in the form of a parody of the traditional story of the first Thanksgiving. 2003 also saw the release of a series of E-greeting cards starring FakeBand Limozeen.
** "Fall Float Parade" (2005) has Coach Z and Marzipan as the hosts of "the forty-tirst annual Fall Float Parade" a parody of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with balloons, a pair of Homsars dressed as Shriners, and floats dedicated to "SWE ATSHIRTS", calling Coach Z a jerk, and nunchucking snowmen.
** "Let Us Give TANKS!" (2006) is a WebAnimation/CheatCommandos short in which [[GoKartingWithBowser the Cheat Commandos go to Thanksgiving dinner with Blue Laser and his minions]], and Gunhaver struggles to unwind.
** "Toikey TV" (2007) has Strong Bad and the Cheat relaxing after Thanksgiving dinner, trying to find something to watch on TV besides "the 2007 Falling Asleep On The Couch Watching Football Bowl". All they can find is stuff like a PSA by the King of Town on the dangers of non-fried turkey, a cartoon starring Strong Sad's folk-hero alter ego Saddy Dumpington, a cooking show with Marzipan showing her fellow "turkey liberators" how to make a vegan "faux-ducken", "another lame Thanksgiving special" featuring the Cheat Commandos, and a commercial for Bubs' Black Friday sale: "Come on, moms! You know you want to beat each other up over some stupid kids' toy!"
** "Twenty THANX-ty Six" (2008) is a Stinkoman short in which 1-Up tries to teach Stinkoman how to give thanks, which Stinkoman seems to think involves stuff like farming and being a businessman.
* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': "A Very Deandra Thanksgiving".

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Savestate}}'': Kade and Nicole's parents visit their children [[http://www.savestatecomic.com/2015/11/thanksgiving/ here]]. HilarityEnsues.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Advertising/WillItBlend'': Thanksgiving Dinner.
* ''WebVideo/IsItAGoodIdeaToMicrowaveThis'': Two episodes, "Talking Greeting Card", and "License Plates".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNow'' had the episode, "Turkey of Terror", where The Mayor invites the Action League to his mansion for Thanksgiving dinner to form a truce. Stinky doesn't believe The Mayor has gone good and quits the Action League, and decides to spend Thanksgiving with his own family, who argue with each other when they found out Stinky quit his job. [[spoiler: It later turns out that Stinky was right about The Mayor when Justice witnesses the event and brings him his badge, and Stinky decides to save the rest of the League from being cooked in The Mayor's turkey.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode "The Dressing" had Frylock, Shake, and Meatwad having Thanksgiving dinner, a week after Thanksgiving, until they have to deal with The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past From The Future who shows up as a robotic turkey to take back the turkey the group was eating, which was already cooked.
* An episode of ''{{WesternAnimation/Arthur}}'' dealt with Francine, who couldn't enjoy Thanksgiving after cheating on a history report, by [[StealingTheCredit plagiarizing content]] off the Internet and dealing with emotional guilt afterwards. Of course the episode ends with her telling Mr. Ratburn what happened, re-doing the assignment, and getting a good grade for good and self-done work.
* ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' has the episode "Thankful" from season 3.
* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' has had one Thanksgiving special per season since it's third, many of which are fan favorites. It's established that Thanksgiving is Bob's holiday in the Belcher family, as it allows him to really show off his cooking abilities.
** Season 3 - "An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal." Mr. Fischodre hires the Belcher family to pose as his own to win over the heart of an old flame, thinking that she'll fall in love with him if she thinks that she's stealing him away from someone else.
** Season 4 - "Turkey In The Can." The turkey winds up in the toilet, as do all of the replacement turkeys Bob buys, and everyone is a suspect. The culprit [[spoiler:turns out to be Bob himself; under the effect of allergy pills, he sleepwalks while dreaming about toilet training Tina, picks up the turkey thinking it's baby Tina and...]]
** Season 5 - "Dawn Of The Peck." The Belcher family sans Bob go to visit the town's new Thanksgiving festival, but things take a turn for the worst when a hoard of captive turkeys escape and attack the attendees.
** Season 6 - "Gayle Makin' Bob Sled." After his car is buried in snow at her house, Bob drags Gayle, who's faking a broken leg, in an empty wading pool through a blizzard to his apartment. Meanwhile, Linda and the kids try in vain to cool Bob's Thanksgiving dinner on their own.
** Season 7 - "The Quirkducers." Hoping to get a half-day, Gene and Louise attempt to sabotage Mr. Frond's annual boring Thanksgiving play by staging one of Tina's erotic friend fiction stories in the hopes that it will offend so many viewers that it'll be canceled immediately.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' Thanksgiving episode has the blended family struggling to get along, not entirely helped by the appearance of [[WholesomeCrossdresser "Auntie Mama"]], an eccentric advice dispenser.
** Season 2's ''Another Bad Thanksgiving''
** Season 3's ''A General Thanksgiving''
** And the Season 4 episode ''Turkey Pot Die''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' storybook ''In a Tizzy over Turkey!'' has Timmy [[PickyEater refusing to eat Thanksgiving dinner with his parents because his mom made tofurkey (turkey-flavored tofu) instead of real turkey]]. Cosmo and Wanda eventually grant his wish for the perfect dinner, but he learns a lesson about the true meaning of the holiday from, of all people, [[BigBad Vicky]].
* Thansgiving on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' sees everyone close to the Griffins come together for a heated discussion about the merits of the Iraq War.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Garfield}}'' had a Thanksgiving Day special, centered on Garfield being put on a diet by his vet shortly before Thanksgiving. Said vet comes to dinner the next day, but allows Garfield to go off his diet for now.
** The TV version features Jon having trouble cooking the meal to the point that the turkey is put in the oven in a frozen state and he rubs butter all over his own body. [[spoiler: Jon's Grandma saves the day with Garfield as her assistant while Jon bores the vet with a long winded version of the history of Thanksgiving.]]
** The comic-book version takes a different route: After being put on the diet, Garfield sabotages Jon's thanksgiving dinner out of bitterness, only for the vet to take him off the diet after it's too late.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' had [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Arnold]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Helga]] leave their home due to respective family problems, then decide to visit their happy-go-lucky teacher [[StepfordSmiler Mr. Simmons]], figuring that his holiday at least has to be pleasant. It turns out his holiday guests are worse than either of their families, but Mr. Simmons say he has to try to enjoy the holiday with them, because they're family. The two get the hint that they need to be thankful for their loved ones, no matter how screwed up they are.
* A short on ''WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow'' titled "Grim Pilgrim" involved Huck's pursuit of a turkey, hindered by an Indian.
* The first season of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' has "Enter the Viper" which has Jackie and Jade in New York City to retrieve the Snake Talisman (for the second time) by taking it out of a museum. The third act features the big parade in New York with the titular character fighting ninjas on top of a balloon float.
* Creator/TexAvery did a one-shot cartoon "Jerky Turkey" where a big schnook of a pilgrim hunts a wise-guy turkey modeled after Jimmy Durante.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' had Thanksgiving episodes on three consecutive seasons.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** In the short, "Bugs' Bonnets", when Elmer Fudd is suddenly crowned with a steepled hat, he explains to an arresting officer that he was "[[ElmuhFuddSyndwome just twying to shoot a tuhkey fow the fuhst Thanksgiving dinnuh]]"; Bugs, suddenly bedecked with a feather headdress and pair of braids, seizes Elmer's rifle and attempts to shoot him!
** In an earlier short, "Tom Turk and Daffy", WesternAnimation/PorkyPig is the P-p-p-pilgrim attempting to hunt the eponymous Tom.
** The ''Merrie Melodies'' short "Holiday For Drumsticks" has Daffy tricking a barnyard turkey destined for Thanksgiving dinner into dieting and exercising while the duck stuffs himself with all the fattening food meant for the turkey.
--->'''Daffy:''' It's too bad you can't have ''duck'' for Thanksgiving dinner...\\
''[the formerly deadpan farmer suddenly grins maniacally]''\\
'''Daffy:''' ''[[LoudGulp [gulps]]] ...or [[OhCrap can]] ya?
* In the Creator/RankinBassProductions holiday special ''The Mouse on the Mayflower'', a mouse named Willem is among the Puritan founders. He makes friends with the native mice, and together the Indians and Pilgrims, human and murine, celebrate the first Thanksgiving.
* The series finale for ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'' was called "[[YetAnotherChristmasCarol A Thanksgiving Carol]]." The episode consisted of Adam telling his animal friends why he loves Thanksgiving so much and trying to figure out why his animals friends hate it so much--initially, it seems like the reason animals hate Thanksgiving is because of how humans eat turkey on that day (which be probably be the reason in most cases), but Adam's animal friends explain that the ''real'' reason they hate Thanksgiving is actually because of the parades that are held on that day.
* ''WesternAnimation/PacMan'' has "Happy Pacsgiving", in which Pac-Baby's grandmother read a story about the Pac-Pilgrims and the Ghost Monster Indians.
* The ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' special ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownThanksgiving''. Also the Mayflower episode of ''This Is America, Charlie Brown''.
** In the Thanksgiving special the meal served Peppermint Patty, Marcie, and Franklin consists of pretzels, popcorn, jelly beans, and toast. After the kids head on over to Grandma's house, Snoopy and Woodstock enjoy a more traditional meal.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' had "The Great Can Drive", where the Recess Gang try to beat the Ashleys in the Thanksgiving canned foods drive. Later released as part of the DirectToVideo Christmas movie.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' in its fifth season gives us ''The Thanksgiving Special'', which begins with Mordecai and Rigby messing up worse than they -ever- have before...and ends with one of the sweetest, most sincerely happy moments in the show's history.
* A segment of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' had the President pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey but, unfortunately, this one was a maniacal axe murder who goes on a rampage after being freed.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' had one called "Turkey Time," involving all the Thanksgiving turkeys in O-Town taking refuge at Rocko's house.[[note]]Due to the fourth and final season ending before Thanksgiving proper, this wound up being the second-to-last episode of the series, despite the actual series finale, "Future Schlock," airing a few weeks earlier.[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' had the episode, "The Turkey Who Came to Dinner", where the babies play "Nakie Americans" after Didi tells them a story about pilgrims and indians. Due to a turkey shortage, the parents order a live Turkey. The babies befriend the Turkey and try to save him from being eaten, but Angelica is determined to tell the parents about him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' Season 2 episode "Bart vs. Thanksgiving" has been a favorite for years.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow'' also has "[[Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet Spherical on 34th Street]]" (from "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E8FuneralForAFiend Funeral for a Fiend]]"[[note]]which is not a Thanksgiving Day episode itself, but involves Sideshow Bob and his family[[/note]]), complete with a UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade fiasco.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': "Gem Harvest" counts as one, even though [[AlternateHistory Thanksgiving isn't celebrated in the show's timeline]]. Steven reconnects with a long-lost relative, Greg's cousin Andy, and everyone gets together for a big dinner at the barn (which is spoiled somewhat by a long-standing family disagreement).
* The 1972 Creator/HannaBarbera special "The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't" focused on a squirrel rescuing a pair of lost boys (one a Pilgrim, the other a Native American), with the squirrel as a result becoming the guest of honor at the first Thanksgiving dinner.
* While the ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' episode, "[[Recap/ThomasTheTankEngineS3E26ThomasAndPercysChristmasAdventure Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure]]" was a ChristmasEpisode in the UK, it was dubbed into a Thanksgiving Episode in the US, entitled "[[DubNameChange Thomas and Percy's Mountain Adventure]]". This is evidenced in the ending scene, where the engine sheds are decorated with Christmas decorations.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' short, "WesternAnimation/TheLittleOrphan", took one of the basic concepts of "The Milky Waif" (always-hungry orphan Nibbles appears at Jerry's doorstep), and turns it into a Thanksgiving story by showing that Jerry had volunteered to host an orphan mouse for the holiday. Less lion-roaring PapaWolf Jerry, more [[FoodFight Food Fighting]].
* One story arc in ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' has Simon Barsinister go back in time to sabotage the founding of Plymouth Plantation so that there will be no Thanksgiving. Why? Because his plan to conquer the city depended on him accessing a certain device at a certain time, which he couldn't because the Thanksgiving Day Parade was blocking the street. Given that he had a time machine, there were much simpler ways to solve the problem (such as going back in time to earlier that morning and crossing the street before the parade started), [[ComplexityAddiction but he never considers them]].

[[folder:The Real Life Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade]]
* A Real Life tragic incident involving ''Literature/TheCatInTheHat'' balloon knocking over a lamppost and injuring a woman resulted in new wind restrictions for the balloons, and new size restrictions for their designs, which in turn forced the retirement of many longtime favorites, including WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther and WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker. A similar incident involving a balloon of the M&M's characters less severely injured a little girl, who notably pleaded that Macy's not retire it on her account. It was, however, removed anyway in 2007, to be replaced with a float saluting Broadway.
* Probably the franchise most represented in the parade over the years would be ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', usually Snoopy (with or without Woodstock), but also for a few years represented by two balloons, one of Charlie Brown, the other of the elusive football he's trying to kick. Most likely various {{Muppet}} based balloons (Kermit, Grover, Big Bird) would be next, followed by Disney (WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, Goofy, Buzz Lightyear, various one-year balloons celebrating upcoming Disney films).
** Balloons of WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}} and [[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Bullwinkle]] were also long-running features of the parade in the past; both balloons were referred to in, among other places, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiMf5cCDy1I This Coca-Cola ad]] from Super Bowl XLII, featuring a competition between a fictional [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Stewie Griffin]] balloon and a re-creation of the classic Underdog balloon. [[spoiler:[[ThrowTheDogABone The Charlie Brown balloon is the one who emerges victorious at the end]].]]
* One of the first meta-references on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (if not ''the'' first) involved the real-life 1990 debut of a Bart Simpson balloon.
* Oh, and [[UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade it has its own page now]], which desperately NeedsWikiMagicLove, a bit of EntryPimping, and a [[Administrivia/NeedsABetterDescription better description]].