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The Funniest 80s Sitcom Thanksgiving Episodes

The Funniest 80s Sitcom Thanksgiving Episodes

80s sitcoms served up a heaping helping of classic Thanksgiving Episodes, and we’re here to dish out the perfect portions for Turkey Day. Here are some of our favorite- and funniest- Thanksgiving-themed episodes from the coolest decade.

‘Full House’ Discovers ‘The Miracle of Thanksgiving’

Full House had a feast of holiday episodes throughout its eight seasons, but when it came to Thanksgiving, they served up just one. “The Miracle of Thanksgiving” from the first season is a tasty blend of heart and humor. The Tanner family, now with an extra helping of love, gathers to give thanks and remember Pam.

DJ and Stephanie step up to cook the turkey and pie, but things don’t go as planned. The turkey ends up frozen solid, then burnt to a crisp, and Stephanie accidentally drops the pie. Despite the chaos, the family comes together through their cooking mishaps and realizes they can still celebrate holidays as a tight-knit group, even in the absence of a loved one.

‘ALF’ Charms a Stranger Over Thanksgiving Dinner

Here’s that other 80s sitcom family named Tanner with a classic Thanksgiving episode. “Turkey in the Straw” is a two-part episode of ‘ALF’ that aired on consecutive nights in November 1988. The story revolves around Flakey Pete, a homeless man spotted in the Tanners’ suburban neighborhood.

Pete, ever the opportunist, reaches out to the Alien Task Force in search of a lucrative reward. But fate takes a curious turn when he gets to know ALF during a Thanksgiving dinner at the Tanner’s. Determined to protect his newfound extraterrestrial friend, Pete concocts a madcap scheme, pretending to be an alien himself when the officials show up. Pete’s absurdity convinces the task force to write him off as just another crazy conspiracy theorist.

‘Cheers’ and the Case of Norm’s Frozen Turkey

In the Cheers season five episode “Thanksgiving Orphans,” Carla finds herself home alone while her kids are off with their dad, Nick. When everyone else’s plans fall through, Carla reluctantly steps up to host a chaotic potluck dinner. But things take a hilarious turn when Norm’s turkey becomes colder with every passing minute, defying all culinary logic. The chaos reaches its peak with a massive food fight, featuring airborne cranberry sauce, potatoes, and stuffing. And just when you think it couldn’t get any funnier, we catch a fleeting glimpse of Norm’s enigmatic wife, Vera, as she takes an unexpected face full of pumpkin pie.

‘Who’s the Boss?’ Wrestles with Gender Roles

In season two’s “Thanksgiving at Mrs. Rossini’s”, Who’s the Boss tackled Turkey Day. It starts with Angela ruining Tony’s dinner while attempting to help him cook (foreshadowing what’s to come). Tony, Angela, and their kids visit Mrs. Rossini’s Brooklyn home for Thanksgiving. Angela, a modern gal, is thrown into a time warp with old-fashioned gender roles. She’s surprised by how the women fuss over the men. The Rossini’s put Angela to work instead of treating her as a guest, and she’s way out of her element. Adding to the chaos, a woman from Tony’s past flirts with him. Meanwhile, Angela’s mom, Mona, steals the limelight as a Santa’s elf in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, appearing briefly on national TV.

‘Roseanne’ Serves Up The Best of 80s Sitcom Thanksgiving Episodes

In the second season’s episode of ‘Roseanne’, aptly titled “We Gather Together”, family feasts turn into a delightful tornado of chaos. The extended clan, including Roseanne’s parents Al and Beverly, and Dan’s parents Ed and Audrey, all flock to the Connors for the holiday extravaganza. Beverly, with her expert criticism, takes aim at Roseanne’s bold cooking choices, particularly the turkey breast that she dares to cook upside down. The melodrama unfolds when Jackie announces her unexpected career as a cop. As if that wasn’t enough, Ed shamelessly flirts with Roseanne’s dear friend Crystal, igniting a showdown between Dan and his own father.

The episode also includes a humorous football gag, with Dan getting excited about his annual tradition of playing football with friends. However, Roseanne asks him to “warm up” by moving the couch for the kids’ table set up.