Oh, Thanksgiving. Sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, the forgotten holiday is neglected by TV specials across the board... well, except for Friends. That show took Thanksgiving and made it into a seasonal tradition, and with 10 seasons of holiday magic to choose from, we all have our own favorite Friends Thanksgiving episode. But, what you probably haven’t realized is that your favorite Friendsgiving could say a lot about your family Thanksgiving traditions.
That’s right, just like your favorite Friends character probably defines who you are (or not, I don’t know your life), the love you project on a particular Thanksgiving episode may reflect on your own family. Whether you have an awkward dinosaur-obsessed brother like Ross, a psychotic twin like Phoebe, or a whole gaggle of sisters like Joey, there’s probably some aspect of the Friends family you relate to. And, because I have a penchant for these things, I’m gonna tell you what mental correlation you’re making with your top pick.
So, while you’re marathoning the show this holiday season, from football games to turkey heads, decide once and for all which ranks the highest. And, once you've decided, scroll down to see what your fav episode probably says about your family Thanksgiving (or not; again, I don’t know your life).
1. "The One Where Underdog Gets Away"
If you're a fan of the OG Friends Thanksgiving special, there's a chance that you may put more stock in your yearly Friendsgiving celebration because your parents are usually off doing fancier things. They are the Christmas-in-Barbados type, and while that has it's allure, you still prefer to do the faux-grown up thing with your buds. Especially since your roommate is a way better chef than your parents are.
2. "The One With The List"
This one was more Ross-and-Rachel centric with barely a baby's whisper of Thanksgiving. So, it's not that you don't like Thanksgiving or anything if this is your top pick, it's just that it's less of a priority to you. Instead, you're a romantic who will gladly go up to New Hampshire to eat turkey with your boyfriend's family, even if his crazy Grandma Edna keeps accusing you of stealing her pearls the entire night. ("No, grandma, they're right around your neck.")
3. "The One With The Football"
All your siblings and all your first cousins converge on Thanksgiving every year to play a game of "who's winning the most at life right now." You got a big enough raise to move from Bushwick to Greenpoint, so you're definitely gonna win this year.
4. "The One With Chandler In A Box"
If you're into "The One That's All About Keeping It In The Family," chances are your dad used to date your Aunt Betty before he ended up with your mom. It's on the record that she is decidedly not over it, as she tends to reveal in some dramatic way when she's three Chardonnays deep. Subsequently Halloween is your favorite holiday.
5. "The One With All The Thanksgivings"
You have a hilarious family, and there's no shame in that. Still, you kind of wish they would stop bringing up the story of how when you were five-years-old you ate an entire tray of marshmallow sweet potatoes and threw up in your grandmother's ashes. You'll readily admit it's a great tale, you just don't think that your new boyfriend needs to hear it.
6. "The One Where Ross Got High"
You love your grandma to the ends of the earth and back, but she always brings the same gross potato-and-spinach casserole to dinner and you all have to pretend to love it. You've gotten used to it, your brother, however, has zero pokerface and it's hilarious to watch.
7. "The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs"
Your sheltie is the most revered member of the family, and this is Madison's day to shine. She's going to bulk up on turkey more than anyone, because how can you say no to those big black eyes?
8. "The One With The Rumor"
Actually Thanksgiving is pretty standard in your household except this year your sister is bringing over the guy who terrorized you in high school (who, unshockingly, also still lives in town). It's fine, it's fine, you're cool, so long as you load up on eggnog before dinner you should keep your glaring down to a minimum.
9. "The One With Rachel's Other Sister"
A few years back, you decided to take the reigns on Thanksgiving dinner and when your sister said your potatoes were undercooked you threw one at her and gave her a black eye. Whoops! The seating arrangements have since been very strategic to prevent that again.
10. "The One With The Late Thanksgiving"
Your family has the constant duty of hosting Thanksgiving, and it always drives your mom into hysterics at approximately 1 p.m. each year. Still, nobody else can cook a dinner like her, so it's all worth it in the end.
Whether you spend your Thanksgiving with family, friends, or Friends, make sure to celebrate with a lot of love, a lot of gratitude, and a lot of gravy. Otherwise the whole holiday is a moo point.
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